Collins, Turner leave Promote La Jolla board

Two more board members resigned from the Promote La Jolla board this week — Shannon Turner and Bob Collins, leaving the merchant group with six directors of its original 15.

At the group’s meeting on Wednesday, President Rick Wildman shared the news about Turner’s departure for family reasons. At the end of the meeting, Bob Collins asked what was going on with the election item listed on the agenda.

Wildman said the election had been postponed indefinitely in light of the fact that the group is no longer sanctioned by the city. He then told Collins that, although his term was over, if there was no replacement his term would be extended.

At that point Collins handed Wildman a resignation letter. He said after the meeting he was leaving because he was committed to a number of other projects and was dealing with a health issue, although he said it wasn’t serious.

PLJ’s bylaws state the board requires only one member to continue to function. Some board members resigned when tensions rose following the city ‘s audit of the group; others for personal or business reasons.

Also during the meeting, Wildman told those in attendance that the City Council’s expected second vote and approval of the new La Jolla Business Improvement District had been delayed until Jan. 4 because of a technical issue.

Although the item had been on the council agenda, the resolution had been changed at the November meeting but the corrected item was not posted properly. Under California’s Brown Act, if it is not given public notice 72 hours before, the matter cannot be considered.

Promote La Jolla continues to operate as a nonprofit even without official recognition from the city. Board members say they hope that when the final review of their records —sparked by the June audit — is completed by the city they will receive 2009 funds that have been placed on hold so they can pay expenses occurred while they were a recognized business improvement district.

They also say they think that after six months of the city’s plan for a new La Jolla group that Promote La Jolla could seek reinstatement.

In addition, board members learned that the annual Gallery & Wine Walk, which this year added a “taste” of local restaurants element, resulted in a loss of $546 instead of profit as first announced.

“The early figures were not correct,” Wildman said, adding that a lot of free tickets were distributed that apparently hurt the bottom line.