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.



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