Below is the third email sent to LJCPA members, by Joe La Cava, to encourage all LJCPA members to attend a Special Meeting on October 29, 2014. This meeting is the LJCPA’s attempt to resolve their March and July 2014 election violations, filed by the La Jolla Association, which have been proven and confirmed by the Mayor’s Office and also confirmed by Mr. La Cava in his March 26, 2014 email.
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Misinformation is making the rounds regarding the October 29th Special Member meeting. First and foremost, we need Members to attend. And we need you to cast your vote based on the FACTS.
FACT: The current conflict has to be resolved in a manner agreeable to the City as provided in the LJCPA bylaws, Section IX.4.E. The LJCPA bylaws provide for City oversight when violations have been alleged. The LJCPA bylaws were written and approved by La Jollans to govern the LJCPA. Oversight by the City does not threaten the independence of the LJCPA.
FACT: Despite action by the Trustees at their April, August, and September meetings this matter with the City is not yet resolved.
FACT: The City has not singled out La Jolla or the LJCPA. This type of interaction between the City and planning groups happens city-wide and planning groups are able to come to amicable resolution maintaining conformance to their bylaws and reaffirming their independence.
FACT: Following the direction of the Trustees, I joined the LJCPA Officers in presenting a vigorous defense down at the City and in the Mayor’s Office. Our arguments were not successful; however, the City is listening and has offered in response a new compromise solution for the LJCPA’s consideration.
FACT: The LJCPA bylaws do not give the President nor the Officers unilateral authority to negotiate on behalf of the Trustees and the Members.
FACT: As your President I did not unilaterally call for the Special Meeting. It was with the collective concurrence of the LJCPA Officers that a special meeting should be called. The LJCPA bylaws written and approved by La Jollans direct the President to call a Special Meeting.
FACT: The topic of the Special Member Meeting is to introduce a potential new solution to resolve the conflict, one that has not been previously considered by the Trustees.
FACT: The bylaws require questions be placed before the Members and the Trustees for a democratic vote. As your President I am required to bring the matter to the Members and the Trustees to let YOU decide. That is the democratic process that we La Jollans built into the bylaws.
FACT: The actionable agenda item was written to facilitate discussion so that the meeting will be efficient. It does not presuppose any outcome. It is up to the Members to make the decision on whether to accept or reject.
The LJCPA is privileged to be the recognized voice for community planning in La Jolla. I want that to continue. I don’t want a cloud hanging over the LJCPA in its relationship with La Jolla or with City Hall. I don’t want the LJCPA to lose its official status and I don’t want Trustees to lose the legal protection afforded by the City. But those are both options the City can pursue to “resolve” this matter.
Wednesday’s Special Meeting is YOUR opportunity to decide which course the LJCPA should take.
We can all agree these are bitter pills for a proud organization to consider. As we have done in the past, let’s work together to find the right solution for the LJCPA and La Jolla. Let’s stop the personal attacks and engage in straight talk on the merits of the options before the LJCPA.
Join me and fellow Members on the 29th to find that resolution.
Whether you agree with the proposal on the agenda or not, we need your voice.
See you on the 29th.
To clarify, only Members will be allowed to vote. Check Membership at http://www.lajollacpa.org/