Although nine seats are available, seven candidates are running for two-year terms on the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) community advisory board this week. Ballots were sent out to eligible voters, and must be returned by 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 for tabulation at the LJSA meeting held at 8840 Biological Grade on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus.
LJSA provides a forum for matters affecting the La Jolla Shores Planned District, and advises the San Diego City Council, San Diego Park and Rec department, and other agencies as appropriate. LJSA also provides a liaison to La Jolla Town Council, La Jolla Community Planning Association and UC San Diego; assists with the concerns of property and business owners; analyzes development documents such as La Jolla Shores Precise Plan, La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance and La Jolla Community Plan; and more.
There was a candidate’s forum at the LJSA February meeting, but only a few were available to give their statements. Here is a complete list of candidates and their bios:
Shahar Compton, incumbent: I am a resident and the current LJSA recording secretary. I would like to continue to serve my community. I strive for preservation of the community while welcoming modern ideas for a cleaner, environmentally friendly, efficient neighborhood that is enjoyed by all and recognized worldwide. ... I look forward to continuing to work alongside our board members, business owners and residents.
Jenny Feinberg, incumbent: I’ve lived in La Jolla since 1989, first as a student and then staff member at UCSD, now as a property owner and mother of three. Our La Jolla Shores community is unique, beautiful and amazing. It is also shared with visitors from all over the world. The influx of visitors into our community brings many concerns and challenges. The small businesses, vacation rentals and kayak concessions bring San Diego extra revenue that needs to be allocated to La Jolla Shores. We need this revenue to fairly and efficiently keep up with all the tourists who visit our community. I look forward to working with San Diego in a collaborative, amicable way to address our concerns. It is of most important to me to ensure that our parks and beaches are clean and safe for residents and visitors.
Susan Thompson Tschirn, incumbent: I’m a 20-year resident of the La Jolla community who has served as board president of The Children’s School, board president and co-founder of Explorer Elementary Charter School (formerly in La Jolla), and president of The Bishop’s School Parents Association and member of the board of trustees. I currently am a commissioner of the City of San Diego’s Human Relation Commission. I have a keen interest in enhancing and preserving the beauty of our community and supporting its needs and concerns.