Bruce Lightner is a long-time supporter of the La Jolla Shores Association* (LJSA). Bruce created and maintained the LJSA Website for many years. He setup the original LJSA domain and maintains the organization's email address.
Bruce registered the domain, setup email and created and maintained the original Website of the La Jolla Town Council* (LJTC) for many years. He also provided computer technical support for the LJTC office in downtown La Jolla.
Before 2008 Bruce was an active member of the La Jolla Community Planning Association* (LJCPA) and was active in the movement to take back control of the organization from special interests (i.e., architects and developers) and restoring it as a democratically-elected organization that now reflects the true interests of the community.
Bruce was a founding member of the anti-paid parking group NoPaidParking.Org. Riding a grassroots groundswell of support from the local community—both residents and merchants—NoPaidParking.Org successfully fought powerful La Jolla special-interests which planned to impose paid on-street parking throughout La Jolla, including the beach areas. The plan called for paid "resident parking permits" and likely would have decimated a number of retail businesses in the Village of La Jolla.
Bruce and his wife Sherri Lightner are long-time members of the La Jolla Historical Society and are advocates for the historic designation of the many unique and historical properties located in La Jolla.
During Sherri Lightner's first term as City Councilmember Bruce served as an unpaid volunteer maintainer of the official San Diego City Council District 1 Website. After ongoing the required background checks and IT training he then assisted with the initial setup and organization of the various community and staff Webpages. Later Bruce filled in when City staff was unavailable doing Webpage maintenance and news updates.
*Bruce disengaged himself from all public participation in La Jolla community planning organizations after Sherri Lightner was elected to SD City Council District 1 in 2008.
Bruce is a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He also is a member of the professional and standards organization the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Bruce holds an amateur radio license, is a member of the amateur radio organization the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and is a strong advocate of ham radio licensing rights and the preservation of same.
Bruce was active in his sons' and nephew's Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout troops in Scripps Ranch and La Jolla. Bruce was know for his garage Pinewood Derby workshops which sent winning vehicles to the "regional" competitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Bruce as been active on the Internet from its inception. He put
up his first Website in 1995, the year of the unofficial
birth of the "searchable" World Wide Web (WWW). Over the
years he has been a tireless contributor to the open source
movement movement. He hosts and maintains a number of Webpages
devoted to free hardware and software.