La Jolla planning association to hold elections March 7

LJCPA trustee Frances O’Neill Zimmerman, who served on the San Diego City Schools Board of Education 1996-2004, is running for another term as a LJCPA trustee.
LJCPA trustee Frances O’Neill Zimmerman, who served on the San Diego City Schools Board of Education 1996-2004, is running for another term as a LJCPA trustee.
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LJCPA trustee Frances O’Neill Zimmerman, who served on the San Diego City Schools Board of Education 1996-2004, is running for another term as a LJCPA trustee. Pat Sherman

By Pat Sherman

The La Jolla Community Plan- ning Association (LJCPA) will hold elections for new and returning trustees at its March 7 meeting.

The candidates include: Patrick Ahern, Matthew Bothwell, Helen Boyden, Janie Emerson, Gail Forbes, Myrna Naegle, Bob Steck, Ray Weiss and Fran Zimmerman.

Officer elections will be held in April, at which point President Tony Crisafi and Secretary Dan Allen will be stepping down. (Allen was recently elected La Jolla Parks and Beaches board president, replacing Patrick Ahern.)

Nominations for available officer positions will be made from the floor during the April meeting.

In other Planning Association news

Hillel subcommittee:

The LJCPA voted to form an ad hoc committee to read through the recently resubmitted draft environmental impact report for the Hillel Jewish Student Center proposed near UC San Diego.

Serving on the committee will be trustees Mike Costello, Jim Fitzgerald, Tom Brady and Dan Courtney, who will present their findings during the March 7 LJCPA meeting, just days before the March 11 deadline for public comment on the document.

Response to fairness letter

: Trustee Tom Brady suggested that the LJCPA respond to a Nov. 5 letter the city’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) sent the former San Diego mayor and city council regarding the Hillel Jewish Student Center. The letter asks that the city consider the Hillel Center for Jewish Life on the project’s “merits, “without bias” or prejudice.

“It’s wrong and needs to be clarified to the HRC and various recipients,” said LJCPA trustee Tom Brady. “We’re not biased or prejudice and we only discuss land use issues. ... I think it needs to be dealt with for the protection of community groups who spend enormous amount of time discussing these issues.”

LJCPA president Tony Crisafi said he would write a response letter, but added, “I don’t feel like the letter was directed toward us (so much as) assuring that the process is objective and fair.”

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Former LJCPA trustee Ray Weiss, a Distinguished Professor of Geochemistry and associate dean at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is vying for a return to the LJCPA board.

Parking items pulled

: Two items unanimously approved by the Traffic and Transportation (T&T) committee were pulled from the LJCPA consent agenda for further discussion, including a request to relocate two 15-minute parking spaces from in front of the former Visitors Center on Herschel Avenue to Prospect Street, in front of the new La Jolla Information Center.

Also pulled for future discussion was T&T’s approval of a request for two-hour parking signs on Glenwick Place and Glenwick Lane.

Meanwhile, LJCPA trustees approved T&T motions to deny a green parking zone at 7841 Fay Ave. and a yellow zone on Pearl Street in front of the Maserati dealership.

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Palm tree trimming

: The San Diego City Council approved a contract to trim thousands of palm trees within public rights-of-way, reported Erin Demorest with the office of City Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner. The work is underway, and will include many large palms within the Village, she said.

Cycling improvements

: Demorest also announced that Mayor Bob Filner has created a bike program initiative, and is seeking input on needed improvements to bicycle infrastructure, such as locations to place “sharrows” (arrows that remind motorists to share the road with cyclists), potential locations for public bike corrals, missing or faded bike lane markers and potential sites for new bike paths.

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