Merchants Association to hold board elections at Oct. 9 meeting


The La Jolla Village Merchants Association will hold its annual election for two-year term board members during its next meeting, 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave. One manager or owner of each business in the La Jolla Business Improvement District may cast a vote. Their establishment must possess an active business tax license in the City of San Diego. Those wishing to vote must do so in person during the meeting.

Here is a list of the candidates and portions of their statements.

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Corey Bailey, business owner

Goldfish Point Café

1255 Coast Blvd.

“I run a small family-owned business in La Jolla that has been here for over 20 years. I see what La Jolla used to be like, and, as part of a younger generation, I think it is important to get involved in my community. We need fresh ideas and forward thinking, and I want to help bring that to the Village.”

Claude-Anthony Marengo, principal-owner

Marengo Morton Architects, Inc.

7724 Girard Ave.

“As a lifetime member of La Jolla, I have grown up here with my family and our businesses. I feel it is very important to step up and become a part of the solution to turn around La Jolla. I am committed to helping rebuild our Village and make it a better place to live, and the businesses a better place to shop.”

Carol Mills, RN, MA, CHTP; owner, 904 Kline St.

“I have lived and worked in the Village for over two decades and have great respect and appreciation for the absolute beauty and history that is ours for the keeping. I am deeply concerned about the way I experience the Village shifting into a place that lacks civility, and where the treasures that we have so generously been given are becoming invisible. I want to do whatever I can to preserve and protect the Village of La Jolla.”

Kevin Smith, owner

KevCo Enterprises

7660 Fay Ave., Suite H

“I am a Southern California native and graduate of SDSU, and have lived in the area for 21 years. I am a true entrepreneur serving on the board of the LJVMA, a Realtor with Coastal Pacific Real Estate on Prospect, an active La Jolla Town Council member, the owner and trainer of KevCo Mobile Personal Training and have 20 years of restaurant and hotel experience. I am the former owner of Extreme Pizza, a member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and Business Alliance Groups. ”

Justin Stewart, business delegate

Opus Bank

7979 Ivanhoe Ave, Suite 150

“I hope to assist the business district of La Jolla by maintaining a world-class ambiance that attracts businesses, tourists and citizens to this great area. With my past involvement in various community chambers and business-centered organizations, I feel that I would be a good candidate to take part in the LJVMA.”

Nancy Warwick, owner/manager

Warwick’s bookstore

7812 Girard Ave.

“The Village of La Jolla is an incredible location for a business. It offers fabulous dining, superb shopping, varied cultural experiences and an incomparable setting. It is also a community challenged by emerging competition in areas such as UTC, North County, the Gaslamp District and elsewhere, as well as by aging infrastructure. As the owner of Warwick’s, I would like to serve on the board another term so I can continue to contribute to our board’s efforts to enhance the community, as well as attract more business.”