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La Jolla Shores board has 5 candidates, but 8 seats open

La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) will elect at least five new members (eight seats are up for grabs) during its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Martin Johnson House on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, 8840 Biological Grade. Ballots have been sent to eligible voters. To fill the remaining seats, trustees will be appointed by current board members, unless there are more qualified write-ins who announce their intent to run.

Below is an abridged version of the biographies (in alphabetical order) that went out on the ballots:

Steve Chapple Courtesy

Steve Chapple: An author who recently moved with his family back to The Shores. He writes the “Intellectual Capital” column in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is also a visiting scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). He is working on his next book “Heartland, Coast and the Future of the American Environment.” He is also executive director of the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series, which bridges high-tech science and business with the high school system.

Joseph Dicks: Prior member of the LJSA board and former chair. Dicks has experience in its policies, procedures, purpose and goals. “I consider myself very conservative on issues concerning development, planning and community involvement. My family has lived in La Jolla for almost 15 years. If elected to the board, members will be assured of my dedication to the protection of our community, its historic preservation and safety,” he writes.

Dolores Donovan Courtesy

Dolores Ann Donovan: Currently a member of LJSA, La Community Planning Association board and La Jolla Shores Planned District Advisory Board. Donovan seeks to return the LJSA to focus on non-land-use neighborhood issues, especially those related to parks and beaches. She has been involved with professional and community groups throughout her life. She seeks to preserve the coastal character of the Shores without sacrificing the economic viability of its business community.

Mary Coakley Munk Courtesy

Mary Coakley Munk: Intermittent board member from 2010 to present. Worked closely with the community, City of San Diego, SIO and Birch Aquarium on the design, construction and funding of the Kellogg Park North and South Comfort Stations, and “The Map” of the La Jolla Shores Underwater Park and Ecological Reserves.

“Parks are my passion. I’m fortunate to call The Shores home and would like the opportunity to represent you, your views and concerns,” she writes.

John Shannon Courtesy

John Shannon, write-in candidate: Current member La Jolla Parks & Beaches advisory committee, La Jolla Community Planning Association and La Jolla Town Council. Shannon runs his own residential and commercial real estate brokerage. 36 years ago, he learned to SCUBA dive at La Jolla Shores. He still participates in swims from Scripps Pier to The Cove, and the annual New Year’s Polar Plunge. He advocates for walkable communities, locally owned small businesses, and park-and-beach accessibility.

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