Planning group candidates set for March 3 vote

The La Jolla Community Planning Association will hold its regular annual election on March 3 to fill eight trustee seats. Six are for full three-year terms while two seats are vacancies.

The self-nominated candidates represent a diverse cross-section of the community and range from returning trustees to first time contenders.

Candidates include Dan Allen, Cynthia Bond, Tony Crisafi, Janie Emerson, Jim Fitzgerald, Orrin Gabsch, Joe LaCava, David Little, Ariadne Milligan and Ray Weiss. Below are condensed versions of their statements; their full statements can be found at HYPERLINK ""

The election will be held in conjunction with the regular monthly meeting of the LJCPA on March 3 at the La Jolla Recreation Center. The polls will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Voting is only open to qualified members of the LJCPA and voters must provide picture identification.

The LJCPA is the community group officially designated by the city to advise on land use and infrastructure issues within the La Jolla community. Meetings are open to the public.

The LJCPA can be reached by e-mail at HYPERLINK "" or leave a voicemail at (858) 456-7900.


I have lived in La Jolla for over 40 years. My interest in running for trustee is to constructively contribute to the continuing preservation and evolution of La Jolla. I live here but work outside La Jolla. I would put at the top of my priorities working toward presentation of a united La Jolla advocacy to the city, county and metropolitan government entities, where various community groups have separately argued in decision-making forums.

I am expecting a lesser commitment in my job and more time to be involved in community affairs in the coming year.

Twice I have served on the Town Council, and I alternately chaired the Traffic and Transportation and Parks and Beaches committees. I was a board member of La Jolla Youth for 10 years. I was a San Diego Park and Recreation Board member. I have been on the board of Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, and I am a board member of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation.


Director of investor relations, Overland Storage. Work experience includes financial consulting, corporate communications and financial analysis. BA in economics from Connecticut College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

By striving to uphold current laws and to navigate discretionary provisions of local ordinances, the LJCPA provides balanced judgment, an invaluable public service.

I serve on the Long Range Visions Subcommittee of the La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance Update Committee. I have volunteered annually for the La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour. I have attended almost all of the LJCPA meetings over the last 12 months,

Plusses: Harmoniously scaled development with native and sustainable landscaping — lots of it, story poles, village beautification, highway beautification with more landscaping, transparency in community groups, farmers markets and Slow Food, libraries; the Riford and Athenaeum, thriving independent shops, sensible traffic flow, public art.

Minuses: High rises in La Jolla, three stories in Bird Rock, seedy news racks, potholes, aggressive signage, noise and light pollution.


Established Island Architects in 1992, Registered Architect and LEED AP; work experience in designated historic neighborhoods since 1978. Background in architectural history. A member of the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee for 9 years. Currently a trustee and vice president of the La Jolla Community Planning Association

and chairman of La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee. Property owner and small business owner in La Jolla. La Jolla Community Planning Association trustee in 1995 & 1997. Member, La Jolla Shores Community Planning Permit Review Committee Member and former La Jolla Shores Association board member.

I believe that any new design in La Jolla should be better than what is replaced. Design and implementation of new development should honestly respond to its environment and to the Community Plan. Land use review at the community level should be open and objective.


My family and I have lived in the La Jolla area for over 50 years. I’m now a Shores resident. My father was a general contractor and consulted on the writing of the La Jolla Shores PDO.

I have over 40 years of experience sitting on boards from small local boards, to nonprofits, to board appointment by the Governor of California. As a professional consultant to businesses and non-profits, I worked with their boards and key executives to make them more effective in the business and the political arena.

I graduated from The Bishop's School, UC Santa Barbara and did graduate work at both USD and San Diego State.

My top priorities are to facilitate growth while preserving the integrity and character of La Jolla, to beautify our Village, and to create future plans for traffic that are resident- and tourist-friendly.


La Jolla resident for 22 years. Current LJCPA trustee; Town Council representative on the Planned District Ordinance (PDO) Committee. Wife, Daisy, manages Ark Antiques for Animal Charities.

Business executive with 35+ years of senior management experience, including Ford Motor Company, Reynolds & Reynolds, and Newgen Results Corp.; lecturer in Finance, San Diego State University College of Business.

Past board president and current volunteer, Project Wildlife; President of the Advisory Board and student mentor, San Diego High School Academy of Finance.

BA, Economics, Stanford University; MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA.

I am asking for your support because I believe that I have demonstrated experience, commitment and balanced judgment.

Maintaining our unique quality of life and a village atmosphere requires: Continually striking a fair and reasonable balance between the many legitimate interests within the community and protecting; supporting the integrity of the processes and rules that govern La Jolla, and ensuring that these processes and rules are applied equitably.


My wife Karen and I have been residents of La Jolla for over 34 years. I owned and operated Burns Drugs for many years, am a registered pharmacist and currently serve as VP of Pacific Pharmacy Computers.

My past/current community service includes Town Council trustee and past president; Board of Directors Promote La Jolla and two years as vice president ; member and past chairman, Traffic and Transportation Board; member and past director, La Jolla Rotary; Advisory Board member, Stevens Cancer Center-Scripps Memorial Hospital; graduate, LEAD San Diego, Inc.; Board of Directors and chairman of Senior Loan Committee - Landmark National Bank; member, PDO and Bylaw committees of the LJCPA; Trustee, LJCPA, 2003-2005 and 2007.

I wish to continue to serve the community as a Trustee of the LJCPA. I believe that as a longtime resident and business owner I understand the issues and challenges that we face as a community. I will continue to focus my energy on maintaining the integrity and beauty of our Village and community.


My wife and I have been residents of Bird Rock for over 44 years.

BS, University of Utah; MA, San Diego State. Retired systems analyst, currently self-employed option writer.

Six years as a trustee on the LJCPA, three years as a LJ Town Council trustee.

Four years as a member of the DPR committee, one year on the LJ PDO Committee

Past president of the LJ Tennis Club, founding member of the Birdwatchers,

Focused on preserving the two-story limit in the PDO, keeping the building height limit to 30 feet in the Coastal Zone and Preserving La Jolla as the most desired place to live.


I have lived in La Jolla for 27 years while my wife Lorene has been here for 42 years. I work out of our house and Lorene teaches kindergarten at Bird Rock Elementary; we live, work, play La Jolla. Besides serving on the LJCPA, I have served as current chair, La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Board; past chair, La Jolla PDO Committee; past vice chair, La Jolla Traffic and Transportation Board; past chair, Bird Rock Maintenance Assessment District; and, past president, Bird Rock Community Council.

We must work together so that development works for our community and for landowners; to preserve our heritage where we can; to improve our community’s infrastructure and coastal access; and, to protect its natural beauty.

Under the bylaws I must step down as LJCPA president; however, I hope to continue to sit as a trustee and serve the community.


Member of the LJCPA, resident of La Jolla, work for Island Architects, lecturer in Urban Design & Architecture, UCSD and NewSchool of Architecture.

Experienced as an urban designer of walkable and self-sustaining communities. Presently taking the California Architect Registration Exams

Master in Architectural Design & Urbanism, University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture; BA, Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University, School of Architecture

I am a firm believer in living, working and being involved in the community. I was hired by a local firm in July 2010 and moved to the Village immediately. I began attending the Town Council and Community Planning meetings as soon as I arrived and I would like to further my involvement as a trustee.

I work with the Community Plan, Planned District Ordinance and Municipal Code on a daily basis. I have a deep commitment to protecting the beauty of La Jolla’s built environment and to enhancing its environmental, economic and social vitality.


55-year resident of La Jolla, a residential and commercial La Jolla property owner, and an investor in La Jolla real estate.

LJCPA member, trustee since 2007, and Bylaws Committee member. I previously “termed out” as a Town Council trustee and now represent the LJTC on the La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Board. I am also a La Jolla Conservancy board member.

BS in chemistry, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D. in earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, where I am now employed as a distinguished research professor and as the associate dean. I care deeply about my community and about the kind of La Jolla that we will leave for future generations. I am interested in continuing as a trustee in order to have a positive influence on this future. I am committed to work for a rational balance among the competing interests in our community, while striving to maintain and improve the quality of life that makes La Jolla a special place to live, work and visit.



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