Our Readers Write: La Jollans shares their thoughts on construction project blocking coastal views; Meanley & Son Hardware store losing popcorn cart; La Jolla High students join walkout for gun reform

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Letters to the Editor from the May 3, 2018 issue of La Jolla Light as La Jollans speak out on local issues:

Construction project blocks coastal views

Driving in and out of La Jolla on Torrey Pines with my eyes closed is something I wish I could do. But, of course, I have too much concern for the welfare of every driver on the same route. And it would not really change the facts that lead me to express this feeling.

My comment, as a longtime San Diego coastal and La Jolla resident, stems from concerns that must never surface in the minds of the architect firm, the owners of the property under construction on the corner of Torrey Pines Road and Coast Walk, the Coastal Commission and the City of San Diego .

In totality, this group is responsible for the massive home blocking views up and down the coast. And no doubt as construction is completed, the impact will only get worse. Where has concern for others, judgment and good taste gone among the private and public sector when it comes to making irreversible decisions that alter coastline views?

Although overused these days in tweets, I can only add the concluding thought about the decisions made that have allowed this project … SAD, SAD, SAD. — Richard Ulevitch

Re: La Jolla High students join walkout for gun reform

Your headline “Lawmakers Take Note” above the front-page story April 26: “La Jolla High students join walkout for gun reform,” makes sense only if it is meant to alert our political representatives of the degradation of the public school system. Allowing students to leave school (individually or en masse) without parental permission should lead to the demotion or firing of education officials.

I don’t blame the kids for this; it had to feel good to march for “change” even though they apparently had no idea what specific change that might be.

Without serious consequence for teachers and administrators that enabled this march, future school walkouts will be encouraged. If so, it will be interesting to see if school officials allow (or disallow) such marches depending on political (liberal vs. conservative) favoritism.

A better way to handle controversial issues is to have on-campus debates that discuss actual solutions to current problems. — Carl Lind

One by one, Village losing its beloved icons

First, Jonathan’s closed. A tragedy.

Then Burns went out. A travesty.

And now the worst of all: the cherished popcorn machine at Meanley’s Hardware Store is gone! Nooo! How many more losses can our little Village sustain? — Jerry Cesak

Editor’s note: Right on, Jerry! You’re not kidding! Add to our stinging losses the Fourth of July Fireworks over The Cove and the summer concerts in Scripps Park ... Gone, but not surely not forgotten ...

But back to the popcorn dispenser: The Light can confirm that the San Diego County Health Department received a complaint from a customer at Meanley & Son Ace Hardware who observed someone reaching in for popcorn with a bare hand instead of the provided utensil.

In response, the health department paid a visit to the store, informing it to either lose the machine or become a licensed food handler. This would entail obtaining County-authorized food-handler cards for all employees handling the popcorn (which must be renewed every three years), and employing at least one person who has passed a State-approved food-safety exam (which must be taken every five years). The store chose to remove the popcorn dispenser.

Cheers to Pannikincoffee shop’s success!

Congratulations to Pannikin Coffee & Tea on its 50 year anniversary. It’s still the coolest coffee shop in town! I remember going there back in the day and thinking ‘What an interesting place!’ It seemed to me ‘nobody works and everyone has money!’ for how else could so many people be sitting around drinking coffee in the middle of a work day!

I think local artist Chris Canole was there, too. Bob Sinclair, the founder, was a Maverick visionary and historic preservationist who saved and restored such buildings as Brockton Villa and the Encinitas Train Station and managed to parlay coffee beans into 25 pieces of downtown property. His legacy lives on and will continue in a place as funky and original as he was. — Mark Anderson


The April 26 article on page A-4 reporting on the Development Permit Review Committee (DPR) meeting, included results of a review on a proposed single-family home at 5543 Waverly Ave. designed by Tim Golba of Golba Architecture Inc. and reported that the main point of contention by the DPR committee was the use of a carport in the proposed design. In the reporting on the review however, the article included a statement that “carports are considered an architectural parlor trick by builders seeking to push the sizes of houses beyond legal limits.” It should be clarified that this statement is in error and that carports are fully legal under City of San Diego Land Development Code.

The article also failed to mention that the project in question was already fully approved by the City of San Diego staff prior to both appearances of this project in front of the DPR committee, which serves merely as an advisory committee to the City.

The article also incorrectly stated Floor Area Ratio of the project as 5.9 where the proposed FAR is actually 0.59 or 2,686 square feet in total. Further, the DPR motion to vote to deny the application for a Coastal Development Permit to build a house at 5543 Waverly Ave. was listed as 5-1 in favor, where the vote was actually 5-2.

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