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In-Lieu Parking Fee program requires a year-round shuttle system

While we are considering a new Del Mar City Hall with a new parking structure for public parking, I thought it would be worthwhile to point out the In-Lieu Parking Fee program does not suggest just a huge parking structure, but does require also a fully operational, year-round shuttle system throughout the commercial zone to Powerhouse/Seagrove Park before more than 50 In-Lieu Fees can be sold.

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update

It is hard to believe that we are only one year into our construction bond program. In that short time, we have completed projects that have upgraded classrooms and other facilities at each of our schools.

State bill good for people and pets

Dave Roberts

It has long been proven that people who commit domestic violence are prone to harming their pets, too.

For that reason, the County Board of Supervisors years ago adopted an initiative to keep Animal Control Officers informed concerning households where domestic violence has taken place and there are pets present.

Now new state legislation, Assembly Bill 1511, goes one step further.

What’s at stake on June 3

Gordon Clanton

Voter turnout is always lower in the spring primary than the November general election. Turnout is always lower in non-presidential years. City of San Diego residents are suffering from voter fatigue with two mayoral elections in two years. There are no controversial state ballot measures to stir voters. So look for low turnout on June 3. We’ll be lucky if we have a quorum.

Rant with Randi: Part 2: Do something that scares you

Randi Crawford

I left you wondering whether or not our Baltimore trip was the “experience of a lifetime” or a “hot mess,” and a lot of you emailed me “hot mess.” Thank you for the vote of confidence. So here’s how it really went down. I decided to find someone who could help us get around. I went into survival mode people. I emailed a lacrosse dad from the OC, and I asked him for his help. Yes, I felt like a complete idiot, but it was necessary if I wanted my son to get to any of these fields. He emailed me back and said that it would be fine.

May Del Mar Mayor’s Message

Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu

Over the past few months, the City Council has been discussing, analyzing, and planning for a new City Hall/Civic Center. A new City Hall/Civic Center will be one of the City’s largest capital projects and will serve residents for decades to come. Therefore, it is important to me and the City Council that we seek and listen to community input during all aspects of this project.

Del Mar Council needs to take a second look at in-lieu parking program

Del Mar should immediately halt the in-lieu parking program. It was ill conceived and harms the community. The program was created by the City Council to enable commercial properties to expand without having to provide the required onsite parking. It allows property owners to pay a fee for each additional required space that cannot be provided onsite. This fee is supposed to go towards building a downtown parking structure where those additional cars could theoretically park.

The dream of a Del Mar commons lives

The English name for public land held in common where villages hold events for the community is called “commons.” In a recent letter to the editor, Jacqueline Winterer asked, “Is that dream dead?” The answer is, “No.” The Leeger/Watkins plan for a community center is exactly that. A plan organized around outdoor courtyards and plazas serve as a public gathering place.

In-lieu parking permits — why would council not want to hear appeal?

Last week the Del Mar City Council voted not to hear my appeal of the Planning Director issuing 17 in-lieu parking permits for $17,000/year, without providing 17 actual parking spaces!

They didn’t want to hear the appeal, which pointed out that the director should have required the issuance of 10 more permits, for $10,000/year more, based on showing that the applicant had miscalculated the number required for Bull Taco to open in that location, and spaces counted that were not permitted, per the California Supreme Court!

Taking aim at Alzheimer’s disease

Dave Roberts

The Board of Supervisors has taken aim at Alzheimer’s disease.

The County of San Diego is the region’s largest provider of public health services, and by a 5-0 vote earlier this month, my colleagues and I agreed to confront Alzheimer’s disease, one of the region’s leading health issues.

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and I brought forward legislation to launch the Alzheimer’s Project.

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