Objective and reasonable parking standards needed in Del Mar

Note: The following speech was read at last week’s Del Mar City Council meeting and submitted to this newspaper as a letter to the editor for publication.

If you’re on the freeway driving to Los Angeles and the sign says Tijuana . . . you have to acknowledge your mistake and turn around. Otherwise you end up in Tijuana.

In 1967, the City of Del Mar passed an impossible parking ordinance, which created substandard development and a parking problem for the downtown. Today a back alley along the railroad tracks in Solana Beach is a more desirable retail location.

Your parking ordinance vested tremendous power in the Planning Department . . . and they used their “subjective discretion” to choose which properties to enrich. Development in Del Mar hasn’t been about land planning, it’s been about politics.

If you want developers to invest their money here, you’ll have to replace “subjective discretion” with objective and reasonable parking standards.

I’ve pursued this parking issue in court for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I was not well represented. I’ve recently corrected that shortcoming by hiring two sets of lawyers. I hired Matthew Peterson to find a negotiated solution with the Mrs. Garcia . . . and two lawyers from Irvine for the litigation.

These Irvine gentlemen have many years of experience in municipal law, and they’re brutally honest. They counseled me that a selective enforcement lawsuit is an uphill battle, since it usually involves discrimination against a protected class.

However, a lawsuit requiring the City to enforce the parking ordinance . . . that’s a slam-dunk. Del Mar is not an independent nation. It’s a municipality governed by the rules of California . . . and you haven’t followed the rules.

If you don’t change your parking ordinance, you will eventually be required to enforce it.

George Conkwright

1201 Camino del Mar

Related posts:

  1. VSP flawed, reasonable parking standards needed
  2. City Council must set reasonable parking standards
  3. Off-street parking lots and compliance with the adopted Parking Ordinance needed
  4. Del Mar’s parking ordinance must change
  5. VSP coercion: Why must I give my private parking for public use?

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=49199

Posted by Staff on Apr 18, 2013. Filed under Letters, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Alumni and Advancement Center named for longtime supporters Larry and Cindy Bloch of Rancho Santa Fe
    The University of Rochester’s Alumni and Advancement Center in Rochester, N.Y. has been renamed the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center in recognition of the couple’s support of the university and, in particular, its Advancement programs. In a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 15, UR President Joel Seligman formally dedicated the center in honor of […]
  • RSF Association Board Biz: It’s fire season: Be prepared
    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) was officially formed in 1946, in the aftermath of a devastating fire that took place in 1943 and destroyed brush, farmland and homes from Rancho Bernardo through Rancho Santa Fe, all the way to Solana Beach and Del Mar. Today the Fire District spans 38 square miles and protects nearly 30,000 residents. W […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders
    Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has be […]