La Jolla coastal access, parking board reorganizing

Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

After a six-month hiatus, the La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Board met Sept. 6 to amend bylaws and designate the new La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) as the group’s financial agent.

LJVMA president Phil Coller said the merchant group’s responsibility would be restricted to creating a bank account.

The board was formed in 1993 to set up a shuttle system for La Jolla and manage parking passes for local employees in private parking lots and parking garages to free up on-street parking for customers and tourists.

It gets its funds from fees paid by developers that are collected by the California Coastal Commission.

The board has about $22,000 in operating funds while the city shold about $446,000 in a dedicated interest-bearing account accrued over time from developer fees.

The agreement setting up the fund between the city and the commission states that the boards’ funds are reserved for short- or long-term parking and traffic circulation, and the other half is reserved for a remote parking reservoir and shuttle system.

Board member Ray Weiss noted any shuttle system created needs to be self-sustaining because of insufficient seed money.

The board is comprised of three appointees each from La Jolla Town Council (LJTC), La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) and the La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA). The reconstituted group presently includes: Tom Brady, Orrin Gabsch and Joe LaCava from LJCPA; Ray Weiss from LJTC; and Egon Kafka, Michelle Lerach and Deborah Marengo from LJVMA.

They will elect officers and consider creating a new agreement with the city to

become a stand-alone entity at its next meeting Oct. 4.

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