Representatives from the La Jolla Cove Suites asked La Jolla Traffic & Transportation (T&T) to consider a motion recommending that the head-in parking spaces in front of their Coast Boulevard hotel revert to the diagonal spaces they were in 2016. (The spaces were converted to add room for an additional seven spaces to the congested corridor.)
“It’s a safety hazard,” said La Jolla Cove Suites general manager Susan Stevens at T&T’s Jan. 17 meeting at the Rec Center. “When they were diagonal, (drivers) pulled out and stayed on one side of the road, and now they’re taking up two lanes.” Stevens branded the situation “a free-for-all,” and hotel office manager Gus Salles added that he’s “seen fistfights over parking.”
T&T, consisting of seven assembled members, unanimously passed a motion, but only to ask the City to “revisit the conversation … in view of complaints and objections and safety issues that have arisen.”
“Will they respond?” Stevens asked, to which T&T chair Dave Abrams replied: “We have a pretty good relationship. They will at least respond. Hapless Hillside
Also at T&T, a discussion item was introduced by Hillside Drive area resident Diane Kane, who has been making the community-association rounds with her crusade to regulate construction projects on her absurdly narrow and congested street.
“I hear your problems, I empathize with them and I know they’re real,” Abrams told Kane. “Frankly, much of this is above our pay grade … So you have to get some pressure from on high.”
After some back-and-forth between board members, Abrams asked Kane to return with petitions from her neighbors for an action item next month on “something to alleviate traffic congestion.” He added: “I have some contacts in the Traffic Division whom I can certainly call. Event street closures
Event street closures
There were no speedbumps in sight when both the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival and La Jolla Half Marathon requested street closures and no-parking areas for their 2018 events. The votes were swift and unanimous for the 61st Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2, and the 37th annual run from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Scripps Park on Sunday, April 22.
44-mile bike route
The meeting began with a well-received presentation about the planned Coastal Rail Trail by City project engineer Alejandra Gonzalez. Costing $15 million, the bike route will run 44 continuous miles between Oceanside and downtown along the Coaster commuter rail.
— La Jolla Traffic & Transportation next meets 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.