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Council seats new members

The guard was changed at La Jolla Town Council’s March meeting last week as nine new members were ushered in and three termed-out members stepped down.

Newly elected members on the group’s 24-member board are board president Darcy Ashley who was re-elected, financier Rob Hildt, libraries consultant Ann Kerr Bache, PR firm principal Debbie Dorsee, Barber-Tract resident Melissa Stevens, re-elected Realtor J.R. Sullivan, financial adviser John Weinstein, lodge operator Egon Kafka and biotech marketer Sharon Wampler.

The new group will take their seats at the group’s next meeting April 9.

Outgoing trustees including past town council president Anne Cleveland, Mt. Soledad Memorial Association trustee Ed Ward, attorney Steve Haskins and commercial Realtor Trent Bonner received certificates of appreciation from the town council and commendations from First District Councilwoman Sherri Lightner for their community service.

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President Ashley pointed out Haskins, a longtime treasurer for the group, was first elected to the town council when he was only 17 years old.

“He’s treasurer for life,” she quipped.

She cited Ward for his tireless work on parking issues and for how he follows through on projects.

Bonner, known for his promotional expertise, was not present to receive his awards.

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In her president’s report, Ashley noted the annual Christmas parade, which was scaled back considerably this year in scope, did well financially making more than $11,000 profit which will be added to $15,000 in seed money next year bringing the parade’s starting total to $26,000-plus. “That doesn’t mean we don’t need to fundraise for the 2009 parade,” she added.

Jennifer Clark of Promote La Jolla told the board about the merchant group’s intent to continue to promote its increasingly popular Motor Car Classic held at the Cove in January.

She noted the Business Improvement District is also planning a fun community event, a dog parade.

Town Council members also unanimously approved, in concept, a proposal to apply for a state grant to obtain 50 to 70 combination “Big Belly” units which have both trash and recycle compactors.