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Study reveals below-average vaccination rates in La Jolla

According to a recent study published by examining vaccination rates in San Diego County kindergarten classes, approximately 7.6 percent of county kindergarteners are not up to date on their vaccinations. Of La Jolla’s kindergarten programs, only La Jolla Elementary School and Torrey Pines Elementary School are above the county average — at 94 percent each (of students up to date on their vaccinations).

At The Gillispie School, 26 percent of kindergarteners — eight out of 31 enrolled — are not up to date on their vaccinations

At Bird Rock Elementary, 19 percent of kindergarteners — 16 out of 85 enrolled— are not up to date on their vaccinations

At Stella Maris Academy, 20 percent of kindergarteners — three out of 15 enrolled — are not up to date on their vaccinations

At the San Diego French-American School, 59 percent of kindergarteners — 16 out of 27 enrolled — are not up to date on their vaccinations

At the Children’s School, 8 percent of kindergarteners — one out of 12 enrolled — are not up to date on their vaccinations

At All Hallows Academy, 10 percent of kindergarteners — four out of 39 enrolled— are not up to date on their vaccinations

At La Jolla Country Day School, 11 percent of kindergarteners — six out of 53 enrolled— are not up to date on their vaccinations

Data was not available for the Evan’s School vaccination rates. Shown in map form, the data indicates the number of students who are fully up to date and those with “exemptions” including conditional, permanent medical and personal belief exemptions. Data was collected from the California Department of Public Health and California Department of Education. See the map:

Water shut offs rile Shores residents in construction zone

Residents of La Jolla Shores affected by the utility work along Avenida de la Playa and Camino Del Sol were disheartened by the lack of notice when their water was shut off last week.

Regarding unexpected shut offs at an apartment complex, resident Eric Gallimore said, “I’m signed up for the (notification) e-mails, and received no notice from anyone. We recently got a door-hanger letting us know about night work (occurring Feb. 4), but we have heard absolutely nothing about the current fiasco. We have no idea when or if it will finish, and despite voicemails to every contact number we had at the city, we’ve still heard nothing.”

La Jolla Shores Association board Tim Lucas explained via e-mail that the water shut off was unplanned and no notice could be given. “There was at least one water line that the water utilities department did not mark or identify, which led to it being accidentally cut during the excavation. The water company can be a bit slow with the repairs,” Lucas said.

“Typically before any digging, the various utility companies are called out to mark the sewer lines, water lines, electric, cable, etc. Sometimes on older streets their information is not always accurate.

“There is still water line work to be done on Camino del Sol that couldn’t be done the same time as the sewer. With extensive sewer line work to start this week on Camino del Oro, in front of the Shores Hotel, they cannot close off Camino del Sol at the same time. I would anticipate them coming back to Camino del Sol in early March for the water. The water main work is less intensive with shallower excavation than the sewer, so should be finished in 5 to 7 working days.”

City to pass on sea lion trainer

The City of San Diego has decided not to hire the marine mammal behaviorist it was considering to coax sea lions from the bluff above La Jolla Cove. The attorney for a group called Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement had asked the city to hire Precision Behavior to train the sea lions to do their business elsewhere.

Bill Harris, a representative for the City of San Diego Transportation & Storm Water department, said the city “is going to hire, not a behaviorist, but a marine scientist” to control the cove odor, and will also continue microbial foam sprayings that eat away pungent bird waste. Harris said the city would release more details as soon as the contract with the marine scientist is signed. “It’s essentially an expansion of our efforts to make sure we’re leaving no stone unturned,” he said.

Time of essence to relocate Silver Street postal annex

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is still searching for a site in which to relocate services from its 720 Silver St. annex (off Draper Avenue), which some 40 delivery persons use to sort La Jolla’s mail.

The 10,143-square-foot facility, which USPS has leased since 1975, sold last summer for $6.8 million. It was purchased by real estate developer Michael Pierson, business partner Bill Berwin and a team of silent equity partners.

The new owners intend to demolish the annex and an adjacent building leased by the Animal Hospital of La Jolla and construct townhomes. La Jolla-based Gallery Properties will be the listing agent for sale of the townhomes.

Gallery Properties founder and broker Claudette Berwin (wife of project investor Bill Berwin) said the townhomes will feature “timeless and classic architecture suitable to the quiet residential neighborhood of Silver Street and Draper Avenue,” which includes nearby Riford Library, La Jolla Rec Center and a seven-screen cinema complex under construction on Fay Avenue.

More details will be announced following approval of the listing by the California Bureau of Real Estate. Completion of the townhomes is projected for late summer 2016. Information at (858) 361-7448.

Meanwhile, although the USPS has been searching for an alternate annex site within the Village of La Jolla (its lease expires July 2015), USPS spokesperson Eva Jackson said it has not yet secured a new facility. “We have looked extensively in La Jolla and have not found any suitable locations, mainly because of all the parking we use,” Jackson told La Jolla Light, via e-mail. “We expanded the search area to include University City, Sorrento Valley and Pacific Beach.”

Jackson said remaining at Silver Street beyond June 30 is “not something we want to consider. Staying in situations like this is bad for the new owner and can lead to a financial penalty for the Postal Service,” she said.

Stamps and other services can still be purchased at La Jolla’s historic post office at 1140 Wall St., which USPS announced three years ago that it intends to sell (though following public outcry the USPS has halted sale of its historic post offices).

Broker showing Mitt Romney’s budding residence in La Jolla

Despite recent hints that La Jolla property owner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney might run for president a third time, Romney announced last week he will not seek the oval office in 2016. Meanwhile, his attorney, Matt Peterson, confirmed that Romney is working with a broker and that potential buyers have been out to view his new home, under construction at 311 Dunemere Drive. Peterson said the 11,062 square-foot home should be finished by the end of the year. It replaces the 3,009 square-foot home he purchased there in 2008.

Farmer’s Open golf tournament organizers offer attendance tips

Planning to attend the star-studded 2015 Farmer’s Insurance Open Feb. 5-8 at Torrey Pines golf course? Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and others are scheduled to play. For continuous shuttle service that will drop attendees at the new Gliderport entrance (with more gates to get attendees in faster) park at SeaWorld, Del Mar Racetrack or one of two Scripps Hospital lots, 10820 North Torrey Pines Road and 3506 Cray Court. Check out Spectator Guidelines for a list of approved and prohibited items, as well as the mobile device policy. Schedule, ticket options and more at (858) 886-4653 ext. 105.

La Jolla Rec Center to replace fallen tree with another one

An approximately 100-year-old Italian stone pine that toppled onto La Jolla Rec Center in October will be replaced within the coming months — well in advance of the Rec Center’s July 25 centennial celebration, assured City of San Diego Park & Recreation Area Manager Mark Moncey.

Moncey said he planned to have a new tree planted by now, but ran into problems transporting and planting a Canary pine located at the city nursery. Instead, the city is ordering a 12- to 15-foot Italian stone pine from Village Nurseries or another vendor.

City workers removed the stump of the felled tree, although they must return with a stone grinder to remove thick roots remaining in the ground.

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