Letters to the Editor: Time to accept fate of La Jolla post office

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OPINION / OUR READERS WRITE:

Time to accept fate of La Jolla post office

I’m sure you’ve received a stack of mail about the La Jolla Post Office, but here’s my contribution to that pile. As someone who has logged many years providing professional environmental consulting services to the United States Postal Service (USPS), I was surprised that they took so long to reach their final determination regarding the sale of the Wall Street building. I have seen them act much more quickly in other circumstances, and they clearly DID consider “thoughtful input by the community.” (Joe LaCava quote in the July 11 issue).

I also know about some of their fiscal issues, and am curious as to the basis of Leslie Davis’ statement that the USPS “are not” facing a financial crisis. I was also under the impression that the Save La Jolla Post Office Task Force would get first crack at purchasing the building, so why not pony up the money and buy it?

I foresee that the USPS is in for rough water pursuing relocation, if that’s what is to happen. Since Mr. LaCava said that “This fight is not over,” does that mean that there will be zoning issues, permit denials, contentious negotiations with prospective landlords, and other hurdles that the USPS will have to face? I certainly hope not, because such barriers to transition would go against all the values supported by the “hyper-concentrated knowledge, education and wealth this area boasts.” (Quote from Pete Nusebaum’s July 11 Letter to the Editor.)

I suggest that everyone swallow hard, take a deep breath, and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Dale S. Duffala, CHMM,
Environmental scientist
Bird Rock


• ‘Dirty’ Village draws hosts’ embarrassment

I recently went to dinner with guests from Switzerland and after dinner we walked along Girard Avenue to see the sights and some of the murals. We were ashamed of the decrepit appearance with trash strewn all over, weeds sprouting in the flower boxes, and the number of homeless men hanging out in the small park behind Vons grocery store.

We were embarrassed at our Village’s appearance and our guests were amazed as they have visited here in the past. Either keep it clean or everyone will avoid shopping and dining here.

Jack and Marcell Resnick
La Jolla


• Speak up and maybe the litter problem will end

I , too, am writing in response to Marie Newton’s letter (about the litter degrading La Jolla Village). Thank you Marie for stepping up to address this problem. In the old days in La Jolla many businesses were owned by people who lived here. They took pride in their surroundings and storefront appearance.

Today many of the businesses in La Jolla are now “chains” and there is no one inside who cares about the storefront appearance. Besides all the trash that is building up in La Jolla, the sandwich board messages are also an eyesore. Pet poop is all over.

Why do cigarette smokers think the Earth is their ashtray? The trash around La Jolla High School is unbelievable. The trash next to Vons where the homeless people reside is appalling. It stinks when I ride my bike in this area. I could go on and on about areas of La Jolla that are tarnished jewels, if that.

We can all criticize forever, but what is the solution? If I see someone squash a cigarette on the concrete, I speak up.  If I see someone drop trash, I speak up. I wonder why the “population” now is so disrespectful? Didn’t their mothers or fathers teach respect?

Cathleen Christian
La Jolla


• Join the crusade to report street litter to Caltrans

In response to Patrick Deighan’s letter in the July 4 issue, I agree that there is an unacceptable amount of litter along Route 52 leading to La Jolla and surrounding areas. I’ve traveled to many cities in the United States and am sad to say San Diego seems to have the most litter along its freeways.
I have dodged sofas, buckets, trash cans and other household items flying off of trucks on these freeways; most notably, on I-5.

We’ve all seen the pickup trucks stacked 20-feet-high with furniture and mattresses, and little more than a rope securing the teetering items, while these trucks are going 60-plus miles per hour. Such trucks are a common sight along I-5, since these items are being trucked across the border to Mexico to be distributed — great for families in need, but a disaster for our freeways.

I can’t understand why there aren’t laws requiring that these potentially dangerous projectile items (moving at high speeds) be transported with a net or some sort of device that completely covers and secures the huge loads. We need laws that prevent such debris from ending up on our streets.
I have submitted cleaning requests to Caltrans to report litter along our freeways and Caltrans has responded to the requests. I think if we all submit cleaning requests to Caltrans and they receive an overwhelming demand for cleaning, they will become more responsive to what our community is requesting, which is to live in a place where people care about their beautiful city.

The Caltrans maintenance/cleaning request form can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/
Glenn Chatfield
Member of a La Jolla family


• Population explosion has a role in global warming

Once again we are provided with a discussion of global warming (“Whose fault is global warming?” by Jeffrey Meyer in the July 4 issue of La Jolla Light.) The world population has increased from 2 billion to 6.5 billion in just the past 80 years and is predicted to double in the next 40 years. Why is this explosion of humans on the planet rarely discussed when considering global warming? It is an obvious, huge factor that is generally ignored!

Lee Vida M.D.
La Jolla


• U.S. flag thefts are not a funny prank

I read Peggy Mullens’ letter in the July 11 issue with great dismay. Our American flag was also stolen while our son was in Afghanistan doing bomb disposal for the Marines. My husband and I were deeply hurt when we saw it was gone. Not sure what kind of a person does this, but it’s no joke.

Sunny Donald
La Jolla


• Let’s ban the banners!

The Light always takes a lead in what makes La Jolla beautiful, so I am writing in the hope you take a look at a promotional tool popping up around town. Flag signs are stuck in the landscaping and planters as a business promotional effort. So what was once an attempt at beautification is now an eyesore.

You hardly notice the first one, but each week more pop up. I read in another newspaper that the city of Escondido outlawed these signs. They considered them an eyesore.

Please take a look and see if La Jolla should follow this civic lead.

Caroline Meade
La Jolla


• Construction worker’s flirtations were not welcome

I live in La Jolla and read the La Jolla Light regularly. That’s why I’m using this forum to convey what happened to me while walking my dog this morning (July 9) near the construction site on Van Nuys near Candlelight Drive. One of the construction workers approached me while I was walking next to his car. He approached me and said “hi” seductively, after I guess I would say he blew me a kiss.

I responded with appalling attitude. Thank goodness I was on the phone and felt a little secure. But after he knew I was very uncomfortable, he tried to cover it up by saying, “good morning.” I told the person I was speaking with on the phone what just happened.

I kept walking and did not say anything to him, however, when I turned around to see if he was behind me, he was getting into his car. I saw my neighbor and her two girls walking by him. I wanted to warn them about what just happened, but there was so much noise and I saw they were approaching their home safely.

I think this man’s actions were very inappropriate in a neighborhood environment. This should be known and watched out for. I am taking more precautions now while walking my dog, which I never knew was necessary until now. I just wanted to alert others.

Myra Bautista
La Jolla


What’s on YOUR mind?
• Letters to the Editor for publication should be 250 words or less, and sent by e-mail to sdemaggio@lajollalight.com
Please include the full name of the sender, city of residence and phone number for verification.

• News Tips: Call the La Jolla Light newsroom at (858) 875-5950

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