Rental rules should be 30-day minimum stay in La Jolla

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As long-term La Jolla residents, we believe the increasing popularity of both short-term vacation rentals and the rental of private homes for special events disturbs our quality of life and threatens to turn La Jolla from a thriving, family community into a careless party town.

There is a 30-day rental minimum in the San Diego Municipal Code. We ask that the city properly enforce this 30-day minimum, rather than continue to tolerate short-term rentals. We additionally support an outright ban on the rental of residentially zoned properties for special events, to lessen the chances that a property may be rented for 30-plus days as a ruse to stage events.

We take as our inspiration the City of Coronado, which prohibits occupancy for less than 26 consecutive days, and the rental of private properties for special events, weekend stays and weekly vacation homes. We believe this is the best way to both reduce noise and preserve the residential character of our local neighborhoods.

We welcome visitors to enjoy La Jolla — we have hotels that can fit all budgets. But we hope visitors will remember that for us, La Jolla is not a vacation destination, tourist trap, or commercial investment opportunity. It is our home.

We hope our fellow residents will be able to join us in support at the next public meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Vacation Rentals.

Yours for peace, quiet and community,

The 30-Day Club

Jon Mangerich

, Chair

Karen Heyman

, Co-Chair

Review of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ sadly, misses the mark

The Feb. 27, review of “The Winter’s Tale” falsely states that King “Leontes ... eventually orders his pregnant wife be put to death, along with his young son, Mamillius ...” This is a synopsis of some other story which is completely different from “The Winter’s Tale” written by William Shakespeare and produced on stage by The Old Globe.

In “The Winter’s Tale,” Leontes orders the death of his friend Polixenes by poisoning and the death of his daughter by fire. (Note that neither order is ever executed). Leontes orders that his son, the prince, be taken away from his wife, Hermione, and he orders Hermione to be placed in prison pending trial. His son becomes sick with grief from separation from his mother. Leontes is solicitous for his son’s recovery and gives the order “See how he fares.” Later at trial Leontes threatens his wife with death to which she replies “Sir, spare your threats.” Leontes never in any way orders the death of son or wife.

News comes that the son has died of grief. This news is true and the fault of Leontes, but not something he ordered or something he consciously wished for. Next it appears that upon hearing the news of her son’s death that Herminone is dying of grief. The order from Leontes is “Beseech you, tenderly apply to her / Some remedies for life.” Soon thereafter Paulina says of Herminone “I say she’s dead.” It is up to the audience to judge if this is true or not.

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