Our Readers Write: La Jollans speak out about election measures, local planning boards and Rotary Club

Our Readers Write / Letters to the Editor / Opinion:

Letters to the Editor from the Oct. 27, 2016 issue of La Jolla Light:


Council President Sherri Lightner issues urgent voting caution

There is nothing more important to the voters of San Diego than ensuring that their votes are cast and counted as they intended. City of San Diego residents recently discovered a significant ballot issue that could jeopardize voters’ intentions.

The way the ballot is constructed, when a voter uses a felt-tip pen or marker to fill in a YES vote on Measure E, the ink bleeds through to a perfectly aligned NO bubble for Measure K on the reverse side. Voters are unknowingly compromising their ballots.

Measures E and K are both critical measures for the City of San Diego. Each will ensure democracy is functioning at its highest and best levels.

Measure E will give the City additional tools to remove elected officials from office who are convicted of felonies or are mentally or physically incapacitated.

Meanwhile, Measure K will conform the City’s election practices with those of the state and federal government, so that the top two candidates for Mayor, City Attorney and City Council will advance from the June primary to the November general election.

I encourage all voters to support both Measure E and Measure K.

Even more importantly, please be sure to use only a ballpoint pen when filling out your ballot, and please cast a vote on all the City ballot measures. Your vote matters, and we want to make sure it is counted.

If you vote by mail and your ballot has been accidentally spoiled, you can request a new one by contacting the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800.

If you would like more information on any of the City ballot measures, please visit or contact my office at

Sherri Lightner

San Diego City Council President, District 1


City should make better use of local boards for solving problems

Well, I “dialed up” Ms. Barbara Bry’s online survey, as written about in the Oct. 20 La Jolla Light, and was disappointed at its superficiality. I hope this is not an indication of how “deeply” she will delve into City issues of importance to us taxpayers! Just like a politician, she thinks more committees are the answer rather than using those that already exist — like the La Jolla Town Council or the La Jolla Community Planning Association or other like organizations in her district.

Lou Cumming


Come share some laughs with Rotarians Saturday

The Rotary Club of La Jolla invites the community to Laughing Under the Stars, an evening with two stand-up comedians, a silent auction, fabulous heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in a stunning outdoor setting at the home of Claire Reiss (address provided to ticket-buyers).

Laughing Under the Stars is not only a chance for fun with friends and festive comedy entertainment — as well as an extravagant silent auction — it also provides an opportunity to support the Rotary Club of La Jolla’s mission to fund its Avenues of Service program, sustaining local and international projects that make a difference in peoples’ lives. Attire will be “La Jolla Cocktail Casual.” For more information on the good works of La Jolla Rotary, and to purchase tickets, please visit or call (858) 354-0765.

Lora Fisher


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