An Independent La Jolla would be a good thing!

Thanks to Melinda Merryweather, our tireless advocate for independence. For the cost of one Tomahawk Missile, La Jolla could finally become its own, independent City, and then WE can decide how to clean and beautify our streets, control our traffic, help our merchants thrive and better serve our residents, independently of the City of San Diego’s continuous fiascos. The benefits far outweigh any detriment. There must be an angel out there to help make this happen.

Glen McFadden Rasmussen, Esq.

La Jolla

Leaf-blower ban is a trivial idea

Now that the seals and the Post Office have faded from the pages of La Jolla Light, are we now in for week after week of leaf blower letters and articles?  It may surprise some people to learn that not all leaf blowers are noisy or obnoxious, and that they are used as tools to help eliminate organic loads in runoff from the streets into the ocean. They are also used as tools to help people earn a living. Individual issues with problem neighbors should be solved on an individual basis.

What will be proposed next – banning lawn mowers, weed whackers, chain saws, jack hammers, the compactors on garbage and recycling trucks, motorcycles, or power tools in general? And how will an “independent” La Jolla ban leaf blowers? The Municipal Code contains both sound pressure level and time limits for noise in residential neighborhoods.

The noise created by spoiled crybabies with too much time on their hands is what should be banned.

Dale S. Duffala

Bird Rock

Another vote for a Trader Joe’s

A Trader Joe’s in our Village has been my banner for years — just ask my friends. Driving to Pacific Beach or up to the university area is difficult. A Trader Joe’s in our neighborhood would be over the moon! Vons has the grocery world locked up and Trader Joe’s on the same path as the Sunday Open Aire farmers market is a match made in heaven. I hope the La Jolla Light receives many favorable responses to this concept.

P.S.: A lovely nod to Jonathan’s; it’s a civilized adventure of culinary delights for specialized dining.

Robyn Willsey Morton

La Jolla

Tarnishing Our Jewel feature

could become self-serving

I believe there may be more important issues around town to spotlight than cracks in the roads. I have lived on Marine Street for more than 20 years and these cracks have never bothered me.

While funding for schools and other integral parts of the community vanishes, the city seems to find plenty of money to waste on construction of new lifeguard towers at La Jolla Shores and the Children’s Pool, or the power washing of rocks at the Cove (which is supposedly a NATURE RESERVE) because people are just so bothered by the smell of the native population of wildlife.

I suggest telling folks if they don’t like a couple of cracks in the road or animals living their lives in their natural habitat, perhaps they should move to some tract home in Mira Mesa where everything is perfectly monotonous and mechanical. Overflowing garbage cans, yes. But cracked roads? Come on.

Good idea for a feature, but you guys really started out on the wrong foot with that one. I would suggest spotlighting the crime of washing the rocks at the Cove. I mean, what’s next after that? Complaints of stinky seaweed leading to the destruction of the kelp beds?

Sorry about my rant, I just felt that I needed to voice my opinion on this.

Paul Clausen

La Jolla

Undergrounding utility poles and

street repairs will be long process

I was just chatting with my landlord regarding the cable and telephone polls and wiring next to our home on Draper Avenue. Two years ago, we lived on Marine Street (west of the boulevard) and the city put all the wiring underground. I remarked that it wouldn’t be too long before these utility poles were also a thing of the past. However, my landlord is much more aware of the situation and related the information that the City of San Diego has a plan to put ALL cables underground. That sounds like great news, until you learn that the entire process will take no less than 60 years!

Now, some residents have collaborated and contributed money to pay the city to prioritize their streets. This mostly pertains to residents who have an ocean view. However, it could well be several decades before this project is completed.

Upon reading the new “Tarnishing Our Jewel” feature, I immediately thought that this must be the “underground utility project” to which writer Sarah Lowrey is referring in her report about the cracked streets. I agree, the streets are in major need of repair. My husband and I are both avid road cyclists and a crack in the street has caught my wheel more than once. I suppose the city doesn’t want to pay to repair the streets twice. Anyway, I thought I’d pass along the information regarding the city’s mystery project.

On a related note, while I appreciate wanting to clean up and repair La Jolla, I hope these articles relate more to the safety of residents. I agree, eyesores are, well, sore! However, in my opinion, there are a lot more important problems. For example, have you tried to use a crosswalk lately? Rare is the case that a car stops or waits for a pedestrian (and I’m including children) to safely cross the street. Stop signs seem to be merely a suggestion and people drive way too fast down the residential streets (also putting children at risk).

Bird Rock has seemed to solve some of these problems with upgraded crosswalks and round-abouts (which force you to slow down by the physics of sharing the intersection with oncoming traffic), while, at the same time, continuing the flow of traffic. Anyway, just some thoughts.

Aimee Bruin

La Jolla

Tarnishing Our Jewel feature

may help spur improvements

Thank you very much for your efforts to make La Jolla a better place to live through this new feature. Vons supermarket is bounded on the east by Girard Street and on the west by Fay Street. On the sidewalks of both of those streets are rectangles of bricks, which make the sidewalks a little more attractive.

However, some of the bricks have been missing for a long time.  This reduces the attractiveness of the sidewalks and creates a hazard for pedestrians, wheelchairs, baby carriages, etc.

The total number of missing bricks is probably less than 10, and they are the inexpensive kind, made of concrete, rather than clay.  The sidewalks could be repaired quickly and inexpensively.  I don’t understand why businesses don’t take care of these problems.

I wish you the best of luck with your efforts.

Bill Bayliff

La Jolla

Some street problems are worse than others

I read the article “Tarnishing Our Jewel” last week in the Light and decided to send you this photo of Romero Drive in the La Jolla Country Club area. For years, those of us who live above Romero Drive, such as homes on Brodiaea or Encelia Drive, have had to physically move our cars into the oncoming traffic lane in order to avoid a large bump in the road that is caused by tree roots from a large tree on the adjacent property. For cars coming down the hill, the large bump causes people to have to slow their vehicles to almost a stop and/or to go into the other lane in order to avoid the large bump in the road.

I agree that the city needs to do something about the condition of our terrible streets in La Jolla. I would be happy if La Jolla could secede and be its own community so that we could have our parks, sidewalks, and streets clean and well taken care of, like the residents in Coronado.

For all of the taxes that the people of La Jolla pay to the city, I feel that we get short shrift when it comes to the services that are needed in the Village.

Thank you for your concern and attention to this situation.

Lisa Casey

La Jolla

Why do people leave their trash in and on news boxes?

“Tarnishing Our Jewel!” What a GREAT new feature! Love it!

Here’s one that has bugged me for years. Are these “trash boxes” legal? Has anyone checked to see about permits, etc.?  There are colonies of these all through the Village and they are disgusting vile blights on our town. (The La Jolla Light box excepted, of course!)

Jerry Cesak

La Jolla

Editor’s note: Ouch! Under the San Diego Municipal Code (March 2007) Chapter 15: Planned Districts, Article 9: La Jolla Planned District Appendix A: Retail Establishment Types, newsstands are legal in La Jolla, and probably not what you’re referring to with this photo.

The real problem (eyesore) with newsstands is that people use them as trash receptacles, as evidenced by the flyers, stickers and plastic cup left behind in this assemblage.

The Light has been reporting on groups working behind the scenes to come up with an ongoing, sustainable Village cleanup program that will address maintenance issues such as this one. Stay tuned, we hope to soon say that cruddy sights like this will soon be a part of the past.

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1 Comment for “An Independent La Jolla would be a good thing!”

  1. Jessica White

    Can someone explain to me the incessant appearance of garbage trucks in La Jolla? I moved here this summer and am leaving because the noise is out of control. I live close to the beach off Pearl and assumed it would ve peaceful here. They come every day and at least four times. Stayed at Scripps Inn a while ago and at least 6 waste trucks clanged around for hours. Awful!!!!!

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