Del Mar

City Info


It’s hard to believe that the home of the Del Mar Fairgrounds is actually the smallest city in San Diego. Doing a little free association, the name Del Mar conjures up images of carnival rides and cotton candy, thoroughbreds and beautiful beaches and the world-class Torrey Pines Golf Course.“Where the surf meets the turf” is the tagline for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s annual meet. But for the rest of the year for residents, it’s just called home. Some amazing chefs slice, dice and sauté in the city’s fine dining establishments. But one sector of the population loves Del Mar for a whole different, furrier reason. It is touted as a very dog-friendly city. Two words: Dog Beach. Where else can doggies and owners go to play in the surf and sand?

Population: Approximately 4,540

Housing units: Approximately 2,175

Median income: $120,966

Education: 72.4 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Bianca Kaplanek


Bianca Kaplanek is a graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She was a writer for BOP, a teen entertainment magazine, in the mid-1980s before moving to Hawaii, where she was editor of Ka Nupepa, a weekly community newspaper for Central Oahu, Hawaii Architect magazine and The Hawaii Realtor Journal.She was copy editor for Coast News Group for two years before she began covering Solana Beach and Del Mar in 2008.

Email: [email protected]

Contact Info


City Hall
1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-9313 or 858-755-2794
E-mail: [email protected]

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas
760-966-3500

Public Works Department
2240 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-3294
After Hours Emergency 858-756-1126
E-mail: [email protected]

Del Mar Fire Department
2200 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-1522
E-mail: [email protected]

Public address Watermark environmental issues

Public address Watermark environmental issues

DEL MAR — A multifamily complex proposed for the southeast corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive was criticized, mostly for its density and lack of sufficient parking, and supported for its potential diversity during a March 26 scoping meeting. As they entered City Hall Annex — and several times throughout the evening […]

Del Mar wins award for transparency

DEL MAR — When Del Mar’s park ranger pulled over an off-duty reserve deputy for using a cell phone while driving, it resulted in the officer’s dismissal from the Sheriff’s Department and the city temporarily suspending its body-camera procedures to ensure they complied with all laws. It also earned Del Mar the San Diego Society […]

Council upset with Kaaboo planning process

DEL MAR— After receiving an update from the organizers of a three-day music event scheduled for September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar City Council members are still concerned about noise and traffic impacts, and some remain upset at the way fairgrounds officials handled the planning process. “We weren’t happy with the fact that […]

Supporters walk the planks to save the boardwalk

Supporters walk the planks to save the boardwalk

DEL MAR — More than 150 people attended a March 21 rally in an effort to convince the California Coastal Commission to change a March 11 decision to move a boardwalk currently located on the perimeter of an ongoing wetlands restoration project along the San Dieguito River. “The Coastal Commission, in my humble opinion, got […]

Top chefs team up for  San Diego’s culinary future

Top chefs team up for San Diego’s culinary future

REGION — If you’ve ever dreamed of enjoying a meal, with each course prepared by a different culinary master, then Chef Celebration’s annual spring dinner series is for you. For five consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 31, well-known San Diego chefs will present five-course dinners at five different restaurants throughout the county. The 20th annual event […]

Study of fairgrounds’ impacts kicks off

DEL MAR — A long-awaited study to determine the impacts events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds have on Del Mar and Solana Beach is finally getting underway. At the March 16 meeting Del Mar City Council approved a $90,000 contract with Economic & Planning Systems, a land-economic consulting firm. The study is a requirement of […]

Study set to review traffic options at busy intersection

Study set to review traffic options at busy intersection

DEL MAR — Plans to improve traffic at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive are gearing up. Council members at the March 2 meeting authorized a $64,440 contract with Kleinfelder West Inc. for a focused environmental impact report that will review four traffic control alternatives and determine their impacts. Although the […]

Haydu appointed to 22nd DAA, Day resigns

Haydu appointed to 22nd DAA, Day resigns

DEL MAR — Lee Haydu, a former Del Mar City Council member who served one year as mayor, was one of two people appointed on Feb. 27 by Gov. Jerry Brown to the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Haydu and Pierre Sleiman, of San Diego, fill vacancies […]

Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante

Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante

DEL MAR — Street, sidewalk and drainage improvements along a southeast portion of Jimmy Durante Boulevard are expected to begin in about a week after City Council awarded a $1.6 million contract to PAL General Engineering Inc. at the Feb. 2 meeting. The project starts approximately 150 feet south of San Dieguito Drive and ends […]

Tree stump to be carved into public art

Tree stump to be carved into public art

DEL MAR — When Del Mar resident David Arnold was on his way home one day last month he saw a city crew removing a beetle-damaged Torrey pine on the south end of Torrey Pines State Reserve on a patch of land with an ocean view. “I couldn’t help but think that this tree is […]

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