Mayor Faulconer’s visit to La Jolla inspired hope for change
Long-time La Jolla resident, Betty Dow, and I attended the meeting at La Jolla Rec Center last Monday evening to know our new mayor better and to listen to his plans to support our great community. We were enlightened and thrilled with his vision for our city.
Mayor Faulconer’s mission during his tenure seems to be a positive and progressive approach to leading our city. One of his first great actions was naming Shelley Zimmerman as our first female chief of police. She was introduced to us and, as she spoke and answered our questions, we felt assured we are in great hands. She is impressive!
Some points from the meeting to be addressed:
n One of the mayor’s points was well taken: we are all one large community and we are to think of San Diego globally. By working together, we can improve the whole city as well as keep it safe.
n During the event, many La Jollans spoke of their personal issues while they had the mayor’s ear — from the Children’s Pool to biking. On these two issues there was huge applause from the audience, leaving me to believe there was a “packed crowd” in support of their personal agenda, including opposition to bike-sharing.
There were several who did not applaud — the quiet majority — leaving a concern that Mayor Faulconer would be left with the view that La Jollans are in favor of these issues.
For example, my family approves of shared biking as a means of quick transportation and a plus for our tourists. During our travels, we’ve chosen to use shared bikes in cities from Washington D.C. to Montreal. We noticed that bikes don’t usually take up parking spots, but are often placed in areas that don’t impact pedestrians, such as wide sidewalks and pocket parks. In other cities we saw locals grabbing a bike to run errands, then returning the bike. This seems ideal for La Jolla as a means to improve our traffic situation — plus it is a “green” concept to do so.
n Many of the concerns at the meeting had to do with keeping La Jolla as it was in grandmother’s day. We must step forward into this millennium with progressive ideas on making La Jolla the jewel that it is.
Old La Jolla was what seduced us to move here 20 years ago. If there is a concern for us now, it is that the aesthetics of La Jolla have greatly declined — from deteriorating streets and sidewalks to many of the renovations for new businesses and homes being dissonant with their surroundings — losing the old La Jolla charm.
Listening to Mayor Faulconer and Police Chief Zimmerman gave us pride and we left the event believing in the prospect of great things to come.
December parade needs a non-faith specific title
In regard to a letter in the June 19 issue, I’d like to comment that there are lots of Christians who are embarrassed by the yet non-faith neutral title of the annual La Jolla parade in December. People should spend a little time with au.org (Americans United for Separation of Church and State). Wise up!
Also, your page B23 word education, “hellstew,” best describes the mixing of religion and government: “A messy, confusing hodgepodge … etc.” Remember: Science flies us to the moon. Religion flies us into buildings …
Name switch is about diversity, not religion
In “Leave the parade name as it is,” the letter writer (June 19) has missed the point entirely by dwelling on percentages of religions. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is any religion or one religion mentioned.
The continued use of an insensitive parade name and the refusal of this private group to speak with anyone has been holding the diversity and inclusiveness of the La Jolla community hostage and prevented the final community in San Diego from evolving.
Howard G. Singer
Torrey Pines Road issues continue to frustrate
I live at the La Jolla Racquet Club in the 2600 block of Torrey Pines Road. I understand the problems at 2510 with adjacent La Jolla Nursing & rehabilitation Center. I used to live there. I thought that I knew how bad it could be, but I was wrong. We are ground level and about 15 feet from the action. We get deliveries and garbage pickups sometimes as early as 6 a.m. and throughout the day. I don’t need an alarm clock, I’m regularly awakened by the crashing of dumpsters 15 feet from my head. Employees arrive and depart with radios blasting, loud conversations are the norm, and they use this spot for smoke breaks. Spotlights shine in our bedroom windows, as do ambulance lights. And I saved the best for last, they prop the dumpsters open so that we can enjoy the smells with our morning coffee.
It’s obvious to anyone living on Torrey Pines Road that the speed on the road is out of hand. Our complex is just past the curve as you come down the hill into La Jolla. Most days it is downright scary to leave or come back home. Drivers whip around that curve at 50 to 60 miles an hour. I don’t know what the solution is, but it doesn’t look like the electronic speed warning signs that have been placed south of La Jolla Shores Drive have done anything to change the average speed. Some more creative ideas and maybe just some old-fashioned police work by ticketing the speeders would help.
Nursing home does not make a good neighbor
I live in the condo building adjacent to the nursing home on Torrey Pines Road featured on the front page of the June 19 La Jolla Light. I’m awakened by noise almost nightly related to the facility next door. Garbage trucks backing up at 5 a.m., people throwing large objects into the dumpster at all hours of the night, car alarms going off, and ambulance sirens are all issues, and I’m literally tired of it.
In regard to the traffic and street crossing for workers at the nursing home, I don’t allow my kids to park across Torrey Pines Road because of the horrible traffic and fear they will be hit. I have a near-miss monthly myself, as I turn left into our drive with cars coming around the curve at very high speeds and driving over the yellow line as they come toward me head on. I’ve complained to the police about the high speeds, and nothing has been done.
Your article quotes Bill Harris as saying that we don’t have the money for signs to alert motorists, the required $50,000. How much is one life worth? I’ve asked that the speed be slowed as cars enter the residential area of Torrey Pines. We live and work here. Imagine cars racing through your neighborhood at 60 mph. Imagine your kids crossing SEVEN lanes of traffic going at this speed. Reducing the speed limit and posting a traffic officer here wouldn’t cost anything, but hasn’t been done despite the many complaints.
So, we don’t have $50,000 to protect people with crossing lights, but we can spend $3.8 million on a lifeguard tower? Really? I mean, really?
Shores issues seem to be left unattended
This letter goes out to office staff of District 1 Councilmember Sherri Lightner: I was under the impression that you all banned vendors from selling on the streets of La Jolla Shores. I am right now listening to the loudest music coming from an ice cream truck wandering up and down the streets. Please stop this truck from causing traffic problems and a noise nuisance and let the merchants who pay good rent here sell all the ice cream and goodies.
As you know, most people in La Jolla rent (65 percent), so do something about the use of private houses as hotels. La Jolla used to have monthly rental houses only.
Finally, in regard to potholes, try the east side of Torrey Pines Road between Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. I hear there is a way to get the city to pay for one’s wheel alignment!
Tricia Mosier Riha
Laser light shows are better than fireworks
The reinstatement of La Jolla’s fireworks display is a step backwards.
Fireworks are frightening — and sometimes fatal — for animals. Birds often flee their nests in panic, sometimes orphaning their fledglings. One New Year’s Eve, nearly 5,000 red-winged blackbirds and European starlings were killed after someone shot off fireworks in an Arkansas neighborhood.
The deafening booms also cause many dogs and cats to flee their homes in panic, sometimes jumping over fences or breaking through windows. Shelters report a surge of animals following the Fourth of July, many of them arriving with bloody paws and cuts from making frantic escapes. Many animals are killed by cars or never reunited with their families.
Many veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress also find fireworks explosions upsetting — if not unbearable — because they trigger vivid flashbacks of war.
Smoke and debris from fireworks also pollute the air and water. Potassium perchlorate from fireworks can leach into groundwater and may affect thyroid function, especially in children and pregnant women. Stray sparks can ignite wildlife habitat as well as residents’ homes.
Let’s hope that La Jolla will join the growing number of cities across America that are modernizing their Fourth of July celebrations by forgoing fireworks in favor of other forms of entertainment, such as laser light shows. Visit PETA.org to learn more.
The PETA Foundation
Vons ‘remodel’ must extend to the outdoors
In regards to the story in the June 19 issue about Vons’ recent remodel, I have a more constructive plan for them. Priority should not have been given to hiring a parking management operator to police and pester customers. Better to establish a customer-friendly environment every day by using their resources for cleanup of the litter, trash and cigarette butts strewn about the grounds.
Also, Vons should provide dedicated store security personnel to discourage and control loitering on the property by vagrants. Customers would then enjoy a far more pleasant food shopping experience, which is also good for Vons and good for La Jolla.
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Councilmember’s staff reply: You are welcome to call the police non-emergency number at (619) 531-2000 any time you see an ice cream truck in La Jolla Shores and provide them with the name of the vendor and license plate number.
n The La Jolla Community Planning Association has a vacation rental subcommittee that is meeting currently. For more information, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
n We report potholes as we see them or receive information about their locations from constituents. If you have any pothole locations to report, you may either e-mail them to us or report them online to http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/
n We have also requested that Torrey Pines Road between Girard and Prospect be evaluated for resurfacing. u
- Some of the streets in La Jolla are indeed roads to ruin!
- ‘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.”
- Opinion/Editorial: Police presence at Children’s Pool in La Jolla will hopefully ease the tensions over shared-use plans
- Are pamphlets, T-shirt sales legal at La Jolla Cove?
- Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29 issue, La Jolla Light
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