Could the La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Council be dissolved? Setbacks lead to discussing whether to continue
After years of unsuccessful efforts to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and create parking solutions in the village, the La Jolla Coastal Access and Parking Council was asked about a possible dissolution during its online meeting. of August 26, its first meeting since March.
The Board of Trustees has been responsible for more than a decade of spending the money set aside in the La Jolla Coastal Access Parking Fund, which was established about 50 years ago with contributions requested by the California Coastal Commission by office space developers. The objective was to set up a shuttle system to move people around the Village from a remote parking area and to realize other short or long term parking solutions. The conditions are outlined in a memorandum of understanding between the board of directors and the city of San Diego. Just over $ 278,000 is available for the shuttle system and approximately $ 121,000 for short-term parking projects.
These include a discounted parking program for traders that offers a reduced rate for village employees to park in garages in the area. In the past, there was a pass for public transport.
Over the years, the board of directors determined that the shuttle idea was not viable and has since looked for other ways to spend the money that the Coast Commission (which has a veto power) would find. in accordance with the memorandum of understanding. So far none have.
With the failure of one idea after another, some people think that enough is enough.
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As a tax agent for the funds, the Association of Traders of the Village of La Jolla participated in the search for a project for the money of the Coastal Access Parking Fund. The association’s executive director, Jodi Rudick, estimates that she spent 100 hours contacting the appropriate entities, arranging meetings and conducting research.
But that time may be over.
“This time is donated by the traders association,” she said, and LJVMA “questions the value of time spent with this advice.”
More recently, the Coastal Access and Parking Board has focused on a two-part directional sign program, with static signs to be displayed throughout the village to direct pedestrians to area landmarks and beaches, as well as an electronic sign indicating the number of parking spaces in four garages in the area, where they are located and the cost of each, and signs in front of these garages indicating the number of spaces available.
The plan got the green light from the Coastal Commission late last year to move forward.
After an RFP process, Texas-based FlashParking was selected as the supplier for the electronic panels. But when company representatives presented their plans for the panels to CAPB in February, they faced criticism of the design. In March, council members raised questions about the size and location of the signs.
In June, FlashParking withdrew its proposal. Rudick said the Coast Commission “did not approve of us going forward with a finalist and wanted us to start over”. The new proposal is expected to include buy-in from participating garages to include one hour of free parking.
The discussion on the signage program ended there, and it is not known whether the council will continue with the project.
“It was frustrating,” Rudick said. “As someone who’s spent a lot of time on this… my frustration is that the three step forward six step back operation trips everyone up.”
Over the past six months, said Rudick, she “continued to review ideas with the Coastal Commission, all of the ideas that were approved… and worked with the city. Instead of this painting being [seen as] A promoter who drives projects forward, the board of directors has become a detractor in moving projects forward.
She said the merchant association board “agrees that spending time finding parking solutions is something we want to focus on … so we have invested and created in parklajolla.com, which Rudick says has been a success. However, “it probably doesn’t make sense for me to continue to be the executive director of this council. I want to continue to evolve towards parking solutions. But I want to do it without [a situation where we are] work towards a goal, get a directive and then bring it back because the board has questions and starts micromanaging. I feel like this board is one more obstacle [to overcome] when there are already a lot of obstacles.
She raised the question of whether the council wanted to continue its mission or dissolve.
Interim Chairman Dave Abrams, who has been involved with the board for years, said the discussion about whether to continue it “caught me off guard.”
For an hour, the council debated what to do next. Some suggested alternative projects to consider, others suggested that LJVMA “devote more resources” to Rudick so that she could continue in her role with CAPB.
CAPB member Ann Kerr Bache asked the question while voting on the dissolution of the board. There was no discussion of what would be done with the parking fund if this happened.
Others wanted to postpone such a vote. The latter point of view prevailed and the Board will revisit the matter at a future meeting.
Rudick’s role on the board will also be reviewed.
Frustration of the goal
This is not the first time that the Board of Directors has considered continuing its mission.
In 2015, the group explored whether a doctrine of goal frustration would be feasible. The doctrine could be used if the terms of a contract could not be met, La Jolla lawyer Glen Rasmussen said at the time. However, he signaled that the Coast Commission wanted the advice to continue.
The Coastal Access and Parking Board was formed in the early 2000s to find a way to spend the money accumulated since the 1970s. From 2013 to 2015, the board met regularly and brainstormed alternatives to the protocol. agreement so that the money can be used in a sustainable way. But at the time, the Coastal Commission was seen as a deterrent.
Then-CEO Sheila Fortune told the La Jolla Light that a commission representative “literally laughed at us and our suggestions” in 2014 and that officials “did not agree with any of our solutions and would not allow us to change the memorandum of understanding “.
Nonetheless, the board looked at everything from a shuttle bus to connect the village to the extension of the Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line to Sunday shuttles to transport people around the village one day a week. But for one reason or another, the proposals did not gain popularity with the Coastal Commission.
Other plans, such as using the UC San Diego buses and parking lots as a base for a shuttle to take visitors to the Village during the summer, when college classes aren’t in progress, don’t did not gain popularity at the city level in 2016.
The board usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, or as business arises. For its next meeting, the council has opted for Thursday, September 30, in order to be able to discuss a forum on September 29 in which a panel of experts will discuss the different parking options for La Jolla.
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