OUR READERS WRITE: Letters in the June 9 La Jolla Light


The plethora of sandwich advertising boards throughout the Village adds to “Tarnishing Our Jewel.” On this one corner (Fay Avenue and Kline Street) there are six! The LOT advertises with tall banners and sandwich signs on two corners, which are not even adjacent to its restaurant/theater complex (Girard Avenue and Kline Street, and Kline Street and Fay). Enough is enough! Larry McCracken

City has authority to remove La Jolla seals and sea lions

Hardly a week goes by without a letter being printed about “our” harbor seals at the Children’s Pool or California sea lions at The Cove. I find it personally offensive when someone who does not live in California writes a letter regarding our “inhumane” treatment of these marine mammals. These folks have been fed a line of misinformation and don’t know that neither species is facing any significant population challenge.

According to the most recent NOAA Stock Assessment Report, the most probable population of harbor seals in southern California is 30,968 and California sea lions 298,750. And for this the City of San Diego is denying beach access to 1,381,000 City of San Diego residents (latest population estimate).

Another writer chastised our 52nd Congressional District representative Scott Peters for not approaching Congress and requesting a change in the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Peters was a City Council District 1 representative for eight years. He tried to do something positive about the harbor seals, but he always stood alone against the other council members. His success in Congress would fare no better.

The city has no authority to protect these marine mammals, but it does have the legal authority to remove them under MMPA Section 109 (h). The city need only claim the animals are a potential health hazard or nuisance and they may be removed by any city employee using published non-lethal methods.

The city’s recalcitrance to act on behalf of our residents, especially those who are physically handicapped, is reprehensible.

David W. Valentine, Ph.D., Retired Marine Biologist

Time to cleanup La Jolla’s smelly beaches

My nephew and his wife were visiting La Jolla from Phoenix, June 1-4. They are an anesthesiologist and registered nurse, respectively, here for the first time in 26 years. I met them for lunch right after they’d been walking around The Cove, Scripps Park and Children’s Pool areas.

They were nauseated from the sea lion/seal/bird stench, had a hard time even looking at food and were aghast that beautiful La Jolla had become such a cesspool.

Rollers on the cliffs are not going to help! It’s way past time to get rid of the cause of the air and water pollution, fowl and foul, and return these sites to residents and visitors. Also, Ellen Browning Scripps could use a little rest from writhing in her grave. Althea Brimm

Please leave the pinnipeds alone

This letter goes to the La Jolla Town Council and the community to say I am for the sea lions of La Jolla and support calls to close The Cove to the general public. The sea lion population at La Jolla Cove deserves their rightful and peaceful place on Earth. Pieter Cornelis

Election signs are illegal eyesores

It’s another election and our public right of ways are littered with illegal signs!

California Penal Code section 556.1 states: “It is a misdemeanor for any person to place or maintain or cause to be placed or maintained upon any property in which he has no estate or right of possession any sign, picture, transparency, advertisement or mechanical device which is used for the purpose of advertising, or which brings to notice any person, article of merchandise, business or profession, or anything that is to be or has been sold, bartered or given away without the consent of the owner, lessee or person in lawful possession of such property before such sign, picture, transparency, mechanical device is placed upon the property.”

Not only do I view the antiquated practice of campaign signs as a blatant disregard for the law, but for the community as well.

I see no value in this form of “advertising,” other than simple name recognition, and I personally associate the names with inconsideration and a propensity to waste money. B

oth parties are guilty, but some candidates more so with multiple signs all in a row! I have heard excuses like “our volunteers did it,” so I ask, “If you can’t control your own campaign workers, what hope do we have when you are in office?”

The majority of signs go up in the dark of night, seemingly knowing this is the best time for criminal activity. It also sets a precedent for other illegal signs such as WE WILL BUY YOUR HOUSE, SWIM LESSONS, SOCCER LEAGUES, etc.

With all the social media available, why would anyone choose to use the same methods we saw in the 1960s? Even when used in yards, all these signs accomplish is letting neighbors know who YOU are going to vote for.

I seriously doubt anyone has been swayed by these signs other than to despise a view or party different than their own. We have to live next to each other long after elections, as well.

I am asking all the guilty parties to go out immediately and collect their signs from the public right of way (or have your volunteers do it) and respect the neighborhoods you expect support from and hope to lead. Chris Cott

Club cancels annual Rough Water Swim

Due to the poor ocean water quality and high bacteria levels currently present at La Jolla Cove, we will be deferring the annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim event until The Cove’s ocean water and beach conditions improve.

The safety of our swimmers has always been our primary concern. The LJRWS committee feels that to subject our entrants to The Cove’s poor ocean water quality this year would be irresponsible and contrary to the high standards of this 100-year-old-event.

We have always strived to provide a first class aquatic event for all members of the family and we don’t feel that would be possible this year considering the current conditions at La Jolla Cove.

We are hopefully optimistic and look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.

Bill Perry, LJRWS Public Relations Director

In defense of art, it’s better than hoarders next door

I’ve read the many opinions from La Jolla residents about the art house in the Muirlands. I wanted to offer an alternative perspective to neighbors who many see this inspiring art as an eyesore.

I have a hoarder on my block; yes, in La Jolla. There are countless broken-down cars in the driveway and on the street, and a disassembled airplane and engine block covered in a tarp less than one-inch inside the property line. Broken chairs and a used kitchen sink greet you as you walk by.

There’s probably more furniture on the outside of my neighbor’s house than I have on the inside of mine, and yet there is nothing we as neighbors can do to clean up the eyesore on our street.

Eventual intervention by the city for the numerous code violations and the fire hazards will take years, if not longer. So, from my perspective I’m much rather have inspiring art next door than junk. What about you? Anne Reisewitz

Codes and laws apply to all, even popular art

I respect the fact that Nasser Pirasteh’s friends like his artwork. Hopefully, they are equally respectful of the fact that his neighbors and the majority of La Jollans do not. That’s the nature of art. Some will enjoy, what others do not.

The problem is Pirasteh’s piece fits the building code definition of a structure and is constructed in a setback area that is legally required to remain open space. Contrary to his quotes in the media, the city’s definition of a structure has nothing to do with electricity, toilets, waterproofing, eggs in an omelet or the Chargers. And it doesn’t cease being a structure just because the builder calls it a “sculpture.” Pirasteh’s piece is an illegal structure.

He can construct whatever he wants if it’s done legally. But he has no right to illegally impose his work on his neighbors. J. Mannix

Support the Mission Bay Rewild Project

Did you know that over the next few years, 170 acres will be restored back to wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay? The San Diego Audubon Society is supporting the project, Rewild Mission Bay. Only six percent of the original marsh remains today.

You may ask “Why are wetlands important?” First, at least 200 species of plants and animals live there.

Second, the marsh cleans the water that passes through so it can be fresh and clean when it reaches the bay. Third, the marsh filters carbon dioxide from the air better than the rainforest.

Also, the marsh protects us from floods, droughts and sea level rise by soaking up the water like a sponge.

If we don’t protect marshes, animals and people might die! Everyone wants to live a happy, clean life. If you want to save the wetlands, go to the Rewild Mission Bay Community Workshop, 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at Mission Bay High School to share ideas.

Avery Hazard, Grade 5 High Tech Elementary

UCSD changes mind on art gallery closure

This letter goes out to all academics, staff and students at UC San Diego regarding the University Art Gallery (UAG). Last week, we shared with you that given the significant growth of the undergraduate student body, the UAG was one of several spaces on campus being considered for use as classroom space. We have heard from many of you that, although the classroom need is urgent and important, it is equally important to preserve campus spaces that allow the arts to thrive.

We acknowledge these concerns and consequently, with the support of Chancellor Khosla, have removed the UAG from consideration for redevelopment at this time. We remain open to considering a viable proposal for the revitalization of the UAG. Additionally, we have directed our planners to review our portfolio of existing capital projects to determine what opportunities may exist to create alternative new and vibrant replacement spaces across the campus.

The UCSD campus is rich with opportunity to experience art in multiple venues. Recent culturally significant installations, the Sojourner Truth Statue, the Chicano Legacy 40 Años Mural, and the Black Legacy Mural, have enriched and humanized the campus, and our Stuart Collection has long demonstrated the power of art in nontraditional spaces. In addition, traditional venues for art exhibition remain, including the Adam D. Kamil Art Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery at SME, Visual Arts Facility Gallery, gallery@calit2, Geisel Library and other spaces. The arts are deeply embedded in UCSD’s past, present and future.

Suresh Subramani, Executive Vice Chancellor

Cristina Della Coletta, Dean, Division of Arts & Humanities

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