OPINION: Bird Rock volunteers keep community moving

By Joe Parker

President, Bird Rock Community Council

Greetings. We’ve had a busy summer and therefore I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some important developments occurring in Bird Rock.

First and foremost, I’d like to welcome Barbara Dunbar, our newest board member. Barbara has been an instrumental volunteer in organizing the delivery of our newsletter and a leading member of our beautification committee. Barbara will also support our Maintenance Assessment District (MAD).

The replanting of medians along La Jolla Boulevard not only look great but also provide increased visibility for oncoming traffic, an important safety issue for the community. Take note that as of July 1, the city has implemented new restrictions that limit watering to 5 minutes per station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during early morning hours. Watering cycles generally begin at the south end of La Jolla Boulevard and progress to the north end beginning at midnight and ending at about 5 a.m. Anyone noticing a watering problem is requested to notify the BRCC Board.

We’ve also received notice that the city will commence Sewer Main Replacement Group Project #714 in August 2011 affecting residential areas throughout Bird Rock. This repair and replacement project will last approximately eight months. The work will take place on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include daily traffic control and clean up at the end of each day. Residents will receive a 30-day notice prior to the time when their street will be affected. Please note that although the map distributed by the city indicates that the project includes portions of La Jolla Boulevard, that work was completed when the roundabouts were constructed.

Our traffic calming efforts also continue. We are working on a four-prong approach to slowing traffic on neighborhood streets, and to make people more aware of laws regarding cell phone use and distracted driving. Plans include (1) educating the public; (2) traffic enforcement; (3) minor infrastructure solutions such as striping and painting of roadways; and (4) the possibility of more major infrastructure, to the extent necessary. If you are aware of a specific problem on a residential street in Bird Rock, please let us know at

Lastly, our summer concert and family event, “Birdstock,” will take place on Sept. 11 at the park located at Bird Rock Elementary —s tay tuned for more information and details — it is sure to be a fun-filled event! The successful “Sponsor a Classroom” project for Bird Rock Elementary is also back this year, and we look forward to helping to support BRE as the new school year begins.

Thank you to our volunteers for their hard work and dedication. We appreciate all you do to make our community a better place to live!