La Jolla News Nuggets

Sherri Lightner re-elected city council president

San Diego City Council members unanimously re-elected Sherri Lightner as council president on Dec. 7, allowing the moderate Democrat from La Jolla to hold the pivotal post for a second consecutive year.

Lightner, who will leave office in December 2016 because of term limits, joined with the council’s four Republicans one year ago to take the post away from Democrat Todd Gloria in a 5-4 vote.

In stark contrast to last year’s contentious council president vote, Monday’s hearing featured Lightner praising each of her colleagues for their efforts and expressing optimism about the future. “We have a lot to accomplish in the coming year, and I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with each and every one of you to tackle the challenges ahead,” she said. “I’m honored that you all trust and respect my leadership to elect me for a second term.”

The council chooses a president once a year. Whoever holds the post plays a key role in making committee assignments and deciding which items come before the panel and when. Lightner, 65, is the first woman to serve as council president, a post created when San Diego switched to a “strong mayor” form of government.

Three candidates are vying to replace Lighter on the council next year: Republican Ray Ellis and Democrats Barbara Bry and Joe LaCava. Winning that seat won’t include becoming council president, which typically goes to a veteran council member. But a win by Ellis would give the Republicans a 5-4 majority on the council.

Lightner is a graduate of Crawford High School and UC San Diego. Before being elected to council in 2008, she served as president of the La Jolla Town Council. Her district includes La Jolla, Carmel Valley, University City and Sorrento Valley.

City offers El Niño readiness site, residents survey

The City of San Diego has created a homepage for residents in preparation for the predicted El Niño storm, it was announced at the Dec. 3 La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting. The page includes tips covering what to do before the rain comes and when it arrives, as well as resources at the city and county levels.

Those who log onto the City of San Diego website might notice a pop-up encouraging participation in a city survey. This is a Resident Satisfaction Survey with options for confidentially opining about city programs, services and staff, and how city officials should prioritize programs and services. Those who do not see the pop-up can visit

Midway Bluff repair project underway

The long-awaited Bird Rock Midway Bluff Repair Project quietly got underway last month, with more than half the working days already lapsed. When complete, the project will have repaired the eroded hillside at Midway Street, installed a retaining wall, restored a lookout and enhanced the sidewalk. There will not be night-work, and a small portion of the street may be blocked to vehicles, but not to residents, during the project duration.

Parents sought for high school Wellness Council

Parent volunteers are needed for La Jolla High School’s Wellness Council. Those interested are encouraged to e-mail by Dec. 13.

The council is a group of individuals who represent the school and community, and includes teachers, counselors, school health personnel, administrators, food service staff, students, parents and community members. The council advocates for wellness programs and policies. Meetings are held after school at 2:30 p.m., with dates and frequency to be determined once the committee has formed.

Additional ‘Nutcracker’ performance scheduled

A family friendly production of “The Nutcracker,” performed by The Dance Academy will take place 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at The Children’s School, 2225 Torrey Pines Lane. Tickets are $10 via

La Jolla office accepts toys for Boys and Girls Club

The La Jolla Edward Jones Financial Advisor office at 7514 Girard Ave., Suite 7, is collecting toys for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego through Friday, Dec. 18. Community members are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys for all ages. For more information, call (858) 551- 9811.

La Jolla Library cited for 116 years of service

La Jolla’s Riford Library was acknowledged by the California State Board of Equalization with a certificate recognizing its 116 years of “exceptional service to your community.” As part of the Centurions of San Diego, San Diego organizations that have been in operation for more than 100 years are being recognized.

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