Volunteers sought to visit La Jolla's shut-ins, cash needed for Meals on Wheels program

This letter comes to thank every one in our community who made a contribution to Greater La Jolla Meals On Wheels in 2012. If you gave to San Diego's meals program, we're certain its beneficiaries appreciated your gift, as well.

La Jolla Meals On Wheels has been serving The Jewel since 1974. We predate San Diego's Meals On Wheels organization by 23 years. We do not receive government funding. Our support comes from donations by La Jolla's citizens, businesses, service clubs and organizations. Our primary mission for all these years has been to bring nourishment to our neighbors, who for whatever reasons, are unable to get to the grocer or prepare their own meals.

With an eye to the future, we're ready to expand our purpose.

Every one of our more than 150 home-delivery volunteers knows the value of a friendly visit with a shut-in. Our clients remind us that we're the only people they see all day and we're important to them. In that spirit, La Jolla Meals On Wheels announces its new companion program, La Jolla Friendly Visitors.

La Jolla Friendly Visitors has been created to offer a weekly, 1- to 2-hour visit with seniors or anyone who is homebound. The visits will dispel feelings of loneliness and isolation, and replace them with hope and fun visits to anticipate. Now we can offer food AND friendship, which are key elements in sustaining the quality of life.

We need you to make La Jolla Meals On Wheels and La Jolla Friendly Visitors successful. Please consider your continued financial support as well as becoming a volunteer participant. You can learn more about La Jolla Meals On Wheels and our soon-to-be-launched Friendly Visitors program at

LaJollaMealsOnWheels.org

or by calling the office at (858) 452-0391.

Ron Jones

President, Greater La Jolla Meals On Wheels

Mayor acted irresponsibly by extending the seal rope

As you are aware, the saga of the Children's Pool rope continues. On Dec. 21, 2012 (right before the holidays), our new Mayor Bob Filner unilaterally ordered that the Children's Pool rope barrier be extended from the legally permitted 130 feet to approximately 152 feet. Apparently, this illegal order was intended to deter persons from accessing the beach in order to "send them a message that they can't do this" as he promised on Dec. 15 when the rope went up. In order to send this message, the mayor found it necessary to break the law.

Unfortunately, San Diego has had all too much experience with permit violations and they can be costly. Last time the city illegally put up a rope at the Children's Pool, it cost the city almost $1 million. State laws and coastal issues are not only complicated but designed to protect the rights of the citizens of the state.  There are significant penalties for violating a permit. As the city attorney said in his Dec. 24 memo on the subject,

"Civil penalties for development in violation of the Coastal Act may be imposed in superior court in the amounts of not less than $500 and not more than $30,000." Additionally, the city may be liable for court costs and attorney fees if someone sues on the matter.

As was the case last year when the original permit violation was noticed, as well as other cases including the Sunroad "too-tall" building etc., permit violations are no small thing and can cost the city greatly.

It is shocking that our new mayor would intentionally and knowingly (with written warnings from the city attorney) violate the law. Flagrant violations are costly and the disappointing reality is that the taxpayers will once again be on the hook for the poor decisions of their elected leaders. With a lawsuit currently pending in Superior Court on this very subject, it is inconceivable why the mayor would intentionally break the law. Such actions can only be called irresponsible.

David Pierce

La Jolla

Editor’s note:

For the background on this story, read Pat Sherman’s news report at

http://www.lajollalight.com/2012/12/27/mayor-extends-length-of-pupping-season-rope-at-la-jolla-children’s-pool/

Police need to enforce vagrancy laws

The point, of course, of my letter in the Dec. 20 issue of the Light, was to highlight that homelessness in La Jolla is a problem. (It's interesting to note that Cindy Peterson, who responded to it in the Dec. 27 issue, never acknowledges this.)

Being proactive is the only way to address this burgeoning blight.  A do-nothing attitude, which is essentially what Ms. Peterson advocates, will not solve the problem. Indeed, it will only encourage more and more people to come here.  The vast majority of La Jollans (not to mention business owners) want to see fewer homeless people in town, but they feel frustrated by what can only be described as an absentee police force. As a result, we see more panhandling, more trash and more personal effects piling up on the streets. In short, we see urban decay.

La Jollans are very proud of their town and wish to maintain the cleanliness and charm of it. Taxpayers gladly pay for shelters and missions, to which homeless people can and should go for help. In the meantime, though, we have every right to encourage these people to get off the streets and into the programs they so desperately need.

Bernard Lockhardt

La Jolla

Who fixes snowglobes?

I have an heirloom snowglobe that needs repair. The liquid inside has evaporated and I wish to have it restored. I’m wondering if anyone knows someplace local where I can have this done professionally. Thanks!

John Feagans

johnf@lajollalight.com

Correction please!

I am honored to be selected as one of the 18 La Jolla leaders to watch in 2013. Unfortunately, the "fundraiser, philanthropist and hospital architect" heading in the Jan. 3 La Jolla Light article is misleading. I only fundraise for a few select political candidates and progressive causes dear to my heart; my contributions are limited to my time only; and, most importantly, I have not practiced architecture for decades.

My firm, Christine Forester Catalyst, is a business management, marketing, branding and community affairs consulting company that serves a varied clientele, from start-ups to large corporations.

With a grateful heart for the recognition of my contribution to our city and our country, it is an imperative to me that the information disseminated about me is accurate and current.

Christine Forester

La Jolla

Happy about new birth control laws

If there were a simple, cost-effective  way to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and abortion in the United States, it would be shortsighted of us not to take advantage of that resource. That’s why I am delighted that our state will make it easier for women in California to access birth control. Assembly Bill 2348 takes effect in January, and allows registered nurses  to dispense hormonal contraceptives (like the pill) under a standard protocol. This will affect women, especially in rural areas where they often have to travel great distances or wait to see a doctor to get birth control. Now nurses are able to provide hormonal birth control to patients. This is a tremendous breakthrough in women’s health and I applaud the Legislature for its movement forward.

Leanne Hull

La Jolla

   
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