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Shores panel looking for new board members

The La Jolla Shores Association is looking for a few good, civic-minded board members and officers as the group prepares for an election at its next meeting on Nov. 11.

The association is a volunteer organization with a long history of protecting and enhancing the Shores’ unique characteristics while representing its interests with other organizations, including local and state government.

Eligibility for the advisory group is simple: “Anyone in the Shores is a member,” outgoing Chairman Jim Heaton said. “To be a member, all you have to do is register.”

Heaton noted that the group needs at least eight nominations for new board members for two-year terms and added that time is running out.

“At least half of the officers and committee chairs are going to term out in the next 45 days,” he said.

This year, election ballots will not be mailed out as in years past due to cost considerations.

“It’s the single, largest line item on our expense account,” Heaton said.

Group members who are terming out besides Heaton include Treasurer John Metzger and Mary Coakley. Joe Dicks has volunteered to become the next chairman.

To register to become an LJSA member, e-mail ljsa@san.rr.com. To find out more about LJSA, go to www.ljsa.org.

In other matters:

A proposal by Heaton to change time designations near the boat launching ramp on Avenida de la Playa and on Vallecitos next to Kellogg Park from green 15-minute zones to white three-minute zones was approved by a 7-2 group vote after debate.

He said the change has become necessary because the zones, meant as quick-turnaround drop-off areas, were being used instead as long-term parking by disabled users who are allowed to park in 15-minute but not three-minute parking zones.

Bird Rock resident David Little made a presentation detailing inefficiencies in beach parking utilization at La Jolla Shores.

“I would like to see the city modify its stance so that parking spaces of unequal length could be put in to encourage people to take up just one space instead of two or three,” he said.

Group members questioned whether that was possible under the city’s present standards, which require parking spaces with lengths of 20 to 24 feet.

Little said maintaining the status quo doesn’t make sense if there are driveways or corners bordering the parking space, given that most people’s cars are less than 15 feet in length. “Making this adjustment would effectively create additional, badly needed parking spaces,” he said.

The association board also voted unanimously to sponsor the community’s upcoming merchant fall festival on Oct. 25, after receiving reassurances that it would not be assuming event liability in doing so.

Milt Phegley, representing UCSD, said UCSD’s wireless network is no longer password protected and is now open for everyone.

The LJSA holds regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. every second Wednesday in Building T-29 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Advisory group meetings are open to the general public.