Letters to the Editor: City needs to attend to dying trees on La Jolla Boulevard

• Letters to the Editor / Our Readers Write:

I have been a resident of La jolla for more than 60 years and have always found the beautiful pine trees along the 6100 to 6400 blocks of La Jolla Blvd. to be very comforting and beautiful. The trees were planted along the street by the Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop in 1949 and they are now dying.

Surely the City of San Diego has means to address the issue and save these beautiful trees. It will cost many, many thousands to have them removed and their preservation should be addressed immediately. I brought this to your attention (city officials Sherri Lightner, Mike Palat and Drew Potocki) over a month ago and have had no response. It would be appreciated if the proper departments are notified and a plan of action is implemented.

Thank you for your assistance and attention to this important matter.

Joseph D. McGoldrick, La Jolla

There’s no proof a child ever drowned at Casa Beach

I am not sure why the La Jolla Light continues to print things that are demonstrably false. A case in point is the recent article titled, “Children’s Pool Lookout Develops by Decade” within which it was stated, “It was during the 1940s that the atmosphere changed at Children’s Pool. Shea said one summer, a child was swimming through one of the scuppers — as they often did — and got their bathing suit caught and was drowned.”

The Children’s Pool was designed with sluice gates, not scuppers. The sluice gates were permanently closed before the Pool was opened to the public in 1931. The gates were closed to facilitate the buildup of a beach behind the wall, not for safety reasons.

This is a typical persistent rumor cited by seal activists to demonstrate how dangerous the Children’s Pool beach is to swimmers. And they often cite a “lifeguard” as a source of this information.

If a child was drowned, either in 1931 or 1940, it would have made front-page news in the Light and all other local newspapers of the day. no one, as far as I know, has eVeR provided such proof from a reputable source. Hearsay is not proof.

You will find the correct answers in this reputable source published in the Fall 2006 issue of The Journal of San Diego History online at http://bit.ly/jsdhfall2006

David W. Valentine, Ph.D., La Jolla

Editor’s Note: Thank you, Dr. Valentine for helping La Jolla Light set the record straight. We reviewed the report you recommend. It is solid and we thank you for sharing it with us and our readers.

We did some further research and found you are correct about the lack of substantiated evidence of a child drowning at Casa Beach.

This quote from historian Carol Olten at the La jolla Historical Society, will further instruct the misinformed: “We have had a number of people trying to research this alleged child drowning. neither they, nor Mike Mishler (La jolla Historical Society archivist and curator) or myself, have ever come up with any hard evidence. My theory, at this point, is that somebody was quoted saying either this happened — or might likely happen with this sluice business — and that it got repeated or misconstrued. You might call it an urban legend, but I’m not positive it even qualifies for that — certainly not as good a legend as the ghosts at Hotel del!”

As to the difference between scuppers and sluicegates, we offer these definitions for all concerned (and confused!):

— A scupper is an opening in the side walls of an open-air structure, for purposes of draining water. They are usually placed at or near ground level, and allow rain or liquids to flow off the side of the open-air structure, instead of pooling within the walls.

— A sluice gate is traditionally a wood or metal barrier sliding in grooves that are set in the sides of the waterway. Sluice gates commonly control water levels and flow rates in rivers and canals. They are also used in wastewater treatment plants and to recover minerals in mining operations, and in watermills.

La Jollan offers to pay for bus to author event

Sometimes there appears an “angel” in our midst who deserves a public thank you for an act of kindness. Warwick’s would like to say kudos to longtime La jolla resident joan e. Bowes, who, in support of the La jolla Community Center, has graciously underwritten bus transportation from the LjCC to The university of San Diego Shiley Theater on Sunday, june 8, for the Warwick’s and university of San Diego sponsored Garrison Keillor event. Keillor, the New York Times bestselling author and popular public radio host of A Prairie Home Companion, will be discussing and signing his new book, “The Keillor Reader,” at 3 p.m. Because of joan’s generosity, the round trip is free for LjCC members, and $10 for nonmembers. Anyone wishing transportation information may contact LjCC at (858) 459- 0831 or visit warwicks.com, for details. Many thanks for your kindness, joan Bowes!

Emily J.G. Vermillion, Community outreach, Warwick’s

Friendly Visitors volunteers Sarah Masternick and Anne Looste stop by Bloomers Florist to pick up the Mother’s Day flowers donated to seniors by shop owner Kristen Tebbetts. Courtesy

Bouquets of gratitude to Bloomers Florist Shop

This letter comes to publicly thank Kristen Tebbetts, owner of Bloomers Florist Shop at 7520 eads Ave. for offering to make floral arrangements for the mothers participating in La jolla Friendly Visitors program, a new project under Greater La jolla Meals-On-Wheels, Inc. Kristen was eager to help. We brought in the vases and she did the arrangements. It was so sweet of her to open her heart up to us in such a generous way.

La jolla Friendly Visitors continues to look for new clients, volunteers and sponsorship. If interested, contact us at (858) 922-2297 or LjFriendlyVisitors@gmail.com

Jeannie Walsh, Director, La Jolla Friendly Visitors

Please consider joining church effort to eradicate malaria

The banner in the photo about saving lives has been visible to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on La Jolla Boulevard for the last few weeks because La Jolla United Methodist Church is participating in a global campaign by the United Methodist denomination (UMC) to raise awareness and resources instrumental in eliminating malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

Because malaria has been absent from the United States since the early 1950s, for some of us it is inconceivable that one child in Africa dies every 60 seconds from this disease.

UMC has had a presence in Africa for 160 years with the infrastructure to apply a sustainable solution to the problem through prevention, treatment, education and communication. For example, UMC is a

founding partner of the Nothing But Nets campaign, providing more than 1 million life-saving bed nets to children in need of protection from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. $10 buys one net and equates to one saved life.

Over the last years, the effort has cut malaria deaths by 50 percent. Now, it’s time to move toward eradication with intervention efforts beyond net distribution, using a multi-faceted approach — the Imagine No Malaria (INM) campaign. With the added support of global partners — United Nations Foundation, Global Fund, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — all donations to INM go to malaria intervention programs across Africa.

LJUMC has launched a five-month campaign to raise awareness about malaria and its treatment. LJUMC Nursery School and Boy Scout Troop 506 have joined the campaign and will have summer educational programs on related topics.

LJUMC has pledged to do more than its shared toward the UMC denominational goal of $75 million. We invite our community

to join in this effort to eradicate malaria. Donations can be made online at lajollaunitedmethodist.org and the “giving” link in the upper right-hand corner accesses the giving page. There, under “Directed Giving,” scroll down to Imagine No Malaria. Also, checks made out to La Jolla United Methodist Church with “INM” in the memo section can be mailed to:

La Jolla United Methodist Church, IMN 6063 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037

Sandra Coler and Dr. Sal Butera, On behalf of La Jolla United Methodist Church

Kindergarten teacher deserves a big hug!

I’m writing to acknowledge a remarkable woman, who has been influential in the La Jolla area for the past 23 years. She’s an exemplary individual, who exceeds the normal obligations of her role. She’s not ordinary by any means, and deserves a noteworthy honor.

Allison Carpenter has a breathtaking way of making the K2 class at La Jolla Elementary School the happiest place on Earth. Every year, her love penetrates the young souls of 20 or so precious children. Her phenomenal teaching style and guidance is the foundation these 5- and 6-year-olds will treasure as their first educational experience.

Allison’s amazing husband, Hugh, volunteers daily to support the class. His enthusiasm, dedication, love and kindness are extremely

valuable in providing a complete loving environment. Thank you, Hugh.

Allison, you make a wholehearted effort each day of the school year. You inspire us to be better, just by being in your presence. You never fail to remember the birthdays of children, parents and the staff at La Jolla Elementary. You always have a cake, cookie or brownie baked to celebrate, as well as a special gift. You make everyone feel special and I certainly hope that by reading this, YOU feel special!

Sandy Johal, K2 Parent (2013-2014)

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