La Jolla News Bites: Shores Association elects officers, UCSD to build bridge over I-5; updates on historic structures, post office, seals and more

A 'no trespassing' sign was posted on this WindanSea duplex following the city's decision to order an expedited coastal development permit to demolish the arguably historic structure. Photo courtesy Donna Blackmond

Compiled by Pat Sherman

■ The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) elected a new crop of officers during its April 10 meeting, including: Tim Lucas (president), Mary Coakley-Munk (vice-president), Dolores Donovan (recording and corresponding secretary) and Pamela Boynton (treasurer).

Todd Lesser threw his hat in the ring for president, though he did not garner enough votes for the position. A few days after the meeting, Lesser, who chairs the Traffic and Transportation Board, resigned from the LJSA board. He expressed confidence in Lucas as the new LJSA board president.

■  UC San Diego and Caltrans will build a new bridge over Interstate 5, north of the La Jolla Village Drive bridge and south of the Voigt Drive bridge. It will tie into existing campus roads on both sides of the freeway. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with completion anticipated for spring of 2016.

An artist's concept of the proposed bridge, which would connect on the west with a realigned Gilman Drive and with Medical Center Drive on the east. (Courtesy of UCSD Physical and Community Planning)

In addition, two new Superloop transit stations will be added to the UCSD campus, one on Medical Center Drive East adjacent to Shiley Eye Center, and one on Voigt Drive, west of the Preuss School. For more information about both projects, visit

■ The San Diego Historical Resources Board will consider whether to grant local historic designation to La Jolla’s Wall Street post office on Thursday, April 25. The post office, which the U.S. Postal Service is preparing to sell, already has state and federal historic designations. It is believed the local nod will help preserve the building’s historic façade and interior features once sold. The meeting is at 1 p.m. in the 12th floor committee hearing room of city hall, 202 C St. downtown.

■ The San Diego City Council will hear an appeal of the proposed “Bernati Ticino” residential development at 1328 Virginia Way on June 25. The project is proposed for the former site of Irving Gill’s “Windemere” cottage, which was demolished on Dec. 23, 2011 to the chagrin of historic preservationists (read more at The meeting is open to the public. Council agendas are posted about a week in advance. For a time and location, visit

■ The City of San Diego’s Development Services Department issued an expedited permit to demolish two Tudor Revival-style cottages at 337 and 341 Playa del Sur in WindanSea. The Development Permit Review committee will discuss the project next month, giving concerned Playa Del Sur homeowners time to finish a report disputing details of a historic structures report commissioned by the property owner. That report found too many of the original details of the property had been altered to deem it worthy of preservation, a point with which preservationists disagree. Several adjacent homeowners plan to appeal the city’s decision.

Mayor Bob Filner wades into the seal controversy at La Jolla Children's Pool shortly after taking office in December. File

■ Crash and dash? San Diego police are still investigating a Lamborghini that was crashed the evening of March 18 near La Jolla Village Drive and La Jolla Scenic Drive, then abandoned by its driver and passenger. Police say they have been in contact with the vehicle’s owner and attorney, though there are no witnesses that saw the owner or anyone else behind the wheel, SDPD Police Capt. Brian Ahearn said. Police are waiting for physical evidence to be processed, which could take several weeks. The person believed to be the passenger has not cooperated with Traffic Division investigators, Ahearn said.

■ Capt. Ahearn also said police have no leads on the identity of two women seen harassing seals at Children’s Pool in February via the newly installed “Seal Cam.” He said the solvability of the case is low.

■ Larry Wan, founder of the Western Alliance for Nature (WAN) Conservancy, who said his organization paid $40,000 for the Seal Cam, has declined to tell the La Jolla Light whether the nonprofit has recouped costs for the camera via a banner on its website requesting donations. WAN Conservancy is hosting a fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, 7916 Girard Ave. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will be honored for his support of the harbor seals during the event. Admission is $30 at the door.

■ Meanwhile, Mayor Filner testified on behalf of attorney and campaign contributor Bryan Pease at a hearing on April 11, during which Pease was accused of two counts of petty theft by the group Friends of the Children’s Pool (FoCP). Pease allegedly stole FoCP’s flag and a sign alerting the public that they are permitted to move beyond the seal guideline rope to access the shoreline at Children’s Pool beach.

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla’s post office wins federal ‘historical’ designation
  2. Outraged planning group demands Scripps lop a story off MESOM building in La Jolla
  3. Congressman introduces largely symbolic bill to save La Jolla post office
  4. City to consider ‘historic’ tag for La Jolla post office
  5. USPS hears concerns about proposed sale of Wall Street post office, relocation of services

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