Torrey Pines planning board seeks candidates

The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board (TPCPB) will hold elections on March 11 for six of the 16 seats on the board.

The TPCPB is an officially recognized local advisory group of elected volunteers who evaluate issues affecting our community. The board makes recommendations and communicates neighborhood concerns to the City of San Diego and the Planning Department.

Local residents and business candidates are encouraged to join the board.

Major issues such as the Caltrans Interstate-5 widening project and I-5/State Route 56 Connectors present a unique opportunity to get involved in your community planning.

The TPCPB is a member of the Community Planning Committee (CPC) and reviews issues related to all of San Diego. Another key function of the TPCPB is working with the City of San Diego Development Services Department in reviewing discretionary permits and helping to foster high quality architectural and landscaping design within the Torrey Pines community.

Download the full announcement and more information about the board here.

The following seats are up for election:
- 1 Business seat
- 1 Residential seat for Community Area 1
- 2 Residential seats for Community Area 2
- and 2 Residential seats for Community Area 3.

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Candidates for Community Area 1
Richard Caterina
Senior Vice President, JOHNSON CAPITAL
- Over 25 years Commercial Real Estate Finance
- Moved to Del Mar the summer of 1998
- 2nd Generation San Diegan
- Graduated from UCSD in 1984, double major in Economics and History
- Critical issues facing Del Mar include; our local elementary schools, I-5 widening, 56 connector, and quality of life issues.

Brief Biography: Part of the Johnson Capital team since 1991, Rich has been involved in the firm’s largest construction, permanent, and structured debt placement assignments. He advises clients seeking debt for acquisition, repositioning, construction, and refinancing of all types of income properties. Rich has shared his experiences by speaking at industry events such as NAIOP conferences and courses and the University of San Diego, School of Real. Prior to joining Johnson Capital, Rich developed and acquired institutional properties at Birtcher Real Estate Group. Rich gained additional commercial real estate experience at national and international banks and consulting firms such as Fleet Financial Group, Banque Indosuez, and the Goodkin Real Estate Consulting Group/KPMG Consulting. A San Diego native, he graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a double degree in economics and history.

Rick Jack
1. I am a biotech researcher working on autoimmune disease and type 2 diabetes

2. My wife Janet Bath and I have lived in the district for 13 years. We have one son, Dillon, now a freshman at Brown University, who attended Del Mar Hills, Earl Warren Middle School and Torrey Pines High School, class of 2009

3. Critical issue: Stopping the widening of I-5. By doing so, we save peoples’ homes and improve the local environment (air and water quality) – both of which increase everyone’s quality of life. Furthermore, it sends the message that we do not need more infrastructure to support automobiles.

I am a 13 year resident of Boquita Drive. My wife and I raised our one child, who attended Del Mar Hills from K-6, Earl Warren Middle School for grades 7 and 8 and attended Torrey Pines High School for four years and graduated in 2009, in our community.

I am an immunologist by training and have spent my time in San Diego in the biotech and pharma industries, predominantly in the Sorrento Valley area. My wife, Janet Bath, is a public health consultant.

I believe that the quality of life offered by our community is due to the mix of environmental beauty, its high quality school system and a vibrant community spirit driven by our mix of families at different stages of their lives.

I would like to offer my service to the Board and the community to ensure that the Torrey Pines district maintains its high quality of life. I will work for continued high-quality local education, limiting the growth of the I-5 corridor and protecting the families threatened by it, and by working with the surrounding communities and local government, stop the proposed Del Mar Fairgrounds expansion.

I hope to be able to apply my working experience in academics to the education issues and my understanding of biology and ecology to help the Board work on such issues on the roadway and fairgrounds expansions that threaten our local environment and the health of our families.

Bob Shopes
The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board was commissioned to implement the Torrey Pines Community Plan, which details the values, standards and ideals for our community. Our community is unique with proximity to a diverse set of environmentally sensitive habitats like the Torrey Pines Preserve and adjacent wetlands. The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board serves a critical function by monitoring transportation enhancements, housing construction, and other changes, that directly impact our local area. The positive benefits of any proposed change needs to be weighed against potential negative impacts.

As an example of my community experience, I recently enjoyed serving as Chairperson of the Del Mar Union School District’s “7-11″ committee in 2009. Part of our function was to determine if any proposed changes in the use of school property would be acceptable to the community. The Torrey Pines Community Plan was a key document in assessing the impact if one of the Del Mar elementary schools was closed and converted to an administrative office. The Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to keep all the schools open, driven in large part by the negative consequences of school closure as described in detail in a letter from the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board. I was recently appointed to the Del Mar Union School District Financial Task Force to find solutions to the current education budgets woes and anticipated future financial problems.

As a businessperson with 20 years experience in start-up biotech companies in San Diego I understand the need for growth and change. However, the benefits of progress must always be weighed against any potential harm. I would welcome the opportunity be part of the Torrey Pines Community Planning Board efforts to reach solutions for both large, countywide problems that span decades, like transportation, and smaller, local issues that cumulatively affect our community.

Michael Yanicelli
Director of Development, Gables Residential
Resident 3 years. Major issues facing our community: Schools, Interstate 5 projects, I-56 Connector, Redevelopment of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and also general traffic and zoning issues in the immediate neighborhood. As a professional in real estate development and investments, I have a deep knowledge of zoning, planning, architectural process, and environmental issues. I also have a professional relationship with several folks at San Diego City Development Services. I believe my knowledge, experience and relationships will offer positive feedback to the issues that face the Torrey Pines Community.

Candidates for Community Area 2
Patti Ashton
Resident of Del Mar Heights for 34 years. My main purpose for serving on the Board is to preserve the quality of life and to protect property values. I have served on the Board for the past year. The major issues facing our community I feel are the following: Widening of I-5 and the SR-56 Connector, and the proposed expansion of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

I have been a licensed Real Estate professional for 32 years in the North County Coastal area, and I am familiar with construction, property values and environmental issues. I have served as a member of the Project Review Committee for the past year. My children attended all the local schools, and I value the education they received. I walk in the Torrey Pines reserve and beaches weekly. I believe families that live here do so because they appreciate all the wonderful amenities our neighborhood offers, and that we need to preserve the uniqueness our area provides for its residents.

Chris Cooper
Resident 3 years. Major issues facing community: School closure, widening of I-5, expansion of Del Mar Racetrack.

Roy Davis
Resident for 11 years. I have lived in San Diego since 1979. I am an electrical engineer who has designed cell phone chips at Qualcomm since 1990. I hope to add to the voices of reason and experience while being sensitive to the needs of individual homeowners. I believe traffic and noise are impacting our lives and our home values. The community must modernize our infrastructure while maintaining our character. Fire safety is something we need to deal with.

Nancy Moon
Resident for 11 years. I am a Senior Technical Writer for Illumina Inc. Major issues concern fires, water conservation issues, City service cutbacks due to City finances.

Candidates for Community Area 3
Cliff Hanna
Resident for 15 years. Previously Vice Chair of Board, have been on the Board for over eleven years (as per rules, not consecutively). My profession involves the balanced protect of people and the environment, as I head the Environmental Health and Safety department in a local biotech company. I believe lives can be improved and my goal is to make a difference in those efforts at work and at home.

My degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Inst. Of Technology helps me frequently as I look to science and technology to supplement common sense and help delve into the roots of issues. I have been an instructor for the American Red Cross and also have a professional Certificate as a Hazardous Materials Manager. I like to walk and bike and carpool and have used all of those modes of transportation to commute to work. I have three children in the local schools and also serve on the Torrey Pines Association Board of Counselors.

I believe I have knowledge of community issues’ history from times before other board members and can help simplify and shed light on complicated issues. Some of my issues of interest include:
- Transportation efficiencies (especially walking, biking, mass transit and green power)
- Protect from freeway overbuilding and side effects like noise (a type of pollution).
- A desperate need to protect the most special aspects of the community like open space, Torrey Pines Reserve, Torrey Pines extension, two lagoons, MSCP areas, and unique and varied development that should have the goal of sustainable existence with our natural surroundings.

Cathy Kenton
Resident since 1990. Currently serving on the Board. I am specifically concerned about the I-5 widening and SR-56 connectors. In general, I am interested in all planning issues that affect our community.

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