The La Jolla Community Planning Association met April 6 for its monthly meeting. This was a transition meeting, in which newly elected and returning members began a new term. Highlights from the meeting included the following:
- San Diego Councilwoman Sherri Lightner visited to thank returning trustees and chair members for their service to La Jolla.
- The Community Planning Association elected a new president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Tony Crisafi will serve as the president and Rob Whittemore is the newly elected vice president. Current trustee Dan Allen will be the new secretary and Jim Fitzgerald was reappointed to his secretary position.
- Lifeguard Sgt. John Sandmeyer spoke in regard to preparedness. The message came in light of the recent Japan disaster. He discussed safety precautions and procedures the city has in place for such an emergency. Sandmeyer also addressed La Jolla residents’ questions and concerns about the city’s warning system.
- The Community Planning Association unanimously consented to the Planned District Ordinance Committee’s action to allow a new business, , to serve wine and olives exclusively.
- A Casa Belmonte property owner will be allowed to demolish the current house in order to rebuild a newer model. La Jolla Shores Permit Review previously approved the plan in one of its meetings.
- Street closures for next year’s were permitted. Coast Boulevard and Prospect Street will have similar closures and detours for next year’s event.
- The CPA discussed at length whether or not to allow a property on Spindrift Drive to expand. Ultimately, the property owner’s request was denied, as trustees were skeptical of the building plan conforming to city code.
- Valet parking for three new restaurants in La Jolla was denied by the Community Planning Committee. Many trustees voiced their dislike for valet parking, while others believed it would assist the parking congestion problem on Prospect Street.
- Information was presented about parking spot additions to Coast Boulevard. The Community Planning Committee will vote at a later time to decide whether or not to add six public parking spots near the coast.
- Newly elected president Crisafi will form an ad hoc committee for the Community Planning Committee. The trustees motioned for its creation, and it unanimously passed. The committee will have a meeting open to the public and will present at next month’s meeting.
The next La Jolla Community Planning Committee meeting will be held May 5 at 6 p.m. at the .