Update from Supervisor Lawson-Remer’s Office [1/11/23]
We are very excited about the approval of the 2023 federal funding bill, also known as the “Omnibus” bill. In the last days of 2022 it was approved by Congress and signed by the president — and it includes many big investments in San Diego County.
And we want to thank San Diego’s congressional delegation and our California senators for making our region a priority in the bill.
- $4.48 million for the County’s Mobile Crisis Response Team to help people with mental health crises, giving us the ability to add overnight coverage for two teams, seven days a week.
- $3.75 million for the purchase of a twin-engine firefighting helicopter, which will assist firefighting efforts in San Diego County
- $3.45 million for the Smuggler’s Gulch dredging project, which will help improve coastal water quality by clearing the trash coming from the Tijuana River Valley.
- $2 million for San Diego’s Light Up San Diego Streetlight Improvement Program, which will upgrade obsolete streetlights in San Diego beach communities.
At one of its last meetings of 2022, the County Board of Supervisors took new action on the fentanyl crisis.
In response to a proposal by Supervisors Lawson-Remer and Desmond to declare fentanyl a public health emergency, the Board approved new tactics to fight overdose and deaths.
This four-point plan is based on what Supervisor Lawson-Remer called an “upstream” approach.
If we imagine the fentanyl crisis as a river, we’re currently pulling people out of the water after they have already fallen in — by treating people once they’ve overdosed.
But to truly address the problem, we have to go upstream — and stop people from falling into addiction in the first place.
That means more education, more health-based treatments, and more data-driven solutions to provide early intervention.
The plan includes:
- Prevention education for high-risk groups
- Installing more vending machines that provide naloxone — the life-saving medication that can prevent overdose deaths — which is sometimes known by its brand name Narcan
- Early intervention with people at risk of an overdose, such as people with mental health conditions
- And tracking the locations of overdose outbreaks so we can provide a more effective response tailored to the community
Last month the Board of Supervisors also adopted a new policy to help our local ecosystems thrive.
Climate change is threatening San Diego County’s unique habitats — which are recognized as one of the most biologically diverse in the United States.
But the good news is that we each have the power to protect native plants through some simple actions.
This Native Plants Policy Package will make it easier for residents to plant drought-tolerant native vegetation — with new educational tools and programs to help you play a part in protecting the biodiversity that makes our region so beautiful and unique.
It will establish a partnership with school districts to install gardens, require that native plants are used in more County projects, and offer things like free landscape design templates.
The board gave direction to staff to start developing this plan.
I will make sure to report back when you can take advantage of these rebates and tools.
Volunteer Call to Action: Point in Time Count – January 26
The annual count of the region’s homeless population is coming up on January 26, and we’re asking for volunteers to help out.
The count helps us collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The federal government relies on this data when it’s deciding where to send funds to help reduce homelessness.
It also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action.
A successful and accurate count is an essential component to informing our regional response and to ultimately making homelessness rare, brief and one-time in San Diego County.
We encourage you to sign up to be a volunteer by visiting the website of the Regional Task Force on Homelessness or going to sandiego.pointintime.info.
Lawson-Remer Selected as Vice Chair
Finally, Supervisor Lawson-Remer is honored to have been selected by her colleagues to serve as Vice Chair of the County Board of Supervisors.
Together with the Board’s new chair, Supervisor Nora Vargas, they mark the first time in San Diego history that the County has been led by such diverse representation.
This year, she is looking forward to working with Chair Vargas and her colleagues to protect our beaches and coastlines, tackle climate change, make meaningful progress helping our unhoused population, continue expanding access to behavioral healthcare, support workers and working families, and continue to take on the deadly fentanyl crisis.
Communications Manager| Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer
📞 – 858-289-9205
Ed Furtek’s Passing
We have lost another great friend of LJSA. Ed was a quiet supporter behind the scenes for LJSA. He was interested in our causes and advised in a number of our projects.
I will especially miss Ed’s insights, dry wit and creative ideas.
Janie Emerson, President LJSA
Preventing Porch Piracy [11/23/22]
Our District Attorney has shared the info below regarding preventing porch piracy:
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Helen Boyden [11/3/22]
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Helen Boyden. Helen loved our Community and was active to the very end.
Helen’s passion for our La Jolla Shores was legendary. She was a member of and Chair of the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee for a number of years. Knowledgeable and detailed, Helen helped preserve what is special about the Shores.
She will be sorely missed by all of us.
Janie Emerson, President LJSA
Capital Improvement Requests for 2023 as submitted by La Jolla to CD1 for Budget Priorities (click to view): [9/14/22]
As we prepare Capital Improvement Requests for 2023, see attached chart of what La Jolla submitted for FT22: [9/1/22]
Gloria’s Office August Report [8/8/22]
Sidewalk Vending Regulations in Parks and Beaches [7/20/22]
Open the following link to see the presentation on Sidewalk Vending Regulations:
Air Quality comparison between Lohan Heights and La Jolla Shores [7/13/22]
Open the following link to see the air quality graph:
Sidewalk Vending Regulations [6/9/22]
Open the following link to read the City’s Guide to Sidewalk Vending:
City of La Jolla? Town Council holds forum on the effort’s revival [5/16/22]
Open the following link to see the La Jolla Light’s recent article and to join the poll.
City of La Jolla – How we become our own City [5/11/22]
Join the La Jolla Town Council Zoom Community Forum regarding how we become our own City, at 5:30, May 12th.
For information and to register for the Zoom meeting, click:
Residential Burglary Information [1/24/22]
The San Diego Police Department has identified a residential burglary series occurring throughout the county to include the La Jolla community. Northern Division Detectives are currently working with other agencies to bring our resources together to identify and to arrest the suspects related to this series. The San Diego Police Department wants to provide information and education to the public regarding these suspects and recommend ways to improve your home security to protect yourself.
As a result of our investigations, we want to share a list of common behaviors and practices used by these sophisticated suspects. • Highly organized group, usually in groups of 3 or 4, with one person waiting in the “getaway vehicle”, often parked far away from the victim’s residence. • Prior to burglarizing the residence, they have been known to conduct surveillance of the neighborhood o They have been seen wearing high end clothing during their surveillance o Driving Audi, BMW, and Mercedes vehicles o They have been seen carrying a satchel or cross body type bag during their surveillance • This group has been known to utilize canyons and greenbelts to hike to the victim’s residence • They often target the rear of the residence and gain entry by breaking a glass window or door. • They have also been known to make entry on the 2nd floor through a window or door because alarms are usually not installed on those • Suspects mainly target the master bedroom to include the closet and bathroom • They target high end jewelry, watches, handbags, and designer clothing
Suggested security measures to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim: • Remember to always lock your doors and windows • Always activate your alarm when leaving your residence. Consider adding glass break alerts, second floor motion sensors (master bedroom), and audible ringing alarms which can be heard outside the residence • When leaving your residence, watch your garage door close completely before driving away • Have security cameras installed around the perimeter of the residence and make sure they are in working order • Increase the lighting around the perimeter of the residence and make sure all bulbs are in working order. Without lighting at night, cameras maybe ineffective. Consider adding additional motion sensor lights along the rear property line • If your camera system is capable of sending “notifications” to your smartphone, make sure the feature is set up • Install smart lights or have a lamp on a timer in your residence and set up to have the lights turn on automatically at dusk • Notify a trusted neighbor when you will be leaving on vacation. Store your valuables in a large safe or consider getting a safety deposit box to secure your valuables when away for periods of time. Additionally, you can contact Northern Division to schedule vacation home checks provided by RSVPs
You are the eyes and ears of your neighborhood. You know what is normal and what is not. We need your help. Do not hesitate to call to report suspicious activity. See something, say something! SDPD Non-Emergency Number: (619) 531-2000
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FOR DISCUSSION OF A PROPOSAL FOR AN AFTER-HOURS AIR QUALITY COMPLAINT PROGRAM [1/10/22]
The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (District) invites you to participate in the following public meeting to provide input regarding the District’s proposed after-hours Air Quality Complaint Program.
DATE: Thursday, January 20, 2022
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Via web browser or mobile device at:
https://bit.ly/3rsGq41 (Webinar ID: 882 2092 6189, Passcode: 938739)
As required by California Assembly Bill 423 (Gloria, 2019), the District is evaluating its current process for receiving and responding to air pollution complaints and proposing recommendations to enhance this process. The intent of this meeting is to obtain input on the proposal, which is available on the District’s website at https://bit.ly/3lkUCYJ.
Please contact the District’s Compliance Division at (858) 586-2650 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For those of you concerned about the move to densify our single family neighborhoods, here is a group that is working to stop that from happening: [9/7/21]
Neighbors for a Better San Diego Progress Update #2
|As of September 6, over four thousand San Diego residents have signed our petition asking the city to revise its ADU ordinance.
Neighbors For A Better San Diego (NFABSD) has met with Mayor Gloria and all of the San Diego City Councilmembers. As we head out of the legislative recess, we will be increasing our pressure for the City Council to take up our proposed revisions to the City’s ADU code.
NFABSD continues to meet with community councils and planning groups across San Diego.
The following groups have voted to support NFABSD’s position to revise the City’s 2020 ADU Ordinance:
College Area Community Council
Eastern Area Communities Planning Committee
El Cerrito Community Council
Kensington/Talmadge Planning Group
La Jolla Community Planning Association
Rancho Bernardo Community Planning Group
Scripps Ranch Planning Group
Serra Mesa Planning Group
Navajo Planning Group: 9/8
Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Community Council: 9/8
Otay Mesa Nestor Community Planning Group: 9/8
Peninsula Community Planning Board: 9/16
Chollas Valley Community Planning Group: 9/20
Mission Hills Heritage: 9/22
City Heights Area Planning Committee: 10/4
Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee: 10/13
What we know from our fight against SB 9 and SB 10:
In order for SB 10 to be implemented, it must be approved by City Council. Our efforts will now include raising public awareness on this issue and letting City Hall know SB 10 is NOT an option for San Diego.
In order for SB 9 to be “not more than four houses” where one home now sits (after a lot split), San Diego must write code that prevents ADUs from being added to the lots. This issue is now part of our code update efforts.
In the coming weeks, we will be using a portion of our funding to conduct a postcard awareness campaign to help inform the residents of specific neighborhoods.
Our immediate focus will be on the Land Use & Housing Committee, and we will need your help with the four council members on that committee: Stephen Whitburn (Chair), Sean Elo-Rivera (Vice Chair), Joe LaCava, and Vivian Moreno. More on this in an upcoming email.
IMPORTANT State Initiative information:
Neighbors For A Better San Diego is supporting the Communities For Choice ballot initiative which returns community planning to our communities and UNDOES SB 9 and SB 10. Please see their website for more information or review our previous email for details on this very important initiative.
Ways you can help now:
• Contact your Councilmember to get answers to your questions and let your voices be heard regarding San Diego’s neighborhood-killing 2020 ADU ordinance. In addition, we need provisions in our municipal code that will prevent any more than SB 9’s “four homes on a single lot”. Also, it’s important that the Mayor and Councilmembers understand that SB 10 is NOT an option for San Diego.
• Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to sign our petition.
• Display your yard signs.
• Please DONATE and HELP SPREAD THE WORD about the Communities For Choice ballot initiative which can UNDO SB 9 and 10. This is a “heavy lift” – there is a lot to do in a short period of time. Please visit their website for more information and share it with all of your contacts in California.
We will continue to share our Progress Updates with you as we move forward. Thank you for your amazing efforts and your continued support.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
Community Outreach Director
Office of Councilmember Barbara Bry
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Letter from La Jolla Community Orgs with Comments to Draft Parks Master Plan
Click the following link to read the letter:
Mental Evaluation 911 Checklist When Calling for Help
Officer Hesselgesser provided the attached checklist for use when calling 911 for a Mental Crisis Situation:
Please click on this link for info about laws regarding homeless in cars:
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.