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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.

Rant with Randi: Do something that scares you

Randi Crawford

This might sound crazy to some people, but if you are anything like me, and you have absolutely no sense of direction, you might relate. If you are one of those people who understand when someone is giving you directions, and they tell you to go “East” off the freeway, and you know what that means, then you definitely will not get me.

Open letter: Thank you, Mayor Faulconer

Dave Roberts

Thank you for your letter of Friday. I couldn’t be happier that you have budgeted $254,000 for the 2014-15 fiscal year to pay for an additional year of San Diego’s membership in the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. I am confident that the city’s annual investment in this regional asset will pay great dividends for many, many generations.

Join our campaign to fight the bite

Dave Roberts

The county’s Vector Control Program is digging in to fight the bite. And we need your help.

A countywide campaign to kill mosquitoes is in full force. Our arsenal includes helicopters, mobile phones, tiny fish and chickens. Our infantry includes anyone at risk of a mosquito bite. That’s more than 3.5 million of us.

Spring cleaning? Dispose of unused prescription drugs

Dave Roberts

On April 26, at locations across the county, authorities are making it easy for people to responsibly dispose of unused prescription drugs.

FRONTLINE CANCER: Exploring the link between obesity and cancer

Dr. Scott Lippman

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, which comes with a long and heavy list of associated health risks, among them: coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes — and cancer.

Rant with Randi: MAGCON

Most of you reading this will have no idea what I’m talking about. Let’s start here. Do you have a teenage daughter? Does she watch Vine videos?

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

Superintendent Schmitt plans to update the greater San Dieguito Union High School District community through our local media with a monthly update.

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