La Jolla Town Council hears city’s project plans for 2014

By Ashley Mackin

During the first monthly meeting of the La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) Jan. 9, District 1 City Councilmember Sherri Lightner provided the council with an update on what to expect in 2014.

“In the New Year, we will move forward with the Cove Lifeguard Tower and Children’s Pool Lifeguard Tower, and maybe I should say, landscaping projects as well,” she said, motioning to attendee Phyllis Minick to call out the Children’s Pool Walk project, which recently received funding from community donations.

Lightner explained that the Cove lifeguard tower is scheduled to begin construction this month, and that construction began at Children’s Pool tower, but has been suspended until the end of pupping season, May 15.

Additionally, “The Torrey Pines Road Corridor Project is in environmental review ... as soon as that’s done, we can move forward,” she said of the long- awaited project to implement a series of traffic-calming concepts to enhance vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the busy thoroughfare.

Lastly, she said, “We have also been advocating for funding in the budget to develop a Coastal Management Plan to deal with the proliferation of marine mammals and wildlife on our coastline, some of it associated with odors that are not well received.”

Commenting on the gate installed at the Cove on Dec. 31, 2013 for that purpose, Lightner said, “It’s amazing how long it takes from advocacy to implementation.” She said the city would continue to treat the bird guano as the issue arises, and hopes the human presence on the cliffs will help reduce the marine animal pollution there.

Lightner also swore-in two new town council trustees: Natasha Alexander and Al Ramirez. Ashley Mahmoudian, Courtney Hibbard and Richard Ticho are also new trustees, but were not present at the meeting.

In other LJTC news

■ Dancing with the Stars funds: Nancy Gardner, chair of the La Jolla Dancing with the Stars fall fundraiser, distributed checks to the four beneficiaries. Per a LJTC vote, the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival received 20 percent of proceeds, the LJTC’s general fund 60 percent, and the La Jolla Community Center and Warriors and Quiet Waters 10 percent each.

However, upon distribution of checks, LJTC President Cindy Greatrex announced that La Jolla Christmas Parade chair Ann Kerr-Bache requested the funds it would receive instead go to the town council. With the revised percentage, LJTC received just over $5,000 from the benefit. “We will meet to discuss how we may use the money for community betterment,” Greatrex told the Light.

■ Wildcoast app: Greatrex also announced Wildcoast launched its water condition app. The app will notify the public of water quality conditions across San Diego County and provide updates on water advisories or closures. The app will provide all beachgoers real time beach water quality information and can be found at

— The LJTC next meets 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at the La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.