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OUR READERS WRITE: March 15 issue: Keep talk about tragic events age-appropriate with children

This letter is addressed to La Jolla Elementary School parents/guardians and communities. The past few weeks have been particularly difficult for schools across America. The recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, in combination with other countrywide school campus incidents, has rightfully prompted the entire nation to reflect on the safety of our schools. It has also driven increased interest in student-led civic engagement efforts, including the idea of school walk-outs.

You may be aware that there are a number of student-led marches regarding this issue planned over the next few months. These will largely take place at middle and high schools where students are working with teachers and administrators to plan opportunities for students to engage in student-led civic engagement on campus under the supervision of school staff. Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High School (and The Preuss School, grades 6-12 on UCSD campus) will have peaceful, student-led activities on campus on Wednesday, March 14 for a total duration of approximately 17 minutes.

At La Jolla Elementary School, there has been no expressed interest by students to engage in activities, therefore, nothing has been planned at school for this day. The faculty and I think this is developmentally appropriate. We know how difficult it is for adults to process the tragedies that have taken place in recent years; for children who are not developmentally at an age where they can process what has happened and don’t have the life experience to cope with such tragedies, it is even more difficult and disturbing.

It is important to monitor what your children see and hear through the media and to have discussions with them at home if they have questions about safety and violence. Please find links to some selected resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (bit.ly/nasptips); Sharp HealthCare (bit.ly/sharphealthtips); Mental Health America (bit.ly/mhatipsforkids) and KidsHealth (bit.ly/khtips)to review and use as you find appropriate.

We want to assure you that our students’ emotional well-being and sense of security and safety while at school are our highest priority. All La Jolla public schools have clear plans and procedures to respond to emergency situations. We have safety plans in place and practice necessary drills on a regular basis, including lockdowns. Our schools continuously collaborate with law enforcement and district leadership to ensure that safety protocols are current and all efforts are made to better secure and monitor access to our campuses.

Donna S. Tripi, Principal

Bry parking program in place at WindanSea

I want to provide an update on an issue that has affected many La Jolla residents near WindanSea. After receiving feedback from the La Jolla Community Planning Association, nearby residents and the surfing community, I’ve worked with City staff to develop a pilot program to address the ongoing parking concerns. During this six-month period, there will be two 15-minute parking spaces at the intersection of Neptune Place and Playa Del Norte. The spaces will allow beach-goers to view the surf breaks and families to safely unload their vehicles. Parking in the two 15-minute spaces will be permitted from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Parking will be prohibited and strictly enforced from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Restricting late and overnight parking is important for nearby residents who deserve to have the peace of mind that unsafe activities are not taking place near their homes.

I acknowledge that there have been some unlawful instances in the past that will not be tolerated. If you see motorists parked in the space outside of the permitted times, please call (619) 531-2000. In addition, please do not hesitate to also contact my office at (619) 236-6611 or barbarabry@sandiego.gov

Consistent parking enforcement is going to be crucial and is something I will be monitoring closely. This pilot project will only succeed if we all work together to ensure that the community is aware of, and respects, the parking rules put in place. In doing so, we can guarantee that this District asset can be showcased and enjoyed by all.

District 1 City Council member Barbara Bry

Bike-share bikes block Shores sidewalks

To follow up on Ashley Mackin-Solomon’s March 8 La Jolla Light article about the bikeshare bikes popping up all over town, Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. there were a number of these Ofo-company bikes left on the sidewalk leading down to the beach near Scripps Pier. The number of bikes left and how they were placed on the sidewalk would make it difficult for carrying a surfboard, pushing a stroller or someone with a disability to get by them. Are there any regulations about how these bikes are supposed to be left on public property in order to provide good access for pedestrians?

Meg Davis

Editor’s Note: The recent proliferation of ride-sharing bikes and electric scooters in the right-of-ways around San Diego is eliciting concern as communities become aware of the new practice and address it at their town council meetings. La Jollans with related issues should contact District 1 City Council member Barbara Bry at (619) 236-6611 or barbarabry@sandiego.gov

Village parking? Try to avoid it

My wife and I read Inga’s columns every week without fail. We enjoy her unique perspectives and touch of humor. Last week’s column regarding the parking disaster in The Village was particularly pertinent. Our experiences in The Village during the day have been so bad we just won’t go back. Yes! It’s really been that bad!

The parking enforcement officers need to be reined in, but the City is in such dire need of cash that will never happen. The article should become a talking point at the La Jolla Parking Advisory Board so it could become a rallying cry for those of us who share Inga’s frustrations, of which there are probably an untold number. Keep poking those decision-makers at all levels!

Lou Cumming

Village parking on a wing and a prayer

As a longtime La Jolla resident and former commercial broker, who worked both the La Jolla office and retail marketplace from 1980 until 2016, I’m prompted to write after reading Inga’s column last week about parking in The Village. Although Inga’s struggle with parking may seem humorous, parking in La Jolla is no laughing matter.

La Jolla is a beautiful community. It’s just a great place to live and work, and the location is ideal. Being a world-class tourist destination it has to learn from other world-class tourist destinations. Go to any similar location in either North America or Western Europe and you will find a bustling retail community offering goods to both the locals and tourists. One thing you won’t find in any of these communities is an abundance of free parking. What one will find is an abundance of paid parking stalls.

In the more affluent communities, parking is available in convenient, well-lit, underground parking structures. (La Jolla already has these parking structures, under any of The Village office buildings that have been constructed since the mid-1970s.) In smaller European villages, there are surface parking lots that visitors can use for a fee.

Actually, the closest we have in La Jolla to a European feel is on Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores, with the various restaurants offering al fresco dining and the kayak shops. The Shores is really hopping, especially in the summer. More importantly, there are no real parking issues around Avenida de la Playa. There is a limited amount of timed street parking, but if one is coming for dinner, one can always find paid parking at the four-story office building or free parking at Kellogg Beach parking lot. Granted, it’s a walk of a few blocks, but isn’t a moonlit beachfront stroll nice after a delicious meal?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if The Village and Prospect Street had the same restaurant vibe that occurs in The Shores? Wouldn’t it be great, if during the evening, the streets were packed with locals and tourists dining out, al fresco, and then strolling the streets stopping to shop here and there?

This can only happen if restaurant patrons have to park away from where they are going to dine, and then walk to and from dinner. Actually, I think requiring parking stalls for restaurants is counter-productive. Restaurants can always provide valet service, but other than that, patrons can park where they can and enjoy La Jolla’s wonderful weather and beauty. This concept, of walking to and from a restaurant, should also help our retailers.

Lastly, let’s keep in mind that this is 2018. Times have certainly changed since the La Jolla PDO was written years ago. When it was written no one could conceive of the computer age, cell phones, electric cars, Uber, Lyft or all the conveniences of today’s world? Free street parking rarely exists in any other tourist community. It’s just a thing of the past that our community clings to.

The purpose of my comments are not to promote doing away with free street parking. What I am saying is that when one finds a free parking stall, just say a little prayer of thanks and go with the flow.

Philip Wise

Thoughts on self-driving cars ...

It might be interesting if you took a survey of La Jolla Light readers, perhaps a “yes” e-mail address and a “no” address, that asks this question: Would you buy a self-drive car and sit in the back and take a nap while it drove you to L.A.?

I can’t imagine anyone would.

William Dunne

CORRECTION

Last week’s Alphabet Soup roundup about La Jolla’s 14 community groups should have stated the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee meets at 4 p.m. third Mondays, at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.

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