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Town Council News Roundup: Four in the running for a vacant seat

By Kathy Day

Another new trustee for the La Jolla Town Council is in the wings following the departure of Evan Morgan.

Morgan, who was appointed to a vacancy in early 2011, has missed three meetings which disqualified him from serving, according to council president Rick Wildman. At the council’s Dec. 8 meeting at the Rec Center, Wildman said the executive council will interview and then recommend one of four candidates to the full board at the January meeting.

Those seeking the seat are Donna Aumann, Charles Hartford, Ron Jones and Yoland de Riquer.

In other action:

• Trustee Cindy Greatrex, who is also president of Independent La Jolla, said she will present a report on the cityhood efforts in early 2012 at the League of California Cities meeting in Sacramento and at the Pioneer Institute for Change Management conference in Boston.

• In the financial report, Greatrex called the council’s budget situation “grim,” noting it only has $1,004 in the bank. “We’re encouraging trustees to speak to their neighbors about joining and looking for ideas for revenue,” she said.

• Trustee Greg Phillips reported on the kickoff of the “Shop Local-Shop La Jolla” campaign. Participating businesses are signing on to offer whatever discounts they want exclusively for LJTC members, whether they are resident members or business members. The council has about 500 members, but needs more residential members, Phillips said.

• Brian Malarkey and James Brennan, owners of the new Herringbone restaurant due to open in April on Herschel, detailed some of their plans. The ever-energetic Malarkey, who was featured in Season 3 of the TV series “Top Chef,” announced that Amanda Baumgarden will be the executive chef. She was on the show’s Season 7 and most recently was executive chef at Water Grill in Los Angeles.

Malarkey noted they will return to a seafood theme, which was a hit at his first restaurant, Oceanaire. Since leaving there, he and Brennan have opened Searsucker in downtown San Diego and Burlap in Del Mar.

• Ann Kerr Bache reported on the success of the Christmas Parade that drew about 3,000 entrants and about 25,000 spectators. Efforts to establish a foundation to handle the parade funds has been hampered by delays in getting nonprofit status confirmed by the IRS, she said.

• After hearing a request from Parks & Beaches Committee member Dan Allen to endorse a request that the city study the situation around parking at the end of Coast Walk (east of the bridge to Torrey Pines Road), trustees agreed to wait one month for more information before taking a position.

• Marie Hunrichs, speaking for Phyllis Minnick of the Parks & Beaches Committee, reported on the application for a year-round rope at the Children’s Pool. Minnick is leading an effort to get people to write to the California Coastal Commission, set to hear the matter in March. Trustees took no action, but will discuss the matter next month.