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Budget gives council its fill of challenges

BY SHERRI LIGHTNER

It’s been a challenging month at City Hall as we’ve worked to pass next year’s budget. We’re still waiting to see what effect the state budget cuts will have on public safety and neighborhood services such as parks and libraries.

After hearing from constituents who received unpaid business tax notices, I proposed major revisions to make the Business Tax Compliance Program fairer and more efficient. Under my proposed plan, the city would identify and correct problems that currently result in 75 percent of businesses being misidentified as noncompliant.

I appreciate so many of you taking the time to contact our office with your input on the Children’s Pool. On June 1, a federal judge affirmed the restraining order, which prevents the Superior Court from ordering the city to disperse the seals. Meanwhile, legislation is making its way through the State Assembly to allow the city to use the Children’s Pool as a marine mammal park.

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The city needs to create a short-term management plan for the Children’s Pool, so we are holding a community forum at 6 tonight in the La Jolla High School Auditorium on how best to preserve the safety of both humans and seals.

A second forum at 6 p.m. June 25 will focus on the possibility of a marine mammal park.

We’ve also been hearing from many of you about making the Torrey Pines Corridor between La Jolla Shores Drive and Prospect Place safer and more pedestrian friendly. We held a meeting last night to gather input about the community’s priorities for these improvements.

We hope to see you tonight and next Thursday. In the meantime, please contact our office if you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, (619) 236-6611 or

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sherrilightner@sandiego.gov

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Sherri Lightner is the councilwoman for the First District, which includes La Jolla.