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Merchants’ views on La Jolla street work sought

The La Jolla Business Improvement District Executive Committee, has sent out an e-blast to members asking them whether they want the contractor to finish the sewer and water line work underway in the Village or to stop for the summer months.

The topic of extending the moratorium to allow work to be completed will also be on the agenda of La Jolla Traffic & Transportation Board at its 4 p.m. meeting Thursday at the La Jolla Rec Center. (The board will also have a general discussion about parking time limits on some streets in the Village

Rick Wildman, LJBID Executive Committee member and La Jolla Town Council president, said First District Councilwoman Lightner’s office approached the BID about doing a survey.

“They wanted us to find out what businesspeople who are affected by the construction in the community wanted,” he said, adding he felt it would be up to local legislators to decide if construction work should continue beyond the moratorium set to begin after Memorial Day.

“I’m sure that can be arranged by the City Council,” he said. “I think it’s the City Council’s decision whether to finish the job, which I understand would take about three weeks at the most, which would include stopping for Father’s Day weekend.”

The contractor has said that all project work may not be completed by the summer moratorium at the end of May, and if that is the case, then final cleanup, repaving, resurfacing and restriping would have to wait until after the moratorium ends in September.

The message seeking to find out “what merchants want” went out Saturday with both Lightner’s name and the LJBID’s. It poses the questions: Should the contractor take a breather from construction and leave final cleanup work unfinished during the summer? Or, should the contractor push forward and get the streets cleaned up and the paving done by no later than the end of June?

By clicking on a link in the message, their votes will be sent to Lightner’s office.

La Jollans who are not LJBID members can participate in the poll by e-mailing direct to sherrilightner@sandiego.gov.