A reef would solve seal v. human struggles at the Children’s Pool

I wonder if anybody has proposed the idea of building a small, artificial reef/man-made island and moving the seals a few hundred yards inside the ocean. This would provide a true solution to the problem and it would ensure the safety of the children and swimmers in La Jolla, while keeping the sharks and the seals in their own habitats and protecting these marine mammals from having to share a space that belongs to human habitation and must be maintained safe for human health.

A. M. Weyant,La Jolla

Folly of humans, seals and sea lions will play out at Children’s Pool

We are entering the silly season where on the one hand, the city council is considering banning humans from the Children’s Pool during pupping season so the seals can procreate in peace, while on the other hand, they are discussing ways to get rid of the seals at the Cove because of the stench.

So where do you suppose an intelligent Cove sea lion is going to go, if not to the Children’s Pool? Nothing like shifting the problem to another location.

Well, at least we know that the new $3 million lifeguard station at the Children’s Pool will have plenty to do keeping the peace between the current seal population and the soon-to-be newcomers.Ron Weiner,La Jolla

Do we really know the true cause of the Cove stench?

The odor from the cliffs of La Jolla is a major concern, but determining the culprit might make the solution easier. To my knowledge, no one has detected a smell at the Children’s Pool where as many as 200 harbor seals haul out. I believe harbor seals poop in the water. I also have seen sea lion haul outs with no odor and no poop. Don’t sea lions poop in the water? If they do that, this would leave pelicans and cormorants as the only culprits.

With all of the marine biologists here in La Jolla, could someone ask the right person so that we attack the right problem?

Art Cooley,La Jolla

Editor’s note: Search for “sea lions pooping” on YouTube and you can view videos that show the sea lions defecate both in water and on land.

Is all fair and forthright in mission to clean up the Cove stench?

I was one of the participants in the staff meeting last Wednesday regarding the seal (sea lion) issue in La Jolla. At that meeting, it was made clear to us that no city people would get involved if we went down to the bluffs and that no section of the coast was off-limits to any citizen.

However, last Friday I took my first visit down there and began my relationship with the effective and determined seal (sea lion) advocacy group. They videoed my jaunt and sent it to Channel 10. I repeated my fence jumping yesterday. This time the reaction was significantly different. Within minutes the guard on duty called me off the bluffs. He and three other lifeguards politely asked me not to do this again, as it turns out, for good reason. Within seconds of my going over into the bluffs, the 9-1-1 calls began to deluge the station, creating an emergency atmosphere at the Cove.

Three police officers arrived to explain to me what happens when an incursion takes place. By the way, all city staff was enormously respectful and well informed. As a logical person, it seems odd to me that I commanded the attention of seven of San Diego’s finest because I walked on the bluffs. Frankly, it appears that a small handful of fanatical seal lovers are controlling the operations of city staff. Isn’t it illogical that that kind of squeaky wheel holds that much influence over your people and the police department?

Apparently, there is one woman who drives this effort. I do not know who she is, although everyone else knows her. I have to admire how she has created the ability to control the actions of the very people who are hired to safeguard people, not seals (and sea lions).

George Hauer, proprietor,Georges at the Cove

City needs to increase its trash patrol stops

I need to get this off my chest and hope someone from the City of San Diego will read this.

Who empties the trash cans by the bus stops in La Jolla? For the last few weeks, I’ve been observing the trash can at La Jolla Boulevard and Nautilus Street (west side) accumulate so much trash that is overflowing. I just came from picking up the trash around the can, and also emptying the can, and I will not disgust you with what I picked up.

Also, although I’m very grateful the city did some tree trimming on Nautilus Street, I witnessed workers blow the leaves under a car and then leave, instead of sweeping up or even blowing the leaves into a pile and picking them up with a shovel.

These are a couple of problems the city should address.

Mary Flesner,

La Jolla

La Jolla Christmas Parade name must remain hallowed tradition

For a number of years, an effort has been underway to eradicate the joy of Christmas in La Jolla by attacking the decorations along Girard Avenue, the use of the Christmas tree, and now, the name of our Christmas Parade. Is this not just local, but part of a larger movement?

Changing the name of our Christmas Parade has become a vital issue deserving more than a corner of the front page in our local paper. This issue is not just about the name of the parade. The Christmas Parade, the Christmas decorations, and the Christmas events in the Village have been the traditions of La Jollans for years, and represent our culture, our values, our heritage, and our beliefs. Will we allow some to take this away from us?

Fifty years ago, our Village was filled with Christmas color and cheer, excitement, children’s programs, carolers and camaraderie. Today we are hesitant and half afraid to speak the words, “Merry Christmas.”

La Jollans wake-up! Rise to the occasion. Don’t allow this to happen here. Let us evoke our First Amendment rights that allow and protect our freedom of speech, and so allow us to call our parade whatever we prefer! La Jollans, don’t be afraid to call our Christmas Parade, The Christmas Parade!

Patricia Weber, La Jolla

Parade name isn’t about being PC, it’s about showing respect

This year, doctors, teachers, firefighters, our military troops and countless other people devoted to improving our lives will join us in enjoying the La Jolla Christmas Parade on Dec. 8. Many of these fellow La Jollans are non-Christians, agnostics and atheists. Perhaps the least we could do is give the parade a name that reflects the broad range of religious beliefs of our altruistic public servants? Or do we not want the citizens who spend their lives in the service of the people to feel welcome at community events?

I agree with those who claim that tradition is important for our community, but to say that our tradition should be to call it the Christmas Parade because it always has been that way is a fallacy. In a democratic society, we should strive to serve the entire citizenry, not just its most powerful majority.

Ulysse Carion,La Jolla

What’s in a name? Quite a lot.

As far back as December 2004, as reflected in the article, “Thousands expected for holiday parade,” the La Jolla Light has referred to the name of our December community event as a “holiday parade.”

Readers, please ask yourselves why the Chula Vista Encinitas, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach parades are now “holiday parades” when they were formerly “Christmas parades.” Why did the City of San Diego change the name of its two-day event in Balboa Park from “Christmas on the Prado” to “December Nights,” and since its inception in 1978, the Holiday Bowl has welcomed everyone. Would the “Christmas Bowl” have been a more encompassing name choice? And of course, the “La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival.” Which one of the above named events lacks diversity and inclusiveness?

Howard Singer,La Jolla