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Vol. 102, Issue 2 • January 9, 2014

INSIDE

ENLIGHTENING LA JOLLA SINCE 1913

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Residential Customer La Jolla, CA 92037 ECRWSS

Beyond the Gate

Shores Friends break ground on new comfort station, A3

Vacation rental issues force special town meeting, A5

Artist Robert Higgins does some plein-air painting after learning that city workers installed a gate above La Jolla Cove. Higgins said he hoped his presence would also help disperse birds and sea lions from the cliffs below. “I think this is going to have a beneficial effect,” Higgins said of the gate. “It’s going to keep them from making this a sea lion hotel.” Pat Sherman

More people join suit against city over Cove stench n Attorneys amend complaint to reflect gate installation By Pat Sherman More than 20 La Jollans have joined a nonprofit organization formed to sue the City of San Diego for failing to rid La Jolla Cove of its

Voter guidelines for upcoming mayoral election, A7

Fans share La Jollan Jerry Coleman tributes upon his passing, A12

sickening odor. During a morning meeting held at La Valencia Hotel on Jan. 2, those invited to the meeting paid a nominal $1 fee to become members of Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement, a nonprofit group started by George’s at the Cove owner, George Hauer, and La Valencia’s managing director, Mark Dibella.

La Jolla Shores attorney Norm Blumenthal of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug and Bhowmik filed the suit in Superior Court on behalf of the group, of which Hauer is president. Blumenthal is working on the suit pro bono. Though Blumenthal wouldn’t say who organized the meeting, sources told La Jolla Light those invited were

largely affiliated with La Jolla businesses or the pro-beach access group, Friends of the Children’s Pool. Blumenthal said no additional members are being sought. The group’s complaint has been amended to reflect the city’s installation of a gate above La Jolla

See Cove Stench, A6

Windows in new tower distort vision, lifeguards say By Pat Sherman The new lifeguard tower at La Jolla Shores has actually made the beach there less safe than it was before the $3.8 million facility opened, said San Diego Lifeguard Union spokesperson Ed Harris. At several times of the day, Harris said, the lifeguard views from the upper observation booth are being obscured by glare, reflection and distortion, in part because the proper type of glass was not used for the windows, he said. Though in some regards the Shores’ new

cantilevered lifeguard tower could be considered a marvel of modern engineering, Harris said it should be awarded an “onion” because the most important aspect of it — lifeguards’ ability to see the water — is diminished. “We have asked (the city) on numerous occasions to address those issues,” said Harris, adding that the city is still trying to determine who is at fault. “In the meantime, lifeguards can’t safely watch the water from that observation tower.”

See Lifeguard Tower, A4

While lifeguard John Kerr scans La Jolla Shores beach, his vision is partially obscured as evidenced in the photo on Page A4. Pat Sherman

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