La Jolla News Briefs: Sharks increasing off La Jolla coast, mayor honors local author, Romney amenable to help woo Olympics ... and more

Are broadnose sevengill sharks coming to the La Jolla Coast to snack on weak sea lion pups and newborn seals? Courtesy
Are broadnose sevengill sharks coming to the La Jolla Coast to snack on weak sea lion pups and newborn seals? Courtesy
Mayor Bob Filner with college admissions counselor and author Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz. Courtesy

By Pat Sherman


ocal honored by mayor:

La Jollan

Marjorie Hansen


received A “

Neighborhood Hero

” award from Mayor

Bob Filner

April 22 for her work with the San Diego Public Library’s low income, underserved college admissions program, Admit One. Shaevitz was one of 40 finalists honored. Of those, only 10 received a Neighbor- hood Hero award. For more information, visit


Post Office update:


La Jolla Historical Society

(LJHS) asked the city’s

Historical Resources Board

(HRB) for a 60-day continuance before deciding whether to grant a historic designation to La Jolla’s

Wall Street post office

(which the U.S. Postal Service intends to sell in the near future). During its April 25 meeting, the HRB instead granted a 30-day continuance.

LJHS executive director

Heath Fox

told board members the continuance was needed for the LJHS’s

Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force

to clarify details of the designation, which he said relate to potential adverse effects resulting from the USPS’s recent notice of intent to sell the post office building and relocate its services.

“A sale of our post office would require an environmental impact report, which would include the impact of a loss of historic use,” Fox said.


Diana Alvarado

told the

La Jolla Light

this week that the post office building at 1140 Wall Street is not yet on the market, and that USPS has not found a rental site in or near the Village in which to relocate services. USPS is analyzing appeals filed in response to its notice of sale and relocation.


Historical Review Board:

During the public comment section of the April HRB meeting, the

La Jolla Historical Society

again requested that the board review new findings on two Tudor Revival-style cottages in WindanSea that are slated for demolition.

Last month, the city’s 

Development Services Department

issued an expedited coastal development permit to


the cottages at



341 Playa del Sur

  1. The

La Jolla Community Planning Association

(LJCPA) will decide whether to appeal the permit during its monthly meeting Thursday, May 2 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. The property owners wish to build a 3,273-square-foot duplex on the site.


Lifeguard tower update:



will also receive a presentation on final designs for the


lifeguard tower at Children’s Pool

beach (scheduled to break ground next month), and take action on the planned,

24-hour closure

of Children’s Pool beach during the seals’ winter pupping season.

This 100-year-old eucalyptus tree on Ivanhoe Avenue was cut down in March. One just as old and majestic across the street is next on the chopping block.


Preservationists vindicated:

Last month, the office of the State Auditor issued a scathing assessment of the San Diego

Development Services Department

’s (DSD's) track record on historic preservation. The report, requested by state Senator

Ben Hueso

(D-40), found, in part: DSD did not collect sufficient information to ensure reviews of project sites potentially possessing historical resources; DSD applications had incomplete information on historical resources; DSD did not consistently adhere to municipal code when approving construction changes; DSD did not ensure the public receives mandatory notices of environmental determinations on projects; and on projects subject to CEQA review, DSD often filed a Notice of Determination 12-90 business days late. Read the full report at



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