It's like Alphabet Soup! 12 La Jolla organizations (and acronyms) direct community life

By Dave Schwab

Question:  What do you get when you mix LJCPA with BRCC, LJSA and LJTC, and toss in a host of related committees and subcommittees including La Jolla T&T, La Jolla PDO, La Jolla DPR, La Jolla P&B, Microbid LJSMA, LJVMA BID, La Jolla Shores PRC and La Jolla Parks and Recreation, Inc. (LJPRI)?

Answer:  Some might call it a hopeless jumble. But it also might just as easily be referred to as alphabet soup.

Here's trying to make some sense — grammatical and otherwise — out of the hodgepodge of 11 community advisory groups representing La Jolla on everything from land use to business development and architectural design standards.

La Jolla Town Council (LJTC)

Purpose: Having served the residents and businesses of La Jolla for more than 50 years, LJTC is the de facto Chamber of Commerce for the Village of La Jolla. The group also acts, in an unofficial capacity, as a liaison with the City of San Diego in matters concerning land use planning, beautification, traffic, parks, beaches, crime and other vital concerns.

Meets: 2nd Thursdays, 5 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center

Chair/President: Rick Wildman

Contact: 7734 Herschel Ave.,

, (858) 454-1444

La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA)

Purpose: The community advisory group is charged with making recommendations to the City Council, Planning Commission, City staff and other governmental agencies on land use matters, specifically concerning the preparation of, adoption of, implementation of, or amendment to, the General Plan or a land use plan when it  relates to the La Jolla Community Plan boundaries.

Meets: 1st Thursdays, 6 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center

Chair/President: Tony Crisafi



Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC)

Purpose: To engage in all activities that enhance the growth and improvement of Bird Rock as a vibrant and diverse neighborhood including: administering the Bird Rock Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), maintaining roundabouts, improving cultural, charitable and community service activities, improving the quality of life and economic well being of local residents, promoting business improvement, promoting a safe village atmosphere and honoring and preserving Bird Rock’s history.

Meets: 1st Tuesdays, 6 p.m. at a local restaurant, the Masonic Lodge or Bird Rock Elementary School

Chair/President: Joe Parker



La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA)

Purpose: With a 40-year history, its primary purpose is to address community issues as they relate to the protection and enhancement of the unique characteristics of the La Jolla Shores area. It strives to represent the interests of the community to other organizations, including local and state government agencies.

Meets: 2nd Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. at Building T-29, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Chair/President: Audrey Keane

Contact: Audrey


Development Permit Review Committee (DPR)

Purpose: Subcommittee of LJCPA which reviews all discretionary permits in La Jolla outside of the La Jolla Shores Planned District, reviewing projects for conformance to the La Jolla Community Plan, makes findings relative to the city of San Diego Land Development Code and submits its recommendations to the LJCPA.

Meets: 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays, 4 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center, Room 1



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