‘La Jolla Beautification’? A better title, in consideration of an event on Esterel Drive on Monday, Sept. 17 (at least for the offended victim) might be “La Jolla Chainsaw Massacre.”
‘Picture a frail, elderly, widowed artist/teacher of considerable renown, returning to her home following lunch with my niece visiting from Pennsylvania and a best friend, She found a truck parked in front of her house and beside it, a burly San Diego city workman hacking away with a chainsaw at greenery bordering her property, which she had carefully tended for more than 40 years. This is a person of considerable sensitivity, who has reverence for all things living. (Were a bee to land on her dessert plate, she would not shoo it away, but comment: “It’s OK. They eat so little.”)
My niece dropped her off and drove away. Then, sensing trouble, she returned to find the woman screaming at the workman to stop. He is standing there, idling chainsaw in hand, shouting at the distraught woman, “Get away! Get away!” Both women tried to speak with the workman, when finally the woman said, “I feel faint.” She staggered up the sloping driveway and stairs and entered her home. My niece followed her shortly, after speaking further with the workman and obtaining his name, as well as the truck’s plate number. Upon entering her home, my niece found the woman lying on the floor. Paramedics were called, as well as police. Paramedics arrived in about 20 minutes and attended the woman until she recovered and began to relax.
The accompanying photos show 1) a Google Map overview of the property with the greenery fronting her property just before a monthly grooming by her gardener, and 2) shows a part of the sorry situation left by the workman, including the trunk of a deformed rare Acacia tree that had been shaped by nature, saved and tended over many years. Other growth destroyed included two Australian tea trees, five natal plums and one mock orange.
The sad reality is that we live in a society where a part of it — including planners, administrators, supervisors and workmen serving the public — has been seriously and deplorably dumbed down. Yet they are expected to serve with some measure of thoughtfulness and consideration. Perhaps what is needed is something like the motor vehicle school, where they would be required to attend periodically to regain a level of common sense and courtesy.
Do residents need parking permits to find spaces?
Having grown up in La Jolla and lived here for many years as an adult, I can only say that the parking situation has worsened. As business and development is on the rise, which is beneficial for La Jolla, residents are at the expense when it comes to the growing parking problem posed during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekdays, due to local school and business employees utilizing street parking.
Certain streets such as Fay and Eads avenues seem to have the greatest parking issues, until about 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon, when school lets out. During these hours, I will usually only find parking one or two streets away and walk to my home. As we cannot cap the development of our community, I think it would be best to think about the idea of resident parking permits for the heaviest-flow streets such as Fay and Eads (and any others), such that employees of Village businesses and the local Gillespie and Montessori schools can utilize parking elsewhere (such as underground parking or less parking-challenged streets) and residents can feel assured of adequate street parking.
I just wanted to bring some awareness to this fundamental issue, as I know some noise has been made about other agitations in the Village (such as leaf blowers) yet to date, I have not seen any concerns brought up over this topic. I think there could be possible solutions to this issue, and I would love to see what we as a community could come up with.
One possible solution could be adding two-hour parking restrictions to these streets, excluding residents with parking permits. Thanks so much for caring!
All welcome to fountain dedication, animal blessing on Oct. 6
The Fay Avenue Extension (AKA “the bike path”) that passes behind the La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd., attracts countless bikers, walkers and joggers daily. Moms pushing strollers, adults and children enjoying a ride, canine friends romping along or sedately accompanying the humans holding their leashes are frequent users of the path.
At Pastor Walt Dilg’s suggestion, and with the approval of the board of trustees, the church purchased a beautiful fountain with a high faucet for people and a low bowl for animals (for the site). Michael Koveleski, a member of the church’s Boy Scout Troop 506, installed the fountain and built the accompanying cover area as his Eagle Scout Project.
The fountain will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. After the dedication, a new tradition will be instituted when the church’s pastors conduct a Blessing of the Animals at the location, which is at the back of the church campus near the Mira Monte cul-de-sac. All animals are welcome, as long as they are controlled. See you there!
Swimmers invited to join Masters Club
Wind-n-Sea Masters recently sent a team to the U.S. Masters National Swimming Championships where it earned three national titles — John Whitley took two for Men’s 100 Backstroke and Men’s 50 Freestyle, and Cynthia Lewis took one for under world record in the Women’s 100 Breaststroke. The team, which trains at the Coggan Family Aquatic Center in La Jolla, also took 22 top 10 swims.
The Wind-n-Sea Masters was formed in January 2013 and has more than 100 active members on its team, ranging in age from 19 to 80-plus. Our fun and challenging program welcomes newcomers. For more details, please call me at (858) 242-0183 and learn more at WindnSeaMasters.com
Coach Mike Lewis
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