Permit Review board approves two projects

Two projects got the green light at the La Jolla Development Permit Review (DPR) Committee meeting, April 10. Both had nearly been fast-tracked at the last DPR meeting on March 20.

Applicants Bill Metz and Peter Weinberg received a Coastal Development Permit and Site Development Permit to remap a 0.166-acre site so that two adjoining but separate residences — already under construction — can be offered at 7154 and 7156 Eads Ave. They had been asked to return with an aerial photo, the code section for small-lot subdivision and a color-coded site plan for landscaping, among other things.

The committee voted 4-0-3 in favor.
In addition, attorney Matt Peterson — representing Stuart Stedman of 9048 La Jolla Shores Lane — received permission to demolish a residence Stedman owns on the 0.81-acre lot directly north of his house at 9036 La Jolla Shores Lane.

Only one committee member, Mike Costello, voted against fast-tracking it on March 20. (Costello was not in attendance this time, citing “other commitments.”) Costello wanted to know “what comes next.” Peterson couldn’t say then, and didn’t say now. In addition, he introduced a change in the demolition plans: the slab will be left.

“I guess I’m just being picky,” said committee member Elizabeth Gaenzle, who cast the one opposing vote this time. “To me, demolishing a residence means you’re going to take the slab.”

Peterson replied: “It could be that he would like to have a picnic there. He may keep the slab and resurface it with nice tiles or slate.

“What we’re trying to avoid is digging into the ground, because that causes issues,” Peterson said.

Army to search La Jolla for unspent shells

There will be no fireworks in La Jolla this year of the intentional kind. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will also work to eliminate the remote possibilty of the other kind.

According to a report by KGTV, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a search for unspent military shells that could possibly still explode in the area around UC San Diego, which was built atop the Camp Matthews U.S. Marine Corps base that operated from 1917 to 1964.

According to the report, munitions and debris — though not live explosives — have been found over the years on the former artillery range. The search intends to assess the current risk in further land development.

New Merchant Association prez, board member sought

The La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) seeks a new president to fill the post vacated by James Niebling on April 11, as well a new member to fill his board seat.

At the next LJVMA meeting — 3 p.m. May 9 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. — applications for Niebling’s board seat will be taken by LJVMA exec director Sheila Fortune prior to the meeting or during public comments. This will be followed by a vote.

Board seats are open to all active members current on their LJVMA Business Improvement District tax assessments. Anyone already on the board can be nominated, or volunteer, to become president.

Ann Kerr Bache cleared to seek third term

In addition to the bike panel reported in our A1 story, this month’s La Jolla Town Council meeting, held April 12 at the Rec Center, cleared the way for the organization’s president, Ann Kerr Bache, to seek a third term.

“I have not agreed to that and don’t ask me tonight,” Bache said. “But in order for myself, or some future person, to run for three years … we need to specifically amend the bylaws.”

The three motions that needed to pass did so unanimously, with Bache abstaining.

“And again, I haven’t committed,” Bache said, adding as a joke: “I mean I haven’t yet been committed, but I will be soon.”

Artists wanted for fall Art & Wine Festival

The La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, coming to La Jolla Oct. 6-7, is accepting applications from artists until July 15.

Oil-painters, photographers, watercolorists and sculptors are welcome, as are artists specializing in mixed media, ceramics, glass or jewels.

To be considered, applicants must apply through for artist exhibitor management. The LJAWF application fee is $25 (non-refundable).

Visit for additional information, or e-mail Brenda Chand at

Concours d’Elegance reports attendance, sets 2019 date

Organizers of the 2018 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance report more than 10,000 attendees for its 14th annual car show on April 6-8. Next year’s event, which organizers say “is on course to produce the most extravagant and elegant affair yet for its’ 15th year anniversary,” is set for the weekend of April 12-14, 2019.

Del Mar Fair calls for budding talent

Your lush landscapes and lavish flowers could be the stars of the show in the competitive garden and flower exhibits at the San Diego County Fair. Entries are now open for the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show’s competitive outdoor display at the San Diego County Fair. Register online at by May 4. (Fees range from $10-$350 per entry.)

The Paul Ecke Jr. Flower Show — the region’s largest exhibition of award-winning flowers and floral displays — is registering online at until May 11. (Fees range from $5-$80 per entry.)

Gardeners and florists will compete for cash awards and ribbons. Entries are displayed throughout the run of the San Diego County Fair, happening June 1-July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Award-winning exhibitors will be invited to a private awards ceremony during the Fair.

La Jolla band to play Gator By the Bay

La Jolla band Blue Largue will peform on Friday, May 11 at 6:10 p.m. at the 17th Annual Gator By The Bay Louisana music, food and crawfish festival at Spanish Landing Park.