Independent La Jolla to host speakers on cityhood process

By Susan DeMaggio

Independent La Jolla will present an informational seminar on cityhood, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.

At the free, public event two speakers will address questions from the audience on the process of becoming an independent city — Casey Tanaka, the Mayor of Coronado, and Michael Ott, director of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the group that oversees land annexation in the state of California.

ILJ President Cindy Greatrex said in an e-mail to La Jolla Light, “I want to be very clear that this is not a commercial for Independent La Jolla, and not a commercial for cityhood. It is an event to present the pros AND cons.

“LAFCO has no horse in the race. It is not concerned about whether any Village becomes a City. It has zero opinion or any sort of ‘interest.’ What it does provide is a blueprint for any landmass that wants to change its status. Its staff makes very certain that any such process follows its guidelines to the letter. That is its function as a government agency.”

Greatrex added that neither Ott nor Mayor Tanaka will comment on whether La Jolla should or should not be a city. Each will simply address the process, and answer questions.

“Turn-out wise, I do not know if we will get a big crowd, but I think it will be educational for all who do attend — whether they favor the idea or not,” she said.

Greatrex added that any ILJ fundraiser would have to wait until the organization receives its 501c3 status.