La Jolla Parks & Beaches Board takes actions

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Soledad lighting approved

Following a presentation by a representative of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) members voted 10-3 to approve proposed lighting for the veterans memorial, with reduced intensity, at the group’s Nov. 26 meeting.

The plan includes step lighting at the end of six memorial walls from sunset to 10 p.m. and all-night lighting of the U.S. flag — both of which were positively received during tests in July and November.

The association said it would lower the flag and turn the lights off in anticipation of meteor showers or other celestial events. To inform the association of such an event, phone (858) 459-2314.

LJP&B member Fran Zimmerman expressed concern about the addition of four walls atop the memorial site, instead of two, which she said the association initially presented.

“I feel you are encroaching constantly on the public’s goodwill as you proceed with the growing of this memorial,” she said.

An electronic kiosk to help visitors locate plaques will be added to the site, though it will not include lighting.

Officer elections in January

LJP&B will hold officer elections at its next meeting, Jan. 28 at La Jolla Rec Center. The group voted during its Nov. 26 meeting to go dark in December.

A nominating committee comprised of LJP&B member Debbie Beacham, board President Patrick Ahern and Secretary Anne Podney recommended the following as officers: Dan Allen (president), John Beaver (vice president), Rebecca Morales (secretary) and Phyllis Minick (treasurer).

“If anybody else wants to jump in and says, ‘I’d like that job,’ let us know as soon as possible and we’ll put you on the slate,’” said Ahern, who will remain active in LJP&B, but is stepping down as president to devote more time to his real estate business.

Ahern took the reigns as LJP&B’s interim president in July 2011, when the group broke away from the La Jolla Town Council to establish itself as an independent nonprofit.

The group directly advises the city on most of La Jolla’s coastal park assets, excluding the La Jolla Rec Center and those in La Jolla Shores.

The city now prefers its advisory recreation councils to be nonprofits. The La Jolla Town Council is a dues- paying organization, so LJP&B decided to break away last year.

   
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