SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The state Coastal Commission, meeting in Mission Valley Friday, will consider a La Jolla architect's attempt to stop former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney from demolishing his 3,100-square-foot oceanfront home in La Jolla to build an 11,000-square-foot mansion.
The San Diego Planning Commission's approval of Romney's planned redevelopment in June is being appealed to the state Coastal Commission by longtime La Jolla resident Anthony Ciani.
Because the property fronts the ocean, the Coastal Commission has the ultimate say on what can and cannot be built there.
Opponents have argued the mansion would limit public beach access, but the Romney's also have supporters among their neighbors, who have expressed support for the project.
If approved, the house would be two stories over a basement, with a pool, spa, retaining walls and seawall on a lot that is less than a half-acre.
Coastal Commission staffers have recommended denying the appeal.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping four women during pat-down searches last year.
Chula Vista police will be looking for drivers talking or texting on cell phones Tuesday and through the end of the month as part of "Distracting Driving Awareness Month."
Police were on the lookout Tuesday for the man who fired a shot while robbing a Rolando-area smoke shop and his accomplice who emptied its cash register.