By Ashley Mackin
The La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Board (CAPB) met on July 2 to discuss its two-fold task of getting parking passes for Village employees and collecting alternative suggestions to the Coastal Commission’s (now defunct) proposed parking reservoir and shuttle system. CAPB will move forward by going to community planning groups and asking for their input.
The money for these projects is set aside in the La Jolla Coastal Access Parking Fund, which was established through Coastal Commission-required contributions by office space developers in the 1970s and ’80s.
The fund currently totals $400,000. Of that sum, $14,000 is designated for the Village parking pass program and approximately $276,000 is reserved for a shuttle program as once proposed by the Coastal Commission.
CAPB Chair Dan Allen explained with the Village parking pass program, CAPB would sell discounted parking passes to employees of the Village that could be used in private garages and lots. CAPB was allocated the money needed to keep the program going for the next nine months. The hope is with employees parking in lots, there will be more on-street parking for visitors.
With that job done, CAPB’s next task is to write two letters exploring the “remote parking reservoir and shuttle system” proposed by the Coastal Commission — one outlining why the plan is not feasible and the other, a list of alternatives.
The Coastal Commission’s idea was to establish a parking area outside of La Jolla from which a shuttle could pick up and drop off passengers in town.
The CAPB cited a study by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, which determined that a shuttle was not practical due to high operating costs. Additionally, CAPB claimed MTS Bus Route 30, which commutes from downtown to UTC through La Jolla, accomplishes a task similar to the proposed shuttle, and further- more, the remote parking area proposed was in Bird Rock where a traffic circle has since been installed.
CAPB member Sheila Fortune said in addition to the Memorandum of Understanding being out-of-date, the amount allotted for the shuttle would not have yielded a self- sustaining program.
CAPB said it will not use any of the shuttle funds until a more solid plan is developed. Now the Coastal Comission is asking CAPB to explain why the plan could not be implemented today, with the hope that an alternative use for the funds could be found.
In compliance with the second portion of its task, CAPB discussed alternatives to a shuttle system, and is reaching out to other community groups for suggestions, so it may make a formal recommendation for a replacement plan.
Early ideas for allieviateing Village traffic include a bike rental system, a golf cart rental system, encouraged use of public transit, funds to MTS for enhanced service and/or installing electronic signs to indicate how many parking spaces are available at different lots around town.
Citizens who would like to suggest solutions are asked to attendany of the following meetings over the next couple of months. CAPB is open to ideas that could be combined with donations or grants.
Fortune said if the community is “the squeaky wheel,” it could get the support needed to set a new plan in motion.
■ La Jolla Community Planning Association meets 6 p.m. the first Thursdays at the La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.
■ La Jolla Village Merchants Association meets 8:30 a.m. second Wednesdays at the Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave.
■ La Jolla Town Council meets 5 p.m. second Thursdays at 1150 Silverado St.
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