Some of the streets in La Jolla are indeed roads to ruin!

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In response to your Tarnishing the Jewel series, I would like to see attention paid to Coast Boulevard, which is in poor shape at several sites. Last month, the City of San Diego completely re-laid the road in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art and it looks wonderful. Why was that stretch done solo and not several blocks north and south of there? Can you find out? (Photo featured.)

Ann Parode Dynes

La Jolla

Sticky, Sloppy Bus Stop

Have you noticed that the bus stop in front of the Jack in the Box is disgusting? Somebody spilled a shake or something weeks ago and a stain has been left on the sidewalk. There are cigarette butts, remnants of dipping sauces, plastic bottles, orange peels, etc. There’s a waste receptacle about four strides away, but some people obviously choose not to clean up after themselves.

While we can’t change people’s behavior and their disregard for others, it seems to me that La Jolla, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) or even, in this particular case, Jack in the Box, should make an effort to maintain the areas around the bus stop. I don’t think that La Jolla wants to leave an impression of fouled bus stops with its visitors nor its regular transit patrons. I appreciate whatever you can do to help with this issue.

John R. Burns

La Jolla

Editor’s Note:

A call to Natalie at MTS Customer Service  (619) 595-4908 (natalie.ven@sdmts.com) revealed that MTS considers the bench to be the property of an advertising company and the sidewalk in front of it, city domain. However, Natalie said she will investigate all bus stop or pole damage reports and welcomes inquiries.

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next called the city to report the sticky situation and learned that the city considers it the job of the adjacent business to keep the sidewalk clean, per a provision in the Highway Code. The city said the bus stop area at 564 Pearl St., must be maintained by Jack in the Box.

A third call, to Moe, the very sincere and frustrated new manager at Jack in the Box, revealed that he understands the responsibility, but is “too tired” to keep it up 24/7 because cleaning the area around the fast-food outlet becomes a full-time job. Moe said, coincidentally, a meeting was planned for June 7 to discuss a solution to the problem. Stay tuned!

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Cracked and Crumbling Crosswalk

propose the crosswalk at Girard Avenue and Pearl Street (east side) for your Tarnishing the Jewel feature. I’m talking about the street by the Maserati dealership. It’s one of the very worst crosswalks in La Jolla. Just go out and have a look!

Bill Smith

La Jolla

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has forwarded these images and repair requests to the city. We will publish the response as soon as we hear back, hopefully, to let residents know when road repairs will be done

We’ll need underground parking for proposed Performing Arts Center

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