Can you help us……………
Where is “La Jollans for a Clean Government“? Where is the community watchdog organization www.LaJollaWatchdog.org? Why aren’t these groups continuing to pursue reform of the LJCPA? It’s now their elected Trustees who are having secret meetings, backroom deals, violating the Brown Act, ignore election violations, City Council Policy 600-24 and their own city approved bylaws? What happen to their promise to create an open and transparent public process and bring respectability to the proceedings of the LJCPA?
“The city does indeed get involved when there is an actual dispute or violation and not just squabbling. There are different ways to resolve such matters. Regrettably (and understandably) some folks choose to walk away rather than file a formal complaint”. Joe La Cava, May 8,2013.
Surprised? Were not! Mike Costello went from being a LJCPA Trustee to the President of a “Unincorporated Nonprofit Association”(UNA) known as “La Jollans for Neighborhood Preservation“ (LJNP). While serving as a “Community Representative” on a LJCPA subcommittee, Mr. Costello adamantly opposed his neighbor’s desire to build a new home at 615 Wrelton Drive in La Jolla. The conforming project was of course approved by the City of San Diego. Mr. Costello went straight to the LJCPA play book; call attorney Julie Hamilton, form another bogus “community” UNA and have her file an appeal of the project. “If you can’t stop them, appeal them”
“The Integrity Of The Organization Is More Important Than Any Individual”. On March 26, 2014 in response to LJA’s election challenge, Joe La Cava emailed the LJCPA Trustees stating “I disagree with the investigating Officers response as to whether I was duly elected under the bylaws” he went on to say “therefore, my bid to return as an elected trustee was not successful“. Contrary to his own statement, on April 3, 2014 Joe was re-elected as a LJCPA Trustee and nominated as the groups President. This was all arranged while Joe was on vacation in Spain via email communications with other Trustees. Collective concurrence? We think so.
“I am Recording“. One only has to listen to the official recording of the LJCPA monthly December 2013 meeting to agree the approval process in La Jolla is anything but fair and transparent.
“What About Creditability“? Were the Planning Commissioners correct, the President of the LJCPA, Tony Crisafi misrepresented the facts to the decision maker related to the Encore Trust project? Was it a coincidence land use attorney Julie Hamilton was asked to represent the creditability of Mr. Crisafi, in front of the San Diego City Council? Is Ms. Hamilton covertly being used as part of the approval process in La Jolla by key members of the LJCPA? The fact are she has filed numerous appeals against applicants projects and lawsuits against the City of San Diego in the name of third party groups, associated with the LJCPA Trustees, when their appeals are denied by the City’s decision makers. The groups include; “No Third Story” (Bird Rock Station) “Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use” (Hillel Student Center), “Save La Jolla” (Whittemore vs. Cardenas’ Patio), “La Jolla Shores Tomorrow” (Whitney Residence & Whale Watch Residence) and the La Jolla Historical Society (Benate Ticino Residence), La Jollan’s for Neighborhood Preservation (Henley Residence).
“That Looks Familiar“. Coincidently the LJCPA and the La Jolla Historical Society filed word-for-word appeals of the Benate Ticino residence in La Jolla on February 4th 2013. Guess who the common denominators are in these two appeals? Of course LJCPA President, Tony Crisafi and Julie Hamilton. Why did Mr. Crisafi file the LJCPA’s appeal on February 4th? The LJCPA did not vote publicly to appeal the project until February 7th? Sounds like a Brown Act and 600-24 violation to the LJA.
“Do You Want Phil Merten To Explain Where Our Rendering Came From“? Land use attorney Julie Hamilton and LJCPA Trustee, Phil Merten are caught red handed by Planning Commissioner Smiley once again misrepresenting the facts of yet another project in La Jolla. The Planning Commission approved the project 6-0.” Guess who appealed their decision?
Appeal Or Not To Appeal? Mr. Crisafi this letter memorializes the recent meeting we had with you Trustee Rob Whittemore and Trustee Joe LaCava to discuss the recent actions of the LJCPA where you failed to file the LJCPA’s approved environmental appeal of the project at 1912 Spindrift. Guess who the project architect is?
Thanks to the many in the community who are helping us to connect the dots. There will be more to come……………