As I watched the TV commentators document the protest by thousands of school children on March 14, I was impacted by the students’ demeanor, their strength, their courage, their “silent” voices that were screaming with compassion and with the intent to be heard in Washington, D.C. by Congress, by the NRA, and by all gun owners. The students are peaceful for now, but not giving up the fight! Silence can be very “loud.”
May we, as adults, back up our kids and mirror their courage by supporting their pleas for immediate gun legislation via solidarity. As one poster of their protest posters stated: “Arms are for hugging.” They get it! Indeed, enough is enough.
May all of the kids out there who are engaged in peaceful resolution to a violent situation remind Congress that they will be voting in two years and eight months, and so will their parents!
I hope all the students and adults will be encouraged by this statement from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the namesake of the school in Parkland, Florida where 17 children were killed on Feb. 14 by a disturbed young man with an automatic weapon:
“Be a nuisance when it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join in your action. Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at the failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics — but never give up.”
The students have been amazing … more power to the youth of this world! Bravo!
Former teacher Torrey Pines High School
Time to embrace transportation options
It was quite ironic that over the past few weeks in the La Jolla Light there was a lot of print bemoaning the lack of parking in The Village. At the same time, there were the same complaints about the new dockless bikes in The Village. A person riding a bike does not need a parking stall! The dockless bikes provide people a great transportation alternative. We need to spend less time complaining about a new idea and trying to find a way to regulate it. It is time to embrace more transportation options.
Dockless bikes hit the skids in Coronado
Hooray for Coronado! Yet again, as with other difficult community issues (like companion units), they have a swift, common sense and doable policy to deal with this proliferating bike hazard on our sidewalks.
(Editor’s note: The City of Coronado has said it plans to impound dockless bikes and scooters if they are left in the public right-of-way — streets, sidewalks, alleys and public parks or beaches — and potentially charge the companies that lease them hundreds of dollars to get them back.)
It would be nice if the City of San Diego was as responsive to the needs of its citizens and small business owners. No response from the City, let alone a quick and decisive remedy. So, we cannot walk our sidewalks and those who are handicapped are put in jeopardy by these dockless bikes all over. Here’s to Coronado!
‘View access point’ term not to be used lightly
Regarding the March 15 La Jolla Light article about re-opening the area west of Bandera Street, I noted the reporter and others applied terms like “view corridor,” “park” or “view access point.” Contrary to the article, the La Jolla Community Plan does not identify this as a “view access point” and albeit well-intentioned, use of this land was, and is, not for park purposes.
Per the 1955 Plot Map subdividing Sun Gold Point, this 20-foot wide area was and is simply “Dedicated for Path Purposes.” It is not a “park.” The public has use of the path, but there are no public view rights over existing neighboring properties and no designation whatsoever as a defined View Corridor.
The Community Plan’s Subarea H: Bird Rock — Physical Access map (page 157) defines it as “unimproved easement no access to beach” and while Subarea H: Bird Rock — Visual Access map (page 158), shows this area neither marked nor defined as a “View Corridor,” the closest “View Corridor” indicated by a solid arrow (page 158), is Bandera Street itself. This arrow runs down the 50-foot wide Bandera Street ending at the corner of Bandera and Calumet Avenue. This arrow does not continue westward, it does not cross Calumet Avenue, and it does not continue over the area “Dedicated for Path Purposes” to the ocean. This is quite unlike the other “View Corridor” arrows on the same map (page 158) which all traverse Calumet Avenue and extend into the ocean. As the land is for path purposes alone, views are assured.
So please, let’s not blithely refer to this area as something other than what is already clearly designated in the Community Plan. Doing so only perpetuates misunderstandings, pointless arguing, frustration and feelings of ill-will within the community and between neighbors.
Reporting on the MAD
Your article in the March 8 La Jolla Light issue reports that La Jolla’s Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) will have a new hearing before Judge Randa Trapp. There are two points in its third paragraph that require clarification:
First, you state that “The La Jolla MAD was approved by the majority of voters within the District…” creating the impression that it was a “one person, one vote” majority process. The reality is that the votes by owners of properties other than single family homes were weighted in proportion to the lot square footage of each property, using a weighting factor based on the zone of the MAD in which the property is located and the type of its usage and ownership, while the votes by owners of single-family homes were given the lowest weighting regardless of lot square footage.
Accordingly, the votes of owners of larger properties (such as hotels and office buildings) heavily outweighed the votes of owners of smaller commercial properties and single-family homes. It would have been more accurate to say that the MAD was approved by a vote of property owners weighted by property size, type, ownership and location, or something to that effect.
Second, the same paragraph goes on to say that voters “decided that the MAD would be managed by a local non-profit board called Enhance La Jolla.” Voters did not have the option of choosing who would manage the MAD. The management of the MAD was proposed and advocated by Enhance La Jolla. This is an outstanding group of community-minded citizens, but it was not chosen by the voters.
The establishment of a MAD is nuanced by legitimate concerns among commercial and residential property owners, and also among renters who may ultimately bear the increased costs but who could not vote. The City of San Diego is also not a disinterested party, as Judge Trapp’s decision emphasized. These are complex and sensitive issues, which is why it is particularly important that the facts be accurately and objectively conveyed to your readers.
One more use for WD-40
Twenty years ago, I was chosen as maintenance manager at a well-known La Jolla homeowners association. At the time, residents noticed termite infestation at several locations and were considering tenting the whole complex. I called the City maintenance office and asked them how they controlled termites. They said: 1) You look for live droppings. 2) You locate the holes. 3) You spray WD-40 in the holes. 4) You replace the damaged wood with wood-treated with insect repellent. We did this and no tenting occurred. Thousands of dollars were saved.
Dr. James H. Watters
Ring found, who lost it?
I found a man’s wedding ring recently. No doubt this is of extreme sentimental value. It was under a bench in Bird Rock. Please have the owner contact me with a description using the info below.
(619) 203-4418, firstname.lastname@example.org
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