La Jolla Shores Board of Directors Prepares to Launch Phase 2 of Pottery Canyon Cleanup

Phase 2 of the Jolla Shores Association’s efforts to clean up Pottery Canyon took root on June 8 when the LJSA Board of Directors voted to form a task force to review next steps and propose a plan for the enforce.

Phase 1 was a preliminary clearing of dead trees and brush thought to be a fire hazard in Pottery Canyon, a La Jolla Shores Nature Park.

Claudia Baranowski, a Shores resident who has led the Pottery Canyon cleanup effort since September 2020, said the second phase will include dead wood removal, as recommended by the city of San Diego, and restoration planting. in some areas that have been cleared and other areas that lack vegetation, Baranowski said.

The total cost for Phase 2 is $25,000, she said, and work would continue through the nonprofit San Diego Canyonlands, which has an entry fee for working in San Diego parks.

LJSA is expected to raise $20,000 by November 1 so the work can be completed by March 1 in keeping with the gnatcatcher’s nesting season.

A motion to form the task force to review the plan, determine a fundraising strategy and submit a proposal next month passed unanimously.

Other LJSA news

The La Jolla Shores Association meets June 8 on Zoom.

(Ashley Mackin-Solomon)

Meet your neighbor: The council has introduced a “Meet Your Neighbour” feature at its meetings to help introduce the council and community to local businesses. The first attendee was Adam Lund, General Manager of the La Jolla Hotel.

“As general manager, I have a team at the hotel, and it’s very important to me that the team is part of the community,” Lund said.

Noting that 2022 is the hotel’s 50th anniversary, Lund added that “this year we want to celebrate the past, present and future of this beautiful icon. …I feel like everyone has a story about the restaurant or the 11th floor [the former Elario’s jazz bar]and we are excited to create new memories.

The hotel at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, which opened in 1972 as the Summerhouse Inn, is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. A complete remodel of the property, with an expected start in the first quarter of next year and completion by summer 2023, redoes the 11th floor, gives a new concept to the restaurant and bar Cusp, creates new packages of bedrooms with new beds, linens and in-room amenities, revamp the lobby and pool area, and add a market and conference rooms.

Any business interested in being included in the monthly Meet Your Neighbor can contact LJSA President Janie Emerson at [email protected].

Get It Done Supplement: Matt Griffith, representing the office of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, said a new option will be added to the city’s Get It Done app this summer to address parks and recreation issues.

The expansion will allow complaints to be filed with the city’s parks and recreation department.

“We are really pleased with this as there have been many issues in our parks and toilets. Now the Parks and Recreation team will be able to see this directly and respond more quickly,” Griffith said.

Recently, Kellogg’s Park in La Jolla Shores sparked complaints about excessive trash and abandoned, unattended beach equipment.

If “hot spots” of repeat issues emerge, the Parks and Recreation department will address them accordingly, Griffith said.

Rescue personnel: Lt. Lonnie Stephens of the San Diego Fire Department said the plan is to begin “full summer duty” on Friday, June 17, with all towers at full capacity.

“We’re looking at the 4th of July in terms of staffing action because it’s basically a [four-day] weekend,” he said.

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