La Jolla Town Council elects new trustees, hears historical society plans

Students in La Jolla Elementary School’s Service Learning Program raised $257 toward the beautification of the sidewalk near Children’s Pool: (from left) Kathan and Sunjana Reddy, Olive and Ben Winograd, La Jolla Parks and Beaches’ Phyllis Minick and parent volunteer April Winograd. Courtesy

By Pat Sherman

The La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) held elections for board trustees during its March 14 meeting, welcoming newcomers Corrine Fleming, Joseph Pitrofsky and Glenda Rothberg. Trustees reelected to another three-year term include Michael Dershowitz, Nancy Gardner, Steve Haskins, Sonia Marie Olivas and Mary Soriano.

Trustees will be seated and take the oath of office in April, at which time one additional trustee vacancy will open. Interested candidates should have attended at least three LJTC meetings in the past 12 months, be at least 16 years of age and reside or work within the 92037 zip code. Candidates should also submit a short biography via stating their intentions as a trustee.

In other LJTC news

Historical Society Evolution: La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) Executive Director Heath Fox spoke about several developments at the society, chief among them the renovation and restoration of its exhibit space at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St.

Fox said work on Wisteria will begin next month in the basement and back of the house. The LJHS will remain open to the public through May 19, then close until the work is complete, sometime in March or April of 2014. Several community events will commemorate the re-opening, he said.

“We’ll still be visible to you in the meantime,” Fox said, noting the LJHS’s upcoming joint exhibition with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) titled “Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage.”

Historical Society Executive Director Heath Fox discusses renovations to the society’s facilities on Prospect Street.

The exhibition, on display in MCASD’s Axline Court from September 2013 to January 2014 (and then in February and March of 2014 at Jacobs Gallery), will trace the history of Ellen Browning Scripps’ villa (now the Museum of Contemporary Art on Prospect Street), and of Wisteria Cottage (once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps’ half-sister, Virginia Scripps).

Other upcoming LJHS events include: the ninth annual Concours d’Elegance auto show, April 5 in Ellen Browning Scripps Park (see story, A20); the 15th annual Secret Garden Tour on May 8; and several youth summer camps for budding photographers and architects, the latter taught by La Jolla architects and offering lessons on the history of La Jolla’s famous buildings, as well as an introduction to drawing, space planning and computer modeling.

In the near future the LJHS will focus its research on La Jolla’s mid-century roots of the 1950s and ’60s — a time when the La Jolla School of Arts, UC San Diego and La Jolla’s scientific research community, including the Salk Institute, were just getting started.

“There are still people around who were decision- makers during that time, (and) lots of people who were in their youth,” Fox said. “We feel like now is the time to start collecting this history. … So much of present day La Jolla was shaped by those decades.”

Mapping the course: Richard Cloward, director of the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla, offered a presentation on the institution, which offers free admission and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum, located in the Merrill Lynch building at 7825 Fay Ave., is somewhat difficult to find, he noted. “There’s a reason for that,” Cloward said. “We like dark places

because we have rare things that (don’t do well) with sunshine on them.”

Richard Cloward, director of La Jolla’s clandestine cartography museum on Fay Avenue.

The museum was founded by La Jollan Michael Stone, “one of the foremost collectors of rare cartography in the world,” Cloward said.

“We are the only museum of this type west of the Mississippi that’s open to the general public,” he said. “Mr. Stone believes very strongly in this community. We take no money from anybody else. This is totally funded by him.”

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One down, 999 more to go: Phyllis Minick of La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. noted that La Jolla Elementary students raised $257 for the Coast sidewalk beautification project. Minick quipped that only 1,000 times that amount (or $250,000) is needed to fund it.

Dancing with La Jolla Stars: Dancing with La Jolla Stars event committee Chair Nancy Gardner noted that the event committee has secured an alternate location for the LJTC’s fall 2013 fundraiser — the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel. Event committee member Jennifer Van Galder has reportedly landed a big name sports figure to participate in the dance competition fundraiser, while fellow organizer Ramin Pourteymour has secured the participation of choreographer Mary Murphy of TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” Gardner said.

“It will be the event to go to,” she promised. “You’ll put in on your calendar year after year.”

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla’s Town Council, Planning Association discuss pending issues
  2. La Jolla Historical Society names Heath Fox as new executive director
  3. People to Watch: 19 of La Jolla’s leaders share their goals for 2013
  4. Youth to benefit from EBS Foundation grant
  5. Ione Stiegler to talk about adobe structuress in La Jolla lecture

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