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Independent La Jolla to meet Feb. 17

The next meeting of Independent La Jolla promoting cityhood for the Jewel will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.

In an e-mail, Michelle Addington, who is among those who re-formed the group last June, wrote that the agenda “is going back to the basics” and will review the various incorporation “options” available and discuss each one in depth. Following that, there will be a vote of those attending to get a feel for the most popular option and a discussion about ways to get residents involved, she added.

The group recently sent out 2010 membership forms, seeking dues of $25 — a shift in earlier plans that outlined varying levels of membership support.

Independent La Jolla, a registered public advocacy nonprofit, a 501(c)4, formed with more than 100 people signed up to promote cityhood. The group is in the process of forming a governing board.

The community has three primary choices regarding how to attempt to incorporate:

  • Go to Sacramento and try to change the law governing requirements placed on a seceding city, which include paying the city alimony outright in advance to leave.
  • Get it on a ballot requiring a simple majority (50 percent plus one) of the residents within the new city’s boundaries as well as the rest of the city of San Diego for passage.
  • File a lawsuit challenging state law.

For more information, visit www.independentlajolla.org or e-mail independentlj@gmail.com.