Councilmember Sherri Lightner visits La Jolla Shores board meeting

By Ashley Mackin

District 1 City Councilmember Sherri Lightner attended the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) meeting Sept. 11 to update the board on local issues.

Sherri Lightner (standing) with Tom Dugdale, Ray and Deborah Higgins, and Bob Barto. Ashley Mackin

Lightner opened with information about the council’s recent step toward a plan to cut the use of plastic bags in San Diego (see related story here).

“Today, the city council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee took a closer look at a citywide ordinance to reduce the use and disposal of plastic bags,” she said, noting the committee expects a progress report on Oct. 23.

She also reported that the RFP (Request for Proposal) process for surf camps is underway and should be completed by Nov. 1. LJSA has long suggested the business fees paid by surf camps and other outdoor recreation businesses should go to park improvements, and ideally, pay the salary for a park ranger at Kellogg Park.

“Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps,” Lightner said of the ranger possibility. “This is something our office is looking into and we will provide updates as they become available.”

Lightner further apprised LJSA that the city council approved the noticing of a hearing to be held Nov. 21 regarding potential water rate increases.

“The notice, which you will receive by mail, will provide you with the details of the hearing and the opportunity to launch a protest in opposition,” she said.

Though the new rate structure could mean a decrease for some single-family residences already working to conserve water, the proposed structure would affect many larger units.

In sum, she invited the community to a ribbon cutting for the new La Jolla Shores lifeguard tower 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11. She said heartily, “Yes, it’s done!”

In other LJSA news

Snorkeling rescues: Lt. Rick Strobel told LJSA that lifeguards see an increase in the number of rescues involving snorkelers. He said during certain conditions, the rip current can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers, and snorkeling attracts swimmers of all levels.

Strobel said there is no certification required for snorkeling (compared to SCUBA diving, for which many participants go through some training process). Lifeguard services reported to La Jolla Light that in the last 12 months, lifeguards conducted 224 rescues on snorkelers, but that number could be higher.

Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said the only way lifeguards know a snorkeler is involved is if it’s noted in the comment section of a report, and that lifeguards do not differentiate between swimmers and snorkelers, yielding approximate estimates. Strobel told the Light that a weekend lifeguard has been stationed on the beach in front of The Marine Room for the summer to watch over snorkelers and swimmers in that area.

To help regulate and create safety standards for snorkeling tour groups, he said a RFP is “highly possible.”

New board members: The LJSA elected Nick LeBeouf to a two-year term. LeBeouf, of SD Expeditions, moved to the Shores earlier this year and operated his business for five years prior to that. Ray Higgins, owner of Higgins Capital, an investment advisory firm that has been on Avenida de la Playa since 1995, was elected to a one-year term.

Playhouse Shores show: Tom Dugdale, a producer with the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WoW) Festival, Oct. 3-6, informed LJSA of a performance piece that would play out in the waters at The Shores.

Representing puppeteer Basil Twist, creator of the robots in the Playhouse’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” Dugdale said the piece involves a creature constructed by Twist that would emerge from the ocean for performances at 1 and 3 p.m. during the festival.

Modeled after “a happening” that anyone could stumble upon and be a part of, Dugdale said the performances would be free and open to the public.

Resting far enough into the water to not be in plain sight, but not so far as to pose a hazard for surfers and swimmers, the puppet creature would emerge to play with passersby and offer a 30-minute performance with Japanese woodwind music. The proposed location is a portion of La Jolla Shores beach below the Scripps Seaside Forum. Before the 1 p.m. performance and after the 3 p.m., the puppet will be stored at a nearby home.

Since the Playhouse is getting the necessary permits and is working with lifeguards to ensure safety, LJSA voted to approve the theatrical concept.

Comfort Station facade: LJSA discussed materials that could be used for the north comfort station, to be built in October or November. Some board members argued that the stone should match the lifeguard tower and others argued it should match the south bathroom already in place.

LJSA previously approved a design concept using slumpstone (to match the south bathroom), so the board discussed the change in materials, eventually endorsing the change to use regal-stone, the same stone used on the lifeguard tower.

— The next La Jolla Shores Association meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Martin-Johnson House at SIO, 8840 Biological Grade.

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla Shores considers civilian watch program, beach projects
  2. La Jolla Shores Association updated on Map lawsuit, donor wall and unregulated commercial activity
  3. Association will ask city to station ranger at La Jolla Shores beach
  4. Shores Association adds projects to unfunded list, OKs new committee
  5. Solar-powered trash compactors coming to La Jolla’s Kellogg Park

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