Buds Corner

  • Paseo Pearls, Piazzas, Platoons

    By Bud Emerson On Thursday, Aug. 8, the One Paseo project presented a parade of project planners who patronized people of Carmel Valley with pretty pictures of pods, piazzas, pearls and platoons purporting to placate problems posed by their project plans. Pardon my p’s, but it was pathetic. Seriously,...

  • Enough gun show craziness

    Enough gun show craziness

    How much more gun violence do we need before the Fair Board steps up and takes a stand on the gun trafficking they sponsor with five gun shows a year? So far not one board member has even asked for something that is so offensive to our community be put on their agenda at least for discussion, even...

  • Roundabout terror

    What a terrifying experience I had today in a non-Del Mar area of the county. I was taking a leisurely drive through Leucadia and came upon a “roundabout.” I guess that was what it was by the circular nature of the thing. I had no idea what to do. I braked, stymied by this bizarre circular configuration....

  • The sky is falling?

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” said FDR. Was he watching Del Mar’s Prop J campaign? The Prop J Village Specific Plan (VSP) is a plan, not a blueprint. Not a straight jacket. No handcuffs. Not a top-down forcefeed to helpless residents. Not a nefarious plot by demonic developers...

  • The French Connection

    The French Connection

    Traveling in France always gives me perspective on what we are doing on this side of the pond. America looks like a very appealing teenager full of promise, energy, creativity, yet still unpredictable in making smart decisions. Driving through numerous small villages, some smaller and some larger...

  • Evolving Village Specific Plan

    My column last week describing a series of thresholds and triggers is already out of date.  Some significant changes in the downtown revitalization draft were made by the Del Mar City Council just a few days ago. The net effect is less development and more controls in the Village Specific Plan...

  • Not too big, just right; Thresholds and triggers

    Del Mar is on the verge of realizing the vision of our Community Plan for a pedestrian-oriented, viable, resident-serving downtown. However, our draft Village Specific Plan(VSP) is arousing fears that we might be growing too big, too fast. Of course, the VSP is a 30-year plan that is very likely...

  • Walkable Del Mar, finally

    We Delmarians will soon have an opportunity to transform our downtown from a car-centric area to a pedestrian-centric environment. We will finally be able to put into place  the last element of the  vision built into our Community Plan in 1975, a walkable, resident-serving downtown. Not only will...

  • Who develops Del Mar?

    By Bud Emerson Del Mar columnist We do! Downtown Del Mar is called out in our Community Plan as a viable center with small resident-serving businesses in a pedestrian environment with one lane of traffic in each direction. For about four decades we have been holding on to this vision waiting for...

  • One hour a month

    Bud Emerson Del Mar I recently ran into an old friend raking leaves in her yard and I kidded her about using an old-fashioned implement instead of new gas-fired leaf blowers. She reminded me about a column I wrote a while back alerting the operators and ourselves how unhealthy these devices are...

  • Can the region trust Del Mar?

    By Bud Emerson Taking our granddaughters to the fair again this year was a real treat. Except this year the program guide had a snarky full page message from the Fair Board telling all of the million-plus attendees that Del Mar cannot be trusted to run the fairgrounds. The fair and other activities...

  • Process, process, process

    By Bud Emerson Watching the Del Mar City Council stumble clumsily toward decisions about downtown re(sic)vitalization, it seems they have a bit of amnesia about how the community has evolved over the years. We did not achieve our status as one of the most admired cities in California by “fast tracking”...

  • BUD'S CORNER: Competence and accountability

    By Bud Emerson Resident, Del Mar Two of the best reasons to approve the sale of the fairgrounds to the city of Del Mar are to achieve competence and accountability. The current governing structure of the fairgrounds is a board that has neither. Members of the fair board are appointed by the governor...

  • BUD'S CORNER: City staffers deserve better

    By Bud Emerson Resident, Del Mar It is painful to hear voices challenging the pay and benefits of Del Mar city employees. A favorite narrative of the chattering class these days is that all local government employees are being paid too well and their pensions are draining public resources. The...

  • Bud's Corner - Broadway in Del Mar

    By Bud Emerson Just spent a week in New York and was flabbergasted to see that Mayor Bloomberg has succeeded in closing a huge section of Broadway to car traffic. That's right, I said "Broadway," right in the middle of Times Square. Instead of fighting our way through jammed sidewalks, we strolled...

  • Bud's Corner: A win-win for local businesses

    By Bud Emerson Many good things are underway to revitalize our downtown. But we worry about the growing business failure trend. I would like to see us convert our worry about small business survivability into a plan of action. A recent newspaper article on small business survival recommends itself....

  • Bud's Corner: Small cities and parklands

    By Bud Emerson A recent road trip through central and northern California, Oregon, Washington, west of the Sierras and east of the Cascades, and on into British Columbia opened my eyes to the incredible beauty of the West Coast. We avoided interstate highways as much as possible, concentrating...

  • Bud's Corner: Roundabouts all around--but not in Del Mar

    By Bud Emersen Del Mar Resident Seems like the Del Mar 2000 Plan for downtown revitalization is serving as a great model for a great number of places. Roundabouts slow drivers down so they can enjoy the community instead of speeding past pedestrian-friendly and business-friendly zones. Narrowed...

  • Bud's Corner: Time for a political divorce

    By Bud Emerson, Del Mar and the north central coast cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas really like to vote, and they really liked the Obama/Biden ticket. Their pattern of voting shows a very different orientation from other voters in our congressional district and from the rest of the county...

  • Bud's Corner: Clean Water for Del Mar

    By Bud Emmerson Nothing fits Del Mar's value system like the clean water election we are now experiencing. All of us have received a mail ballot, which must be filed at city hall by Sept. 15. If your ballot has been misplaced, a replacement can be obtained from City Hall. Del Mar's prize assets...

  • Bud's Corner: Around the roundabouts

    By Bud Emerson Not counting my struggles with left hand driving, my recent vacation in Ireland and England convinced me that roundabouts are the most civilizing invention available to protect communities from "autointerruptess." Most of these communities greet drivers with a traffic circle that...

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