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La Jolla Shores association election kicks off

At its November meeting, La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) launched an election to replace half of its 16-member board.

Outgoing Chairman Jim Heaton said Shores residents have between now and Dec. 4 to mail in ballots for candidates for the eight open seats. Notice of the election will be e-mailed to area residents. Short candidate bios will be published in the Nov. 27 edition of the Light along with a list of names that can be clipped out and mailed in or returned at the Dec. 9 meeting.

The board seats are for two-year terms. Members can serve two consecutive terms and then “term-out” for a year, after which time they can return.

Current board members who cannot run again are Heaton, Mary Coakley, who chairs the Friends of La Jolla Shores nonprofit fundraising group supporting Kellogg Park, and John Metzger.

Board members Ed Furtek, David Laney and Tim Lucas are seeking re-election.

Officers will be elected following the December election. Joe Dicks is contending to be the group’s next chair.

The association is not allowed to hold fundraisers, sell items or solicit funds, but the group accepts donations to pay for its operating expenses, which include insurance. Donations can be made with election ballots.

In other action at the Nov. 11 meeting:

Coakley, who heads LJSA Parks & Beaches Committee, reported that the city plans to install fiberglass light posts on the north end of the Shores boardwalk to increase lighting and improve safety, which could have the opposite effect.

“It will draw more college and high school people and create bigger problems and be an impact on the whole community,” she said. “They (city) say some of the posts are ready to crumble and it’s a safety issue with the threat of injury from falling light posts.”

Pat Nissan, who chairs the Business District Committee, reported that the Oct. 25 Shores Merchant Association’s second fall fest was a success with a crowd of about 300.

Izzy Tihanyi added that it netted about $600.

Nissan also reported that the merchants’ group “got a grant for $3,500 for the business microdistrict for beautification.” They are exploring the possibility of using that funding to buy Christmas tree lights from another micro-business district to give the community a “uniform look” during the holiday season.

Tihanyi added there are still “hoops to go through” in getting the necessary permits and ensuring the lighting being considered is viable and appropriate for the neighborhood.

For more information about La Jolla Shores Association, visit www.lajollaguide.

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