News and Upcoming Events

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:

City Update on Undergrounding West of La Jolla Shores Dr.  [5/11/22]

Open the following link to see the latest Construction Update on Project Block 1J – Phase 1:

220511 Block 1J – Phase1 (La Jolla Shores)_Project Update 5-5-22

Meeting Report from Lonnie Stephens, Marine Safety Lt.  [4/14/22]

I missed seeing the LJSA group last night.  We had a cliff rescue at Blacks Beach around 5:30PM.  The emergency concluded at 8:00PM. We are very grateful for the continued support from the LJSA.  Here are some March stats I had planned to share with the group last night:

LJS beach crowd count 200,000
LJS beach preventative actions 3000
LJS water rescues 12
LJS medical aids 25
LJS calls for service 17

Also, we are working with other City partners to have the boat on the beach at LJS removed as soon as possible.

Kellogg Park Bathrooms are a disgrace  [4/11/22]

Click this link to view Channel 8’s interview with LJSA’s President, Janie Emerson:

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

La Jolla Robberies  [1/23/22]

A few of our FOCWT have recently met with SDPD detectives and learned the following things that we all need to be considering, blended in below with our own theft experience.

1. The detectives dealing with these crimes have advised this is an organized ring of thieves out of Los Angeles and working in groups of four going into affluent communities around the country. Often it’s four men but there have been cases of three men and a woman. Public safety agencies are coordinating on a national basis becase what we are experiencing here in La Jolla is apparently going on in dozens of communities around the country.

2. The perpetrators of these crimes are dressed to fit into the community. They are driving older model Audis, BMWs or Mercedes to drive around during the day as they case neighborhoods. Be advised to be looking for small groups of people looking to try to fit in, particularly during the hours of noon to 3:00 p.m.. If you see people acting out of place or being suspicious, you are to call 911 immediately and try to keep an eye on them in a discreet way. Do try and get a license number or photos, but the detectives advised the crime ring has paid cash for these cars and they may actually be hard to trace.

3. The perpetrators are then coming back at night during the hours of dinner time through 11:00 p.m. when you’ve gone out to dinner or left your home. They’re often parking blocks away and then hiking to their target, across vacant property or hillsides. They are breaking in primarily through blowing out the glass and wood interior of French doors thereby not setting off the alarm system (they broke out the 4 bottom panels in a local home via the French doors and both vertical and horizontal supports, creating a means of ingress and egress of about 40% of the door size). We have also heard of them breaking windows or glass paned doors. We’ve heard that they are testing breaking a small pane of glass to see if that sets off a glass break sensor. In our case, they came in through a back balcony that directly accesses our master bedroom. The detectives also advised that this crime ring apparently has some kind of Wi-Fi jamming technology they carry with them that disables motion sensors. It has been advised heard the perpetrators might be crawling into the room and avoiding motion sensors entirely. The bottom line is that motion sensors don’t appear to be working to deter and capture these criminals, nor do active alarm systems as they found a way to circumvent them with how they enter.

4. These criminals are looking for fine jewelry, watches and handbags that they can resell and fence, and carry with them—they don’t appear to be interested in art or electronics. The criminals appear to be exclusively targeting the master bedroom in the home. In a local residents case they did not go in any other portion of the house and nothing else was disturbed. This appears to be the patern in other burglaries. The urgent suggestion is to move all watches and other jewelry into your safe ONLY if your safe is a large enough scale safe that it cannot be crowbarred out of the floor or out of the wall. We have heard of several cases where these criminals have removed a safe from the wall or floor and smashed it to remove the contents—if they can’t find your safe quickly, they start removing art off the wall in search of your safe. The recommendation would be to distribute your jewelry immediately throughout your home even considering putting it in your garage. Consider removing cash immediately from your home.

5. It’s a great time to review your insurance policy now to make sure you have blanket coverage, and consider an insurance rider to insure specific pieces of high value from loss.

6. These criminals are highly organized and watching patterns and daily movements in our neighborhoods. When they arrive, they are wearing gloves, and hoodies or masks so as to hide their identity. Outside cameras are apparently worthless, but an inside one might catch them in the act. Police would have to be called immediately, as these thieves are in and out in less than 10 minutes. It was recommended to immediately install motion activated lights in the back of our property as these people do not want to be illuminated and have attention brought to them.

7. The Police are relying on our community to catch these thieves. We all need to be looking out for the criminals described above while they’re stalking the neighborhoods, and paying attention as we each enter and exit our neighborhoods in the early to late evening looking for things that seem out of place. The detectives have asked me to let everyone I know to call 911 immediately if you see something.

Funding Park Improvements within Communities of Concern  [1/18/22]

This is a recent study on how the city funds parks & recreation facilities.  It pertains specifically to “communities of concern” and Chollas Creek, but provides revenue sources and amounts over the past decade for all city parks & rec. facilities.

220118 21-26 Funding Park Improvements within Communities of Concern


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: (Webinar ID: 882 2092 6189, Passcode: 938739)

Public Notices

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

Please contact the District’s Compliance Division at (858) 586-2650 or by
email at with any questions.

Environment Committee Survey  [1/10/22]

According to an article in the La Jolla Light, the Environment Committee is doing a survey to solicit public input on priorities for the committee.  It will be available until Feb. 4 at   Comments can also be submitted to committee consultant Brian Elliott at

MEDIA RELEASE: San Diego City Council Adopts Spaces as Places Program to Permanently Allow Outdoor Business Operations [10/27/21]


 SAN DIEGO – Today the San Diego City Council approved the Spaces as Places program, an innovative solution to allow businesses and institutions to continue occupying outdoor public spaces that were temporarily approved for use in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City staff devised the Spaces as Places program as a way to transition temporary spaces into permanent facilities with established design and safety standards. The program offers a menu of options to allow for the creation of outdoor areas for dining, walking, biking and other activities.

“While navigating our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been committed to finding long-term solutions for San Diego’s beloved outdoor dining spaces,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “I’m proud that the City Council has approved the Spaces as Places program, which will provide ways for temporary outdoor structures constructed in response to the pandemic to come into compliance and become permanent installations. Spaces as Places also allows for whole street closures to create promenades and will ensure long-term options that are safe, equitable and accessible for all San Diegans.”

Earlier this year staff began collecting feedback from community members and business owners regarding the benefits of using outside areas to remain open during the pandemic. With that feedback, staff drafted regulations that provide locational, design and permit requirements to continue the use of outdoor areas. They also developed a design manual for streetaries, active sidewalks, promenades and outdoor dining on private property.

The program targets businesses in traditionally underserved communities to ensure outdoor dining investments and bicycle and pedestrian improvements are equitably distributed across the city.

“Since the pandemic began, we’re seeing more people spend time outdoors and want to continue spending time outdoors with their friends and family,” said Mike Hansen, the City’s Planning Director. “We’re proud to have a program that will strengthen and enhance our neighborhoods by encouraging more opportunities for people to gather with others in safe and comfortable outdoor spaces, all while supporting our City’s economy.” 

The Spaces as Places program will be available for business owners 30 days after the City Council’s second reading of the ordinance, which is expected in November. The program would also need Coastal Commission approval before it could be implemented within Coastal areas.

Once the Spaces as Places program is approved, applicants will need to obtain the required permits with the City’s Development Services Department. Any business that would like to make use of a public space, but does not currently do so, will need to apply for a new permit. Any existing permitted temporary outdoor businesses that would like to continue using that space will have to apply for a new permit and will have until July 2022 to come into compliance with the newly approved regulations.

Latest Info on Status of Undergrounding in the Shores  [9/8/21]

While  the City wouldn’t allow SDGE to present their status of the undergrounding, the City did provide two update pdf files.  See links below for status:

Block 1J – Phase 1 (La Jolla Shores)_2021_5_14

Block 1J Phase 2_2021_5_28

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

Upcoming presentations:

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.


One-Click Action Alert on SB 9 and SB 10  [7/29/21]

Please read this important action alert from Livable California regarding SB9 and SB 10. If you don’t have time to call, please submit your opposition with one click to your assemblymember (link below)

Hi folks,

As we head toward critical Assembly votes on SB 9 and SB 10 in August, we will be providing some quick daily actions you can take to help kill these bad bills.

Today’s action is to call each of the following assemblymembers’ local district offices and ask them to Oppose SB 9 and SB 10. Leaving a message on the district office voicemail after hours is also effective:

Megan Dahle               Dist 1         530 223 6300     R

Jim Wood                     Dist 2         707 576 2526     D

Kevin Kiley                   Dist 6         916 774 4430     R

Ken Cooley                  Dist 8         916 464 1910     D

Jim Cooper                  Dist 9         916 670 7888     D

Suzette Valladares       Dist 38       661 286 1565     R

Eloise Reyes                Dist 47       909 381 3238     D

Wendy Carrillo             Dist 51       213 483 5151     D

Isaac Bryan                  Dist 54       310 641 5410     D

Christina Garcia           Dist 58       562 861 5803     D

Anthony Rendon          Dist 63       562 529 3250     D

Randy Voepel              Dist 71       619 258 7737     R

You can also send an email to your own assembly member:

Email to Oppose SB 9

Email to Oppose SB 10

BACKGROUND: Thousands of single family streets in California will be destroyed to build multi-unit projects if SB 9 and SB 10 become law. YOUR BLOCK, TOO.

Legislators have heard overwhelming opposition to SB 9 and SB 10 from thousands of people. But unless legislators get an avalanche of objections before Aug. 16, both SB 9 and SB 10 could be approved by just 41 legislators. And right now, big money talks in Sacramento.

SB 9:

SB 9 lets developers buy the home next to YOURS to build 6-unit housing projects. They won’t have yards OR garages. There will be NO public hearings before destruction begins. Not even in severe fire zones.

We know it sounds crazy.

SB 10:

SB 10 allows city councils to override local zoning, and the California Environmental Quality Act, and voter-approved land protections, to erect 14-unit buildings almost everywhere.

Developers can build, next to YOUR home a “10-unit” project with 4 added granny flats, totaling 14 units. As with SB 9: No hearing. No yard. No affordability.

You must voice opposition NOW, because you lose your right to object if SB 9 and SB 10 are passed and signed by the Governor.

Amidst drought and severe fires, neither SB 9 or SB 10 requires being ready for the environmental or infrastructure impacts of the bills, such as the demand for water, energy, sewer capacity or classroom space.

We ask you to please DONATE to Livable California now. We are small fry, fighting deep pockets who seek to pave over thriving communities to build other communities. Your help lets us get out crucial information.m a new Text block ready for your content.

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


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:

To register (all attendees must register in advance):

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

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:

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 and Cc me 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:

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


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,



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

Walter Munk-memorial-2020-2

Zoom Forum on Beach Fires and Fire Preparedness


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]

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:

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

To access the website, go to: .  You will have to follow instructions there to experiment navigating around the system.  Eventually you will navigate to the following address: 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   There you can enter your email address in the “Project E-Updates” for automatic updates.  And you can read all about the project.