Community Leader’s View: Plenty of sunshine in La Jolla

By Joe LaCava

President, La Jolla Community Planning Association

I want to thank the Light for offering this space to the community’s volunteer organizations. Initiation of these articles coincided with National Sunshine Week whose goal of open government applies to community-based organizations as well as city hall.

We can proudly say that in more ways than one there is plenty of sunshine in La Jolla; your La Jolla Community Planning Association (CPA) is no exception.

The CPA is La Jolla’s designated land use advisor to the City of San Diego. The city looks to the CPA for recommendations on all development proposals; major remodels, new construction, commercial signage and facades and public works projects.

We are also the custodians of the La Jolla Community Plan, the La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance, and the La Jolla Planned District Ordinance; ensuring those guiding documents stay relevant and are adhered to in the City’s decision-making process.

While the CPA is by design reactive to development proposals by others, we have not shied away from using the strength of the organization and its relationship with the city to be pro-active in addressing community issues; for example, proliferation of wireless antennas in our single-family neighborhoods; consistency in the city’s development review process, and, infrastructure improvements and city services.

In just the past several months we have made important strides in improving our working relationship with the city, but there is more work to be done.

We enjoy an active audience of over 80 at our monthly meetings as we discuss happenings in our community and deliberate on development proposals.

We invite you to attend and see what you have been missing.

Consider serving on one of our subcommittees or simply sign up for our e-blasts; by working together toward shared goals we can preserve what we love about La Jolla and provide for thoughtful (re)development. Learn more about your CPA at