Bird Rock council gives residents heads-up on five issues

By Ashley Mackin

At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) put the word out about several hot-button issues including Halloween, the median lights on La Jolla Boulevard, doggie bags and parking.

■ Halloween and safety

• With Halloween on the horizon, the BRCC asks residents to leave their lights on and answer the door to trick-or-treaters from 5 to 8 p.m. only.

“What we’re trying to do is limit the trick- or-treating, limit the craziness in the neighborhood. We’re asking that you — if you choose to – stop answering your door after 8 o’clock,” said the Neighborhood Watch chair, who requested anonymity. “It’s been very successful in the past. We probably have 85 to 90 percent of the residents thrilled with it and embraced it,” she said, adding San Diego Police Officers would be on bike patrol and volunteer officers would be patrolling in cars on Halloween.

• The annual Haunted House will not be held this year due to a lack of volunteers.

• However, the annual Halloween window-painting event will be Oct. 20, when children can paint the storefront windows of approximately 20 businesses. Those who want to volunteer or have their kids participate, may contact the BRCC at

■ Lights on the boulevard

The median lights over La Jolla Boulevard were officially lit on Oct. 1.

“I just got a string of text messages, phone calls and e-mails from people [who were] just thrilled,” council president Joe Parker said of the action. BRCC member Barbara Dunbar spearheaded the project to get them lit after the sudden death of community volunteer George Sutton. “Barbara took over management of this project after we lost George Sutton and she has managed, in my opinion, every critical detail of this project and then some minute details none of us would consider. If it wasn’t for her capable management, I don’t think these lights would be on,” Parker said.

Parker said Sutton will be honored during the light’s commissioning ceremony in November.

■ Maintenance projects completed

On Oct. 1, construction was completed on the Brow Ditch project that will divert water

away from the businesses located on the southeast corner of La Jolla Boulevard and Bird Rock Avenue when it rains.

“It should, hopefully, solve the problem of water flowing toward the building and basically flooding the building every time it rains,” Dunbar said.

■ Residents using too many dog bags

The excessive number of dog clean-up bags being used by pet owners was discussed. “The good news is people are using the bags to clean up after their dogs. The bad news is they are using them in such a substantial capacity that we cannot afford to keep up with the pace and cost of stocking the bags,” Parker said. The dog stations are there to accommodate people who don’t have a bag. The recommendation is: when residents walk their dogs, they should go prepared with their own bags.

■ No sidewalk parking

People should not be parking their cars on the sidewalk in front of Lele’s Cleaners at 5617 La Jolla Blvd. Parker encouraged residents to remind drivers who park there that it is unlawful.

— For more information on any of these issues, send an e-mail to: