It’s like Alphabet Soup! 12 La Jolla organizations (and acronyms) direct community life
By Dave SchwabQuestion: What do you get when you mix LJCPA with BRCC, LJSA and LJTC, and toss in a host of related committees and subcommittees including La Jolla T&T, La Jolla PDO, La Jolla DPR, La Jolla P&B, Microbid LJSMA, LJVMA BID, La Jolla Shores PRC and La Jolla Parks and Recreation, Inc. (LJPRI)?
Answer: Some might call it a hopeless jumble. But it also might just as easily be referred to as alphabet soup.
Here’s trying to make some sense — grammatical and otherwise — out of the hodgepodge of 11 community advisory groups representing La Jolla on everything from land use to business development and architectural design standards.
La Jolla Town Council (LJTC)
Purpose: Having served the residents and businesses of La Jolla for more than 50 years, LJTC is the de facto Chamber of Commerce for the Village of La Jolla. The group also acts, in an unofficial capacity, as a liaison with the City of San Diego in matters concerning land use planning, beautification, traffic, parks, beaches, crime and other vital concerns.
Meets: 2nd Thursdays, 5 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center
Chair/President: Rick Wildman
Contact: 7734 Herschel Ave.,
www.lajollatowncouncil.org, (858) 454-1444
La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA)
Purpose: The community advisory group is charged with making recommendations to the City Council, Planning Commission, City staff and other governmental agencies on land use matters, specifically concerning the preparation of, adoption of, implementation of, or amendment to, the General Plan or a land use plan when it relates to the La Jolla Community Plan boundaries.
Meets: 1st Thursdays, 6 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center
Chair/President: Tony Crisafi
Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC)
Purpose: To engage in all activities that enhance the growth and improvement of Bird Rock as a vibrant and diverse neighborhood including: administering the Bird Rock Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), maintaining roundabouts, improving cultural, charitable and community service activities, improving the quality of life and economic well being of local residents, promoting business improvement, promoting a safe village atmosphere and honoring and preserving Bird Rock’s history.
Meets: 1st Tuesdays, 6 p.m. at a local restaurant, the Masonic Lodge or Bird Rock Elementary School
Chair/President: Joe Parker
La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA)
Purpose: With a 40-year history, its primary purpose is to address community issues as they relate to the protection and enhancement of the unique characteristics of the La Jolla Shores area. It strives to represent the interests of the community to other organizations, including local and state government agencies.
Meets: 2nd Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. at Building T-29, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Chair/President: Audrey Keane
Development Permit Review Committee (DPR)
Purpose: Subcommittee of LJCPA which reviews all discretionary permits in La Jolla outside of the La Jolla Shores Planned District, reviewing projects for conformance to the La Jolla Community Plan, makes findings relative to the city of San Diego Land Development Code and submits its recommendations to the LJCPA.
Meets: 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays, 4 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center, Room 1
Chair/President: Paul Benton
firstname.lastname@example.org, (858) 459-0805
La Jolla Planned District Ordinance Committee (PDO)
Purpose: Subcommittee of LJCPA which reviews development applications relating to the La Jolla Planned District Ordinance ensuring standards are adhered to for colors, building materials, signs, facades, renovations, etc.
Meets: 2nd Mondays, 4 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center, Room 1
Chair/President: Ione Stiegler
email@example.com, (858) 456-8555
La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee (PRC)
Purpose: Subcommittee of LJCPA which reviews projects within the La Jolla Shores Planned District forwarding recommendations on to the LJCPA for ratification or denial before being sent to the city for final approval.
Meets: 4th Tuesdays, 4 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center.
Chair/President: Helen Boyden
La Jolla Traffic & Transportatin Board (T&T)
Purpose: A joint committee with members from LJCPA, LJTC, LJSA, LJVMA and BRCC that considers all proposals affecting La Jolla’s streets including striping, stop signs, traffic calming and parking curb colors, valet service, time limits, etc. Also hears special events requiring traffic control, or that affect on-street parking.
Meets: 4th Thursdays, 4 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center
Chair/President: Todd Lesser
La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. (LJP&B)
Purpose: Detached from La Jolla Town Council in July 2011 to become a nonprofit in order to continue to advise the city on coastal parks and beaches issues.
Meets: 4th Mondays, 4 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center, Room 1
Chair/President: Patrick Ahern
La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA)
Purpose: Newly formed group represents the interests of all licensed businesses in a 30-block area of the Village of La Jolla. Through a board and committees, the group works to enhance the business community and raise funds through special events.
Meets: 2nd Wednesdays, 8:30–10:30 a.m. at The Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave.
Chair/President: Phil Coller
www.lajollabythesea.com, 7734 Herschel Ave., Suite G
La Jolla Parks and Recreation, Inc. (LJPRI)
Purpose: Volunteer board overseas La Jolla Rec Center and its varied programs and activities for all ages.
Meets: 4th Wednesdays, 5 p.m. at La Jolla Rec Center, Room 2
Chair/President: Doug Fitzgerald
Contact: (858) 552-1658
La Jolla Shores Merchants Association Business Improvement District (LJSMA) BID
Purpose: To represent the business interests of merchants along Avenida De La Playa commercial strip.
Meets: 1st Mondays, except December and January, 4 p.m. at Papalulu’s Restaurant, 2168 Avenida De La Playa.
Chair/President: David Teafatiller