The Del Mar Community Vision 2020, which was created in 2002, states as the number one goal: “To remove the utility poles and lines from all Del Mar Neighborhoods, In order to make our neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more beautiful.”
On Sunday, June 9, the Del Mar, Balboa/Luzon neighborhood celebrated its recent triumph, which successfully undergrounded the neighborhood’s utility poles and lines.
“Our wonderful neighborhood is enhanced with a relaxing ambiance created by the removal of the utility poles and lines”, stated one neighbor.
“The utility poles were a visual assault and created a hazard from wind, fire and the electronic magnetic field,” added another neighbor.
Neighbors had informally discussed removing the utility poles for 20 years.
However, the Balboa/Luzon Underground Utility Project, which encompasses 23 homes, formed 18 months prior to the triumphant accomplishment of undergrounded utilities.
The team leaders, Tom McCarthy, Klaus Gubernator and Zelda Waxenberg, coordinated the process with the proper authorities and the neighbors. The funds were collected in one-and-a-half days. The construction took four months.
“We were successful due to our persistence, windows of opportunities, and the luck of enthusiastic neighbors. We thank Mara Fielding of SDG&E for her tremendous knowledge and her detailed coordination.
“We wish success to other Del Mar neighborhoods that gather together and underground their utilities.”
Tom McCarthy and Zelda Waxenberg offer to share their knowledge with those who undertake their own underground utility projects.