Dwight Worden for Council 2018



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Short term rentals

Protecting Del Mar as sea levels rise

Protecting neighborhoods with updated DRB guidelines and process

Protecting Open Space and the Environment

Protecting Local Control as the Best Means to Protect Del Mar Values

Measure B
Beach Protection Initiative
Adaptation Plan
Charter Amendment

A Safe, Legal, Rail Crossing and Removal of the Rails from the Bluff

Removal of Hazardous Radioactive Waste from San Onofre

And more: 

Measure Q Funds
a Vibrant Downtown
Affordable Housing Prudent Financial Planning and Oversight
Our Grassroots-Up System of Governance











Dwight's Key Priorities and IssuesDwight Worden

Short Term Rentals

Dwight has championed the protection of Del Mar neighborhoods from intensive STR uses that commercialize residential neighborhoods. He supports the “7-28” program that allows unlimited STRs in visitor and commercial zones that are intended for commercial use, and restricts STRs in residential zones, allowing them for up to 28 days per year in minimum 7-day increments. This program ensures that Del Mar residents do not have intensive-use “mini-hotel” STRs in their neighborhoods, in keeping with the Community Plan’s overall goal to “preserve and enhance the special character of Del Mar, the elements of which are a village like community of substantially single family residential character…” The 7-28 program allows residents to rent their homes while on vacation, etc., but does not allow conversion of residences to commercial use. It protects our housing stock, including rental housing that many full-time residents rely on, and it protects neighbors from the intensive uses that STRs bring, including a constant turnover of visitors in “vacation” mode. Dwight supports the legal action recently filed by the City seeking a ruling that the City, and not the Coastal Commission, has authority to regulate STRs by our local zoning power.

Protecting Del Mar as Sea Levels Rise

Del Mar’s Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan is carefully tailored to Del Mar, science-based, and adopts sand replenishment-based strategies to protect our beach. It rejects managed retreat as not feasible for Del Mar. Dwight wrote the Plan’s language rejecting managed retreat. He does not support managed retreat for Del Mar, and never has. The Council, including Dwight, has confirmed its commitment to reject any attempt by the Coastal Commission to force managed retreat on us.

Putting the Plan into our Local Coastal Program (LCP) ensures maximum local control – the Coastal Commission must use our LCP when reviewing Del Mar projects. This action was recommended by Planning Commission, our professional planning staff, our City Attorney, our technical consultant, and approved by Council.The City is required to STUDY all options--and we did--but is NOT required to adopt managed retreat, either by the Coastal Act or by the terms of our grants.

Our strategies for sea level rise and flooding are sand retention and replenishment, river dredging, and a living levee. These strategies will work for Del Mar if we position ourselves for success in carrying them out. Our sand strategies are expensive and require federal, state and Coastal Commission permits. Our LCP is the standard used by all agencies in issuing permits and granting the funds and access to sand that we need to succeed in our sand strategies.

Protecting Neighborhoods with updated DRB Guidelines and Process

Dwight supports a strong Design Review Board process as a key way to fulfill the Community Plan’s goals of maintaining our special neighborhood character. As council liaison to the Ad Hoc DRB committee, he assisted with all aspects of the committee’s work, and was a leading supporter at council for the resulting new guidelines, neighbor manuals, and CPP revisions. The new DRB Guidelines provide clearer guidance on design issues and should help reduce subjectivity in the design review process. The revised Citizens’ Participation Program (CPP) provides opportunities for applicants to understand and respond to neighbor concerns about a project’s design early in the process.


Protecting Open Space and the Environment

Dwight has spent his entire career advocating for open space and environmental protection, and these are high priorities for his work on Council. He played a leading role in securing restoration of the San Dieguito Lagoon as legal counsel for the River Park JPA and as a volunteer, and he remains a strong advocate for protection of the lagoon as a River Park JPA Board member and volunteer. He has worked to preserve key open space, including successfully handling Del Mar litigation to preserve Crest Canyon. He is the author of the Beach Preservation Initiative (BPI), which removed private encroachments from the public beach, and secured the right for private owners to protect their property, including with appropriately designed seawalls.

Protecting Local Control as the Best Means to Protect Del Mar Values

Dwight has a documented history of advancing local control over a wide range of issues that are key to protecting Del Mar values, and a deep commitment to protecting local control as we confront new challenges.

Dwight drafted
the Downtown Initiative (Measure B), adopted by Del Mar voters in 1986, which secured the right of a public vote on four major downtown projects: the Del Mar Plaza, approved by the voters in 1987; the Del Mar Hotel (now l’Auberge), approved by the voters in 1987, the Garden Del Mar project, approved by voters in 2008 (now replaced by the 941 Specific Plan, which will be on the November ballot), and Prop. J (downtown revitalization), rejected by voters in 2012.Though Measure B has been deemed no longer enforceable, for 20+ years, it gave Del Mar residents a strong voice that helped shape each of these projects for the better. Dwight will continue to support maximum public participation in the review of major development projects.

Dwight drafted the Beach Preservation Initiative (BPI)
that holds the Coastal Commission to Del Mar’s standards for seawalls as set out in the BPI and our Local Coastal Program, rather than relying on its own assessment of the appropriate standard under the Coastal Act. This seawall authority is vital to the protection of both public and private property in Del Mar and has served Del Mar well for 30 years.

Dwight supports our recently-adopted Adaption Plan, and its inclusion in our Local Coastal Program (LCP), to give Del Mar maximum control over how we respond to sea level rise. The Council recently adopted a strong Adaptation Plan that sets forth measures tailored for and appropriate to Del Mar for adapting to sea level rise. Together with the BPI, the Adaptation Plan, if included in our LCP, will give Del Mar a strong basis for controlling how Del Mar responds to sea level rise. This includes the Adaptation Plan’s conclusion that managed retreat is not a feasible strategy to protect Del Mar’s public beach and private property, and setting forth other strategies, including sand management, retention, and replenishment, and sea walls in conformance with the BPI, that are better strategies for Del Mar.

Dwight drafted the Charter Amendment on the ballot this November to enhance local control by providing that all land use and zoning matters not pre-empted by federal or state law are governed by Del Mar as a charter city, rather than under general state law provisions imposed in Sacramento.

Dwight supports local control of STRs rather than Coastal Commission-imposed rules. (See above).

Dwight supports more local control over fairgrounds activities
, including the Fair, races, Kaaboo, proposed Race Place concert venue, etc., to mitigate noise, traffic, and other impacts to Del Mar. Dwight also supports ending the gun shows at the Fairgrounds. In particular, Dwight champions an LCP Amendment so Del Mar can gain
permit authority over certain fairgrounds activities. He is also actively working with Solana Beach and the Fair to implement traffic improvements for the 2019 Fair.

A Safe, Legal, Rail Crossing and Removal of the Rails from the Bluff

Dwight supports securing a safe, legal, rail crossing in the near term, to allow residents and visitors to safely reach the beach; and removal of the rails from the bluffs in the longer term. Dwight helped secure SANDAG funding for a feasibility update with respect to removing the rails from the bluff into a tunnel (that update is currently in process). He also initiated a program to work with north coast cities and NCTD to secure a safe, legal rail crossing in the near term, with that work also in process.

Removal of Hazardous Radioactive Waste from San Onofre

Dwight supports the removal of the highly hazardous radioactive waste, including spent fuel rods, from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), to safe interim storage off-site, pending availability of a safe long-term storage solution for nuclear waste. Currently, 3.6 million pounds of highly radioactive waste are stored at San Onofre, and is being moved into concrete-encased storage canisters near the beach, placing everything within a 50-mile radius (including Del Mar) at risk. Dwight co-authored the 2017 Del Mar Resolution calling for removal of this waste to a safe off-site location, and will work with authorities, from federal to local, to achieve this goal.

And more:  Measure Q Funds, a Vibrant Downtown, Affordable Housing, Prudent Financial Planning and Oversight, and our Grassroots-Up System of Governance

Dwight supports:

  • Implementation of undergrounding, Shores Park master planning and development, and Streetscape as promised by Measure Q.
  • Promoting a vibrant downtown that will serve the community. This includes implementing our full streetscape plan, and supporting a 941 Camino Del Mar project that will improve the southern portion of our downtown. Dwight worked with the entire Council to bring to fruition the new Civic Center on schedule and on budget, with strong sustainability features, and a Town Hall and outdoor plazas that have already demonstrated that they will serve the community for both informal gatherings and community nonprofit events.
  • Implementation of the Council’s “22 in 5” plan to meet Del Mar’s state-mandated affordable housing obligations. Our first two affordable housing units will be attained with the 941 Camino Del Mar project, assuming voter approval in Del Mar this November, and Dwight is working on a wide range of other affordable housing options, as outlined in the 22 in 5 report. His commitment is to meet our affordable housing obligations in ways that are consistent with our Community Plan and our special neighborhood character.
  • A balanced budget and strong financial oversight of city finances. Dwight will continue to support a strong Finance Committee oversight role in making sure that our finances are managed in a smart and prudent fashion.
  • Our system of volunteer advisory committees, which have long ensured that Del Mar governance is firmly rooted in a grassroots-up process.

Above all, Dwight’s goal is to protect this very special place we have chosen to call home, guided by the Community Plan and informed by the active community-driven decision-making process we know as the Del Mar way.


Worden for Council 2018
1801 Seaview, Del Mar, CA 92014


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