Our Readers Write: La Jollans speak up about turn signals, elections, emergency services, access to running track and Ellen Browning Scripps

Letters to the Editor from the Oct. 20, 2016 issue of La Jolla Light:

Turn signals and roundabouts

Thank you to reporter María José Durán for the pop quiz on driving through roundabouts in the Oct. 6 issue. As a Bird Rock resident, I enjoy the added safety and slower speeds roundabouts provide and I thank all who worked to make them a reality. However, whether riding my bike, walking to do some shopping or driving to work, I’m constantly reminded that the majority of drivers don’t use their turn signals to visually help the oncoming or side traffic decide on speed or the need to yield.

Quiz Question 7 asked, “In roundabouts, you use your turn signals when” the correct answer was B “When changing lanes or exiting the roundabout.” I’m unsure of the law on this, but I’ve found that when I try to tell my friends or family (no one really listens, but I keep after them) I simply instruct that when you are entering the circles and exiting to the right, use your right blinker; when you’re making a left turn, use your left blinker; and when you are making a complete U-turn, use your left blinker. No blinker is needed if you are proceeding straight through.

Mind you, I do know how fun it is to have the right of way while you’re in the circle, whipping around like a race car cutting in front of oncoming traffic, but just let everyone know your intentions as you enter with your blinker. More safety, better traffic flow.

Trent Wagenseller


Public call-out for great EMS crew

I’d like to thank all the individuals who came to my rescue after my fall on Silverado Street outside Chase Bank last week. I stepped off the sidewalk to cross the street and caught my left foot on a burm and went flying. Rosela Kabande was passing by and came to my rescue, as did Darrell Wilson of Chase Bank. 9-1-1 was called and the fire department was first to respond. I didn’t get names, but believe me they were the best — very professional, caring and most importantly, thorough.

The ambulance came to take me to Sharp Emergency. Michael Murray and Andre Pine were my EMTs. Again, these emergency responders were awesome. The Sharp Emergency Team was like family. They took care of me as if I were the most precious gem. Many thanks to everyone!

Gloria Sharkey


2016 election mud gets heavier

For years the term mudslinging has been applied to the political game in which opponents fling any bit of dirty news they have onto each other’s character. What we the public want to know is what each candidate can offer our country. The public doesn’t care Donald Trump has showed his manhood with controversial comments. Whatever may have happened 10 years ago doesn’t matter now. Should we dwell and reflect on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinski scandal? All of that has no relativity now.

What happens from here is what counts. That goes for both parties. What matters now is bringing our divided country together. As it is, the militant Muslims, ISIS, are using the vulnerability of our country for their benefit. Our internal conflict is to their advantage.

Beware candidates! Say something productive like what you will do to MAKE AMERICA GREAT again!

Billy Wyatt


When can runners use track again?

Thanks to Ashley Mackin for her informative update in the Oct. 14 issue on the ribbon-cutting for the new La Jolla High School Vikings athletic facilities. A number of us who benefited from using the track for recreational jogging are looking forward with anticipation to enjoying the facility once more. When is the track going to re-open for public access?

Igor Grant

Reporter’s Note: LJHS Athletic Director Paula Conway said the athletic complex is still under construction, though the track itself is finished. When the whole facility is finished, the track should open for public use when school is not in session.


A few unforgettable facts about Ellen Browning Scripps

Scripps Pier observed its 100th birthday. October is the month we also observe the birthday of La Jolla’s great benefactress Ellen Browning Scripps. Miss Ellen gave us the pier. There are 20 or so other gifts that enhance the area as a result of her generosity. Miss Ellen must have been driven to accomplish change.

But what do we actually know about her? The photograph she submitted when she entered college shows a dark-haired, dark-eyes young woman with a round face. All her life she disliked her prominent nose. We know she enjoyed bringing friends together for lively Bridge parties. Her brother had to find a chauffeur to drive the Ford he gave her because she refused to learn to drive. For 20 years, she spoke passionately about women’s suffrage, which finally passed in 1919. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a record of her voice was found at the La Jolla’s Woman’s Club, which itself was one of her many gifts to the Village.

Miss Ellen discovered La Jolla while attending the San Diego Centennial in the early 1900s. She quickly built her home on Prospect Street. In 1915, she stood by in tears as her home burned to its foundation because the fire hoses of the time couldn’t reach it. It was later discovered that the arsonist was her brother’s disgruntled employee. She quickly rebuilt her home.

I wonder if she retained her British accent? Did she swim in the ocean? Did she save her father’s library? Was baking bread a hobby? Was chocolate cake her favorite? She lived in her home on Prospect Street for 35 years until she died at age 96 in 1932.

Given all the above, she stills remains an enigma. Undoubtedly, living in La Jolla gave her much happiness. She gave it back tenfold, setting the precedent that keeps our charmed “Jewel” a treasured place.

Patricia Weber



In the Oct. 13 La Jolla Light story “What are we surfing in?” the correct spelling of the name of the San Diego City’s Transportation & Stormwater Department Program Manager is Ruth Kolb.


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