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.


Contact Info

City Hall
1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-9313 or 858-755-2794

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas

Public Works Department
2240 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
After Hours Emergency 858-756-1126

Del Mar Fire Department
2200 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014

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 […]

CCR needs more to fill baskets

DEL MAR — The Encinitas-based Community Resource Center still needs a few items for its upcoming “Holiday Baskets” giveaway. The CCR asks that items be new (especially the toys) or gently used and  are hoping to collect more of the following items: • Blankets – These are for seniors. Look for fleece throws for as little as $4 […]

Planning begins for river path extension in Del Mar

Planning begins for river path extension in Del Mar

DEL MAR — Armed with recently received grant money, city officials are moving forward with plans to extend River Path Del Mar, an approximately quarter-mile stretch of land between San Dieguito Drive and the lagoon beginning at the Grand Avenue Bridge lagoon viewpoint. The existing river path trail aligns from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the […]

Del Marians see train platform as unneeded

Del Marians see train platform as unneeded

DEL MAR — City officials, in a comment letter to the San Diego Association of Governments, are asking that an environmental assessment for a project to replace the nearly 100-year-old railroad bridge west of the Del Mar Fairgrounds be revised and reissued because it does not adequately mitigate impacts or address the need for a […]

Del Mar City hall options narrowed to two

DEL MAR — Council members are hoping the 23rd time was the charm that will create the final options for a new city hall complex to be presented to residents, who will then select which plan should move forward. At the Dec. 1 meeting — public hearing number 23 in 18 months on the subject […]

Auction company aiming for Del Mar

DEL MAR — Barretts Equine Limited, a thoroughbred sales company currently based in Pomona, is in negotiations to relocate its operations to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a move that could result in more than $1 million in annual sales tax revenue for the city of Del Mar. A representative from Barretts was out of town […]

California Chrome expected to run at Del Mar

DEL MAR — With a theme focused on the early days of Hollywood and the actor who cofounded the famed seaside facility, officials were hoping the fall Bing Crosby Season would attract celebrities to the Del Mar Racetrack. While there was no shortage of stars — mostly lookalikes — on opening day, it appears closing […]

Fall race season opens with fashion, fun and fillies

Fall race season opens with fashion, fun and fillies

DEL MAR — With an opening day that began more focused on fashion than fillies, the Del Mar Race Track kicked off its first fall meet in nearly 50 years, with attendance at 11,513. “We got the first pickle out of the gate and it looks good,” Joe Harper, president and chief executive officer of […]

Del Mar Library turns 100

Del Mar Library turns 100

DEL MAR — As an oceanfront community and home to the famed thoroughbred race track, Del Mar has become known for hotel bookings and horse race bookies. But it was books that are read that were celebrated Nov.1, when the city marked the 100th anniversary of its library and the building where it has been […]

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