La Jolla Community Planning Association elects new board members, approves bylaw amendments

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The La Jolla Community Planning Association meets the first Thursday of the month at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.

By Pat Sherman

Eight new trustees will join the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) in April, following their election during the group’s March 7 meeting.

Elected to full, three-year terms are 

Patrick Ahern, Helen Boyden, Gail Forbes, Bob Steck, Ray Weiss

and

Frances O’Neill Zimmerman

(the latter whom was re- elected after joining the board last year).

Filling out the remainder of departing board members terms are

Janie Emerson,

elected to a two-year term, and

Myrna Naegle,

elected to a one-year term.

Tim Lucas, a LJCPA trustee of five years who was serving his final day on the board, encouraged those in attendance to get involved in the community. “Run more than once if you don’t get elected the first time, but keep at it and participate,” Lucas urged.

Trustee Devin Burstein, departing from the board after three years of service, thanked fellow LJCPA colleagues. “It’s really about the work that we all put into it,” he said.

LJCPA officer elections will be held at the group’s April 4 meeting. Despite an earlier announcement by board president Tony Crisafi that he would be stepping down next month, Crisafi said he will stay on as president.

In other LJCPA news

■ Bylaw amendments:

The association approved several changes to its bylaws, following words of reproach from LJCPA member Bob Whitney, who took exception to President Crisafi filing an “automatic appeal” on Feb. 4, which was confirmed by trustees during the Feb. 7 meeting (though it did not appear on that month’s agenda).

Crisafi appealed the city’s environmental determination on the proposed Bernate Ticino residence on Virginia Way (site of Irving Gill’s Windemere Cottage, which was torn down in December 2011 via an emergency demolition permit).

The city requested that the LJCPA’s appeal be placed on the March agenda. Trustees voted again to ratify the appeal, 11-0-3. One of the bylaw amendments — which were approved during the meeting by a vote of 36-5-2, but are pending city approval — involved the process by which the LJCPA may appeal an environmental decision issued by the city.

Crux of the amendment:

Should the city issue a determination that a project is exempt from environmental guidelines — as its development services department did when finding the Bernate Ticino project was exempt from CEQA (state environmental) guidelines — and the period in which to appeal that determination expires before the next scheduled LJCPA meeting, “the (board) president is authorized to file an appeal based on the president’s judgment after review of the project files and any joint community board hearings.

“Once filed,” the amendment states, “the president shall immediately distribute a copy of the appeal to the trustees. An appeal filed in such a manner is required to be brought to the trustees for confirmation.”

Whitney noted that the LJCPA approved similar changes to its bylaws a year ago, which failed to garner city approval.

A letter to the LJCPA from the city attorney’s office dated April 2012 (provided by Whitney) states, in part, “If you want to use this process, you need to define specifically what an ‘adverse decision’ is. Otherwise, none of the rest of these procedures works: the notice to the applicant, the ability of the president to file an appeal without a vote of the trustees.”

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