La Jolla Shores residents invited to vote for association board

The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) will elect new board members at its March 13 meeting. Officer elections will be held in April. Anyone who lives, owns property, or owns a business within La Jolla Shores can vote for association representatives in this election. Outgoing chair Audrey Keane suggests interested voters register at

Participants may vote their selections below by checking off the box next to each candidate’s name. This page may be submitted as a ballot at the 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at The Martin Johnson House of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 8840 Biological Grade.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting, as long as the nominees meet the stated criteria. The following are biographies for the candidates who made the nominations deadline. Members’ term lengths will be assigned, based on the number of votes they receive.

Candidates for La Jolla Shores Association Board 2013

Vote for up to nine candidates.

o Mary Coakley Munk

, La Jolla Shores

INCUMBENT I worked closely with the community, City of San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium on design, construction and funding of the Kellogg Park Comfort Station, ”The Map” of the La Jolla Shores Underwater Park & Ecological Reserves, Kellogg Park Junior Lifeguard/Respect the Ocean-themed playground (including the sculpture of J.J. the Whale and Shade Structure) and Cliffridge Park Restroom renovation. I’m currently working on Fish ID Panels and replacement of the Kellogg Park North Comfort Station. I founded Friends of La Jolla Shores 501(c)(3). I am fortunate to call the Shores “home” and would like the opportunity to represent you, your views and concerns.

o Dolores Donovan

, Calle del Oro

[INCUMBENT] I am a long-time resident of the La Jolla Shores and a part-time professor of law at the University of San Francisco (USF). I telecommute to USF from La Jolla. I am the Secretary of the La Jolla Shores Association and am seeking re-election to my second term. I also serve on the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee. I have two children, the youngest is in the 12th grade at La Jolla High School. I have been involved in professional and community groups throughout my life. I seek to preserve the coastal character of the Shores without sacrificing the economic viability of its business community.

o Christian Malécot

, Avenida de la Playa

[INCUMBENT] I came to La Jolla Shores in September when I opened Voulez Vous Bistro and Bakery under the mentorship of my father, Michel Malécot, owner of The French Gourmet. I was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from La Jolla Country Day School in 2008. I went on to the University of San Diego with a focus on Business Administration and Philosophy. I am a member of Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Parish, where I am honored to serve as a Knight of Columbus with my father. I am excited to be part of the La Jolla community and look forward to continuing to serve on the LJSA board.

o Matthew Edwards

, Paseo del Ocaso

My wife and I own our home on Paseo del Ocaso. I am a fourth-generation La Jollan, who is interested in preserving our commu- nity through responsible development. I have a B.A. in communication and a master’s degree in business.

o Todd Lesser

, Via Capri

I have been the chair of the La Jolla Traffic and Transportation Board since 2009 and have been the LJSA-appointed representative to the transportation board since 2007. In addition, I was the former corresponding secretary for LJSA until my prior term ended. I am married with four children and have lived in La Jolla since 1989.

o Tim Lucas

, Calle del Cielo

I am a native of La Jolla and grew up and attended school here. I am involved with the community and served on the La Jolla Shores Association board 2008-2012. I sit on the Permit Review Committee as one of the representatives of the LJSA, which reviews plans for new development and larger remodels in the district. I am also part of the Avenida de la Playa Infrastructure Mitigation committee, which interfaces and coordinates between the city engineering staff and the homeowners and businesses that will be affected by the storm drain, water and sewer upgrades being planned. I would like to return to the LJSA board and focus on getting the community more involved in the issues we are facing.

o Rahil Swigart

, La Jolla Shores

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, running, walking and enjoying the beautiful beaches of La Jolla. I am an attorney and work for a law firm in downtown San Diego (Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP). My law practice is centered on giving legal advice to the owners of small/ medium size businesses in a variety of areas, including start-up, litigation and insolvency. I think LJSA is a great fit because I also want to get more involved in my community.

o Izzy Tihanyi

, Avenida de la Playa

I’m committed to serving the La Jolla community and preserving the ecological gem of California’s coastline. As a local surfer, stand up paddle-boarder, wife and mom, I’ve pioneered several projects to clean up the La Jolla beaches, and to promote environmental awareness. I previously served on the LJSA Board of Directors and am an alumnus of all local public schools and UCSD. In April 2005, Surf Diva — which I own in partnership with my sister — was honored by the SBA of California. I founded the La Jolla Shores Merchants Association and launched the La Jolla Shores Fall Fest. I hope to continue to serve our community and hope to join the board of LJSA.

o Christopher D. Lynch

, Avenida de la Playa

I am a graduate of San Diego State University class of 2008 with a degree in economics. I am the managing partner at OEX La Jolla in La Jolla Shores, and also a member of the La Jolla Shores Association. Before joining OEX La Jolla, I held numerous positions at financial institutions including Wachovia Securities, Altegris and Raymond James. While with OEX La Jolla, I have helped to organize beach cleanups at La Jolla Shores and am involved in an ocean-based learning program for local schools. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, surfing and running.