La Jolla’s Town Council, Planning Association discuss pending issues

By Pat Sherman

• Updates from the La Jolla Town Council:

Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival

  1. Commit- tee chair Ann Kerr Bache noted registration for this year’s parade (2 p.m. Sun- day, Dec. 2 down Girard Av- enue) is now closed, though some last-minute registrations may be honored on parade day.

Though funding for the 2012 event is trickling in, Kerr Bache said $15,000 is still needed if it is to occur.
A plea to fellow trustees for their financial support at the meeting garnered $2,500 in cash and financial commitments, Kerr Bach told the

La Jolla Light

the following day.

This year’s event will include more than 70 parade contingents, 65 horses, eight bands, antique tractors, a flyover and five grand marshals, among them Diana and Francois Goedhuys of Girard Gourmet, Athenaeum Executive Director Erika Torri, and Iraq War veteran and financial advisor Charles Hartford.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by sending a check, payable to the nonprofit La Jolla Town Council Parade Foundation: 7734 Herschel Ave., Suite F, La Jolla, CA 92037. To make an online donation, visit

Children’s Pool Walkway Beautification Project.

La Jolla Parks & Beaches Inc. (LJP&B) treasurer Phyllis Minick asked those in attendance with grant-writing know-how to help secure funding for the walkway project, which LJP&B hopes will start in spring. However, the community-funded project is still short $240,000.

A bronze plaque with donors’ names will be awarded to those giving $35,000 or more, Minick said. LJP&B hopes to have the project done at the same time as the new lifeguard tower is installed at Children’s Pool, to take advantage of city contractors and permits to keep costs at a minimum.

To make a contribution, contact LJP&B President Patrick Ahern at (858) 220-9001 or Phyllis Minick at (858) 459-5939.

• Updates from the Community Planning Association:

MESOM blast.

It was announced at the La Jolla Community Planning Association’s (LJCPA’s) Nov. 1 meeting that the board has not received a written response to the letter it sent university, state and city officials about the Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) laboratory construction off La Jolla Shores Drive.

In the letter, LJCPA trustees vehemently condemned the project for what they consider its obstruction of coastal views (in contrast to what was presented to community groups via uncertified computer renderings).

The letter, dated Oct. 24 and sent principally to Gov. Jerry Brown, said LJCPA “intends to do everything in its power to prevent the disruption and degradation of the protected views along La Jolla Shores Drive.”

Home plans rejected.

The board voted 8-6 (with President Tony Crisafi abstaining) that a new architectural concept for a proposed residential develop- ment at 1456 Nautilus St. was not in substantial conformance with its existing Coastal Development Permit.

The previously approved, three-lot project called for a three-level, modern-style home with a flat roof. The replacement project is a two-level Mediterranean-style home that would be built in a trough and not affect views, architect Bob Belanger said.

Budget priorities.

LJCPA discussed its 2014 fiscal year capital improvement budget priorities and voted to forward the following list of transportation and parks and recreation items to the city: Scripps Park restoration; Children’s Pool Walkway Beautification Project, South Coast Boulevard Park im- provements, the walkway parking feasibility study, phases 1-3 of the Torrey Pines Road Corridor project, and the Belvedere Promenade project proposed for Prospect Street between Girard and Herschel avenues.

Valet permit.

Trustees voted to approve a one-year valet parking permit for Grand Parking LLC at 7979 Ivanhoe Ave., to accommodate developer Doug Manchester’s Amaya La Jolla restaurant at 1205 Prospect St.

The permit includes a 40-foot passenger loading zone for valet service, which will initially operate from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., with the possibility of expanding to include lunchtime hours.

The service is to include signage letting people know the service is open to the public. After the first year, Grand Parking is required to seek a permit renewal from the La Jolla Traffic and Transportation committee.

Consent agenda.

The consent agenda was approved with the exception of projects at 5970 Camino De La Costa (the Butterfield residence) and 2414 Calle de Oro (Gaxiola residence), which were pulled for further discussion.

Oversized vehicles.

It was announced that San Diego’s Land Use and Housing Committee will consider an ordinance regarding the deluge of oversized recreational vehicles, 2 p.m. Nov. 28 in the 12th floor committee room of San Diego City Hall, 202 C St.

Shores Association openings.

LJCPA trustee Tim Lucas said that there are still open positions available on the La Jolla Shores Association. For more information, visit