La Jolla residents need to watch out for city revenue scams
• OPINION & LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
GUEST COMMENTARY By Donna C. Aprea
Secretary, Independent La Jolla
I read with great interest “Jaywalking story draws readers’ comments,” in the March 20, 2013 issue of the La Jolla Light. Rand Hogan nailed the concept behind the crackdown on jaywalking, which is just another source of revenue for the City of San Diego.
There is another great source of absurd revenue for the City that takes place on the street I live on every Friday and Monday morning between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
I believe I live on the safest street in La Jolla on the mornings of Phantom Street Sweeping. Police wait for the clock to strike 2 a.m., and then they make their way down the odd numbers side of my street ticketing all of the vehicles that forgot it was Friday morning, and parked on the wrong side of the street.
They return again on Monday morning at 2 a.m. for the vehicles parked on the even numbers side of the street. Walk down my street every Friday and Monday mornings after 6 a.m. and see all the vehicles with the yellow parking tickets affixed to their windshields, parked up against curbs still littered with dirt and debris because there is no street sweeping every Friday and Monday morning.
The City of San Diego Street Sweeping Department informed me that my street, Eads Avenue, is swept every fourth Thursday of the month. There are no signs indicating that Eads is swept on the fourth Thursday of the month, however, there are numerous signs up and down the street about the weekly Friday and Monday morning ban on parking.
Police issue parking tickets every Friday and Monday morning regardless of whether Eads is due to be swept that morning or not.
The ban on parking for street sweeping every Friday and Monday morning on my street is just another source of extortion from the city. La Jollans have the power to stop this revenue generating absurdity by becoming our own city and enforcing our own rules and regulations.
Independent La Jolla is a membership based community organization comprised of citizens united by our concern for the future of La Jolla. Our mission is to preserve, enhance, and protect La Jolla, which is currently subject to the laws and actions of the City of San Diego.
It is about time La Jolla grows up and gets out from under the City of San Diego before it thinks up the next great thing to generate revenue at our expense.
Please see our website at www.independentlajolla.org for more information on our organization.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
• Painted crosswalk needed at post office
Three weeks ago there was an article in La Jolla Light in regards to jaywalking. Since that article came out, everytime I go to the post office (which has only been three times) I cross at the crosswalk. The only problem is there are no lines designating the crosswalk. I have now almost been hit two out of the three times, and if I didn’t move out of the way, I would have been hit. When I would jaywalk (nearly everytime before this article) I never came close to being hit. Please paint a crosswalks and move the stop sign back about eight feet.
— Taylor Freeman, La Jolla
• La Jolla’s civic volunteers help make this a great town
In March, I finished my three-year term as an elected trustee of the La Jolla Community Planning Association. The time flew by. Reflecting back, I have learned something about our town that is worth sharing. La Jolla is great because of its people.
When visitors come, they see the natural beauty, the sun and the sand. And indeed, from Mount Soledad to Black’s beach, WindanSea to Children’s pool, La Jolla is certainly beautiful.
But what the tourists cannot see, what is beneath the surface is the living, breathing soul of this place. It is the dedicated La Jollans, old and new, who are the key ingredients.
During my time on the Community Planning Association, I have seen, listened to, and debated with so many residents who care deeply about the past, present, and future of La Jolla. I was, and remain, inspired by the passionate volunteers and citizens who work hard to ensure that development happens sustainably, in a way that honors our community’s character. The people who safeguard our town’s spirit are those who understand and implement the philosophy that bigger is not always better and that just because something can be built does not mean it should be.
Although La Jolla is not its own city (not yet), its people refuse to cede responsibility for its well being to downtown’s bureaucracy. How easy it would be to pass the buck to others, to view La Jolla as a mere neighborhood, and thus take comfort that the city government will handle our problems. But that is not what we do. We give our time freely to the issues that matter close to home. We meet, we argue, we listen. And above all, we make sure city officials hear our voices.
Though sometimes the endeavor seems futile, the people of La Jolla are committed to the simple cause of bettering the community.
To all those people who make La Jolla great — you know who you are — thank you. Thank you for the work you do and thank you for letting me serve our Village for the last three years alongside you. The pleasure was all mine.
— Devin Burstein, La Jolla
• Exclusionary housing exhibit good idea
Congratulations to the La Jolla Historical Society’s executive director Heath Fox for amending the current exhibition on early La Jolla homes to include, for the first time, information on once commonly-used discriminatory real estate covenants to prevent Jews and other minorities from buying property in this town.
While this past shameful practice has been scuttlebutt for years, this is the first time it has been publicly acknowledged and incorporated into the town’s own official historical record. Good for us all to know the truth about our past. Good for us all to learn we have moved beyond such crude bias.
Special thanks also to Town Council member Howard Singer for pointing Fox in the direction of academic source material for the section of the show called “Paradise Lost,” which describes the bad old days. This is a historic La Jolla moment and, as a resident here for 43 years, I celebrate it.
— Frances O’Neill Zimmerman, La Jolla
• La Jolla post office needs to improve customer service and show it cares
With all the talk of selling the post office, one glaring issue has not been mentioned: it is not being run like a business that wants to survive! The majority of the tellers are exceptionally slow, knowing their jobs are protected. It is a rare occasion when an additional window is opened to serve a growing line, even during the busy Christmas season. The postmaster refused to consider my suggestion of adding a “weigh & pay” machine like the one that facilitates the Pacific Beach location.I have personally removed stickers and graffiti from the signs,utility boxes and news racks that clutter the sidewalk on Wall Street. When I informed the clerk that the trash can that was overflowing in front after picking up the litter on the sodewalk,he replied “that is not our can or responsibility”!
While the community supports saving the site, the postal employees do not seem interested in running the location in a manner that shows they too want it to be saved.
— Chris Cott, La Jolla
• Consider tsunami radiation as cause for seal lion deaths
Starvation? Possibly working its way up the food chain, but although ignored by mainstream media and the government (for obvious reasons) Fukushima continues to dump incredible amounts of highly radiated “cooling water” into the ocean. If you take a moment to study the ocean currents, the Japan Kuroshio Current circles the upper Pacific, and runs down the US/Canada/Mexico West Coast. Fukushima’s radiation IS here in our water, air, milk … everything.
Just days after the meltdowns, radioiodine isotopes I-131 concentrations were measured in U.S. precipitation up to 211 times above normal. Highest levels of I-131 and airborne gross beta were documented in the five U.S. States on the Pacific Ocean.
Thyroid problems in children have risen dramatically (28 percent on the West coast) and the kelp is also storing the isotopes. Sea life, and human, will more and more begin the see the effects, and the young will always see the effects, first. Seal deaths are increasing; fur loss, bleeding sores, and damage to flippers.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but most people (your government and the mainstream media) would like you to believe Fukushima “went away,” however, nothing could be further from the truth. But since, without equipment, radiation cannot be detected, it’s easy to shout that now familiar, one-phrase-covers-all “conspiracy theory!”
— Rand Hogen, WindanSea
• Planning association needs to review its bylaws rules
I would like to comment on the article in the March 28 issue regarding the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) approval of their proposed bylaw amendments. According to the article, LJCPA Vice-chair Joe LaCava told the La Jolla Light “last year the city merely requested refinements for clarity and consistency and the city had no objections to the core principals of proposed bylaw amendments”.
Contrary to Mr. LaCava’s opinion, the city did not “approve the core principals” of the proposed bylaw amendments. Their rejection is precisely why at their last meeting, the LJCPA voted on revised proposed bylaw amendments. I offer the following for clarity and consistency, the current bylaws that have been approved by the City of San Diego are the March 2009 bylaws, and they should use them to guide their actions.
Mr. LaCava also stated he disagreed with my assertion; that if the LJCPA President appeals a project, a projects environmental documents or a projects environmental determination, without a publicly noticed meeting and public vote the action taken violates the Brown Act, and City Council policy 600-24 and the LJCPA city approved bylaws. Once again I offer the following sections of the Brown Act and City Council Policy 600-24 and the LJCPA bylaws for clarity and consistency to Mr. LaCava;
Brown Act: Section 54952.6. As used in this chapter, “action taken” means a collective decision made by a majority of the members of a legislative body, a collective commitment or promise by a majority of the members of a legislative body to make a positive or a negative decision, or an actual vote by a majority of the members of a legislative body when sitting as a body or entity, upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order or ordinance.
City Council Policy 600-24 Article 1 Section 4 The official positions and opinions of the LJCPA shall not be established or determined by any organization other than the corporation or by any elected Trustee of the LJCPA, other than one authorized to do so by the corporation as a result of a vote taken at a noticed LJCPA meeting.
LJCPA March 2009 Bylaws: Article I Section 3 Authority to Represent the LJCPA: The official positions and opinions of the LJCPA shall not be established or determined by any organization other than the corporation or by any elected Trustee of the LJCPA, other than one authorized to do so by the corporation as a result of a vote taken at a noticed LJCPA meeting.
Is it not the City Attorney who indemnifies and represents our community group? If so, than why are LJCPA Trustees requesting advice from private attorneys regarding the appealing of projects, project’s environmental documents or a project’s environmental determination in La Jolla, as quoted, in the article, by Trustee Mike Costello? Who pays for the advise of these private attorneys? Furthermore why does our community group seemingly always contact the same litigation attorney for advice? Is it just a coincidence she represents La Jolla groups such as; Save La Jolla, La Jolla Shores Tomorrow, No Three Stories, etc.? Is it also just a stroke of luck, she ostensibly files lawsuits when appeals filed by the LJCPA are denied by the city’s decision makers?
— Bob Whitney, La Jolla
• Seal rope serves pups well
On the front page of the La JollaLight on March 21, an article about seals stated that seal pups could enter the water immediately after birth. About a decade ago, a group of us who were acting as docents for a wildlife group, were given the facts regarding seals. We learned newborn pups could not enter the water until the second day. This conflicts with what your front page stated. If the pup is flushed (chased by humans) before it is ready, it will not survive. The protecting rope around the rookery becomes important in light of that information.
— Patricia Weber, La Jolla
• Glad to see children’s pool is closed at dusk
To those who say we should not close the Children‘s Pool at dusk, my response is why shouldn’t we in order to offer the seals some protection? Families typically do not arrive at the beach at dusk and stay through the night, and for those who may be inclined to do so, there are many other beaches to frequent all along the La Jolla coast.
Closing this beach at dusk makes total sense to me. The seals are here Time moves forward. If Ms. Scripps was gracious enough to erect the sea wall and propose it as a place for the enjoyment of children (enjoyment being the operative word here), I’m quite sure if she were alive today, she would re-consider the wording of her bequest. I believe she gave her gift for the enjoyment of all.
The seals are undeniably enjoyed by many — children and adults alike. The seals are here, they rest on this beach, they give birth on this beach, they teach their pups how to survive on this beach, seal life begins on this beach.
I respect opposing opinions, but I truly feel that nature has taken a course here; the result of which I believe would win Ms. Scripps’ approval. The result gives us the gift of watching the delight and excitement of wide-eyed children (and adults as well) inspecting, asking questions, and learning from the seal population. I feel this would truly make Ms. Scripps’ day, her month, and even her year.
— Mary Squazzo, La Jolla
• Beach access is what it’s all about
I must respond to your guest commentary in the April 4 isssue by one of the founders of The Friends of The Seals. First, he can not even call the beach by its name, “Children’s Pool,” he calls it “Casa Beach,” which is the beach to the south. The beach was closed from 1999 to April of 2001 not 2004, it was closed by the county due to unclean water, until it was discovered they could not close the pool, they could only put up an advisory notice.
Then he goes on to brag about what Friends of the Seals did … the FBI was concerned as some of them were considered environmental terrorists. I have had a movie camera shoved in my face till I had to lock myself in my car and call the police. How anyone can brag of being the founder of this group is beyond me.
The Friends of the Children’s Pool would never bring any harm to a seal or a person, but we will let you know it is your right to enter the ocean, and we should all be fighting for our right to beach access.
— Melinda Merryweather, La Jolla
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