Sprucing up the Old Grand Avenue Bridge site
The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley regularly maintain the lagoon viewpoint at the Old Grand Avenue Bridge as a part of the City of Del Mar adopt-a-spot program.
On July 13, 2013, ten friends gathered at the old bridge and controlled some of the excessively exuberant vegetation that was encroaching on the entrance posts designed by Don Coordt.
Access to the San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk made easy
The Del Mar City Council has authorized the City Manager to execute a 30-year agreement for the installation of parking and interpretive signage at the North County Transit District San Dieguito Drive lot APN 299-100-3300, subject to final approval by the City Attorney. The site was used for recycling until 2010 and has sat vacant since.
San Dieguito River Park users have long sought access to a parking location to leave their cars while they start a walk along the Lagoon Boardwalk. The City anticipates that during most of the year, it will be able to offer the public parking for a limited charge or no fee basis. During the Fair and Race season, the lot will be operated on a market rate basis.
Grading the Lagoon
FOR THOSE INTERESTED MOSTLY in the bird and fish counts the San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration Project, the largest mitigation project in the country, passed its first annual public review here on May 7 with flying colors. The few lower marks in vegetation and macro invertebrates caused one audience member to ask “If the fish and birds are happy maybe you are over-weighting the other factors.” The UCSB scientists, under contract with the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to meticulously monitor results for mitigation credits, laughed and explained theirs was a very exact exam dictated by the Commission, and anyway those invertebrates were very important to the overall health of the lagoon. continuation in the Sandpiper>>
San Dieguito River Valley Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority meeting of February 15, 2013
News gathered at the JPA meeting.
1. Changing of the guard: after the election of Nov 2012, there are now two new JPA Board members: Supervisor Dave Roberts replaces Pam Slater-Price and Mark Kersy is replacing Carl DeMaio as the second San Diego City Council JPA Board Member. Kersy was absent.
2.Dick Bobertz, Executive Director’s Report.
3. Budget Discussion.
4. The agreement which defines the structure of the River Park JPA will expire in June 2014. A new agreement has been drafted and adopted by the JPA Board. The future contributions of the City of San Diego and San Diego County will be 31 % of the budget, the cities of Poway and Escondido will contribute 13 % and the Cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach 6 % each.
5. Leana Bulay, Interpretive Ranger made a presentation on a science program offered to the park visitors.
6. Reports were made on the status of lighting at the Lake Hodges Bridge and the Santa Isabel Backcountry Interpretive Center.
CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
San Dieguito River Park news, gleaned at the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on February 1, 2013
1. Dick Bobertz reported meeting with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Filner will restore funding for the Park in San Diego's budget. The budget needs approval from the San Diego City Council. They did not discuss the "arrears" which now amounts to 750 K.
2. Before leaving office Supervisor Pam Slater provided 338 K for the Outdoor Classroom. Another 25 K to purchase a truck.
3. Rand Newman, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Chair and the Conservancy promised to raise another 150 K for preliminary work at the Open Air Class room site. He received an offer of a contribution from Kilroy. He asked: should he accept it? Some said yes, some said no...
4. Rough grading at the Open Air Classroom site will start right away and resume after bird nesting season.
5. Southern California Edison will close its offices on San Andres at the end of February. The rangers will occupy office space at the Fairgrounds as required by the Cease and Desist Orders, until space is provided at the old SCE offices site.
6. CALTRANS made a presentation on the RR double tracking. Said that funding is ranked in 4 tiers. This project is tier 2, thus scheduling construction for 2030.
Widening the RR track across the San Dieguito River
SANDAG, San Diego’s Regional Planning agency has undertaken planning and environmental scoping for double tracking a 1.1 mile segment of the Los Angeles to San Diego (LOSSAN) rail corridor, between Solana Beach and Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
The project led by SANDAG will involve collaboration with The North county Transit District, CALTRANS, the San Dieguito River Park JPA, the Federal Rail Road Administration and several other agencies.