Cellular tower planned for La Jolla Heights’ Cliffridge Park

By Ashley Mackin

At the Dec. 11 La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) meeting, Mary Coakley-Munk, president of Friends of La Jolla Shores, announced that AT&T is proposing a cell tower at Cliffridge Park in La Jolla Heights consisting of (according to mailers sent to residents) 12 panels bounded by a 30-foot faux eucalyptus tree.

“In the past, the companies have been very good about meeting with the community, and in each instance, we’ve been able to significantly modify the proposals they come up with,” she said. However, this time the only modifications that could be made would be based on aesthetics, said LJSA chair Tim Lucas. AT&T and city representatives held a meeting at Cliffridge Park on Dec. 16 to gather community feedback.

Though in its conceptual phase, AT&T representatives said the tower would, “upgrade wireless service to the Cliffridge Park, La Jolla Heights and Torrey Pines Road areas.”

AT&T spokesperson Jamie Moore said the design and location are under development and staff is looking at different options. “AT&T is engaged in ongoing discussions with the city and members of the community to explore alternatives,” she said. “AT&T engineering teams are working on a proposed design that will be presented to La Jolla Community Planning (Association) subcommittee meetings in late January. AT&T would like to have the site on-air by late 2014.”

There is currently a micro-tower for another cell phone company on the outer west side of the baseball diamond adjacent to the canyon at Cliffridge Park.

In other LJSA news

■ Food trucks:

Though the public comment period for the City of San Diego’s proposed revisions to the regulations on food trucks closed Dec. 13, LJSA wanted to have its opinion known on the record. The association expressed its support of the proposed guidelines because members found that everything west of La Jolla Shores Drive falls within the Coastal Parking Impact Zone, and everything east of La Jolla Shores Drive is a residential zone. According to the proposed regulations, mobile food trucks cannot operate in either of these zones. Anyone who spots a food truck operating illegally, can contact Code Enforcement at (619) 236-5500.

■ Hillel Project EIR:

Lucas explained the Hillel Project Environmental Impact Report public comment period will end Jan. 28, 2014, but that deadline presents challenges for the Shores Permit Review Committee (PRC) to hear it and forward its recommendation to the Community Planning Association (CPA) in time to be considered.

The PRC meets on Jan. 28, 2014, so the next opportunity for the CPA to review its recommendations will be Feb. 6, 2014.

“I made a request that the CPA president request an extension of time, which is routinely granted,” Lucas said. “I anticipate it going to PRC in January and their concerns addressed at CPA in February. If the extension were not granted, we would need to hold an emergency meeting.”

■ Princess Street public access:

Lucas also took the opportunity to applaud beach access advocates Anthony Ciani and Melinda Merryweather for their efforts to get the Princess Street beach-access point reopened.

“It just shows you a) what you can do if you put your mind to it and put a lot of effort in and b) it takes a long time, so you have to pursue it. So I want to congratulate them, even though they are not (present),” he said. “I think it was a tremendous effort.”

■ Coastal Meander:

The Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Coastal Meander, a 400-foot pedestrian trail along Biological Grade, received conditional approval and was granted a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission (CCC) at its Dec. 11 meeting. The CCC bestowed a $250,000 grant to the project. SIO, along with UC San Diego, matched $100,000 of the funds. Finalization of required permits is underway, and the trail’s construction will begin in early 2014. The deadline for completion is spring 2014.

■ Next meeting:

LJSA will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 8810 Biological Grade. More information at