10 vying for La Jolla Shores Association board spots

Photo: Kathy Day
Photo: Kathy Day

Ten people are seeking to fill eight open seats on the La Jolla Shores Association Board.

The group, which meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in Building T-29 on the campus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has a total of 15 members.

Ballots, mailed to association residents, must be returned by March 9 to be counted or delivered to the meeting that day. Results will be announced at the meeting.

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Here are the candidates’ statements:

MARY COAKLEY, La Jolla Shores

(LJSA Board member 2000-2004 2005-2009). Worked closely with the community, City of San Diego, SIO & Birch Aquarium on design, construction and funding of Kellogg Park Comfort Station, ”The Map” of the La Jolla Shores Underwater Park & Ecological Reserves, Kellogg Park Junior Lifeguard/Respect the ocean-themed playground, Cliffridge Park Restroom renovation. Founded Friends of La Jolla Shores 501(c)(3). Parks are my passion. I am fortunate to call the Shores home and would like the opportunity to represent you, your views and concerns.


(Incumbent) Have lived in La Jolla Shores for over 50 years. Came as a very young bride and have to say, I liked it better then. Have been active in local affairs all my life. Raised four children who attended La Jolla schools. Three Eagle Scouts! Enjoy serving as treasurer for La Jolla Shores Association.

• TERRY KRASZEWSKI, Avenida de la Playa

(Incumbent) Owner of Ocean Girl Surf Boutique 11 years in La Jolla Shores. Co-author of popular children's book "Surf Angel" and creator of "Surf Angel" apparel. CEO and Founder of "Whale Tail Tortilla Chips" to raise funds and create awareness for whales, our ocean and all its inhabitants. Current board member of La Jolla Shores Association. Current board member of Friends of La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Shores Merchant Association.

• JANIE EMERSON, La Jolla Shores Blvd.

My family and I have lived in La Jolla and La Jolla Shores area for over 50 years. 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 to nonprofits to State of California appointments. I have also been a consultant to businesses and nonprofits in making them more effective, writing by-laws, and going strategy planning. I am a graduate of The Bishop's School, UC Santa Barbara and did graduate work at San Diego State. My top priorities are to facilitate growth while preserving the integrity and character unique to La Jolla Shores by reworking the La Jolla Shores PDO and making traffic plans a priority.

• NANCY KIRK, Avenida de la Playa

Founder of “The Cottage” in the Village, now owner and operator of “Papalulu’s in the Shores” at 2168 Avenida de la Playa. Mother of three and member of La Jolla Shores Merchant Association.

• SHEILA PALMER, Avenida de la Playa

Sheila has been the proprietor of Sheila Palmer Design Associates, The Snow Goose, located in La Jolla, Torrey Pines Road, for 35 years and now located in La Jolla Shores. She is engaged in creating beautiful interiors and making custom furniture and lighting. A property owner in La Jolla Shores greatly concerned with maintaining beauty, balance and non-invasive style and preventing overbuilding of lots that tends to take away light and sky from our neighbors. In our opinion this will lead to the decline of property values due to the loss of all the intrinsic quality of this area, which attracted people from all over the world who came here to enjoy this unique flavor.

• DOLORES DONOVAN, La Jolla Shores

Dolores Donovan is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco, tele-commuting to the Bay Area. Her daughter is in the 10th grade at La Jolla High School. She has been involved in professional and community groups throughout her life, often serving on boards and executive committees. She seeks to preserve the coastal character of the Shores without sacrificing the economic viability of its business community.

• COCO TIHANYI, Avenida de la Playa

(Incumbent) Coco Tihanyi attended Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands and La Jolla High. Coco graduated from UCSD and received a Rotary Scholarship from La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary to live in Spain for one year. Coco is co-owner, with her twin sister, Izzy, of Surf Diva. Having a safe and beautiful community is important to Coco, who is proud to be a La Jollan.

• AUDREY D. KEANE, El Paseo Grande

(Incumbent) Co-chair of Parks & Beaches Committee, developed new LJSA.org website. Top priorities: Safety of residents and visitors to the Shores and enhanced environment. Residence within two blocks of the beach — frequent runner, swimmer, surfer, paddleboarder and dog walker. Mother of junior lifeguard/middle school student. Board member, Friends of La Jolla Shores. Former biotech exec, BS Chemical Engineering (CWRU), MBA (Harvard).

• MICHAEL SAMER, Avenida de la Playa

Managing partner/marketing manager OEX Dive and Kayak Center, La Jolla. I have been fortunate enough to work in the La Jolla Shores business district for several years. During those years I've noticed the special relationship between the residents of La Jolla Shores and the businesses that operate in the Shores. In my opinion, there needs to be open dialogue between businesses and residents of La Jolla Shores. I believe the work of the LJSA is pivotal to maintaining these lines of communication, and I hope to be part of the open dialogue. Every day when I drive down Mount Soledad to work, I consider myself lucky.



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