• Following Mayor Bob Filner’s order to extend the advisory rope separating humans and seals at Children’s Pool beach from 130 feet to 152 feet on Dec. 21, La Jollans turned out to the LJCPA’s Jan. 3 meeting to air both praises and complaints about the mayor’s action.
At the meeting, Ken Hunrichs, president of Friends of the Children’s Pool, distributed a copy of the city attorney’s memo that details the possibility that penalties may be imposed on the city should the mayor fail to obtain proper permit amendments for the rope extension.
“The city currently has a permit for a 130-foot rope. It has a 152-foot rope across the beach now — a clear violation,” he said. “The city attorney recognizes it and advised the mayor correct it or figure out a way to retroactively get permission to have the rope placed at that length.”
Hunrichs and fellow La Jollan Melinda Merriweather urged the LJCPA to write a letter to the mayor to reiterate the community’s stance on the issue — an action that was proposed and approved by the trustees.
“His big thing is that he’s going to listen to communities, and this community has said over and over again for seven years that we literally would rather not have the rope,” said Merriweather. “First, the city attorney said it was illegal. Secondly, I think it was beyond his jurisdiction.”
Not all public speakers at the meeting were against the mayor’s action, however.
“The Children’s Pool beach has had peace since Dec. 21 when the rope was extended to the 152-foot length that was originally intended and corrected by the city, who admitted to the error of the 130-foot rope measurement,” said Dr. Jane Reldan, docent for La Jolla Friends of the Seals. “That’s all Mayor Filner did was correct the city’s error, and since he did, there has been peace at Children’s Pool beach.”
• Trustees recommended approval of the Liem Residence, located at 7324 La Jolla Blvd., after applicant-architect Jeanne Liem modified aspects of the design to address concerns about the blocky massing of the structure. Liem softened the look with colors, materials and textures, adding recesses and insets, and articulating the façades using parapet structures and trellises.
• The LJCPA will hold its annual trustee election on March 7 to fill eight trustee seats, including six three-year terms and two one-year term seat vacancies. Interested candidates must be a member of the LJCPA in good standing, having attended at least three meetings over the past year prior to the March 7 meeting. To submit your candidacy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or notify a seated trustee no later than Feb. 7. Candidates will be given two minutes at the Feb. 7 meeting at 6 p.m. to present their background and interest in becoming a trustee.