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La Jolla Shores Association Records

Identifier: MS-0145

Scope and Contents

The La Jolla Shores Association Records document the history of the association from 1926-1973, with the bulk of the materials created from 1964-1972. The entire collection consists of paper materials such as correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes. The collection has been divided into five series: La Jolla Shores Association, General Office Files, Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, Community Attitude Survey, and Oversized Materials.

The La Jolla Shores Association series documents the early years of the association. Records date from 1963-1973; some items are not dated. The series includes a wide range of materials including La Jolla Shores Board of Directors correspondence; Planned District announcements, questionnaires, ordinance, proposals, research, and studies; the Protective Association's correspondence, minutes, and statements; and the La Jolla Shores Association by-laws and minutes. The series is divided into two sub-series: La Jolla Shores Files and Bound Files. All materials are organized alphabetically.

The General Office Files document the individuals and organizations connected with the La Jolla Shores Association.  Records in this collection date from 1926-1973, with the bulk of the documents ranging from 1965-1972. This series constitutes the bulk of the collection and includes reports, correspondence, newsletters, agendas, minutes, bulletins, and brochures from a multitude of individuals and organizations. Organizations included in this collection are: American Viewpoint, Inc., or the Council for Citizenship Education; C-3, or Citizens Coordinate for Century III; the California Roadside Council; Friends of the UCSD Library; as well as various City and County of San Diego organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and City Council. Also included in this series are periodicals such as Journal of San Diego History and San Diego Magazine.  The series has two sub-series: Individuals and Organizations and Periodicals.  All materials are organized alphabetically.

The Newspaper and Magazine Clippings date from 1964-1974. Included in this series are clippings from the La Jolla-Light Journal; tourist brochures from around San Diego; articles about political trends, economics, and environmental concerns; news briefs from the La Jolla Shores Association meetings; and materials about community development. There is no filing order.

The Community Attitude Survey series is dated 1970. The survey was sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society, La Jolla Shores Protective Association, La Jollans, Inc., All Who Love La Jolla, and the La Jolla Town Council. It was printed in the July 23 issue of the La Jolla Light-Journal, and passed out to residents at several locations around La Jolla.  The survey consisted of five yes or no questions. There is no filing order.

The Oversized Materials series dates from 1969-1972; some items are not dated. Included in this series is an undated La Jolla Street Map. All materials are organized alphabetically.


  • Creation: 1926-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1964-1972


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The La Jolla Shores Association was formed in 1966. Still active today, it is made up of volunteers who live, own property, or own/operate a business in La Jolla, CA. The association was formed to protect the architectural and environmental character of the La Jolla area, allowing it to maintain its "distinctive identity" as one of Southern California's coastal communities. In 1967, the City Council adopted the La Jolla Community Plan which was written by local residents. Between 1971 and 1972 funds were authorized for city staff to work with the La Jolla Shores Association on issues such as housing, limitations on development, parks, and beautification of the area; this partnership resulted in the creation of the La Jolla Shores Precise Plan which was adopted by the San Diego City Council in November of 1972. The Planned District Ordinance (PDO) was then created to implement the La Jolla Shores Precise Plan. The PDO was also responsible for the establishment of the La Jolla Shores Planned District Advisory Board. Comprised of seven local residents appointed by the mayor, the board reviews all permit applications and reports their findings to the City Planning Director.

In order to represent local interests, the La Jolla Shores Association collaborates with both local and state government agencies. Monthly meetings are held to discuss issues such as the protection and preservation of the local environment, building permits, transportation, local businesses, and other community issues. Meeting minutes are available on the Association's website.


18.84 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. La Jolla Shores Association, 1963-1973

     1. La Jolla Shores Files

     2. Bound Files

II. General Office Files, 1926-1973

     1. Individuals and Organizations

     2. Periodicals

III. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1964-1974

IV. Community Attitude Survey, 1970

V. Oversized Materials



La Jolla Shores Association Records
Jennifer Hollander
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US