Our View: Show La Jolla’s business group’s candidates you care: Vote

It looks like the La Jolla Village Merchants Association is stirring up at least a little enthusiasm. As of the deadline on Tuesday evening, 32 people had thrown their hats (or their employees’) in the ring to fill 15 board seats in the new organization.

While that is still but a small sampling of the more than 1,200 businesses that fall within the boundaries of the Village business improvement district, it’s a step in the right direction.

The list includes a lot of new names and a couple that are part of the fabric of our community.

Now it’s up to the other business people, from retailers and restaurant owners to professionals to service providers to show you care. There’s money to be had for bettering the Village — for beautification, special events or whatever the group decides to spend the money on. If you’re in business in the Village, chances are part of that money is yours, so wouldn’t you like to influence how it’s spent?

So far the new group that a marketing consultant has labeled “a business betterment corporation” has seen limited turnout at its meetings — about 2 percent of those eligible were at a meeting a couple of weeks ago — and only 53 people answered the community survey.

It’s kind of sad, but somewhat understandable in light of the squabbling that went on with the denouement of Promote La Jolla. We know that there’s a segment of the community that would rather see the business district go away. That’s a solution, but not very practical given the state laws governing how such districts are dissolved.

So the real solution at this point is to get involved. Vote for the 15 people you think can lead the Village to better days. If all you want is for the money to be spent on beautification, get out there and vote. Then go to meetings, or at least let your board members know!

Ballots will be mailed Feb. 7 and have to be returned by 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Related posts:

  1. Opinion: How would you spend $250,000?
  2. Opinion: Working together the best way to improve La Jolla
  3. Our View: Rubber meeting the road for Village business group
  4. Our View: Let’s channel energy toward the Village future
  5. Our View: Getting involved in La Jolla’s business group is a good thing

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Posted by Kathy Day on Jan 26, 2011. Filed under Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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