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Permitters draw line in Hillside Drive sand: Patient, new-build applicant agrees to another meeting in La Jolla

Permitters draw line in Hillside Drive sand: Patient, new-build applicant agrees to another meeting in La Jolla

There was tension in the room as structural engineer Hamid Liaghat laid out his fifth presentation in six months to the La Jolla Development Permit Review (DPR) committee about the dream house he wants to build for himself directly north and adjacent to 7520 Hillside Drive. Lots of deep breaths, scowling faces and tongue clicks emanated from the packed public seating section, along with one or two questions fired off before public comment was allowed.

Hillside Drive — a narrow mountain road with barely enough room for two BMWs to pass each other safely — has become the line in the sand for the battle against construction traffic in La Jolla. In fact, at times during the Feb. 13...

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