La Jolla Shores considers civilian watch program, beach projects

By Ashley Mackin

The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) unanimously approved three proposals presented at their Oct. 10 meeting. They also heard Community Relations Officer Omar Sinclair of the San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division on the need for a Neighborhood Watch program.

Benefit walk approved.

LJSA OK’d the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk for May 11, 2013 at Kellogg Park. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America revised the plan after a previous presentation to the LJSA, where concerns were raised.

Per the concerns, the entertainment will be steel drums with no amplification, and the only amplification will be for inspirational speakers at 65 decibels, which can only be heard within 50 feet. A beach cleanup will also take place that day, with two dumpsters being provided by the foundation. The LJSA offered to produce a listing of local businesses to encourage participants to shop at La Jolla Shores businesses.

Eagle Scout project.

The “Friends of La Jolla Shores Donor Wall,” project was also unanimously approved. Presented by Scout Kristoff Pawinski of Troop 271, the project involves painting the wall at Kellogg Park and applying metal fish plaques inscribed with with donors’ names. There would be five to six different fish designs, based on donor levels. Pawinski said there are 180 donors to be included. Friends of La Jolla Shores would provide some of the funds, with the rest coming from Eagle Scout fundraising. Pawinski said he would like the project to be completed in December.

Another park commode.

The Friends of La Jolla Shores’ proposal to install an additional toilet in the South Comfort Station at Kellogg Park was approved. It now goes to the city for final approval. Mary Coakley said the empty space was originally intended for a vending machine, but after La Jolla merchants’ opposition, the city never installed it. Construction will include installing a toilet, plumbing, and a door, and is expected to cost $10,000. The friends will raise funds once city approval is received.

Neighborhood Watch.

Officer Sinclair advised that a Neighborhood Watch program should be established in the Shores area. “It helps provide extra eyes and ears for the police department so we can focus efforts on a lot of things within the community,” he said. Sinclair added the Neighborhood Watch around UTC has been very successful bringing issues to officers’ attention. In a later interview, Sinclair said that a Neighborhood Watch involves meeting with neighbors and an assigned captain to discuss anything unusual, which residents recognize better than police officers at times. Captains are also responsible for distributing phone and e-mail trees, and having the proper numbers to call to report issues, like barking dogs or graffiti.

Sinclair encouraged residents interested in the program to contact him at (858) 552–1631 or