La Jolla parade deemed a success

La Jolla residents heard about a successful community holiday parade and the latest developments with street beautification at the Town Council’s monthly meeting on Dec. 10, as well as being told of the group’s new updated Web site.

“We raised approximately $6,000 more than last year,” said parade committee representative Debbie Dorsee about contributions from those supporting the community event. Parade chair Ann Kerr Bache did “a fabulous job,” Dorsee added.

Proceeds from the event will be rolled over into the cost of staging next year’s parade.

Estimates were the annual parade drew 25,000 visitors this year.

Councilman Bob Collins said the parade went off without a hitch and was efficiently run.

Darcy Ashley said the new and improved Town Council Web site at www.lajolla, replete with an event calendar, is now up and running.

Glen Rasmussen, chair of the Town Council’s design, streetscape and beautification committee, said progress is being made in a number of areas, including selecting new water-efficient hanging flower baskets located throughout the Village.

“Ester Viti is organizing more street cleanups and is increasingly securing more community groups, like the Boy Scouts, to participate,” he said. “The new baskets we’re looking at are like the ones in front of Hotel Parisi which are large, 24 inches, and a very thick plastic which contain water well with only one small hole in the bottom.”

Rasmussen added two different firms are bidding on a future project to stock updated baskets with an appropriate mix of flowers that are both colorful and water conserving.

The next meeting of La Jolla Town Council will be at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 at the La Jolla Rec Center.