By Marlena Chavira-Medford
The 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA) held its monthly board meeting Tuesday, March 8. Below is a summary of some of the topics discussed and actions taken:
Garrick survey results
California Assemblyman Martin Garrick (R — Solana Beach) conducted a survey in his district regarding the proposed legislation that would allow Del Mar to buy the fairgrounds and racetrack. The results of that survey were distributed in the agenda packed at the 22nd DAA meeting. According to those results, 4,497 people responded to the survey. Of those, 71 percent were opposed to the sale; and 81 percent felt they should be able to weigh in on any proposed sale; and 71 percent were highly concerned about private investors deciding the fate of this property. Also, 77 percent said that horseracing should continue on the property. When asked who should manage the fairgrounds, a majority responded that the state should continue to operate it through the 22nd DAA, though the exact percentage of that majority was not provided.
Del Mar Fairgrounds Recycling Program
The Del Mar Fairgrounds Recycling Program is in its 25th year, and once again it has achieved a diversion rate from landfills by well over the 50 percent mark required by the state. In 2010, the fairgrounds reached an overall combined recycling and diversion rate of 91 percent. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club achieved a 94 percent diversion rate from landfills.
Master Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
The public will have a chance to review the fairgrounds’ master plan EIR during a workshop that is tentatively planned for April 18 inside the Mission Tower Building, though the exact time has yet to be announced.