OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from the July 27 issue of La Jolla Light: Bicycles are traffic, too 

The letter “Bicyclists must hug the right hand curb” points out the confusion and misunderstanding of this particular law. Motorists, law enforcement officers and even many cyclists often misunderstand or misinterpret this law. First of all, the law uses the word “practicable” not “practical” or the favorite word of many “possible.” These are different words with different meanings.

This law only applies when the cyclist is going slower than the normal speed of traffic AND when none of the exemptions are met. Note that “normal speed” does not mean the cyclists must be going the speed limit and if they aren’t, it doesn’t mean they’re impeding traffic. Motorists need to be as patient as they are when dealing with any other type of traffic. Bicycles are traffic, too.

The letter writer is incorrect in that cyclists “must hug” the curb. The word “must” is strong regulatory language that would imply there are no exceptions, but there are, as the writer listed. Lastly, not a single piece of California Vehicle Code (CVC) 21202 or any other part of the CVC prohibits two-abreast riding. Two-abreast riding in the same lane has both safety advantages for visibility and it makes it easier to pass. Even when a single cyclist is occupying the lane, most passes need to be done with a complete lane change anyway for the cyclist’s safety and to follow the three-foot passing clearance law.

When people are going to quote the laws, they should quote them correctly and not create false interpretations to fit their opinions.

Frank Lehnerz

San Diego resident and daily

commuter through La Jolla

Editor’s Note: You can read the law regarding this issue by visiting

Summer 2018: Another year of Cove Stench

I recently visited Laguna Beach. I was amazed at what a thriving business community it was compared to our La Jolla business community. Their mayor is definitely doing something right!

La Jolla should be as busy and successful as Laguna Beach because it is even more beautiful. Instead, shops open for a number of months, then close up because there are not enough tourists or La Jollans who want to have dinner or shop because it flat out “stinks” (thank you sea lions). PLEASE pay attention to this HUGE problem and do something about it.

Elizabeth Marks

Time to donate to 2018 Fourth of July fireworks

To all the residents and visitors that enjoyed the La Jolla Fourth of July fireworks, it’s important to know that your tax dollars are not providing them for your enjoyment. Rather, the La Jolla fireworks are privately funded by generous local residents and businesses.

For 20 years, George’s at The Cove paid for the fireworks to be produced until 2008, at which time George’s needed to get the broader community to carry the financial load. To keep a long history short, it’s only now because of generous local businesses like La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites, Duke’s, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, George’s at The Cove, Willis Allen, Cisterra Development, Hughes Marino and five local families, writing checks from $3,000 to $5,000, that we are able to pull together the $60,000 needed to produce the fireworks annually.

Just this week, Donovan’s came in with a $5,000 sponsorship to support the 2018 show! If you or your business are interested in supporting the 2018 fireworks show, I would love to hear from you as we need a few more residents and business owners who are passionate about this great annual tradition.

For those of you who aren’t supporting financially, please make sure to frequent the businesses mentioned here and thank the owners and managers for their support of the fireworks, as without them, the fireworks would not be here for your enjoyment.

David Marino,

Some Village trash cans are privately owned

After my inquiry, Johnie Perkins, San Diego deputy director of Environmental Services, called to say that the trash can reported as overflowing in the La Jolla Light recently, is not serviced by his department nor MTS. Environmental Services did a site visit and found the trash can was recently emptied. Perkins thinks it was most likely put there by the property owner of a local business, and that it is most likely emptied by a local business.

He told me that if it is reported again, as overflowing, the City will remove it. He was very helpful. Please provide a follow up in the paper so residents know to report any future problems, and also because the City is not at fault. The City doesn’t own any circular concrete trash receptacles.

Nancy Warwick

Editor’s Note: The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department can be reached by phone at (858) 694-7000. (Push “1” for Collection Services. “2” for Container Information. “3” for Recycling. “4” for Landfill Information. “5” for Solid Waste Code Enforcement and Illegal Dumping. “6” for Hazard Materials.)

The Light found it faster to make a report online at, where you can click on Environmental Services to see a blank e-mail addressed to the department pop up, wherein you can type a report/complaint. You can also use the City’s Get It Done app also found at

Sea lion gate rankles beach access advocate

So the City now plans to lock out our citizens and lock in the sea lions at La Jolla Cove! I won’t be surprised if people object to not letting the sea lions use our park, after all, we’ve let marine mammals take over Children’s Pool and now The Cove beach. What difference is a little patch of grass — especially if you don’t live here and haven’t taught your children to swim, snorkel and just walk along this beautiful shore.

Alicia Quackenbush

Editor’s Note: To be clear, the gate planned for the staircase on the beach at La Jolla Cove will not be locked, according to Herman Parker, director of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department. The City would close it in the event of a large sea lion haul-out to keep the animals from Scripps Park and surrounding sidewalks.

Speeding in The Village seems to be on the rise

The incidents of speeding cars and motorcycles has escalated, especially on Torrey Pines Road, Girard Avenue, Pearl Street and in the alleys, and yet I’ve only seen a police officer pull a motorist over on Torrey Pines Road (facing east) after they ran a red light.

A camera on Torrey Pines Road would be useful to capture the license plates of those speeders and would furthermore be evidence of motorists close to hitting pedestrians crossing the street, which clearly bears the sign: “No Turn On Red.” Motorist still do it anyway.

As a La Jollan since 1964, I am just fed up with the situation. Me (and a lot of other pedestrians) are tired of getting the middle finger and having profanities shouted at us when we have the right to cross the street when the signal shows “cross.” Are people color blind? Do they not care? Wake up motorists! Show some respect for others and slow down and pay attention to the laws.

Name withheld by request

Resident pens a poem for Airport Noise Committee

Below is a little ditty created by one of my La Jolla neighbors who is very annoyed with the treatment we’ve been receiving from ANAC (Airport Noise Advisory Committee). I thought it was quite charming and humorous, and hoped others might enjoy it, as well. It certainly speaks to the frustrations we’ve all felt in dealing with the entity we thought was going to help us out with the horrible aircraft noise overhead.

Beatrice Pardo

‘A little smack for ANAC’

This is the story of a beautiful little hamlet that was once very laidback,

A place with boundless natural beauty, happy natives, there was little they lacked.

It was a wonderful place to live nestled, gently against the soft Pacifac! (sic),

Until Metroplex occurred and repugnant air-noise pollution set everything aback.

Because all of a sudden, airplanes were flying low overhead and completely off track!

Their once-treasured solitude and tranquility became completely ransacked.

And now those poor people face health hazards, some of which are cardiac.

But don’t worry, they were told. Because there is a committee to help, its name, ANAC.

“A forum to receive your complaints,” and, in particular, “a reliable contact”!

And so petitions were signed for it to see, over 1,000 in that stack.

But it had trouble with that form of complaint, and opined there was a better way for it to track.

So to a website they were sent, only to have that one completely taken back.

(It was obvious that this little episode was nothing but a sidetrack.)

But a new tracker was made, supposedly better than before,

And then despite receiving over 12,000 more,

The ANAC contact now complained that a few were without “enough facts.”

And so it was still impossible for it to act.

And so the La Jollans are now left realizing that this is all a bushwhack,

And it seems that their contact is apparently just a hack.

Quite likely the only hope for a La Jolla comeback

Is if someone were to get the sack.

Who? (Can’t complete the rhyme, lest we catch some flack!)

To ANAC, apologies if you’re offended by this little bit of smack,

But because I’m so frustrated with you, just consider it payback!

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