By Kathy Day
Five o’clock came and went Tuesday and by then 32 people were unofficially in the running to be on the board of the La Jolla Merchants Association.
Mike McLaughlin, the consultant hired to help organize the new group, said in an e-mail that he would be busy verifying the final few candidates’ eligibility on Wednesday morning.
They are either owners of a business within the boundaries of the La Jolla business improvement district or were nominated by their employers. Fifteen directors will be elected by the members to help finalize bylaws and the structure of the group being formed to seek a contract with the city to run the district and manage money collected from the more than 1,200 businesses.
The organization must apply for nonprofit status with the IRS and submit a contract to the city to be eligible to take over the tasks formerly handled by Promote La Jolla.
Ballots will be mailed on Feb. 7 and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Feb. 16. Ballots will be opened and counted Feb. 18 at the La Jolla Rec Center.
Those nominated include Reneé Allison, Spencer & Company Interiors; Bijana G. Beran, Galeria Jan; Claudette Berwin, Gallery Properties; Tom Brady, La Jolla Cottage Rentals, Kate Brainard, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy; Troy Bushyakanist, Kitima Extraordinary Thai; Trevor Callan, Callan Capital Professional Services; John Clarke, Your Home Finders Realty; Leon Chow, Nelson Photo Supplies, Phil Coller, Everett Stunz; Dr. T. Earle Darnaud, Darnauds Customer Product; Michael Daugherty, Assisting Hands of San Diego; Sheila Fortune, Aquamoreé; Bob Grassa, Bob’s Casa del Habano; Glidia Holland, Glidia Salon; Egon Kafka, La Jolla Village Lodge; Robert Lane, La Jolla Light; Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach, Cups; Scott Levin, Blue Book Publishers; Tammy Ly, Tammy Alterations: Jaspal Mahal, Mahal Enterprises/Subway Restaurant; Jeff Michaelson, CPA, Jeff Michaelson Co.; James Niebling, Ventro & Esteban Interiors; Tal O’Farrell, Endless Summer Enterprises/Wahoo’s Fish Taco; Scott Patrick, Village Gifts & Engraving; Anthony Scoma, La Jolla Pediatric Dentistry; Kevin Smith, Extreme Pizza; Patrick R. Tira, Tira Law APC, Lauren Turek, Kerut; Cesar Vallin, Prospect Bar & Lounge,; Nancy Warwick, Warwick’s, and Gordon Wong, GW Eye Associates.
For more information, go to www.lajollabusinessesunite.org