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La Jolla Shores board looks to fill 10 seats in March

La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) — residents, property and business owners who provide input on issues affecting the community’s planned district — is gearing up for some changes this year. The board’s election is next month, when eight of the 16 seats are up for grabs.

However, board members Ray Higgins and Brandon Price announced they intend to step down in March, which would leave two additional, one-year terms to be filled.

At its Feb. 11 meeting, a handful of candidates announced interest in running for the board. A last-minute candidate announced via e-mail the morning after the meeting. To date, 11 candidates will run for the 10 seats.

LJSA chair Tim Lucas.
LJSA chair Tim Lucas.
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The four board members eligible to run for re-election were Scuba instructor and resident Nick LaBeouf, resident and LJSA chair Tim Lucas, Surf Diva owner Izzy Tihanyi, and Café Solange owner and resident Christian Malecot.

Lucas said he received two candidate announcements via e-mail from Karen Marshall, a homeowner and surf shop operator, and Brian Earley, a Shores homeowner with prior community advisory board experience.

Angie Preisendorfer, one of the LJSA candidates who spoke at the Feb. 11 meeting.
Angie Preisendorfer, one of the LJSA candidates who spoke at the Feb. 11 meeting.

From the floor, four attendees announced they would also like to run.

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Dave Gordon, an occasional LJSA meeting attendee who moved to the Shores a few years ago, said he used to live in Mira Mesa, where he sat on its planning association. “I’m interested in helping the community and keeping an eye on things,” he said. Angie Preisendorfer, a 29-year Shores resident and owner of Rusty Surfboards, said she’d like a board seat.

Duke Jarboe, public relations manager for Everyday California ocean recreation and apparel shop, said he would run to replace Everyday California owner and LJSA board member Chris Lynch, who said he would not run for re-election.

Duke Jarboe, one of the LJSA candidates who spoke at the Feb. 11 meeting.
Duke Jarboe, one of the LJSA candidates who spoke at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Lastly, John Sheridan said he is running because “I want to represent residents and our property rights and keeping our neigh- borhood how people would like it to be.”

The morning after the meeting, Shahar Compton also announced interest in a seat.

Ballots are out, visit ljsa.org for ballot and candidate biographies. Any registered LJSA member (anyone who lives or owns a business in the area and signs up at ljsa.org) can vote. Ballots can be hand delivered to the next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday March 11 at 8840 Biological Grade, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, or mailed to: La Jolla Shores Association, Post Office Box 64, La Jolla, CA 92038.

In other LJSA news

More priority projects: Last month, LJSA drafted a wish list of projects the board would like the City of San Diego to fund in 2016. Although the list was submitted to City Council President Sherri Lightner’s office, LJSA voted to add two omitted items. Lightner’s field rep Justin Garver said last-minute additions would be accepted since the budget process takes six months.

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The first: Funding and staff hours for a review of La Jolla Shores’ Planned District Ordinance. “We’ve had several committees over the years telling us the ordinance needs updating,” Lucas said. “We have a lot of projects that get approved because they meet the code, even if they do not fit with the character of the neighborhood.”

The second: Street restoration. “That should have been items No. 1-5,” Lucas said.

Bylaws updated: LJSA approved revised bylaws by an 8-0-2 vote. The revisions define term limits and protocol for filling vacancies, formalize its task of appointing members to other committees, eliminate outdated requirements, and more.

New ranger report: Parish Rye, the ranger assigned to La Jolla’s shoreline parks between Tourmaline Park and the Torrey Pines Gliderport, told the board about safety plans for Kellogg Park.

“I’m part of the new program that (this board) fought for and got,” he said, referencing the years of requests LJSA made to the city for a ranger at the heavily used park. “I’m here to work with the community. My goal is to be a liaison between the community and lifeguards and police, so your input as a community will be appreciated and needed.”

He explained he would fill the gap in lifeguard and police jurisdictions. “Lifeguards face the water and deal with rescues, and police handle situations on the street. My goal is to be that middleman,” he said.

The hours he spends at each shoreline park will vary based on community needs and what rangers deem necessary.

“I encourage you to call me or e-mail me as issues come forward and we will adjust (time spent at each location) as issues come forward,” he said. Rye can be reached at (858) 581-9981 or prye@sandiego.gov

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