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.

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