LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Aug. 24, La Jolla Light

Cove Lifeguard Tower site dangerous

These recent photos show workers at La Jolla Cove using a jackhammer without eye or hearing protection, probably in violation of OSHA and city regulations. Where’s the oversight? Where did the contractor pick up these workers?

Dan Truitt

City on the hook for problems at the Cove Lifeguard Tower

I support Doug Burleigh’s letter in the Aug. 20 issue about the embarrassing construction process, aka the Cove Lifeguard Tower Station. The La Jolla Cove area is one of the premier tourist sites in San Diego. Surrounding, what I now think of as the “Developing World Lifeguard Tower and Sidewalk Ramp Construction Project” are the public sidewalks, beach access stairs, showers and bathroom facilities, which I understand, are scheduled for replacement by the city.

Since the start of the tower and ramp project, the sidewalks and beach access stairs are most always covered by a very thick layer of sand and debris, and the showers and toilet facilities are disgustedly dirty and minimally maintained. Thousands of tourists and residents of San Diego wade through and around this area every day. The combined effects of the above do not reflect well on the City of San Diego.

The community of La Jolla should be disappointed about this once beautiful area and how it reflects on the memory of the thousands of tourists who have visited the Cove since the start of the never-ending lifeguard tower and sidewalk ramp construction project.

Donald Padula

Let’s work to defeat cell-tower Spectrum Act

Thanks to La Jolla Light writer Pat Sherman for timely, clear reporting on complicated behind-the-scenes land-use issues and evolving state legislation implementing the federal Spectrum Act that may negatively affect La Jolla’s fragile balance between beauty and business.

Under cover of the too-broad federal Spectrum Act, the wireless industry is in the legislative process of getting a free pass — AB 57 (Quirk) — to add to existing cell towers or put up unsightly new poles exceeding our 30-foot Coastal Height Limit in any residential or commercial neighborhood without public notice, permission or right of appeal.

AB 57 is winding its way to passage through our heavily lobbied state legislature right now. La Jollans who care about visual blight from wireless clutter should contact Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a San Diegan, who has the authority to kill this bill when it appears before her in concurrence in these last few weeks of the 2015 legislative session.

And just in case, write Gov. Brown urging a VETO of AB 57, which overrides both the voter-approved Coastal Act and local control over zoning and environmental rules.

Frances O’Neill Zimmerman

Remember school-bus rules for kids’ safety

School has already or soon will be starting for many. Our first class should be School Safety. Did you know that it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children? Did you know school buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children? Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.

The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus. Be alert as children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and this makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.

Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. In a school zone, when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.

Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Street signs never moved

The story in the Aug. 20 La Jolla Light issue, “City looks into confusing WindanSea condo signage,” is nothing but gossip. The signage at 6767 Neptune Place is exactly as on the city approved construction drawings — as was required. And there never was any Do Not Enter sign at the intersection that was removed during construction. If you check this photo from two years ago while the old apartments were still occupied — well before demo and construction – the red sign was, and is, way up the hill.

Resident Lee Miller’s whining got an additional Do Not Enter sign at the intersection — 10 feet out in the pavement. The city fixed the problem. Quit bashing a fabulous project that gave the public $100,000 in improvements, uses solar energy, employed hundreds of tradesmen and increased the property tax yield on that land more than 10 times.

Paul Ross

Time to ban leaf blowers

I wish the City of San Diego would outlaw the blowers that people use for landscaping tasks. I do not believe they meet city code for noise. The City of Del Mar has already outlawed them. These machines invade our neighborhoods and create more dust and dirt. We have a very good life here, let’s make it better. With this ban, it would not be hard.

Tricia Mosier Riha

Replant bushes at WindanSea

I’m writing regarding the response by the city’s park arborist (who is this person?) and Tim Graham of the Storm Water Department to the plant removal at WindanSea. I have been living on Neptune Place since August 1965. The bushes that were removed not only supplied shade, they also established a foundation for the cliff soil (what’s to stop the erosion now?), and had natural beauty for all to appreciate.

Every year, either the city or neighbors living directly east of this location would trim the bushes when they grew too high, blocking the beach/ocean view. They were irrigated naturally from the continuous underground flow of water from the hills above.

I have known surfer gurus, over the past 50 years, who camped under them as well as a continuous flow of children, including my own, who played there. Not a single person ever developed a rash or itching associated with these bushes. I am suspicious that the developer involved with the newly built projects on Neptune Place immediately north and south of Playa del Sur influenced the city regarding this unnecessary removal. The bushes were never thought to be a health hazard before the developers arrived.

Why weren’t the locals, the Friends of WindanSea, and the La Jolla Town Council notified before this inexcusable decision for removal was made in a completely arbitrary way? Is the city so arrogant that it wouldn’t even consider the effects of this action on neighbors who enjoyed the plant life and accompanying view? This is a terrible mistake and it should be corrected with the planting of new vegetation that will survive just fine using the existing water table to self-irrigate. And, we — who actually live here — will take responsibility for any trimming needed, as we already have.

Bill Rogers

Caution on changing the PDO

The Aug. 20 front-page story (bit.ly/lajollapdo) in the La Jolla Light reporting that Claude-Anthony Morengo of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association wants to get rid of any building restrictions, I say, of course he does, he is a developer and home builder.

Susan Graceman

Search begins for new Taxpayers Association CEO

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association board selected the chairs and members of the search committee for a CEO to replace Mark Leslie, who retired in June. Barry Jantz, the association’s incoming board chair (2016), and civic leader Bill Geppert will chair the committee, which will begin its search immediately.

Geppert, who is not on the board, will lend experience from 16 years as general manager of Cox San Diego and serving as chair of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Bowl Game Association and as a member of numerous nonprofit boards.

The Taxpayers Association has acted as a watchdog and good-government advocate for 70 years. Qualifications for the top position include a minimum of five years’ experience in government, public policy and/or community relations; experience with organizational management, event management and media relations; knowledge of San Diego regional issues; and excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Prospective candidates can send a resume and cover letter to CEOsearch@sdcta.org and find out more at sdcta.org

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