Solar-powered trash compactors coming to La Jolla’s Kellogg Park
By Greg Alder
In March, the north end of Kellogg Park will have nine solar-powered trash compactors installed as part of a six-month pilot program overseen by city’s San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.
Chelsea Klaseus, an environmental specialist with the Environmental Services Department, said at the recent La Jolla Shores Association meeting that the “Big Belly” trash cans compact the trash four times. They also have secure doors that keep litter in but vagrants and animals out, which will decrease the amount of trash strewn across the park by seagulls.
With less time being spent emptying cans and cleaning up trash, maintenance workers will have more time to spend on other maintenance issues.
There is already one outside the Post Office on Wall Street in the Village, paid for by La Jolla Business Improvement District Funds.
In other action, the Shores group heard:
• That SIO’s proposed Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) building project was rejected by the Coastal Commission because of its effect on coastal visibility on La Jolla Shores Drive. But Milt Phegley, UCSD’s campus community planner, informed the Shores’ meeting that a modified plan would be brought to the Coastal Commission in April.
No adjustments to the height of the MESOM building that will affect visibility have been made, but trees in other areas along La Jolla Shores Drive will be removed in order to improve coastal views there. The trees will be replaced, said Phegley, most likely with Torrey pines, in other parts of the campus where ocean views are not an issue.
In addition, the new proposal includes construction of public ocean viewpoints on the SIO campus, as well as future height limits on development.
• Cindy Greatrex, president of Independent La Jolla, the group which wants La Jolla to separate from the city of San Diego, announced that LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) has approved its mapping of the desired independent city limits. This is an important step forward, said Greatrex.
The Shores Association invited Greatrex to head the agenda at a future meeting and provide a complete presentation on the group’s mission and its feasibility.
- Princess Street beach access meeting is Feb. 10
- Community activist Michele Addington leaving La Jolla for downtown
- Shores Association amends bylaws, seeks new members
- La Jolla Shores lifeguard, parking projects get underway
- La Jolla cityhood idea gets a nod from Town Council crowd
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