La Jolla News Nuggets, July 7

SANDAG board to vote on November ballot tax measure

After changes approved during the June 24 meeting, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) will vote on Friday, July 8 for the final language for the proposed 40-year, half-cent sales tax to fund infrastructure and traffic improvement projects, slated for the November ballot. The ordinance includes a list of the “priority projects” to be developed, like carpool and managed lanes on I-5 and SR52. However, the announced Rapid 30 bus that would increase transit in La Jolla wasn’t under the “priorities” of the ordinance. To learn more about how the proposed measure would affect La Jolla, see a La Jolla Light story at

If passed, the ballot will read, “San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure,” and the question “Shall an ordinance be adopted to: repair roads, deteriorating bridges; relieve congestion; provide every community funds for pothole/street repairs; expand public transit including, improved services for seniors, disabled, students, veterans; reduce polluted runoff; preserve open space to protect water quality/reduce wildfires by enacting, with independent oversight/annual audits, a 40-year, half-cent local sales tax ($308 million annually) that Sacramento cannot take away?”

The vote is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 8 at the SANDAG Board Room, 401 B Street, 7th Floor. The meeting will be open to the public and will have time for public comment on the agenda.

La Jolla Parks and Beaches group endorses MAD

La Jolla Parks and Beaches (LJP&B) board unanimously endorsed plans for a Maintenance Assessment District during its June 27 meeting at La Jolla Rec Center. After an informational presentation from former Town Council president Steve Haskins and Enhance La Jolla steering committee member Mark Dibella, LJP&B voted unanimously to support the effort.

Dibella explained, “The role of the (MAD) is support maintenance in the Village (through) power-washing of sidewalks, weed abatement and graffiti control, and provide a vehicle to do capital projects within the district.” He added there are more than 62 MADs in the City of San Diego.

LJP&B member Patrick Ahern said he was most excited about the capital projects aspect. “It’s an arm so we don’t have to raise all the money for these projects we want to fund. It’s going to be a great vehicle for us to use,” he said.

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Free Tennis Club clinics start next week for youth

For more than 25 years, the La Jolla Tennis Club has been hosting free two-week tennis clinics for interested juniors ages 6 to 12. This year, the free junior tennis clinics will be held at The Bishop’s School tennis courts July 11-15 and 18-22. Clinics for ages 6-8 will be 9-9:50 a.m. and ages 9-12 will be 10-11:50 a.m.

Due to space limitations, enrollment will be limited to the first 60 juniors for each age group. A registration form can be found at and mailed to La Jolla Tennis Club, 7632 Draper Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037. More information: (858) 454-4434.

Last District 1 votes counted in San Diego City Council race

The San Diego Registrar of Voters has counted 100 percent of the votes in the 91 precincts of District 1 for the San Diego City Council seat. The result for shows that Barbary Bry won 48.48 percent of the votes, almost 15 percent more than her opponent Ray Ellis (33.91 percent). The other three candidates ended up with less than 10 percent of the support: Bruce Lightner 9.67 percent, Kyle Heiskala 6.11 percent and Louis Rodolico 1.84 percent.

The two top candidates, Bry and Ellis will face off in a runoff on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

DMV requires more documents from first-time applicants

First-time driver license and identification card applicants will be required to show two documents that prove they are California residents. Renewals and duplicates don’t need to abide by this law. The requirement began Friday, July 1.

Documents acceptable as proof of California residence are a rental or lease agreement signed by landlord and tenant, a deed or title to residential real property, a mortgage bill, home utility bills, medical documents or employment documents. More details at

Local architect receives national photography award

La Jolla architect Michael Wilkes received the Fuller Award from the 2016 National American Institute of Architects Photography competition for his photograph “Not Yellow Mellow.” Also, he received a Juror’s Commendation for “Seven Ducks in a Spider Web.” Since 2008, Wilkes has been awarded 11 prizes by this program.

The retired architect has designed some of La Jolla signature buildings, such as The Bishop’s School Library, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology at UC San Diego, and the Muir College Apartments at UCSD.

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