Mayor’s View: Del Mar: Facing challenges with the help of citizen volunteers

By Crystal Crawford
Mayor, Del Mar

Del Mar has always had an active citizenry and is better for it. This year the city is facing difficult challenges with the state’s deficit budget and potential impacts to our already strained finances. The current economic recession has resulted in losses in sales tax and transient occupancy tax amounting to approximately $1 million in this current fiscal year.

The city has managed these losses by leaving vacant positions unfilled, by deferring projects and purchases and by relying on unpaid volunteer help on priority projects such as the upcoming Form Based Code program.

Our city has faced difficult times before. But with generous contributions from our citizenry and businesses, we have navigated through these challenges.

The next two fiscal years will test our skills with even greater than anticipated impacts to the city’s finances.

We know, however, that the city’s volunteers will help us make it through.

Just last month, we received support from the Friends of the Powerhouse, whose members are working very hard to transform our dream of a 17th Street Beach Safety Center into a reality.

Just last week, we celebrated the opening of a new Community Room at the Del Mar Library and the start of the library’s reroofing, removing the shake shingles and installing Class A materials – two projects that were made possible with support from the Friends of the Library, the Del Mar Farmers Market and county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price.

We benefit throughout the year from Garden Club members and neighbors who have “Adopted a Spot” and spend hours caring for and providing financial support for outdoor beautification projects.

Thanks to the Friends of the Del Mar Parks and Winston School for their fundraising efforts to help us acquire the Shores Property.

Thanks to the creativity and energy of the Del Mar Village Association, our downtown has a new vitality and new projects underway.

Much appreciation is extended to the Del Mar Foundation for the countless programs and financial support that it has provided since being founded over 25 years ago and for so graciously overseeing the plans for our 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held on July 12, 2009.

Without the dedication and generosity of our many volunteers, our city would be facing a much more serious economic reality.

Thank you, Del Mar!

Related posts:

  1. Mayor’s View: Del Mar volunteers – the gifts that keep on giving
  2. New councilwoman is already facing challenges
  3. Mayor’s View: In tough times, refocus
  4. Mayor’s View: Crawford embraces third term as mayor
  5. Mayor proposes pay cuts, higher fees

Short URL:

Posted by on Apr 23, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Free Tennis and PickleBall offered at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club during Rancho Days
    Rancho Days is now Rancho Tennis Days at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. During the 10 days of Rancho Days (Oct. 3-12) the RSF Tennis Club is offering all Covenant-area residents free tennis. This includes many free clinics for all levels, free court time (just sign up at the front desk or call 858-756-4459) and free entry to the end of week mixed tennis to […]
  • Rancho Santa Big Band Orchestra to swing at Village Church
    Big band music blows into the Ranch from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. The Rancho Santa Fe Big Band Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece outfit led by professor and former president of the San Diego Musicians’ Association Jack Wheaton, featuring producer and trumpeter Dominick Addario, vocalist and events coordinator Marie […]
  • Auditions to be held at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe for ‘Rented Christmas’ musical
    The Village Church Community Theater recently announced auditions for “Rented Christmas, the Musical,” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Village Community Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. […]