Your View: La Jolla losing its freedoms

I read the article by Joe Parker regarding off-leash dogs at one of Bird Rock’s dog parks. I am the fourth generation in my family to be born in San Diego and I have watched our freedoms diminish as our population grows. I love the diversity that new people bring, but I regret the forcible changes they bring with them.

I am guessing that Mr. Joe Parker is not a native San Diegan, not sure how long he has lived in La Jolla, but this park and the bike path have been open and welcoming to off-leash dogs as long as I can remember. I agree that dogs should be well mannered and if they are not, then they should not be off-leash.

I am saddened by the fact that once again a freedom that we have all enjoyed for so many years may be taken away. Mr. Joe Parker I ask that you consider the desires of your neighbors rather than just your own.

Jamaica Grace
La Jolla

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1 Comment for “Your View: La Jolla losing its freedoms”

  1. Joseph M. Parker

    Ms. Grace: Thanks for your comment. For the record, I have lived in La Jolla since 1968. I am the last of eight children and my father taught piano in La Jolla for 30 years. We built our first home overlooking the bike path (and back then, we used to call it the Bridle Path because of horse traffic). And although I really don't understand the relevance of my longevity in the neighborhood, I do believe I am qualified to address the dog issue. You are correct that the bike path was friendly to dogs and so I am I. That said, I don't make the rules regarding leash laws; that is an issue to address with the City of San Diego. As President of the BRCC, part of my job is to respond to community complaints and address them–in other words, I serve the community at large, not myself. Let's hope our exchange brings awareness to the situation so that self-enforcement rather than law enforcement does the trick.

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