Del Mar

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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]

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 […]

Group raises $25k to swim, bike run

Group raises $25k to swim, bike run

REGION — Coordinated at marathon speed in about 30 days, the inaugural Team Hoyt San Diego fundraiser netted approximately $25,000 to help challenged athletes swim, bike, run. The organization, launched last year with help from Del Mar residents Jim and Lisa Pathman, will use the proceeds to buy specialized equipment, fund scholarships and pay race […]

Del Mar may form mini police department

DEL MAR — Council members unanimously agreed at the Jan. 20 meeting to move forward cautiously with a recommendation to form a small city police department, but only if the Sheriff’s Department is willing to work under such an arrangement. Nearly four years ago the city tasked the Finance Committee with finding ways to reduce […]

Council gets first look at parking plan

Council gets first look at parking plan

DEL MAR — After more than 90 minutes of discussion at the Jan. 5 meeting, Councilmen Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden were appointed to further analyze a nearly 85-page draft document that outlined a downtown parking management plan and report back to their colleagues in 30 days. City staff was directed to begin working on […]

Roundabout removed from sidewalk project

Roundabout removed from sidewalk project

DEL MAR — Plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive have been put on hold to avoid delaying a sidewalk improvement project. However, the traffic calming device is still under review and could be added in the future. Council members at the Jan. 5 meeting voted […]

Del Mar to consider additional stabling

Del Mar to consider additional stabling

DEL MAR — With an expected shortage of stables within the next five years, the 22nd District Agricultural Association is preparing to conduct a feasibility study for stabling 1,000 horses at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a move that could determine the future of racing in Southern California. In an informational report at the Dec. 16 […]

Ag district cans plans for microbrewery

Ag district cans plans for microbrewery

DEL MAR — Plans to convert an underused facility at the Del Mar Fairgrounds into a microbrewery have gone flat, but the idea of a tasting room is still on tap. Despite receiving interest from 119 businesses — 64 of them based in San Diego — following the September release of a request for proposals, […]

City reinstates use of body camera

DEL MAR — Del Mar’s park ranger was expected to resume using a body camera this past week, according to an update given by the city manager at the Dec. 15 meeting. In March Adam Chase, the ranger, pulled over, unknown to him at the time, an off-duty reserve deputy for using a cell phone […]

Cities to reiterate concerns with One Paseo

Cities to reiterate concerns with One Paseo

REGION — With a hearing for One Paseo scheduled for the Jan. 27 San Diego City Council meeting, officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach agreed to again submit letters stating their concerns with the Carmel Valley development. The mixed-use project, which would be located at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and […]

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