Summer is shaping up nicely for the City of Del Mar. Recent new stories share some things that residents and buyers of real estate in Del Mar have to look forward to in the coming months. From the summer season at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, to a commitment to a brand new Climate Action Plan, Del Mar has exciting things in store. Three of the most recent news stories to come out of Del Mar are listed below:
1. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s 2016 summer racing season starts July 15th
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s 2016 summer racing season Opening Day is on July 15th. The 77th summer is comprised of a 39-day season with 43 stakes worth more than $7.5 million, including the $1 million dollar TVG Pacific Classic on August 20th.
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club holds a long and celebrated history. It was also the starting place for American Pharoah, the 2014 Eclipse Award winner and 2015 Horse of the Year. Fans across the world also know American Pharoah for claiming the Triple Crown, a feat the racing world hadn’t seen accomplished in 37 years.
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is more than a place to enjoy a race. For more than 40 years, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has devoted a portion of its proceeds to charity, totaling $8 million in donations, and dedicated $58.9 million to equine research at the University of California at Davis, and with individual breeders. Moreover, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club brings almost $90 million to the San Diego economy annually and creates more than 5,000 jobs during the summer season.
2. The City of Del Mar, at your fingertips
Del Mar is now at your fingertips, thanks to a partnership between the city and Nobel Systems. Together, they launched a new version of the City of Del Mar's Public Map Viewer that is faster and provides a better user experience. According to an article in the Del Mar Times, the online resource utilizes a web-based geographic information system viewer to offer Del Mar residents and visitors city maps, zoning and parcel information.
The City of Del Mar Public Map Viewer allows visitors to view:
- Aerial imagery
- Bike routes and racks
- Street maps
- Trash pickup information
- Zoning information
- Tree trimming information
In addition, visitors can access Del Mar’s beach cams, check weather forecasts, view city alerts and tax information. The maps also show users where the nearest schools, parks or paid parking are located for specific addresses in Del Mar.
3. Del Mar embraces Climate Action Plan
Del Mar made headlines recently by adopting a Climate Action Plan that challenges the city to increase its use of clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by the year 2035. CBS 8 reported that in addition to these initiatives, Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan seeks to increase the city’s use of renewable energy and non-motorized transportation, and plant more trees in urban areas.
A recent Climate Action Campaign press release stated that Del Mar was the second city in San Diego to unanimously adopt a Climate Action Plan and explore a Community Choice Energy Program. Another unique aspect of Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan initiative is that it mandates that 50 percent of the energy used by utility companies be clean energy by 2030.
Del Mar's Climate Action Plan also includes the following action items:
- Cut citywide greenhouse gas emissions in half
- Power 100% of Del Mar with clean energy and explore a Community Choice Energy program
- Achieve 8% of commutes by mass transit and 10% by walking
- Double the miles of bike lanes
- Use electric vehicles for 30% of miles traveled
- Increase the use of telecommuting, alternative work schedules and carpools
- Triple tree canopy to cover 30% of Del Mar
KPBS reported that the Community Choice Energy Plan option would allow Del Mar to purchase energy at a lower cost. In addition, the city is setting goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2020. The article stated that some reductions are expected to come from state-level and local policies, such as low-interest loans for home energy efficiency measures and solar panel installation.