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Great American Outdoors Act – landmark legislation

The Great American Outdoors Act became law yesterday. It is one of the most important pieces of outdoor and environmental legislation in our nation’s history. The act passed with rare bipartisan support, gaining even the President’s last minute flip and signature. National youth sports and outdoor leaders were jumping with joy today, as were those … Continue reading Great American Outdoors Act – landmark legislation

Use all DMUSD fields and blacktop for outdoor classrooms – save the school year for our kids

Yesterday’s announcement spread like wildfire throughout Carmel Valley and Del Mar - that LA and San Diego school districts would be online-only starting in the Fall. Local DMUSD elementary school parents have been on edge for months, wondering if DMUSD would waver on in-person school, and the LA/San Diego announcement stoked the flames. Parents are … Continue reading Use all DMUSD fields and blacktop for outdoor classrooms – save the school year for our kids

A good fight

On Tuesday, DMUSD trustees voted to move forward with the new Heights’ school design by certifying their CEQA documents – demolition as early as late June. The board vote was unanimous and without a single alteration of plans in response to legitimate citizen and public agency concerns about fields, wildfire evacuation, traffic, impacts to the … Continue reading A good fight

DMUSD’s latest public falsehood – April 14 board meeting

Little did I know when we started Play Outside’s campaign to save the Heights’ playfields, that we’d end up right where we started - correcting an important public falsehood by DMUSD. Before going there, I hope all of you and your families and loved ones are safe and healthy and that things stay that way … Continue reading DMUSD’s latest public falsehood – April 14 board meeting

Q&A – now available

Over the last six months, we’ve worked incredibly hard to bring you accurate, irrefutable facts and honest opinions. We value the reputation we have earned from this body of work. Lately, a few citizens have made false accusations about Play Outside Del Mar and its founders - spreading them by foot, phone, and social media … Continue reading Q&A – now available

Safety first – for the children and the community

After months of rigorous debate on the Heights’ new school design and submittal of substantial factual comments on the MND by Sierra Club, Play Outside Del Mar, Save the Field, and many citizens such as yourselves, I believe there's little more that needs to be said about the environmental process. As lawyers are keen to … Continue reading Safety first – for the children and the community

Lies about me and Play Outside Del Mar

I can accept personal abuse in a public forum and usually just let it slide. I believe what Teddy Roosevelt famously said: better to be “the man who is actually in the arena . . . whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood . . who spends himself in a worthy cause … Continue reading Lies about me and Play Outside Del Mar

DMUSD closed session meeting to discuss Play Outside’s CEQA comments on Heights’ school – Sierra Club comments ignored

I hope all of you are safe and healthy and remain that way. Yesterday DMUSD noticed a special closed session Board meeting for today at 5:00 p.m. to privately discuss Play Outside Del Mar's CEQA comments, and those of another organization. Below is the text of a letter I sent this morning regarding the public … Continue reading DMUSD closed session meeting to discuss Play Outside’s CEQA comments on Heights’ school – Sierra Club comments ignored

Coronavirus and youth sports – what the future holds

A crisis and an opportunity.  This past week I participated in a superb webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on youth sports and communities. You’ll find the results interesting and worth knowing. The four person panel was a who’s who of youth sports and the webinar was attended by 3000 sports leaders, club representatives, coaches, and others.The sponsor, Aspen … Continue reading Coronavirus and youth sports – what the future holds

DMUSD grades Heights’ facilities “exemplary” as of January 7, 2020

Recently, I’ve overheard some passionate talk about the conditions at the Heights’ school - that it is unsafe for students and needs an immediate shutdown, now! As a parent who had my own son there for four of the last five years, this caught me off guard. DMUSD's own School Accountability Report Card January 7, 2020, … Continue reading DMUSD grades Heights’ facilities “exemplary” as of January 7, 2020