Letters to the Editor, Oct. 25 issue of La Jolla light
Is the new MESOM building illegal?
Not only was the La Jolla Community Planning Commission (LJCPA) deliberately fooled by UCSD regarding the MESOM building but so was the California Coastal Commission. The pictures provided by UC San Diego that are in the Coastal Commission document filed in April 2011 show a very different, post-construction view of the coast for both cars and pedestrians alike from what now exists. Furthermore, this document states that “Prior to the issuance of the Coastal Development Permit, the applicant (ie UCSD) shall enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) with the Commission regarding a future development plan for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) campus”.”
However, although construction of the building, which requires a Coastal Development Permit is already long underway, according to the article in the Oct. 11 La Jolla Light, “UCSD is working in concert with the Coastal Commission to place a deed restriction on the property…”
This strongly suggests that construction began before the required MOA between UCSD and the Coastal Commission was established, which would mean that the current building is illegal. This is certainly something the LJCPA should explore in their efforts to get the MESOM building to comply with what UCSD sold to the Coastal Commission and the public.
Pamela Maher, La Jolla
Architect seeks funds for Children’s Pool walkway
An open letter to the people of La Jolla: The long-awaited reconstruction of the Lifeguard Station at the Children’s Pool will soon begin. However, its completion will only highlight the dysfunction of the adjacent walkway, which will remain in its current state of disrepair since it lies outside the Lifeguard Station construction area.
Recognizing this, the Beautification Committee of non-profit La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. organized a public workshop on October 1, 2011 that I facilitated and that was attended by 36 La Jollans, City of San Diego employees and other citizens “To discuss ideas for improving the walkway above the Children’s Pool.” The results of this workshop were incorporated into a Landscape Concept Plan that was approved by La Jolla Parks and Beaches, La Jolla Town Council and the La Jolla Community Planning Association, and that is recognized by the City of San Diego as the approved plan for the Public Plaza around the Lifeguard Station (funded) and Public Walkway (not funded) connection to the north, including improvements to the street parking.
The prominent features of this plan are seven curvilinear seat walls designed with materials linked to historic La Jolla that will gently guide the flow of pedestrian traffic and provide seating for people to stop and appreciate the site’s vibrant beauty. Seven tax-deductible donations of $35,000 each will cover the cost for the approximately $250,000 unfunded portion of the project. Each donor will be tastefully recognized by a bronze plaque embedded into individual benches. Seven donors will be permanently honored at this world renowned promontory.
Like my work on improvements for WindanSea Beach, my interest in making this request is for the betterment of La Jolla. If chosen to complete the design I will use my talent to make sure the intent of the La Jolla community is fulfilled. Please make your tax-deductible donation today to: “La Jolla Parks and Beaches Children’s Pool Walkway” c/o La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. P.O. Box 185, La Jolla CA 92038-0185 or contact me at email@example.com or (858) 354-6701 to discuss and receive a copy of the proposed plan.
Jim Neri ASLA, La Jolla
‘Animal wackos’ cause of trouble at Children’s Pool
In your Oct. 11 edition, you published two letters about the decision to deny the year-round rope at Children’s Pool. Why would you print such ridiculous drivel?
The first letter was written by Ellen Shively. She stated “Poll after poll taken at Children’s Pool indicate that both visitors and locals like the seals and want them fully protected.” The polls Ms. Shively referred to were non-credible shams performed by the animal wackos at Children’s Pool to support their agenda. “Lots of locals,” probably most, want the beach returned to children and they want the animal wackos to leave.
The second letter, signed by Valerie Sanfilippo, is ludicrous. She said, “La Jolla residents are paying ruffian spear-fishermen to illegally flush the seals to flush the tourist parking. La Jolla needs to make a parking lot/structure …. to park and watch the seals.” Ridiculous.
And further along she stated, flushed seals, “go to La Jolla Cove where people are swimming.” Ridiculous. Seals are rarely seen in La Jolla Cove; the Cove is sea lion territory and the two species don’t get along.
Neither the seals nor those who want the beach to be used by children and other people have caused a problem at Children’s Pool. The animal wackos and the city have caused the problem.
Dan F. Truitt, San Diego
- OPINION: Lack of information is frustrating
- Fed up with the La Jolla Cove stench? It’s time to let city officials know!
- Free parking is a great equalizer, paying for spots in Balboa Park is not
- Slow down everybody. It’s summer in the city.
- Opinion: Another way to learn life’s lessons: Let kids be kids
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