La Jolla Shores board hears Map plans, summer safety status

La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA), the board tasked with addressing community issues and providing a forum for citizen concerns, held its monthly meeting June 10 at the Biological Grade. On the agenda were updated plans to replace the Map educational installation, reports from lifeguards and police, and an initial report from the bylaw committee.

New Map plans

Friends of La Jolla Shores president Mary Coakley Munk provided new plans to replace the Map display in Kellogg Park — chiefly to gain support for installing fencing around it. The board voted to support the concept, knowing additional presentations would be given as plans become final.

Constructed by T.B. Penick in 2008, the Map depicted the ocean depths and wildlife found at La Jolla Shores, using glass beads in various shades of blue to indicate water depths. When the beads began to unearth, the area was fenced off as a safety hazard before being removed completely and replaced with decomposed granite last month.

“We are working with the city hoping to come up with a plan that everyone is happy with,” Coakley Munk said. The new installation will be made with sturdy, vibrant lithomosaic tiles. To keep the area clean and preserved, the Friends group is proposing it be fenced off with only one access point. The Map previously had no fencing, and beachgoers reportedly walked over it, speeding its deterioration. She added the fencing would also make the area safer for field trips and children who visit the area.

Presenting a rendering, Coakley Munk said the fencing would be blue with decorative images of garibaldi imbedded, but see-through, to preserve the ocean view. On the fencing parallel to the restroom, panels would be installed that identify the fish represented in the Map.

T.B. Penick has agreed to pay $50,000 for the materials, but to replace the Map with lithomosaic will cost $275,000. Coakley Munk said she and her husband, Walter, would supply the difference. “We fundraised for this project (initially) and it failed, and I feel very strongly that it needs to be taken care of appropriately,” she said.

Safety at the beach

San Diego Lifeguard Rich Stropky and San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer Larry Hesselgesser discussed summer crime and safety patrols. Stropky said 200 seasonal lifeguards were recently recertified and visitors can expect to see 15 lifeguards at the beach every day.

To make sure beach concessionaires are acting within the terms of their contracts, lifeguard ambassadors will also be on patrol. “They take the utility vehicle to observe, monitor and pursue everything at the boat launch,” he said. “They are our eyes and ears. They are not law enforcement, but they are knowledgeable about rules for concessions, they monitor everything and write reports.”

Hesselgesser spoke about the thefts that occur when drivers leave their keys in (or near) their vehicles to go surfing or swimming. “We’ve all seen that, where a surfer hides car keys under the bumper or in a bush. Thieves are watching for that,” he said. “If you know someone who does that, mention to him or her that people are watching them and are going to steal their stuff or their car.”

Another summer problem are drum circles at Black’s Beach. “It sounds harmless enough, but this is a complaint-driven situation,” Hesselgesser said. “Nearby residents find trash and teenagers passed out from the night before. These teens are unsupervised and it gets out of hand.” He said police will increase patrol on nights when the drum circles are expected.

Bylaws will be revised

Following a challenge to the recent LJSA election protocol, a committee formed to identify holes in the group’s bylaws pertaining to the process. Former LJSA chair Tim Lucas gave a preliminary report on bylaw committee efforts.

As previously reported in La Jolla Light, during the March 11 election, 10 candidates ran for nine seats. After the ballots were counted, it was determined there was a tie for ninth place. Lucas flipped a coin to determine the winner.

In April, a challenge was filed arguing that because the bylaws do not expressly dictate how to break a tie, a coin-flip was not the appropriate way to handle a tie and Robert’s Rules of Order should have been used instead. The election results ultimately stood, but it opened the door for the board to examine its bylaws.

Lucas said the committee considered whether to implement an instant tiebreak, which would be handled at that same meeting, or runoff election, which is carried over to the following month. Favoring an instant tiebreak, he said the committee is considering writing into their bylaws that a tie would be settled by a coin flip. In the event of a three-way tie, all candidates would receive a coin and the odd person out would win the seat.

“We are also cleaning up some of the language so it’s clear that an election is decided by plurality as opposed to a majority,” he said. Majority: A candidate would need to get 50 percent of the votes to be elected. Plurality: Whomever gets the most votes gets the seat.

“We are also writing it in that only persons who participated in the election, registered and voted — or felt they were unfairly prevented from participating — may file a challenge,” and they only have five days to do so. The bylaws were last revised in 2011, and the committee has not produced a draft of their proposed changes yet.

Next meeting set

A presentation covering LJSA’s purpose and responsibilities was postponed so chair Nick LaBeouf could do additional research and provide a thorough presentation. LJSA next meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at 8840 Biological Grade on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus.