La Jolla Light READERS WRITE: Call for code compliance and aesthetic continuity

A reader recently questioned whether, in the context of a large project on Torrey Pines Road, there exists any semblance of building code enforcement. I must ditto that and also wonder if there is ever consideration given to aesthetic continuity?

In the Muirlands neighborhood, a project can evidently get tied in knots over where a truck may or may not be parked, while elsewhere in our Village, we have seeming chaos, endless building sites (both active and inactive, e.g., Burns Drug Store, and of course the Red Rest and Red Roost cottages), and an emerging residential aesthetics that can only be described as a “dog’s breakfast.”

A case in point is the Park Row home improvement of fully four floors towering over the modest century-old craftsman cottage where we nurse our resulting headaches. The style of the emerging monstrosity, which wakes us promptly at 7 each weekday morning now, for well over half-a-year, can only be described as something between Pre-Renaissance Iberian Castle and Early Maginot Line pillbox. Our Jewel is a bit rough around the edges and could benefit from more thoughtful care.

Allan Mutén

Who dictates parking rules in The Village?

Recently, on a Wednesday evening, an attempt was made to find parking on Prospect Street near the Crab Catcher, Eddie V’s etc. All of the striped spaces were taken and most of these were marked valet. This is from the La Valencia Hotel to near the intersection of Prospect at Cave Street.

At one time, a large majority of these spaces were public. They are now controlled by a few influential business owners, with private interests. Regular citizens pay taxes, too. Is there a reasonable explanation for this public shortchanging,? If so, please explain.

Oliver James

Plan for underground parking garage could impact Rec Center use for long while

This headline in your May 24 issue is misleading and public notice of an informative three-day meeting is missing: “Underground parking gets aboveboard OK from traffic group.” I attended the May 16 meeting of La Jolla’s Traffic & Transportation (T&T) board. T&T explicitly did not approve contractor Tom Grunow’s request to endorse a proposed parking garage to be constructed underneath the La Jolla Recreation Center. Despite some T&T members’ enthusiasm for the notion, the committee voted approval only for Grunow’s May 22-24 “cultural zone” design charrette on the subject.

Unmentioned at T&T — or at the charrette — was the fact that building any subterranean structure under the Rec Center would entail demolition and vacating of all play areas at the site, except the tennis courts, for as long as the estimated $6 million complicated construction might take.

Frances O’Neill Zimmerman

Kudos to Bry for Playa Del Norte compromise

I’d like to acknowledge the outstanding work City Council member Barbra Bry has done for the community of La Jolla. I’m specifically impressed with how she handled the situation on Playa Del Norte. Bry listened to over 400 La Jollans who wanted to preserve the view of WindanSea, as it was threatened to be taken away. This view belongs to the public and should always remain so. I am a third-generation La Jollan. As far back as I can remember, Playa Del Norte has been a place where I, and other surfers, would go to check water conditions. I went with my father, and now I take my son. It’s somewhat of a tradition.

Now that a new condo development has been built nearby, some tenants are unhappy with what has always been. They think the viewpoint is a nuisance to some degree. Bry’s idea of a trial period of two, 15-minute parking spots and a sign asking people to keep the noise down was such a great way to compromise to make everyone happy. I hope we can now all enjoy the spectacular view of WindanSea beach in peace.

Nathan Jernigan

Popcorn stand removal was case of selective enforcement

Like many others, I was saddened to hear the popcorn machine has been removed from the Meanley & Son Ace Hardware store on Girard Avenue. I wish I could have captured the disappointment in my three-year-old when I had to break the news to her. Trips to the hardware store had become a weekend tradition, solely to get popcorn. If I told my daughter she could go with me to run errands, she would say “Can we go to the hardware store and get popcorn, too?”

There were days the two of us would just wander around the store eating popcorn with no real purpose except investing in quality time with each other — all the while knowing that it’s probably not hospital-grade sterile, but that’s the chance you take. At a time when the integrity of our moral fibers are at risk due to the partisan and personal interests, this was one little corner of the world I thought we could escape it all.

I hope the individual who reported the practice feels good about themselves and what they accomplished. Given how this city and community are run, I’m not surprised to learn the amount of bureaucracy and red-tape it takes to provide a simple popcorn stand. I find it incomprehensible how quickly officials can get a popcorn stand removed, but cannot get anything else done … well done everyone involved!

Linda Yort

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