La Jolla High School has been bustling for the last month. “Blast Off” was a great success on Sept.13, followed by a fantastic Homecoming weekend Oct. 4-5. The Vikings won both of those games thanks in part to the large turnout by families, alumni and supporters.
La Jolla High School Foundation recently kicked off its 2013 Fall Giving Campaign, “Conquer the Cuts,” with a goal of reaching $150,000 in November. La Jolla High is one of the best public high schools in the country, but maintaining these standards is increasingly difficult due to continued budget cuts at all levels of government. Every year, the Foundation is asked to fund items to support the academic and athletic success of its students. Last year, more than $500,000 was donated to cover requested and approved items, such as school and office supplies, grants to classrooms, staffing for nursing and counseling services, technology, campus and field maintenance, and support for the numerous athletic teams and programs.
“Conquer the Cuts” is the most ambitious fundraiser of the school year. It happens over a few short weeks and without much fanfare. No gala or party to attend, just a 100-percent tax deductible donation to the Foundation’s 501(c)3 non-profit.
I miss the old window-painting contest along Girard Avenue
The world of make believe is a wonderful place to visit. What fun, for one day, to become a pirate or princess! That is what Halloween became following its dire beginnings in past centuries. Now, the holiday seems to be changing again. Most regrettable is the loss of La Jolla's famous Halloween window-painting contest. Teenagers registered to compete and were assigned a storefront on Girard Avenue. They had a start and finish time after which came a judging and awarding of prizes. Families and friends enjoyed viewing the fantastic work of some very talented young people. Spirits ran high on this day!
Decades ago, this contest was discontinued, even though restaurants, parking facilities and some other businesses benefited from the occasion. I ask why? Perhaps business owners complained that customers couldn't view the merchandise displayed? Or they didn't like to wash the windows afterward? Or did the mindset of society take a downward shift (with merchants nervous about the types of images students would create) because movies, videos, books and perverted TV programs have desensitized our greater American audience too much?
Has innocent amusement become a threat? Is that the reason why the Village won't risk reviving the window-painting contest on Girard on Halloween? Are dragons, witches and goblins waiting with tears rolling down their cheeks until the town allows them to come alive again with a Halloween painting contest in La Jolla?
La Jolla resident since 1953
Can a person really ‘own’ part of a beach?
The California Coastal Commission reportedly gave Mitt Romney the OK to tear down his La Jolla house and build a bigger one. The piece on MSN goes on to say, "more importantly the Romneys do own a portion of the beach." That statement of claim I have an issue with! No one, no human being, can or does own the beach or a portion of it unless that person buys a whole island. Even then, I question the moral legality of it as only the Earth can lay claim to it!
It's no surprise Tony Ciani lost the appeal he filed objecting to the 11,000- square-foot house, as I must assume Ciani falls into the 47 percent Romney spoke of during his presidential campaign.