La Jolla Town Council formed 64 years ago to be the voice of the community

As outgoing president of La Jolla Town Council, I thank the community for the opportunity to serve two terms in this capacity, and I look forward to the Town Council’s bright future under the leadership of Steven Haskins.

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For 64 years, the Town Council has managed land-use management ratification in La Jolla, as well as providing a town hall forum for residents and merchants alike, using that platform to investigate, debate, reach consensuses and solve issues of community concern. Our Distinguished Speakers Series is known for bringing dynamic subject matter to the Village, with topics ranging from art, culture, law and political science.

In general, La Jolla Town Council acts as a liaison with the City of San Diego in matters concerning land-use planning, beautification, traffic, parks, beaches, crime and many other vital concerns of our community.

It was 64 years ago that 37 different groups joined together to form the Town Council. These groups included the Chamber of Commerce, Merchants Association, Hotel Owners Association, Civic League, Planning Council and the Conservation Society, to name a few. This was done in an effort to have our concerns heard by the San Diego City Council. In the intervening years, our concerns have indeed been heard, and many important initiatives have been given life right from the voting floor of La Jolla Town Council.

A dynamic year is underway. Thanks to our newly-elected First Vice President Glenda Rothberg, our Membership Drive is already in full swing. Do you volunteer in the community on a regular basis? Talk to the Town Council about a subsidized or gratis membership as thanks for your efforts.

This fall, a free, community Town Council Carnival, will be underwritten by our friends at BNY Mellon. Our partnerships with the La Jolla Newcomers Club, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, EEOC, La Jolla Village Merchants Association, San Diego Association of Realtors, Kiwanis and San Diego Community Council Coalition are all thriving.

Many interesting Distinguished Speakers on the 2014 docket include elected officials and representatives from United Nations Association of San Diego, San Diego Veterans Administration, and the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association.

Looking ahead to 2015, we will celebrate our 65th anniversary in tandem with the 100th anniversary of our public meeting home, the La Jolla Recreation Center.

In conclusion, I thank my colleagues on the Town Council Board, and those chairing our joint- and sub-committees. I look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.

LETTERS to the Editor May 15 issue:

A much appreciated random act of kindness

I was “rescued” by a young lady named Meagan on Thursday, May 8, while a helicopter hovered up above. I was riding my bicycle up La Jolla Shores Drive when my chain came off. Meagan had just pulled up alongside me and parked. I asked her if she had something I could use to fix it — I didn’t want to get my hands dirty — I was off to photograph the President of the United States.

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