San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to foxtrot for La Jolla Town Council fundraiser

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Dancing with La Jolla Stars organizer Nancy Gardner announces that Mayor Bob Filner has agreed be the oct. 5 fundraising event’s ‘star dancer.’ Pat Sherman

By Pat Sherman

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner swung by the La Jolla Town Council’s (LJTC’s) May 9 meeting to administer the oath of office to the LJTC’s recently installed officers, and to repeat his pledge to assure the stench at La Jolla Cove is quashed by Memorial Day, May 27

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Filner also confirmed that he would be among the local notables busting their best dance moves during the LJTC’s Dancing with La Jolla Stars fundraiser, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 5 at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel.

Also dancing in the charitable competition will be District 2 City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and Gina Seau, ex-wife of late San Diego Chargers linebacker, Junior Seau.

Event organizer Nancy Gardner said she has reached out to Mitt Romney about participating. La Jolla’s city council representative, Sherri Lightner, declined to dance, but will participate in some capacity, Gardner said. Assistant San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman will serve as an event judge.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit La Jolla community enhance- ment projects, as well as the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, which provides traumatically injured U.S. servicemen and women with a therapeutic week of fly fishing in Montana. Tickets for Dancing with La Jolla Stars are $175 per person or $325 for two. For more details, contact Gardner at nancy@cmcfinance.com or (858) 456-3000.

In other town council news

Coast Boulevard sidewalk beautification plea:

La Jolla Parks and Beaches (LJP&B) members Patrick Ahern and Phyllis Minick offered a new slide presentation on LJP&B’s quest to raise $250,000 for the restoration of the sidewalk area on Coast Boulevard near Children’s Pool beach.

LJP&B is attempting to have the work done by the same city-approved contractors that are scheduled to build a new lifeguard tower at Children’s Pool this year (demolition of the existing tower begins next month).

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Mayor Filner gives the oath of office to newly installed la Jolla Town Council officers: President Cindy Greatrex, Secretary Charles Hartford, First Vice-President Nancy Gardner, Treasurer Yolanda de Riquer and Second Vice-President Steve Haskins. Pat Sherman

Ahern said that if the community does not take advantage of the contractors this year and has to hire new contractors at a later date, costs for the project could double to $500,000.

“It’s like building a home without a garden, without a front porch or a driveway,” Ahern said of adding a new lifeguard tower while leaving the sidewalk area cramped and crumbling.

“It’s a mess, even today as we walk through there — it’s rusty, it’s beat up, it’s old, and it’s very congested,” he added, noting that lifeguards reported 124 medical aid calls at that stretch of sidewalk last year, many for elderly people tripping on the sidewalk.

If the sidewalk is restored after the lifeguard tower is built, Ahern also noted, “it will disturb the seals again.”

To donate to the project, visit:

lajollaparksandbeaches.org

Goodwill fashion show:

Despite some La Jollans’ concerns that a Goodwill store opening at 7631 Girard Ave. will somehow tarnish the Jewel’s prestige, second vice-president Steve Haskins defended Goodwill Industries, the LJTC’s new gold member.

“Let me tell you, they have great stuff,” Haskins said. “It’s so good that I’m planning to have a fashion show here at the meeting in the next few months with people only wearing things from Goodwill.”

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