Traffic board backs Old Town Trolley stop


By Ashley Mackin

The La Jolla Traffic and Transportation board (T&T) gave its unanimous approval to four proposals on June 27, including Old Town Trolley’s request for a letter supporting its proposal to use a Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus stop at 1021 Silverado Ave. for a new tourist tour of La Jolla program.

Though not present at the meeting, representatives from Old Town Trolley previously asked for the letter because it would help their case to have community approval before appearing before MTS to request the stop. Trolley representatives explained to the T&T board that the trolley would drop off and pick up passengers, pausing for about one minute or less per round.

T&T Chair Todd Lesser said any potential conflicts regarding Old Town Trolley drop- offs and MTS scheduled stops would be handled between the two organizations.

■ Municipal Code parking change: The board also voted to support a request by residents of La Jolla Shores Drive to have a portion of the San Diego Municipal Code adjusted. Board member Patrick Ryan explained that residents on the west side of La Jolla Shores Drive were getting tickets for parking on certain parts of their own driveways because a segment of the driveway (from the curb to a predetermined line) is considered public right-of-way as the road was supposed to be wider. Tickets are issued along this segment as if the parking were on a sidewalk.

With signatures from all the residents as a foundation, the T&T board voted to support a change in the code to allow residents and their guests to park in their own driveways. The board requested that code language specify that only residents and their guests may park in the designated areas, and not the general public.

■ Street closure requests for the End of Summer Fire Run, Aug. 25 (with proceeds benefitting the San Diego Fire and Rescue Foundation) and the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, Dec. 8, received board approval because they were for the same streets as in previous years with no complaints from residents.

■ Next meeting date: The T&T board typically meets at 4 p.m. on fourth Thursdays at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St.