To: Ed Clancy
Re: Proposal to place rental bike kiosk in La Jolla Village
Hello Ed, I read with great interest the article in the July 18 issue of La Jolla Light describing your proposal to place rental bike kiosks in the Village. I am an avid fan of biking, and appreciate your overall vision. However, as a resident of the Village and someone who bikes within it almost daily, I'm concerned that manifestation of your proposal is an accident waiting to happen.
As you know, our dynamic little Village is already quite congested: full of residents, employees, construction crews, merchant deliveries and tourists on foot and in car. Many of the sightseers are very distracted and poor navigators as they are trying to figure out where they are going and how to get there. Along the coast they are, understandably, often looking at the beautiful scenery and further diverted from paying attention to the road. I'm concerned that adding more traffic, in the form of multiple tourist bike riders, is actually setting someone up to get seriously hurt.
When I ride my bike in this area, even though I'm focusing on biking defensively (not sightseeing) I repeatedly encounter situations that verify La Jolla Village is a very dangerous place to bike. I wish we had appropriate bike lanes and spacious boardwalks that would allow for safe and enjoyable biking. I would whole-heartedly encourage and support that endeavor.
But short of that, visitors are much safer on foot, and I think it would be irresponsible for us to encourage them to be riding bikes on these busy streets. The Village poses a particularly high-risk set of circumstances for tourist biking. We all know how tragic bike accidents can be for the riders and those who hit them with their cars. I sincerely appreciate your intentions, but the stakes are simply too high. Thank you for your consideration.
Leslie Ziegenhorn, Ph.D.
A recall is not due process
Contrary to the statement made by radio host Mike Slater in the July 25 front-page story on Michael Pallamary’s recall effort against Mayor Bob Filner, it should be known that a recall effort is not due process. The constitutional right to due process comprehends a trial by a jury of your peers and the right to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against you. Pallamary and Slater should surely know this, and the comment can only be considered disinformation.
Where is Lightner’s voice on Filner actions?
Combining his bizarre actions as Mayor during the past few months with the recent published accusations of sexual harassment, it is not surprising that Bob Filner has been almost universally condemned by members of all political parties and interest groups, as well as the media.
What is amazing is the lack of response by City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner of La Jolla, one of the few council members who have not called for his resignation. She has apparently not even criticized him publically, at least to my knowledge.
To honor her (in) action, we should give Sherri Lightner the "5-Star Award for Hypocrisy in Face of Politics," especially in view of her previously expressed views on humanity and women's rights.
La Jolla Editor's note: Late Friday afternoon (July 19) Lightner released a brief statement saying she asked Mayor Filner to resign, based on pressure from her constituents. Filner needs to resign
Indeed, just ask Kenny Rogers – You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em and know when to walk away. Even though San Diego Mayor Bob Filner plans to undergo intensive behavioral therapy to learn how to stop treating women disrespectfully, it’s time for him to step down. How can Filner be an asset to San Diego, when sexual harassment charges have caused him to be a liability to himself? His behavior, as well as calls for his resignation have become a circus sideshow and a distraction to the city. If Filner loves San Diego, then he should step down gracefully for the good of the people and get some therapy as well. Maybe it will help deflate his narcissistic attitude.
JoAnn Lee Frank
La Jollans seem to be lacking a little common sense
You’ve gotta love La Jolla — otherwise you wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
• Item: The Post Office. Some in the “Save the Post Office” movement blame the USPS. Folks, the USPS is responding to suffocating restrictions imposed by Congress, which is in turn responding to the “government is bad” faction. You want to save the La Jolla Post Office? Get your elected officials to save the entire USPS — which is mandated in the Constitution of the United States — instead of privatizing the mail service.
• Item: The Children’s Pool. So someone has created a non-profit “conservancy” that will monitor the Seal Cam for only $280,000 per year, even though it is anticipated that at least some volunteer labor will be used. So if we’re dealing with eight-hour shifts, there are four full-time positions (counting vacation relief) at $65,000 per year — to sit there watching a camera. Meanwhile, parks are in disrepair, the library is only able to operate due to the generosity of private patrons, etc. etc.
• Item: The outrage about the map in The Shores. Huh?
And so it goes.
La Joll Let’s ban leaf-blower use on weekends
After a peaceful Polar Bear swim on New Year’s Day, my neighbor and I returned home to the greeting of a leaf blower operated by another neighbor’s gardener. I’m sure this is a familiar situation for many fellow La Jollans. It seems the leaf blowers are everywhere at every daytime hour. My neighbor and I lamented how we used to use a broom, a rake, and a dustpan to do the jobs that these leaf blowers do with a lot of noise and air pollution to boot. It’s summer now, days are long, and the leaf blowers drone on.
How did we come to this point?
We pay a lot to live here and much of the allure to this beautiful piece of real estate is the aesthetics of this lovely piece of terra firma. We live here because of the sound of the surf and the pretty birds. Many of us enjoy walking our sidewalks without the sound of loud freeways and large boulevards. We enjoy our peace here.
Would it be too much to suggest that we limit the use of leaf blowers, making Saturdays and Sundays “Blower-Free Days?” We could have a time to chat with a neighbor or our spouses as we stroll the streets. Imagine that!
These machines not only produce sound pollution, but they produce an enormous amount of air pollution as well! It doesn’t take a smog check to know when you arrive somewhere there has been a leaf blower. According to the city of Santa Monica, these machines produce 510 times the hydrocarbon emissions of light duty vehicles – translated, this means having a leaf blower in use at your property is like having 510 cars parked on your property with their engines running!
For carbon monoxide emissions, the number is only a staggering 28 times the amounts produced by light vehicles. These are only the air pollution numbers! This cannot be good for our health or the health of our hired gardeners.
A study cited in a September 2010 Los Angeles Times article noted that for every one person that supports the use of leaf blowers, there were 10 that do not support using leaf blowers. I have to cover my nose and mouth when I ride my bicycle through one of their dust clouds – I keep my eyes open because we all know what covering eyes while riding will cause!
In one case a 50-something-year-old grandmother challenged a gardener in the Pacific Palisades to a “blow-off” using her rake against their leaf blowers … guess you know she won in the time challenge!
Santa Monica and Laguna Beach already have bans in place. Are we lagging and suffering needlessly? Why not improve everyone’s quality of life? Maybe now is a good time to start a new La Jolla tradition – no leaf blower use on weekends and holidays.
Village cleanliness is everyone’s job
There have been several letters in recent weeks regarding the trashy condition of parts of this beautiful city on the ocean. I have to state first that I am a visitor here for the months of July and August, escaping the intense desert heat of La Quinta, Calif. La Jolla is a great city with much to offer the visitor, however, the trashy parts of the Village with garbage spilling out of receptacles and strewn about the sidewalk, leave a lot to be desired and in fact is a big turn off.
One writer felt that business owners needed to pitch in and do their fair share and I tend to agree with that. However, when I walk the entire length of Girard to the Village, I see no one out sweeping the sidewalk or picking up trash. Having owned my own business on a busy street in Los Angeles once upon a time, I realized the city will not always be there to do this. If a business owner cannot pitch in and do something then they have no pride at all in their shop. It's like letting a potential customer know that they just don't care or worse yet, "It's not my job." It's everyone's job if you have any pride at all in your city.
I visit Palm Springs quite a lot as I live near there. There is a big difference in the cleanliness of the downtown Palm Canyon area compared to "world class" La Jolla. Palm Springs actually works at keeping their city attractive and inviting. Wake up La Jolla and smell the coffee before your tourist dollars find another place to go.
Ken Stalcup La Quinta, La Jolla
Village cleanup plan could be a task for Rotary
Dear La Jolla Light, please tell letter-writer Patrick Deighan that I'm certain the Light would add its efforts to a grassroots community effort to further spur the merchants (as well as city staff with clean-up responsibilities) to make increased periodic or daily reviews of their sidewalks and approaches for litter.
I'd be pleased to present this to Rotary as a community project and personally discuss it with each merchant on Ivanhoe, Herschel, Girard, Fay and Eads; the central long streets and the most-glaring depositories for walk-by trash and cigarette butts.
Merchants with whom I've spoken are 100 percent in agreement that something should be done. Each thinks it's somebody ELSE's job to pick up.
Our small group could obtain additional trash cans — or buy them ourselves — and see to it that trash pickup phone numbers are posted and well known.
Besides the dozens of merchants, there are more than double that number of RESIDENTS who live above or near the offensive merchant sidewalk trash heaps. ALL of the residents would join with us and welcome a community effort to make our walkways more pleasant.
Tell Mr. Deighan that he and I are just a start; but we can make a difference immediately. Tell him to contact me. Thanks!