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Del Mar Update from Dwight Worden

Hello friends! Here is my second newsletter as your City Councilmember. I'll address a few topical issues for Del Mar in each of these periodic newsletters, welcoming your feedback! Please feel free to share this with your Del Mar friends and neighbors.

Sea Level Rise 

Credit: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal)
Don Mosier and I serve as council liaisons for a new effort to address sea-level rise and its coastal flooding impacts, including assisting the community in prioritizing vulnerable coastal resources, and preparing an amendment to our Local Coastal Program to address these issues.  

A Sea-Level Rise Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) is being formed now to assist in this effort. We're seeking members with specific types of expertise as well as individuals directly impacted by these issues (beach and bluff-top property owners; beach and trail users). 

The scientific consensus is that the water's coming up--so this is a compelling topic for Del Mar. I hope you'll consider participating in this important work on behalf of our community.  

Kaaboo: Three-day Music Festival Coming to 
the Fairgrounds Sept.18-20.

100,000 people, seven stages, music outdoors until 10 pm and indoors until 2:30 am, 60+ bands from Snoop Dogg to the Zac Brown Band, plus comedy acts, a food plaza, featured wineries and distilleries, and an "Impact Zone" with "glamorous on-site accommodations, including the Rock Star Surfari or a Rock Star Tour Bus."  

The fairgrounds (22nd DAA), which no doubt has been working on this outsized event for more than a year, chose not to disclose this event to Del Mar in any of the many Community Relations Committee meetings where Fairgrounds reps meet with representatives of Del Mar (Mayor Corti and Councilmember Mosier) and Solana Beach to discuss issues of mutual concern. I'm certainly not happy about this lack of communication, and Del Mar is now playing catch up to try and address the issues of concern to local residents, including: traffic, security and policing, impacts to the beaches, lagoon areas, and surrounding neighborhoods, noise, and other issues of concern. If you have a particular concern, let me know by email: dwight@dwightworden.com

Dwight's Band at the Del Mar Library
Prairie Sky
Thurs. March 26, 6:30 pm

My bluegrass band Prairie Sky is performing at the Del Mar Library on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm. I'd be honored if you stopped by to listen. The concert is free and open to the public. We'll be playing unamplifed acoustic music, kinda like being in your living room, and that's the best way to hear music! 

Note: The Watermark project's public scoping meeting for the project EIR is also scheduled for March 26, starting at 6pm.  Everyone can comment on the issues they think should be addressed in the EIR by written comments submitted by April 9, or by attending the meeting on the 26th. By all means attend the meeting as a priority, and then stop by the concert, time permitting. Read the Notice of Preparation and how to comment in writing or in person on the scope of the Watermark EIR here.

Dwight's Office Hours--Please Stop By!
I will be holding open office hours on the last Friday of every month from 10:30 am to noon at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 9th Street. No appointments necessary, simply drop by to share what's on your mind. My first session will be this month, on Friday, March 27. I hope to see you there. Update: beginning in May, my office hours will be on the first Friday of every month, from 9:30-11:30 am.

Police Services in Del Mar Update 

Captain Theresa Adams-Hydar reports that she has found a way to adjust her budget to provide one additional deputy to Del Mar and half of an additional traffic officer (shared with Solana Beach), without any increase in cost to Del Mar. We thank her for that. This will double our patrol deputies from 1 to 2, and add signficantly to traffic enforcement.  We will also be trying a temporary experimental program in coming months of using motorcycle officers to see if that works better for traffic control--including citing those bicycles not stopping at stop signs! These changes should be a great help this summer and beyond.

Your city council is still moving forward to study the local police program recommended by our Finance Committee--adding local officers to work in cooperation with the sheriffs.  We are also studying two additional options: (1) establishing our own police department, and (2) considering a proposal from the sheriff to meet our additional needs (this later option will be studied at the request of the sheriff). 

A Great Turnout for the Boardwalk!

It was great to see so many of you last Saturday in support of the Boardwalk adjacent to the San Dieguito River. I participated in a meeting of the San Dieguito River Valley JPA on Friday, March 20, providing my perspective on the best strategies for getting Coastal Commission reconsideration of its decision requiring the relocation or removal of the boardwalk. Lots of great organizations and folks committed to the San Dieguito Lagoon and the Coast to Crest Trail are working hard on this, and we hope to save this interpretive walkway that enables young and old alike to experience the lagoon in an environmentally sensitive way.

Got Issues of Concern as Summer Approaches? 
Send me an email -- dwight@dwightworden.com -- and let me know. I'll see what I can do! 

Thanks for taking the time to read this update, and for sharing your thoughts with me.