La Jolla City Council meeting agenda included swimming at La Jolla Cove, short-term rentals and more

The La Jolla City Council met Thursday, September 8 to discuss and hear about various issues, including upcoming short-term vacation rentals at La Jolla Cove Swim and San Diego.

During Thursday’s meeting, which began around 5:15 p.m. PT, the LJTC heard from a range of local officials and citizens, including representatives from the San Diego Lifeguard Service, San Diego Police Department and County.

For example, the San Diego Lifeguard Service provided an update on weather warnings for the Sept. 9 weekend, which will include the annual La Jolla Cove swim on the morning of Sept. 11.

According to the Lifeguard Service, the waters could be choppy throughout the weekend and pose a hazard to boaters and swimmers.

Residents gather at the Recreation Center for the La Jolla City Council meeting. Image reproduced with the kind permission of La Jolla Light by Corey Levitan

The service also noted that it plans to have lifeguards on staff for the La Jolla Cove Swim, but if extreme weather conditions worsen, the event may have to be canceled. An update on whether it will take place should arrive as soon as Friday or as late as Sunday morning.

The LJTC also heard from San Diego Police Department Representative Lt. Rick Aguilar, who provided an update on some routine enforcement actions over Labor Day weekend. According to Aguilar, despite the brutal heat wave that hit the region, the weekend passed without major problems.

The La Jolla City Council also heard from Spencer Katz, a representative for County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. Katz reminded the board that La Jolla is now considered part of County District 3 and provided an update on some current proposals.

Katz also touched on a new county proposal to create a “by name” list of homeless people in San Diego County, which could help county departments assist homeless people on a case-by-case basis with more care. coordinated.

Additionally, Katz said the county is prioritizing investing federal funds in child care and early childhood education facilities, which are currently plagued by staff shortages.

Current La Jolla City Council President Jerri Hunt discusses improvements in the community. Image reproduced with the kind permission of La Jolla Light

During the public comment phase of the meeting, council heard residents’ concerns on topics such as traffic and safety and the condition of the Avenida de la Playa boat ramp. .

Regarding short-term vacation rentals, the council provided a brief update from the City of San Diego Treasurer’s Office. Essentially, owners of short-term rentals who wish to apply for a Short-Term Residential Occupancy License (STRO) will be able to submit an application starting Monday, October 3, 2022.

For a quick recap, San Diego earlier in 2022 passed an ordinance requiring an STRO. The city has also capped the number of rentals that can be available at any one time in the city.

Interested parties can apply between October 3 and November 30. On Friday, December 16, there will be a lottery for Tier 3 and Tier 4 permits, which will include whole-home rentals such as Airbnbs.

The La Jolla City Council meets once a month in-person and online, but the date for the next council meeting has yet to be decided at the time of writing.

About the Author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He has written and worked for a number of local media, including the San Diego Union-Tribunethe North Coast Currentthe Ocean Blade, and the Escondido Times-Lawyer.

Banner image of the La Jolla Recreation Center where the board meets once a month is courtesy of Voice of San Diego

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