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]

Residents in Del Mar want eucalyptus trees removed

Residents in Del Mar want eucalyptus trees removed

DEL MAR — An attorney hired by a group of residents is asking the city to take action to remove or cut back and thin out what he describes as a thirsty grove of eucalyptus trees on “the most dangerous piece of property in Del Mar.” “Although we have urged removal of the trees based […]

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Congratulations to Salvatore Ercolano for delivering the perfect San Diego seaside restaurant and wine bar that’s as relaxed as you could wish for. Just a few steps from Torrey Pines State Beach, the ocean, and a few more to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, you’ll find lots of free, easy parking. Ercolano brings a lifetime of […]

Trade show is, and always has been, about the board

Trade show is, and always has been, about the board

DEL MAR — The show, since its beginnings, has always been about one thing: the surfboard. “It’s a symbol of freedom, it’s a symbol of adventure, it’s a symbol of enduring youth,” said Scott Bass, the man behind The Boardroom, a two-day surf industry event celebrating those who shape, design, build and craft surfboards. “You […]

Council to launch roadway improvement plan

DEL MAR — In response to comments made in a citizen satisfaction survey and the results of a pavement assessment, council members are poised to launch a roadway improvement plan in which the city will likely spend money now to save it later. In the survey completed earlier this year, a majority of the 450 […]

EIR getting under way for Jimmy Durante roundabout

EIR getting under way for Jimmy Durante roundabout

DEL MAR — Will it make traffic worse? Could it actually decrease pedestrian safety? What’s the rush? Those were some of the questions from the 40 or so residents who attended an April 30 scoping meeting at City Hall Annex to identify issues that should be studied as part of the environmental impact review process […]

They ain’t nothin’ but pug dogs

They ain’t nothin’ but pug dogs

DEL MAR — Pugs dressed as the Queen of Hearts, a runaway bride and of course Elvis were on hand for the 24th annual Pug Party held May 2 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. With a “Vegas Pups” theme, the event, hosted by Pug Rescue of San Diego, also featured canine costumes such as showgirls, […]

They ain’t nothin’ but pug dogs

They ain’t nothin’ but pug dogs

DEL MAR — Pugs dressed as the Queen of Hearts, a runaway bride and of course Elvis were on hand for the 24th annual Pug Party held May 2 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. With a “Vegas Pups” theme, the event, hosted by Pug Rescue of San Diego, also featured canine costumes such as showgirls, […]

Charity never tasted so good

Charity never tasted so good

DEL MAR — Fine wines and food fused with philanthropy as culinary masters from more than a dozen local restaurants prepared signature dishes for the 19th annual Meet the Chefs of Del Mar, a fundraiser to benefit Casa de Amparo for abused and neglected children. The April 26 event, held at Hilton Del Mar, featured […]

Tree stump art officially unveiled

Tree stump art officially unveiled

DEL MAR — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for a Torrey pine tree stump that was recently transformed into a piece of public art Councilman Terry Sinnott described as “uniquely Del Mar.” Late last year the tree became infected with bark beetles. A decision was made to remove it so other nearby trees wouldn’t […]

Operation Game On expands to help veterans

Operation Game On expands to help veterans

DEL MAR — Although there are few, if any, severely combat-injured active-duty troops currently going through rehabilitation at the Naval Medical Center San Diego or Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Tony Perez didn’t see that as a reason to slow down Operation Game On, a golf rehabilitation program he founded in 2008. In fact, the Rancho Santa […]

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