San Diego resident councilor Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, told the La Jolla Shores Association he was surprised “how difficult it is to get small things done.”
LaCava approached LJSA for the first time since taking office on December 10th during their online meeting on February 10th. He said the city’s budget had been damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to the loss of tourism dollars. He said “the latest forecast is about a $ 85 million shortfall” for the fiscal year ended June 30th.
“We have reserves that we can develop and we hope to receive Part Two of the CARES Act [an extension of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act] from Washington, DC to make up for that difference, ”said LaCava.
According to LaCava, the deficit is expected to be much larger for the next fiscal year, which will likely lead to budget cuts.
“I will fight to maintain our neighborhood services that affect your quality of life,” he said. “We are unlikely to be adding to any more things that have been cut back over the years that we wanted to restore.”
He said it could take up to five years for the “new normal” to be achieved.
“La Jolla is still La Jolla, and I love it,” said LaCava, who lives in Bird Rock. “I appreciate those organizations that bring people together for discussion, collaboration and hopefully consensus. I appreciate those willing to put their time and even money into making La Jolla a better place. We will try to be as supportive as possible. “
Other LJSA news
2021 Goals: The LJSA Board of Directors unanimously approved a set of goals for the next year based on its main theme, “The quality of our Shores community for everyone who lives and works here, as well as the over 4 million who visit here annually are to be maintained and improved, “said LJSA President Janie Emerson.
The first goal, she said, is to support the local business community through the continuation of the outdoor dining program The Shores, a new branding for the Shores and a marketing campaign for the business district.
The second goal is to focus on healthy environmental conditions by reducing water runoff from the North Comfort Station in Kellogg Park, where the association worked with the city to fix a faulty shower drain. LJSA is also working to put out wood fires on the beach and Kellogg Park, and to support air quality research with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Emerson said.
She said the third goal is to protect The Shores by enforcing Kellogg Park opening hours and continuing to work with lifeguards, police officers and the city’s fire and park departments.
LJSA will continue to work on planting trees in Kellogg Park, Emerson said.
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Street sweeping: Andrew Perry, who owns the Perry Gallery on Avenida de la Playa, said the street hadn’t been properly swept since the beginning of the year.
“The sign says it should be swept between 3am and 6am on Mondays,” Perry said. “For some reason the street sweeper tries to sweep on Thursdays” when parked cars prevent thorough sweeping. “The road is in terrible condition; There is rubbish everywhere. “
Steve Hadley, who represents LaCava, said he recently filed a report and found that the city may not have had enough time to address the issue. If nothing changes soon, he will follow up, he said.
Hadley clarified that the part of Avenida de la Playa that is being discussed is Block 2200, not the block used for the outdoor dining program The Shores, which makes Avenida de la Playa between El Paseo Grande and Calle de la Plata has remained closed for restaurants put tables in the street.
Smart Signals Update: UC San Diego Liaison Officer Anu Delouri said the university is working with the city to “implement smart signals along North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla Village Drive and Regents Road.”
“Smart signals are the adaptive traffic signals that adjust the time of the traffic signals based on actual traffic demand,” she said. “The university has invested over $ 4 million in this project in the hope of further reducing congestion and improving traffic flow.”
Delouri said those wishing to receive community planning updates from UCSD can email [email protected]
Next meeting: The next La Jolla Shores Association will meet online on Wednesday March 10th at 6 p.m. Learn more at lajollashoresassociation.org. ◆