Del Mar hears Shores property fundraising update

Approves PACE program, takes shot at Google prize

More than $5.6 million has been raised in the effort to maintain the Del Mar Shores Park, it was announced at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The goal for the Friends of the Del Mar Parks is to come up with $8.5 million by November 2011. At that time, the city will have a balloon payment of more than $3 million due on its loan to buy the property.

Del Mar bought the land from the Del Mar Unified School District in 2005 to prevent it from being converted to commercial or residential properties.

Laura DeMarco, vice president of the committee, said it is important for newcomers to the city to know why this property is so valued. She said roughly 40 percent of Del Mar residents have moved in since the campaign started.

The campaign aims to keep this portion of land open for public use. Plans call for dedicated sports fields, a dog park and a community garden. For more information visit

PACE Program Adopted

Two weeks after the Solana Beach City Council adopted the CaliforniaFirst Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program, its neighbor to the south followed suit.

Del Mar property owners who wish to purchase energy-saving products for their homes, such as solar panels, water efficiency and insulation equipment, will soon be able to fund them through loans assessed on their property.

Starting this summer, purchases between $5,000 and $75,000 can be paid for through a 20-year lien on property tax bills. The interest rate is predicted to be between 6 percent and 8 percent, depending on market conditions.

The City Council first heard about the PACE program two weeks ago, but directed staff to research and confirm that costs to the city would be minimal.

The PACE program has already been endorsed by more than 100 cities in 14 California counties. For more information, visit

Google Del Mar

It might be a long shot, but Del Mar is hoping for some luck in Google’s search for a test area for its ultra-high speed fiber network that will provide Internet service up to 100 times faster than what is available today.

Cities across America are applying to be one of Google’s selections for this operation. The Internet giant is looking for a metropolitan region with a population between 50,000 and 500,000 people.

Therefore, it is unlikely Del Mar, with roughly 5,000 people, would be selected on its own. The city is hoping to team up with neighboring cities Encinitas, Carlsbad and Solana Beach to become more attractive to Google.

A city memorandum says Del Mar “has a high-tech savvy, affluent, and educated population that would appreciate the potential technical advantages that Google’s high-speed fiber optic data communications capability has to offer.”

The company will announce its selected location later this year, and the memo says Del Mar will have no financial obligation if Google were to select the city.

For more on Google’s high-speed fiber optic data communications hub.

Related posts:

  1. Shores fundraising not over yet
  2. DM council seeks ways to retire Shores property loan
  3. Solana Beach adopts state PACE program
  4. Council to negotiate Shores property lease extension with school district
  5. City Council agrees to negotiate Shores property lease extension

Short URL:

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010. 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





  • Community input received on proposed health club and pool facility in Rancho Santa Fe
    About 100 Rancho Santa Fe residents showed up on Friday, Oct. 17, for a health club and pool community meeting, the last outreach before ballots were mailed on Monday, Oct. 20. On the ballots, members are being asked whether the Rancho Santa Fe Association should spend $350,000 on a professional planning phase for the potential new community amenity. RSF Ass […]
  • Czech violin duo to perform at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe
    In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Czech School San Diego hosts a free classical violin concert by internationally recognized Czech violin player Jaroslav Svecený and his daughter, Julie Svecená, who are on a tour of the United States. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Village Church. The father-daughter duo will […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe weekly sports update
    Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 4-3 in a Palomar League opener for both teams on Oct. 9. Alayna Tomlinson and Farah Farjood each scored two goals to lead the Falcons. Samantha “Sammy” Cirino added one goal and one assist. […]