Our Readers Write: Letters from the June 30 issue

‘Blocked’ sidewalks Tarnish Our Jewel

Thank you for the informative article in the June 23 La Jolla Light about the lack of sidewalks and pedestrian safety in many La Jolla neighborhoods. Our community would benefit greatly from measures like “road-dieting” and prioritizing infrastructure for walking and biking. Why are homeowners permitted to have mailboxes and landscaping on the sidewalk?

Max and Kaia

More sidewalks needed than article mentioned

I want to thank La Jolla Light reporter María José Durán for shining a light on La Jolla’s missing sidewalks with her articles. I look forward to the next installation in this series. I hope María is allowed time and space to cover areas of La Jolla that badly need sidewalks but do NOT include the challenges found on Mt. Soledad. A perfect example is the lower stretch of Calle Del Oro when it starts the eastward climb from its intersection with La Jolla Shores Drive. This street has plenty of room and an overabundance of pedestrians, especially in the summer. The strangest thing is that Calle Del Oro does have a sidewalk higher up the hill where it is not needed as badly.

I’m not familiar with where the mayor’s “additional sidewalks” are being installed, but I hope this is near the top of the list. Just visit the intersection of Calle Del Oro and La Jolla Shores Drive on any summer weekend to see how many families are forced to walk in the street (around a blind turn) to return to their cars after a day at the beach. Perhaps the residents along that stretch will be upset to have a sidewalk installed, but it’s not their business. This is exactly what the city’s right-of-ways are for.

Let’s not wait for a child to get injured or killed because the budget didn’t allow for a sidewalk where it is so badly needed.

Jim Smith

La Jolla’s crosswalks need attention, too

It’s great to see the La Jolla Light promoting the idea of making La Jolla more pedestrian-friendly. But as a daily runner, I can tell you the danger is not the lack of sidewalks in hilly neighborhoods, but the lack of traffic control and cross walks at busy intersections.

Perhaps the worst spots are near the entrance to Mt. Soledad Park. Every day hundreds of pedestrians and bicyclists who walk, run or bike to The Cross must dart across traffic. Anyone coming up from The Summit along Via Casa Alta faces a steady stream of traffic when they reach La Jolla Scenic. This intersection is desperately in need of a flashing crosswalk like the ones installed on La Jolla Boulevard.

Equally as bad, about 200 yards down Via Capri, anyone who wants to cross and take the path down to Hillside (and there are lots of people who do this) takes their life in their hands trying to do so. During morning rush hour, traffic streams by with only the smallest breaks. Here, too, we desperately need a flashing crosswalk.

I encourage the La Jolla Light and all its readers to write or e-mail our City Councilmember Sherri Lightner or anyone in San Diego government who can help get flashing crosswalks installed at these two locations. Lightner’s e-mail is sherrilightner@sandiego.gov

Chip Burwell

Beware of barbecued bugs ...

What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat & Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues. The Hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they avoid mentioning that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also happens to form cancer-causing compounds.

Fortunately, some forward-thinking U.S. food manufacturers have solved these issues for us by creating an amazing assortment of healthy and delicious veggie burgers and soy dogs. No nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds in these tasty plant-based foods. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, antibiotics or pesticides. And, they are conveniently waiting for us at almost any supermarket.

This July 4th offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.

Sheldon Daniels

Residents have concerns after work crews leave

I have noticed numerous construction sites throughout La Jolla recently, especially street work on West Muirlands Drive. As a local high school student, my family and I deal with the commute to and from school. When trying to avoid the masses of families driving on Nautilus Street, West Muirlands provides a quicker journey.

During the street’s closure, my morning commute was unaffected, as the road work began after school started. However, my journey home definitely lengthened. I had to wait until May 16 for the street to reopen, according to the sign blocking the street. Sadly, I had to wait again, as the sign’s date suddenly moved into June.

Regardless, it is the aftermath of the construction that is unfavorable. After two months of construction, the street was left in a mess of steel panels, or as my dad says, tire-busters. Pointy corners stick out of the street, making for a rough ride. In addition, my family continuously finds water issues in our house. Our freezer recently stopped working and made terrible noises. When the repairman arrived, he explained that a recent water shut-off in La Jolla left sediment blocking the water line. I find it funny how my family has also experienced issues with sediment blockage in our showers and sinks. In order for the construction to be completed on West Muirlands, it was necessary for the water to be turned off, causing multiple issues. I must ask, are there others who struggle with plumbing issues and tire-busters?

Amy Carlyle

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