Community activist Michele Addington leaving La Jolla for downtown

Michele Addington helps Egon Kafka and Maureen Murphy prepare holiday lights in December. Photo: Kathy Day
Michele Addington helps Egon Kafka and Maureen Murphy prepare holiday lights in December. Photo: Kathy Day

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

Longtime La Jolla community activist Michele Addington is moving out of La Jolla and resigning her posts on several advisory group boards.

Addington announced she was resigning as a trustee at La Jolla Community Planning Association’s (LJCPA’s) Jan. 6 meeting.

She also is a past member of La Jolla Town Council who currently chair’s the town council’s Parks and Beaches Committee, which is in the process of separating from the dues-paying council and forming a new independent nonprofit entity. Under new guidelines being enforced by the city, local groups making recommendations to the city on parks and recreation must be nonprofit.

Addington is also a member of Promote La Jolla/Town Council’s Streetscape and Beautification Committee, as well as being vice chair on La Jolla Traffic & Transportation Board and one of the movers in Independent La Jolla, the group that wants to see La Jolla become its own city.

A 13-year La Jolla resident, Addington lives on Eads Avenue. She said her property sold much more quickly than anticipated. “In seven days and I had two offers,” she said. “I was absolutely unprepared.”

A native of Nice, France, Addington said she intends to move to downtown San Diego and become involved in civic affairs there.

“I was born in the big city,” she said. “I’m basically downsizing. There is even a greater need (civic involvement) in downtown San Diego and so many more groups.”

Addington already is involved in a civic group doing planning for a new downtown San Diego library.

Addington, who has also lived in Australia, said it’s important to get involved in community affairs wherever you live.

“I’m just trying to help out,” she said. “I have no motive other than to just do community work.”

   
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