News and Upcoming Events

Please join Neighbors For A Better San Diego for a live presentation on ADUs and what San Diego’s recent zoning changes mean for you…    [7/23/21]

Invitation to a July 29, 2021 Webinar on Accessory Dwelling Units in San Diego


The San Diego Network of Town Councils (SDNTC) is hosting a webinar at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021 on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

Neighbors For A Better San Diego has been invited to give a presentation on San Diego’s recent ADU code changes.

Each presenter will be allowed 20 minutes for presentation and Q&A.

Speakers will present in this order:

Senate President Pro Tem Senator Toni Atkins, District 39

Councilmember Joe LaCava, District 1

Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera, District 9

Jared Basler, AIA, representing ADU Coalition and Casita Coalition

and

Geoff Hueter, Chair, Neighbors For A Better San Diego

SDNTC will not take a position or conduct advocacy on this topic. It hopes that this webinar will help town councils and ordinary citizens inform their response to issues raised by the recently passed San Diego ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units and how it will change the character of our neighborhoods.

To download the flyer for further details: https://mcusercontent.com/168f8ccea473d128e9433ac61/files/a2f75693-2308-a2aa-febf-310aae3b0546/Accessory_Dwelling_Units_in_San_Diego.pdf

To register (all attendees must register in advance): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j8ygaCsNQqqv1eDV1tSVMA.

SDNTC will update the speaker list as it expands.

This will be a great opportunity to educate yourself on this very important issue and understand how San Diego’s recent zoning changes impact you and your neighborhood. Please encourage your neighbors to join as well.

All guests must register in advance to receive the link.


This is the full list of budget items that the San Diego Region was awarded in the 2021-22 State Budget [7/21/21]

  • $8.4 million for the Ocean Beach Pier Renovation
  • $3.7 million for the Casa del Prado
  • $3 million for the San Diego Symphony
  • $3.5 million for the Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • $35 million for a UCSD Scripps Reserve Vessel
  • $15 million for Scripps Institute of Oceanography for the AlertWildlife Fire Camera Mapping System
  • $2.5 million to support cliff erosion research at UCSD
  • $600,000 for Torrey Pines SNR Sewer and Utility Modernization
  • $2.5 million for the Billie Jean King Tennis Court renovation
  • $500,000 for feeding San Diego Food Bank
  • $100,000 for San Diego Food Bank
  • $1.4 million for the Jewish Family Service of San Diego for  universal Basic Income pilot in San Diego
  • $400,000 to the County and the City of San Diego for retired volunteers senior patrol equipment
  • $3.6 million for Old Town San Diego SHP Building Demolition-Construction
  • $1 million for San Diego City Attorney to conduct gun violence restraining order trainings statewide
  • $764,261 City of San Diego commercial cannabis licenses
  • $405,000 for San Diego River Conservancy, from the California Environmental License Plate Fund
  • $2 million for menstrual products for individuals served by the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • $638,000 for Richard J Donovan Correction Facility, San Diego: Health Care Facility Improvement Project
  • $3.3 million for Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility, San Diego: Medication Distribution Improvements
  • $2.4 million for facilities restoration at Logan Heights Library in San Diego
  • $30 million to support the University of California, San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center

Other Regional Assets:

  • $2.5 million for mural restoration at the Chicano Park Museum and the Cultural Center in San Diego
  • $3 million for the Murphy Canyon Child Care Facility
  • $18 million for the San Diego Water Authority for the San Vicente Pump Station
  • $823,000 for the Pedestrian Path Woodman Street, Reo Drive Streetlights, 54th Street Pedestrian Path, Rolando Park V-Calming Devices
  • $424,000 for the Chollas Lake electrical upgrades
  • $3.1 million for the Southcrest green infrastructure project, which will treat storm water runoff entering the Chollas Creek
  • $300,000 for improvements to the Ed Brown Center
  • $100,000 for the Mission Trails Regional Park, Trail System Management and Youth Camp Programs
  • $50 million for Pure Water San Diego project

 

Must Read:  Important Information on Current ADU Policy and Proposed Housing Density Changes [7/14/21]

San Diego Policy allows higher density than the State mandate.  Read this link for more information about why we are asking for moratorium and to have the City vote to comply with the State mandates, not exceed them.

210714 NFABSD-7-1-21-revised

 

Grand Opening of the Bocce Ball Court at the La Jolla Recreation Center!!!  [6/23/21]

Please join Friends of La Jolla Recreation Center and Joe La Cava, our City Council Member from 12 noon – 1 PM on Wednesday June 30th for the Grand Opening of the Bocce Ball Court at the La Jolla Recreation Center.  Please spread the word!

Come and learn how to play from the experts!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Andy Field, Director of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and his staff for all their help in procuring the necessary permissions to install the Bocce Ball Court!

MANY THANKS to Friends of La Jolla Shores for funding the project; Tom Grunow (Grunow Construction) and Bill Anderson (Anderson Construction Consulting) for working with the City to gain all the permissions needed to begin construction (a 4 year process) and overseeing construction, Jose Perez (J.J. Perez Landscape, Inc.) and Robert Casius (Casius Construction) for all the construction work.  Each of the participants significantly discounted their part of the project to make it a reality for our community.

 

Motion for Pedestrian Safety  [6/18/21]

A special meeting of the La Jolla Shores Association took place today at 2PM to discuss action on the pedestrian safety La Jolla Shores Drive.

The following motion was made and voted 11-0-0:

Install crosswalks with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons along La Jolla Shores Drive at Vallecitos. Place pedestrian striping at all stop signs at Avenida De La Playa, Paseo del Ocaso and El Paseo Grande. Install pedestrian warning signs at the intersections of La Jolla Shores Drive that do not have stop signs.

This is the first phase in solutions for traffic congestion and pedestrian safety in La Jolla Shores. The first phase is in response to the recent traffic incident involving and injury to an adult and two small children.

 

Safety for All  [6/18/21]

Please see the attached flyer which you can share with your community regarding the San Diego Police Foundation’s “Safety for All” video series.  The flyer provides you with the link to register to view the next session on Wednesday, June 23, from 11:00 – 11:30am.  This session will highlight America’s Finest K9 Unit.

Thank you,

Officer Melanie Bognuda, Community Relations Officer, Northern Division

210618 Safety For All_K9 Unit_Virtual Visit

Petition – Neighbors For A Better San Diego  [6/2/21]

Dear LJSA – As you know, LJSA  voted to send a letter opposing SB-9. An independent group has now started a petition to oppose both SB 9 and the companion bill SB 10. Attached is the link to view this petition and sign if you agree with it’s position.

Both bills are moving quickly through the Legislature in Sacramento. As with SB 50 last year, they will change our single family areas forever. Our very own State Senator, Toni Atkins, is a sponsor of both bills. Let her know how you feel on these issues.

You need to act now to stop Sacramento from overtaking our communities.

Thank you –  Janie Emerson, President LJSA

https://www.neighborsforabettersandiego.org/

Councilmember LaCava, Parks and Recreation Director Andy Field Recognize Start of Sea Lion Pupping Season

San Diego —Today, Councilmember Joe LaCava stood alongside Andy Field, director of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, recognizing the start of sea lion pupping season and emphasizing the importance of responsible recreation this summer.
“La Jolla’s shoreline parks, beaches, and coastlines have always been a summer destination for San Diego residents and visitors,” said Councilmember LaCava. “Unique to La Jolla, is the proximity of seals and sea lions inhabiting the La Jolla coastline. There are few places where you can be on dry land and watch the seals and sea lions up close in their natural state. Being this close has its advantages; it’s a memorable experience for children and adults alike. However, we also have to remember that seals and sea lions are wild animals that deserve their space and our respects.”
Sea lions are naturally protective and can move surprising fast on land despite their size. During sea lion pupping season, which runs from June 1 until October 31, sea lion mothers and their pups will be vulnerable as the pups cannot leave dry land for the first few months. Mothers will naturally be protective of their pups during the season. This natural process is as delicate as it is memorable and can be dangerous unless common sense safety measures are followed.
Continuing to ensure the safety of both marine animals and humans alike and anticipating many first-time visitors, the City of San Diego is developing additional signage and educational materials to be displayed this season. These materials will remind visitors of the importance of maintaining minimum distance from the animals, and other safety protocols around the area.
“We are expecting large crowds at our parks and beaches this summer which is why it is so important that we are taking steps to ensure both the public and sea lions are safe during pupping season,” said Andy Field, director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Park rangers and City partners will be actively engaging and educating the public about the sea lion population, and the additional signage will serve as another reminder to keep a safe distance and not to disturb these wonderful animals.”
In addition to the educational materials provided by the City Parks and Recreation, a City Park Ranger and a contingent of city interns, in addition to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) enforcement agents, will be keeping a watchful eye on the seals, sea lions, and visitors. These specialists will be available to make your visit to the area a safe, as well as educational, experience.
“Just like you, I’m looking forward to spending the summer with friends and family enjoying all La Jolla’s shoreline parks, beaches, and rocky coastline has to offer.” Said Councilmember LaCava. “When visiting the area, please follow safety
guidance, read the signs, and respect the sea lions as well as all our natural environment so we can continue to enjoy them for generations.”

This is the Appeals Case in the Hillel Project  [3/9/21]

Hello Neighbors, Just a reminder that this Thursday, March 11th will be oral arguments in the Court of Appeal.  To view the proceedings, go to:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/41610.htm

There is no logging in, you simply click on the link to “View Oral Arguments”

Our session starts at 9am, but we are the third of three cases.  Most likely they will progress in order and we may start our case at 10:30.  I would open the viewer at 9am just to be sure you don’t miss anything.

Oral arguments in the Court of Appeal is much different than Oral Arguments in Superior Court.  Each side has 15 minutes, TRLU will go first and reserve time for rebuttal.  The other side will not have the opportunity to reserve for rebuttal.

There will be a panel of three justices.  The court will usually take the matter under submission and render an opinion within 90 days.

 

SDPD Northern Division February Update  [3/9/21]

Hello everyone, This is the monthly update for the month of February.

Both the Day and Night Beach Teams monitor the Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and La Jolla areas.  Both Teams continue to be very active within the community.  Over the last month, the Day Beach Team have been active on the boardwalk, S. Jetty and various other locations with approximately 20 misdemeanor and 30 infraction citations for various violations including alcohol, illegal fire pits and traffic violations.  Additionally, the Day Beach Team was called by Lifeguards to investigate a boating accident in the water.

The Night Team have been active as well with approximately 40 citations for various violations including alcohol, fire pits and parking violations.  The Night Beach Team also assisted our Crime Suppression Team and Night Investigative Unit with a robbery series taking place in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and La Jolla areas of the Division.  All of the officers and detectives involved have been working long hours and doing an extremely outstanding job with this series.  I will provide an update next month.

Fire pits / illegal fires continues to be a big topic for Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and La Jolla areas. I have the Night Beach Team checking on illegal fires at the S. Jetty area and they have issued approximately 25 citations for illegal fires.

You have probably seen or heard that two opposing groups continue to gather on Saturday afternoons in the Pacific Beach area.  One group is usually at Crystal Pier and the other group is usually at the Lifeguard Station on Grand Avenue.  Northern Division continues to monitor the gatherings, allowing both sides to express their 1st Amendment rights and to keep the peace between the two groups.

Should you have issues in your area, please notify our Community Resource Officer Brandon Broaddus by email at bbroaddus@pd.sandiego.gov and Cc me raguilar@pd.sandiego.gov. This will allow both of us to see your email and to follow-up faster.

Thank you!!

Rick Aguilar, Lieutenant, San Diego Police Department, Northern Division

Desk: (858) 552-1706

 

Shores Active in 2020   [12/29/20]

LJSA Included in La Jolla Light Year in Review of Top News Stories:

https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2020-12-28/2020-year-in-review-top-news-stories-in-la-jolla

SDPD Northern Division December Update.  [12/14/20]

Hello Everyone,

I hope this email finds you healthy and happy.  I wanted to update you on some recent changes in Northern Division’s beach area. We recently had promotions and Northern Division got three of American’s Finest Sergeants, Sergeant David Rozsa, Sergeant Ross Bainbridge, and Sergeant Ben Stanley. If you happen to see them in the field, please say hello.

Long time Day Beach Team Sergeant, Bryan Brecht, was promoted to Lieutenant! Although we lost him as our Day Beach Team Sergeant, he will take all of his knowledge and expertise in everything beach to his new assignment at Neighborhood Policing. Acting Sergeant Joe Hilton is replacing Bryan as leader of the team. Joe was Bryan’s right hand and is a fantastic leader. The transition has been seamless.

Lastly, as we all knew this day might come, I am leaving Northern. I have been selected to go to Operational Support. I take on this new assignment with excitement and joy, but I would be remiss if I did not say I wasn’t sad as well. I cannot begin to express how much I have loved being part of the Northern community. It has been my pleasure to serve each of you. Lieutenant Rick Aguilar joins Northern’s Team and will be leading the beach area. Rick has years of experience at San Diego PD in numerous assignments and is an all-around great guy. You will enjoy working with him.

Thank you for your continued support of Northern Division and the San Diego Police Department. I wish you all the very best!

Lisa McKean, Lieutenant, Operational Support, San Diego Police Department

The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) disagrees with the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) Findings on the project at 8423 El Paseo Grande, La Jolla.

Click link below to read letter from LJSA to City:

LJSA MND Letter – 11_23_20

Outcome of Parks Master Plan Hearing Before City Council  [11/10/20]

For your information, the Parks Master Plan under the proposed Complete Communities initiative was rejected by the City Council. Many of the concerns expressed are contained in the attached letter.  Below is the article in today’s SDUT.

San Diego OKs ‘complete communities’ housing incentives, but rejects parks plan:

Council members say parks plan has too many unanswered questions

By DAVID GARRICK NOV. 9, 2020 | 6 PM SAN DIEGO —

Housing developers in San Diego got new incentives Monday to build “complete communities” that include neighborhood amenities, instead of just building housing units by themselves.

But a related city proposal that would have significantly changed how and where San Diego adds new parks was rejected by the City Council in a narrow 5-4 vote.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s planning staff presented the bold and comprehensive policy changes as a joint proposal called “Complete Communities Housing Solutions” and “Complete Communities Play Everywhere.”

Council members praised the new incentives, which would allow developers to build more housing units if they agree to boost transit options near a project or if they add amenities like parks or promenades nearby.

The council approved the incentive for adding transit options, which include bike lanes and pedestrian upgrades, in a 7-2 vote.

The incentive for adding amenities like parks and promenades was approved 8-1.

Councilwoman Vivian Moreno voted no on both incentive programs and on the changes to parks funding. Moreno said all the proposals aim to achieve laudable goals, including to boost equity across the city, but she criticized the timing.

Five members of the nine-member council will be replaced on Dec. 10, the results of last week’s elections. And Mayor-elect Todd Gloria will replace outgoing Mayor Kevin Faulconer the same day.

“A policy of this level of importance that significantly changes existing city policies should not be rushed and passed at the last minute during a lame-duck period,” Moreno said. “I believe this should be vetted by the new mayor and voted on by the next council.”

On the housing incentive proposal, Moreno was joined in opposition by Councilman Mark Kersey on the transit portion.

On the parks funding proposal, Moreno was joined in opposition by Kersey, Chris Cate, Barbara Bry and Dr. Jennifer Campbell.

Bry said many questions remain about the parks proposal, which would replace the city’s standard of 2.8 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents with a new points matrix based on equity, community access and several other factors.

“This plan is not ready for prime time,” Bry said.

All of the proposals have generated significant controversy since city officials first unveiled them more than two years ago. Supporters have called them an innovative way to spur housing and boost social equity, but critics have called them a giveaway to developers and have raised other concerns.

The parks proposal has been the most controversial, partly because it would use parks money generated in suburban areas to build parks in low-income, urban areas.

Goals of that policy include boosting equity in San Diego, where many low-income communities lack adequate parks, and accelerating park construction by eliminating a mandate that parks money provided by developers gets spent near the project the developer built.

Stranded funding

The city has roughly $450 million stranded in 42 parks construction accounts because of the rule requiring the money be spent near the development that generated the funding.

The parks proposals would replace the funding rules that created those accounts with new rules, lumping all future developer money for parks into one citywide account.  That would allow San Diego to spend such money elsewhere, particularly in low-income areas that lack parks, to boost social equity across the city.

The change would also increase the city’s ability to spend the stranded $450 million, by providing a citywide account with the flexibility to provide funding to neighborhood projects that have fallen just short of funding goals.

Heidi Vonblum, a city planning official, said the parks plan could bring parks to low income neighborhoods where they are desperately needed.

“We must prioritize investments where they are needed the most,” she told the council. “Inequities have persisted for too long. We know that the current system works for some, and we also know it does not work for many.”

Cate said the parks proposal would not guarantee neighborhoods allowing significant development in coming years would get the parks they need to support the residents who will live in the new housing.

Brian Schoenfisch, another planning official, offered praise for the separate proposal for developer incentives.

“This program takes a comprehensive approach to improving neighborhoods all across the city, with a particular focus on those which have been underserved and neglected for far too long,” he said.

City officials have made several adjustments to the proposals this fall in response to community feedback and complaints.

One example is an effort to prevent gentrification. The developer incentive requires developers to offer at least 75 percent of new units they build in low-income “communities of concern” to existing residents of the area.

Last week, Mayor-elect Gloria said he supports the goals of the complete communities proposal, but he has some concerns about changes to height limits and other elements.

Gloria said he and the new council can make adjustments if problems arise. And Monday’s 5-4 vote to delay approving the parks funding proposal will allow Gloria and the new council to help shape that proposal.

THE MAP of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla celebration in honor of Walter Munk   [10/16/20]

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested in celebrating Walter Munk’s legacy of daring exploration and discovery.

Enjoy the video about Walter and THE MAP and be sure to visit THE MAP of the Grand Canyons of La Jolla next time you are in the Shores!

All the best,

Mary

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Click this link for info about the Walter Munk Memorial 2020:

Walter Munk-memorial-2020-2

Zoom Forum on Beach Fires and Fire Preparedness

SEPTEMBER LJTC NEWSLETTER

Zoom Forum on Beach Fires and Fire Preparedness

SEPTEMBER 10th, 5:30PM – 6:40PM

Join us for a presentation on beach fires and fire preparedness. Residents will explain the recent beach fire activities and issues, including the high amount of particulate matter in the air from the wood burning fires and provide a safer alternative to wood burning fires on the beach. Our local 5th Battalion Fire Chief will review ways to stay safe during fire season, which started early this year.

Interesting article about New technology to keep scooters on the streets instead of sidewalks  [9/3/20]

https://calpolynews.calpoly.edu/news_releases/2020/august/technology

Sept 3rd, 6pm, Presentation on UCSD  TDLLN Project

At the LJCPA meeting we will be presenting our opposition position on this project.  Please contact LJCPA to participate in this important Zoom meeting.

If Proposed bus route #34 becomes a reality, it opens all property along it’s route to all the new bills in Sacramento touting to increase density without going thru any Local Planning Groups.

The Metropolitan Transit System released its Mid-Coast Feeder Bus Plan this week, including the new local route #34 depicted in bright green on the map.  If the MTS Board gives its final approval, the route will open when the trolley begins service in the Spring of 2021.  Note: All new bus routes are re-evaluated at the end of one year.

Steven Hadley
Community Outreach Director
Office of Councilmember Barbara Bry
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-6972

 

Avenida de la Playa Al Fresco Dining at the Shores

La Jolla Shores Association is pleased to announce that effective July 22, 2020 thru September, 27, 2020 Avenida de la Playa from El Paseo Grande to Calle de la Plata will be closed to vehicular traffic.  During this period six to seven restaurants will be setting up dining tables over parking stalls in order to serve lunch and dinner, al fresco.  The goal is to provide a safe, outdoor, dining in a pleasant atmosphere.  From 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM there will be a twenty foot wide pedestrian walkway down the center of Avenida de la Playa.

200714 Shores Outside Dining flyer revision 1

 

 

Letter from La Jolla Community Orgs with Comments to Draft Parks Master Plan

Click the following link to read the letter:

Comments to Draft Parks Master Plan

Please read attached important letter regarding UCSD’s construction projects

200203 Letter to LJ Light

Mental Evaluation 911 Checklist When Calling for Help

Officer Hesselgesser provided the attached checklist for use when calling 911 for a Mental Crisis Situation:

Mental Health 911 Call Info Checklist

Please click on this link for info about laws regarding homeless in cars:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nlchp.org_homeless-2Dpersons-2Dcannot-2Dbe-2Dpunished-2Dfor-2Dsleeping-2Din-2Dabsence-2Dof-2Dalternatives-2D9th-2Dcircuit-2Ddecision-2Destablishes_&d=DwIFAg&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=mbpL1ow9euyNkjFhvj_M9pmfLHX6J6kw7NxQdbjC67A&m=jDNOxAgKOHfNlV-hOWMpHMoBNNsXDAN1ww1zIkVB4UI&s=YjHr91euMkIoRCe6CTtzZUsZ4gwOz8taKETwEbgy9H8&e=

11/1/18, The city has a website that shows all Capital Improvement Program projects in development.

To access the website, go to:  https://www.sandiego.gov/cip/projectinfo .  You will have to follow instructions there to experiment navigating around the system.  Eventually you will navigate to the following address:  https://webmaps.sandiego.gov/cippublic/?find=B15041 which is the current water main replacement project in La Jolla Shores.

 

5/31/18, Trolley Project and Road Closures Updates

To check the latest status or to sign up for important road closure emails, go to   http://shiftsandiego.com.   There you can enter your email address in the “Project E-Updates” for automatic updates.  And you can read all about the project.