The Enhance La Jolla Board of Directors is taking advantage of new funding to implement projects in the coming months.
• Mitigation of trip and fall hazards after City of San Diego offers over $17,000
• Wrapping utility boxes with artistic vinyl covers in conjunction with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, with financial assistance from San Diego County
• Replacement of the brackets and chains on the flower baskets that hang on the streets of the Village, with the help of a private donor
The board discussed the plans at its July 21 online meeting.
Non-profit organization Enhance La Jolla operates the Village Maintenance Assessment District with power to improve services provided by the city, including landscape maintenance, street and sidewalk cleaning , reduction of litter and graffiti and additional garbage collection. It can also privately finance and carry out capital improvement projects in public spaces, such as upgrading garbage cans, installing benches, increasing signs, improving parks, more public art and tree canopies on main thoroughfares.
Trip and Fall Mitigation
Improve La Jolla President Ed Witt said San Diego has more than $17,000 in the La Jolla MAD budget to help mitigate trip and fall hazards.
“The mayor came up with these additional funds to help MADs spend this money…so they don’t have to take money from other departments,” Witt said. “The city had $2 million and our share was $17,453.”
A recent lawsuit against the city of San Diego said that in January 2020, area resident Sally Beach was walking on the sidewalk of Pearl Street in La Jolla when she tripped in an empty tree well, is fell and hit her face on the sidewalk. The lawsuit has since been settled.
Eleven months after the trip would have taken place, Enhance La Jolla launched a beautification project along Pearl Street in conjunction with the Village Garden Club of La Jolla to place 21 trees in empty tree wells and plaques of earth. The well that was the subject of the lawsuit was among those filled with a tree.
Witt said Enhance La Jolla wants to use city funds to mitigate other potential travel risks around the village, which could be done by augmenting tree wells with landscaping materials to reduce differences. of height between the shafts of trees and the sidewalk.
“The city seemed to like that idea,” Witt said. “If we were to do a sidewalk project, it would cost over $17,000. »
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Enhance La Jolla board member Tony Gild said “productive discussions” had taken place with organizations such as the Village Merchants Association about how to embellish SDG&E utility boxes, which Gild called ” the ugly ducklings that dot the village”.
LJVMA recently received $20,000 from the county to help with the association’s wayfinding program, which involves placing signs throughout the village directing visitors to beaches and other area landmarks. Gild said some of that money could be used to wrap some of the utility boxes with iconic La Jolla images and “scenes from local photographers and artists, with an element of wayfinding” like a map or directions to tourist sites in the region.
The next step is to inventory the boxes by size and location to determine which ones are suitable for packing.
The Enhanced La Jolla Board of Directors voted unanimously to continue box packaging in conjunction with LJVMA.
Witt said a board member made an anonymous donation of $5,000 to buy new brackets and chains for hanging flower baskets on many streets in La Jolla.
“It will be a huge upgrade and a lot safer because a lot of those brackets have broken,” Witt said. “The other thing we want to do is remove some of the baskets and consolidate the plantings on Herschel Avenue, Prospect and Wall Streets and some of Girard [Avenue]. It gives us focus; we can better maintain them. Some of the peripheral baskets don’t get the care they need and they become an eyesore.
The board voted unanimously to support the effort. The brackets should be fully installed by the end of August.
Other Enhance La Jolla news
Board seats: Five of the 13 board seats are available this fall: two for commercial property owners, one for a residential property owner, one LJVMA representative and one La Jolla Community Foundation representative. Landowner seats are elected by landowners in the maintenance assessment district; seats representing LJVMA and the Community Foundation are nominated by these groups.
“We will be calling for applications at the end of August,” said Kathryn Kanjo, board member of Enhanced La Jolla. “At the end of September, we will review the nominations and produce a list of candidates. Candidates will be posted for two weeks before the [October] vote.”
Next meeting: Enhance La Jolla meets quarterly or as needed. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 20 at 4 p.m., online or at a location to be determined. Learn more about enhancelajolla.org. ◆