CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2003 |
Bowing to complaints from mental health workers and patients, fairgrounds officials have removed the "insane asylum" portion of the Scream Zone haunted house. Del Mar Fairgrounds spokesman Steve Fiebing said he received about two dozen phone calls and e-mails from people who said the psychotic patient character in the annual Halloween display was demeaning and offensive.
December 1, 2002 |
At an antiques fair, there are those who pound their chest after scoring a magnificent find. And there are those who gnash their teeth when junk they gave to Goodwill shows up on some dealer's shelf, spruced and polished, with a price tag that triggers groans of disbelief. "Do you remember when we had one of those?" I once said to my sister, pointing to a Patsy Ann doll that my family gave away when I was 10. "If we'd kept it, it would be worth $300."
June 11, 2000 |
The Del Mar Wall goes up only one day a year. But the annoyance caused to neighboring Solana Beach lasts a lot longer. Every Fourth of July the city of Del Mar blocks off a portion of the county's coastal highway to all but local residents.
July 12, 1998 |
This pretty beach town is just north of San Diego, so a Del Mar weekend could ostensibly include zoos, nightclubs and trained whales. But, once in the "People's Republic of Del Mar," a two-mile municipality that has vigorously fought off incorporation and maintained its independence, this thought emerges: "Once you've found perfection why bother to venture farther?" Del Mar looks perfect. Even the post office has a riotous garden worthy of a Sunset magazine cover.
July 24, 1997 |
Summer again and time for Del Mar, the quaint horse racing emporium by the sea 17 miles north of San Diego and a couple of hours by train or freeway from downtown L.A. But why go there, when you could be basking on some beach nearer to home or lounging in your backyard with the latest Grisham propped up on your lap, or, if you want to go racing, watching the horses cavort on a TV screen somewhere?