La Jolla, Bird Rock groups seek donations for police storefront repairs

The La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) and Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) have joined forces to help repair a shoddy police storefront used by officers who patrol La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Clairemont.

The storefront needs about $35,000 in cash and labor for painting and re- pairs to bathrooms, flooring, furniture and window cover- ings, report project co-chairs Nancy Gardner (LJTC) and Michelle Fulks (BRCC).

La Jolla-based Dewhurst & Associates construction is onboard as a contributor to the project.

The storefront serves as a spot for officers to write reports and take breaks, and also houses the police’s homeless outreach unit and retired senior volunteer patrol officers.

As the city and state grapple with finances, discretionary funding for repairs and upgrades to storefronts has

become nonexistent. “I don’t think you can

ever do enough to give back to the people who keep us safe,” Gardner said. “It’s something citizens have to do since the city doesn’t have the money.”

“It’s a disgrace that our police officers have to use bathrooms in that condition,” Fulks added. “I think our police officers deserve at least a place that is clean and dry to get off of the streets and out of their cars.”

n Donations are tax deductible. Checks can be mailed to: 5666 La Jolla Blvd. #168, La Jolla, CA 92037, care of SDPOA. Checks should be made out to the San Diego Police Officer’s Association and contain the word “storefront” in the memo line.

For more information, contact Nancy Gardner at (858) 775-7575 or Michelle Fulks at (858) 775-8500.

— Staff reports