Cooperative effort improves Shores street access

Residents and business owners in La Jolla Shores will soon see parking rezoned in four areas between Avenida de la Playa and the beach.

The rezoning is the handiwork of the La Jolla Shores Association, (LJSA).

After the Association worked with city officials and business owners, the four parking proposals were unanimously approved at the April 24 La Jolla Traffic and Transportation Board meeting and at the La Jolla Community Planning Association.

“We’re trying to use existing resources to do what can be done now,” said Jim Heaton, LJSA chairman.

The stop sign at the T-junction of Calle de la Plata and Avenida de la Playa is currently blocked by a handicapped parking spot. By moving this spot west of the intersection and putting up a larger sign, drivers will have better visibility and the crosswalk will be safer for pedestrians.

“I watch every other driver run this stop sign,” said Terry Kraszewski who owns a shop in the vicinity. “It’s going to make a big difference.”

The sidewalk at Avenida de la Playa will be extended to El Paseo Grande to create several 90-minute parking spaces in the current triangle from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Avenida de la Ribera will be routed to terminate at El Paseo Grande.

Responding to questions from the community about 18-wheelers, a loading zone will be designated along the Avenida de la Playa sidewalk extension.

In order to better accommodate boat loading and unloading and beach access along Avenida de la Playa terminus, west of Camino del Oro, seven parking spaces along the north side of the street will be rezoned to 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round.

The Vallecitos terminus, west of Camino del Oro, will be rezoned to 15 minute parking between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to provide loading and unloading access to the beach, creating 15 parking spots. Night divers will be able to park without restriction.

The Association worked with dive companies and scuba shops that use this street as a staging area to develop a solution that all involved think will work for everyone. These companies have agreed to schedule their operations between 7 - 11 a.m. to avoid tying up the area.

The application fees for rezoning are being paid by LJSA and local merchants. Heaton said he especially appreciated the cooperation from Piatti Restaurant and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.