Del Mar: Looking ahead

Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu

By Lee Haydu,

Del Mar Mayor

As the newly appointed Mayor, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and our vision for the upcoming year. Annually, the City Council appoints a mayor to serve a one-year term. On Dec. 9, 2013, with the City Council’s unanimous support, I began my term as your next Mayor.

I have lived in Del Mar for 31 years, raising two beautiful daughters with my late husband. And I have been actively involved in the local community, participating in various committees and groups. My goal is to work with my colleagues on the City Council to help resolve challenges by encouraging public participation and thoughtfully analyzing solutions.

Our vision for the upcoming year includes some significant projects. First, we will be working towards making a decision on the location for City Hall offices and for our Town Hall. The existing City Hall is operating in the former St. James Academy/Del Mar Elementary School at 1050 Camino del Mar. Originally built in 1921 and expanded in the 1950s, 45 percent of the original building is limited to storage because of seismic instability. Additional mobile trailers provide staff offices and meeting space. Current seismic and accessibility requirements, as well as maintenance and space needs, indicate the facility is beyond its usable lifespan as a City Hall. Keep your eye out for an upcoming survey to give the City Council your feedback about a new Civic Center.

Additionally, the City Council, with input from the community, will be working towards implementing solutions for parking issues that meet the community’s needs in the business area as well as in the residential areas. And the City will begin work on a major sidewalk, street, and drainage improvement project this spring. The project will begin in the Beach Colony between 22nd Street and 29th Street. The City will be correcting the issue of ponding water and drainage as well as constructing sidewalks in the areas that are missing sidewalks and repair the street as needed.

My goal is to use this message to keep the public informed on important news regarding the future of our beautiful city. I look forward to working with the City Council and listening to residents and business owners to implement our vision.

For more information: Del Mar City Hall: 1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, Calif., 92014-2698. Telephone: (858) 755-9313 Fax: (858) 755-2794;