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Del Mar City Hall changes operating hours

The Del Mar City Council on Dec. 1 approved a new operating schedule for City Hall, adopting a so-called “90-80″ workweek for employees. The new schedule, set to begin on Jan. 12 will allow City Hall to be open an extra hour each week.

Trustee Lamborghini says goodbye

Longtime Del Mar Union School District Trustee Janet Lamborghini has spent her last day on the school board. Retiring after 16 years, she said her goodbyes at the board’s Nov. 19 meeting.

DMVA putting positive spin on retail season

Faced with the expectation of a difficult holiday retail season, the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) is looking to brighten the spirits of both merchants and residents while getting a few more shoppers into stores.

Del Mar feels effects of weak economy

Despite a decline in Del Mar’s two main revenue sources, city officials say they’re monitoring the numbers but aren’t in a situation where cuts are needed.

While sales tax and transient occupancy tax revenues dropped in the first quarter of the fiscal year, the city’s major revenue source – property tax – remained stable, according to the financial report given to the council Nov. 17.

DM cracks down on false alarms

The Del Mar City Council on Nov. 17 addressed the sometimes-costly annoyance of false fire and burglary alarms by introducing an ordinance that will charge residents and businesses fines for such occurrences.

Del Mar education foundation ahead of pace

The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF) is reporting that year-to-date fundraising is slightly ahead of last year’s pace.

According to the foundation’s president Matt Zevin, a recent $38,000 contribution from the Del Mar Heights School PTA nudged the fundraising total above last year’s amount. The foundation has raised over $295,000 as of Nov. 19.

Thousands embark on ’3-Day’

Friday, thousands of women and men passed through Del Mar and La Jolla during the start of the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

Participants were greeted by numerous well-wishers and supporters in downtown Del Mar and La Jolla Shores. In Del Mar, supporters included Del Mar Mayor Dave Druker and members of the Del Mar Village Association, who passed out water bottles and pink stickers reading “Del Mar Village Welcomes 3-Day Walkers.

District receives Shores payment

City bank loan source of funding

Closing another chapter in a long saga, the city of Del Mar on Nov. 13, wired a $3.6 million payment to the Del Mar Union School District that completes obligations on an $8.5 million purchase of the district’s Ninth Street or Shores property.

L’Auberge opens KITCHEN 1540

The L’Auberge Del Mar celebrated the opening of its new KITCHEN 1540 restaurant on Nov. 13 with a grand-opening party. The event featured a sample of delicacies from Executive Chef Paul McCabe along with libation creations and music.

KITCHEN 1540, part of a recent $25 million renovation of the resort hotel, was designed by New York architect Andrew Kikoski.

Garden Del Mar project popular with voters

Del Mar voters have embraced Garden Del Mar in a big way.

Proposition G, calling for an OK for construction of the mixed-use office, retail and restaurant project planned for the site of what was the city’s last remaining gas station, was approved in last Tuesday’s election with 85 percent of the vote.