La Jolla CPA — It takes a Village

By Joe LaCava

President, La Jolla Community Planning Association

The CPA is at its best when the community participates, adding all of our voices and working toward consensus in encouraging good development while preserving the unique qualities and scenic beauty of this community we love. As we close another year, I want to thank those who have given of their time.

Thank you to our current dedicated trustees, including Michele Addington, Darcy Ashley, John Berol, Tom Brady, Bob Collins, Mike Costello, Dan Courtney, Tony Crisafi, Jim Fitzgerald, Orrin Gabsch, David Little, Tim Lucas, Nancy Manno, Phil Merten, Glen Rasmussen, Greg Salmon and Ray Weiss. And to those who retired this year, including Paul Metcalf, Phil McConkey, Michael Morton, Alice Perricone and Lance Peto.

Special thanks to Nancy Manno for tackling the secretary duties; to Jim Fitzgerald as treasurer; to John Berol for maintaining the membership database; to Michelle Fulks, Cindy Thorsen and Cristull Hasson for running the sign-in table; to Tim Lucas, who ran last March’s elections and started the difficult process of tackling the Shores PDO; and to Helen Boyden, Tony Crisafi, Todd Lesser and Ione Stiegler, who guide their subcommittees in the first step of community review.

Thank you to the nearly 40 members of the joint committees and boards. Without your dedication and attention to detail, we could not stay on schedule with project reviews.

The work of the CPA keeps us busy all year long. Our CPA meetings average over 40 in attendance, and this year we reviewed nearly 90 projects, recommending approval 90 percent of the time. Between the CPA and our subcommittees, we logged over 2,600 hours.

Our successes are defined by the support we get from the city and other members of the La Jolla community.

To Rick Wildman, Jim Heaton, Constance Branscomb and Earl Van Inwegan for leadership of their respective boards. To Chip Rome and Michele Addington for leading La Jolla Park & Rec Inc. and La Jolla Parks & Beaches, respectively.

To Councilmember Sherri Lightner for integrating community into the city’s decision-making process and your leadership on issues important to La Jolla. To Erin Demorest, who works tirelessly on our behalf.

To Councilmember Kevin Faulconer for his leadership on the Soledad Mountain Road repairs and other issues of importance to La Jollans. To Thyme Curtis for keeping us informed and helping us navigate City Hall.

To Diane Brittingham and the rec center staff, who host our meetings.

To the La Jolla Light, who consistently gets the news out so that our community can stay informed.

To all the applicants and their consultants who patiently work within our process and strive to meet and exceed the community’s hopes and the goals of our community plan.

Enjoy the holidays, and may we all find 2010 full of good health, good times and wise decisions to make La Jolla a better place for all of us to prosper and enjoy.