Del Mar Stories

Tickets issued for crossing train tracks

“Trains travel through at 35 to 73 miles per hour… Sometimes a ticket educates.”

The North County Transit District has started writing tickets for people who illegally cross their railroad tracks. The enforcement carried out by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. covers all train tracks from the Orange ...

Boom purveyors' pollution in light of day

Though it's not obvious, local waters get fireworked over, reports indicate

San Diego has had 111 fireworks events since 2011, when the state water-quality control board began requiring permits — not including SeaWorld's maximum of 150 a year, which are counted under a different permit. Most ...

On sacred throne with eagle on shoulder

Artist carves dismembered Torrey pine into ocean-facing sculpture

Those who frequently hike or bike the Coast Highway between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Beach will have likely noticed — in the past month or so — an eagle emerging out of a ...

Say Goodbye to Kensington Video

The Kensington-Talmadge Community Association is throwing the Hanfords a send-off party in honor of their 50 years. Scott Marks, San Diego Reader film critic, will discuss what the store has meant to San Diego film ...

Shamrocking in the Gaslamp

A juried art and design exhibition of SDSU student and faculty works exploring food as a fundamental need, modern food production and its relationship to the environment, the culture of eating, and its relationship to ...

Big money talking in One Paseo ballot war

L.A. developers go bankroll-to-bankroll over lucrative development rights

Pioneered by San Diego Republican ex-mayor Jerry Sanders and his allies in the local shipbuilding, hotel, and restaurant industries, big-money referendum campaigns have become the device of choice to thwart the will of San Diego's ...

Del Martians polled on new city hall options

Officials stopped calling it an "election" after a lawsuit surfaced

Results of an online "poll" of Del Mar residents are in, and it appears the bulk of the electorate want to spend more than the bare minimum when it comes to replacing the town's aging ...

Stadium task force chairman had role in "Ticketgate"

Indian casino executive named in Del Mar fair freebie complaint

As Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani ups the ante on Kevin Faulconer and San Diego's clubby political and media establishment by challenging the integrity of the mayor's stadium task force, fresh attention has been drawn ...

Tour Del Mar

Scenic North County bike route features a few surprises along the way.

Like most San Diegans I'm familiar with the touristy parts of Del Mar (Del Mar Fairground/Racetrack and the beaches) – the scenic coastal village between Soledad Valley and the San Dieguito River – but didn't ...

Why not vote with your home computer?

Del Mar doctor sues city for conducting an online poll (not an election!)

Despite protests from a psychiatrist, Del Mar will be allowed to proceed with an online poll of local registered voters, an act city officials say does not constitute an election and thus is exempt from ...

Buy this mansion from Jenny Craig

Maybe the best house in the world!

Current Owner: Genevieve (Jenny) Craig Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 6.5 Price: $39,500,000 This week we visit an 8925-square-foot mansion sitting on a nearly three-quarter-acre lot on a small spit of sand lying just across the San ...

Gas-price bloat

County's nine most expensive stations asked why they buck the trend

With gas prices falling every day in San Diego, averaging $2.63 a gallon on January 9 (according to gasbuddy.com), motorists may wonder why nine stations in the county seem to be bucking the declining-price trend. ...

Tickets fixed

Admission prices for next year’s Del Mar fair are going up. “We anticipate a $1 increase in adult admission prices in this proposed budget,” says a staff report to the board of the 22nd Agricultural ...

Championship living

Your personal link has a view of the Fairbanks Ranch links.

An elegant solution for those who enjoy entertaining formally.

Horse die-offs and high roller dearth cut Del Mar take

Absence of two unidentified "VIP bettors" responsible for $8 million gambling plunge

The business of betting on California horseflesh has been on the decline, plagued by the rise of Indian casinos, a dearth of high rollers, and a rash of well-publicized equine deaths at Del Mar over ...

Lunch at Pacifica Del Mar

Fine food and fruity drinks

I’d only ever been to Pacifica Del Mar around sunset, most often with reservations so I could be sure to sit at one of the primo tables that are cleverly arranged so diners are half-facing ...

Torrey pines infested — 100 trees doomed

Bark beetle populations boom amid drought and higher temperatures

Pinus torreyana (aka Torrey pines) are among the rarest pine trees in the world. They occur naturally only on Santa Rosa Island (west of Ventura) and here in San Diego at Torrey Pines State Natural ...

Reasons to give thanks

Sampler Flight of local beer events for November 25 through December 1

November 25 | Movember Night: It’s the time of year where razors are shelved in favor of scruff, ‘staches, and Samaritanism. That’s right, possibly the easiest charity movement on the planet — Movember. All it ...

And they're off (again)

Del Mar racetrack's Bing Crosby Season opens

From a weather standpoint, the November 7 opener of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Cub’s “Bing Crosby Season" was better than its regular late-July opener. But even with temperatures in the 80s, missing were the throngs ...

Double-tracked = doubly jacked in North County

Rail line improvements aim to increase train traffic usage twofold

On October 24, the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (known as LOSSAN) made available to the public new information on the plans affecting its 7.6 million annual passengers and the residents in ...

Del Mar resort is “still relevant for today’s beach front living”

Dang. Probably can’t afford this one either.

Current Owner: Robert Driver Family Trust Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Price $20,000,000 This luxury waterfront resort is located in a small gated community along the northern beaches of Del Mar, just across San Dieguito Lagoon ...

Manchester's Grand Del Mar approved by commission

"The behavior of this developer impugns all developers."

In January 2013, Douglas Manchester cut a deal with the City of San Diego to remedy years of permit violations at his Grand Del Mar resort, which included illegal grading and destroying natural habitat. In ...

San Diego County Fair Announces Theme for 2015

Fair Organizer Farley McFerrin: "It took weeks of research and debate, but ultimately, we decided to go with the title of a 1957 romantic weeper. It just fit with our desire to commemorate the 100th ...

Del Mar’s super brew of politics

Jerry Brown appointee recuses himself from fair-board brewpub vote

“If one vice doesn't work, try another” appears to be the motto of the Del Mar fair board, the gubernatorially appointed body that runs the state's 22nd District Agricultural Association. After years of dismal financial ...

Serious Manhattan

Mia Francesca's take on the classic aims to be richer and more flavorful.

Every so often in life, paperback utility ought to give over to leather-bound editions; the joy of a Swisher Sweet to the experience of a Romeo y Julieta; the usual Manhattan cocktail to nothing less ...

Happy horses

Barb chooses the wrong hat for the Del Mar racetrack.

Someone else, having overheard our conversation, piped in, “Most of these horses have stylists, massage therapists, and veterinarians constantly catering to their every need.”

Racehorse trainers and PETA agree

It’s not Del Mar’s turf track — the animals are being pushed too hard

A week before horses started dying more often than normal at Del Mar, on July 18 a California Horse Racing Board member expressed his concern about the racing surfaces at another California race track — ...

Horse Branding at Old Del Mar

A special guest editorial from Del Mar Racing VP of Marketing Greg Dodo: In 2001, I was tasked with beating a dead horse back to life. The glory days of the Del Mar Racetrack seemed ...

Fish taco versus California burrito

Getting the best of a local chain

When you say "berto's", I think burrito. Adalberto's or Filibertos? Burrito. Aliberto's, Humberto's, or Rigoberto's? Burrito. Or if there's no drive-thru, maybe some rolled tacos. It's just a fact of living here: at some time ...

The public doesn’t like dead horses

The cost of doing business

The tenth horse died at Del Mar on Saturday, August 2. This one was Chattering Gambler, a three-year-old colt who collapsed during the third race as he drove toward the finish line. This makes 10 ...

It doesn't get any better than this* (*if you have $17.5 million)

35 feet of ocean frontage in the heart of Del Mar

Current Owners: David and Lori Sykes Listing Price: $17,500,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 5 Listing materials for this week’s home invite would-be buyers to “take your front row seat to the spectacular Pacific Ocean and California’s ...

Some of that California money

Manchester hosts cash roundup for Texas candidate — $5000 gets you in

Doug Manchester, who intends to build a long-delayed hotel in Austin, is putting on a glitzy fundraiser for Greg Abbott, the Republican who is running for Texas governor against Democrat Wendy Davis. Manchester and his ...

"Made in America"?

Consumers sue, say it ain't so

The Del Mar Law Group is suing blue-jeans companies over "Made in America" labels. In one suit that the firm hopes will be certified as a class action, the plaintiff states that "fabric, thread, buttons, ...

Where the suds meet the turf

Ballast Point takes over former Oggi’s space at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

There’s nothing quite like a day spent at the track, picking the ponies and, hopefully, taking home some cash. For the longest time, doing so meant settling for Del Margaritas. I know, I know…first-world problems. ...

Tough bet

Opening day at Del Mar racetrack

Two hours before the 2:00 p.m. post time, traffic for opening day at the Del Mar racetrack was jammed in every direction; southbound I-5 crept down from La Costa Avenue. Northbound I-5 was very slow. ...

What the fair will bear

The San Diego County Fair may not be known for its adventuresome booking of bands, but few can claim that the annual expo underpays the acts. It was reported in 2007 that one of its ...

Obama’s Del Martian loophole lobbyist

Less-than-transparent nonprofit gets money from lobbyist client

How transparent is Organizing for Action, the big-money "issue advocacy" committee closely associated with Barack Obama's White House? Not enough, suggests the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit based in Washington DC that runs OpenSecrets.org, ...

Fair fanatic's guide

Don't be duped and save a buck

By Wednesday, June 11, the third day of its four-week run, the San Diego County Fair was in full swing. Traffic was backing up on northbound I-5 by 10:30 a.m. As a regular fair fanatic, ...

First hour of the San Diego County Fair

The Beatles were there — hurry, hurrayy...

For the 29th consecutive year, Escondido’s Margaret Austin, known as the “Pink Pig Lady” for her rolling collection of pink pig memorabilia, was the first to walk through the front gates on June 7 — ...

Casa Sol y Mar: Technicolor Mexico

Del Mar restaurant serves up the tortillas without the border wait

I am perfectly happy eating every meal at a taco shop with some variation of “bertos” on it, but yellow-and-red-striped huts with Formica tables and vending machines for 50-cent tattoos are only going to appeal ...

San Diego County Fair Food Advance Peek

From Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers to bacon-wrapped whisky churros

The San Diego County Fair officially opens June 7, but members of the media were able to get an early taste. Here is a rundown of some of the goodies that “carnie-vores” can gobble during ...

Non-locals only at the county fair

Why not have local musicians?

If you want to sniff an Encinitas-grown rose or pet a Ramona-bred goat, come on down to the San Diego County Fair. But if you yearn to grab an earful from the county’s best musicians, ...

Cardiff is the new Del Mar? Says who?

Cardiff-by-the Sea was named for Cardiff, Wales; Del Mar was originally built to resemble an old English Village. But is the British connection where the similarity ends for these two North County beach towns? Realtors ...

On the bluff tops of Olde Del Mar

Almost $7M will buy you a pizza oven by the pool (and more!)

Current Owner: Gary & Carol Arnold Listing Price: $6,795,000 Beds: 4 Baths: 4 “This entire home from the front curb to the rear fence was completely renovated” since it last sold in 1999, boast the ...

Del Mar's North Torrey Pines Bridge retrofitted

Four-year-long project makes span good for at least another 50 years

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Tuesday morning, April 15, marked the completion of the lengthy restoration process for a historic bridge between San Diego and Del Mar. The North Torrey Pines Bridge, named in 1996 at ...

Runners wrecking the trail in Torrey Pines

Volunteer guards the southernmost entrance

While hiking in the Torrey Pines state reserve a few days ago, I saw a volunteer "guarding" the entrance to the southernmost trail (which was taped off). She said she was there to physically prevent ...

Bookstore to close — but not why you think

Mall owner needs parking space

All over the country, brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing because the industry is increasingly getting its sales online. But this July, a very successful Barnes & Noble store will close in the Del Mar Highlands Town ...

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon mouth full again

Recent storm, high tides create sand bar that inhibits tidal flow

The entrance of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon has silted shut again. The recent high winter surf along with high spring tides moved in a large sand bar and the lagoon is no longer emptying into ...

Coast to Crest Trail — Old Coach Staging Area to Raptor Ridge

Hike to Raptor Ridge and see many species of raptors from this viewpoint.

Kumeyaays’ “valley of the eagles” still worthy of the name.

What's the delay at Manchester's Austin hotel?

Papa Doug's son says financing still not nailed down

Texas media are wondering what's holding up the beginning of Papa Doug Manchester's 1035-room hotel in downtown Austin, to be named the Fairmont. A headline in the Austin Business Journal this week asked, "Hotels abound ...

Produce is a vehicle for our souls

Pesticides kill bugs — how can they not be killing people? San Diego — indeed, California — is a leader in the production of organic vegetables and fruit.

Fancy feast

An upscale dining adventure at Addison Del Mar

Though my man and I dine out frequently, we tend to save the super-high-end foodie adventures for special occasions, such as David’s birthday. Last year, we splurged for what ultimately turned out to be a ...

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