Opinion: Community Leader’s View: Shores Association keeping tabs on key issues

Audrey D. Keane

Chair, La Jolla Shores Association

The La Jolla Shores Association continues to work for the community. Clean oceans and beaches are a top priority.

The city of San Diego recently presented a proposal to replace the storm sewers on Avenida de la Playa and to build a new outfall structure on the beach. This area has been the site of significant flooding near the boat launch due to the undersized, outdated current structure. A new modern system will prevent storm water, debris, and pollution from flowing directly into the Marine Reserve (a state designated Area of Special Biological Significance) providing benefits for future generations.

Two of our board members, Tim Lucas and Terry Kraszewski, will serve as representatives on a Construction Mitigation Advisory Group that will work directly with the City Engineering and Capital Projects department. The advisory group will also have representatives from the La Jolla Community Planning Association and the La Jolla Shores Merchants Association. The goal is to minimize the impact of construction on traffic and parking, while developing a long term solution to the pollution problem. Detailed information about the project is available at the city website :

The board of directors has also reviewed the issue of applying floor area ratio (FAR) limits in La Jolla Shores. The FAR is a calculation of the ratio of a building size to its lot size. Since the year 2000, the La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance (PDO) has included language indicating that the citywide FAR limits should be applied to the La Jolla Shores area. Sources have indicated that the FAR limits are not always followed and as a result, the LJSA Board voted 9-3-1 to recommend that the city enforce the regulations. We welcome additional input on this and other matters of concern to the community.

Our next meeting is September 14 at 7:00 pm in Building T-29 at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus. Check out our website at for directions and current information. Please join us!