Classy La Jolla, Class-less Driving

By John Parker

Being a resident in “The Jewel” of America’s Finest City has its perks. We are blessed with a small-town feel and a larger-than-life reputation. Our town is unequaled in beauty with a world-renowned character of affluence, culture and Southern California lifestyle.

But, in a few places, we fall short. It seems we are unable to drive in a manner that befits our surroundings and follow the laws of the road. As a resident, I have great concern about writing this public address, but I feel compelled to go on the record. We are LOSING our class through our selfish driving habits.

We know that when the tourists are here to visit, parking is a nightmare. Pedestrians don’t even glance before crossing the street, and we are a honk away from a full on fistfight. In my concern I have to ask, why? Why do we feel the need to always assume it’s


turn? Why do we think that allowing a pedestrian 8 seconds to cross the street will make us more than 30 seconds late to our destination? As a pedestrian myself, why am I in constant fear of being struck by a Range Rover when I cross the street? Something has got to change.

Two main intersections are responsible for needless rage and out-of-control ego in our town:

Girard Avenue/Silverado Street


Fay Avenue/Kline Street


For the general safety of our residents and children, may I implore you to follow some simple instructions:


Come to a complete stop at stop signs (law).


Look to your right, if the vehicle to your right even approaches the stop line a second earlier than you, it is THEIR right of way.


Allow and encourage pedestrians to fully cross the street before you commence your route.


Use your blinker and be courteous.


FOR PEDESTRIANS: Stop, look both ways, yield to traffic, then go.



We see more concern in the addition of “roundabouts” in Bird Rock. Most California drivers have no experience with roundabouts, but they really are great. They’re like a four-way stop sign, but cars never have to stop.

When you approach a roundabout, there is a “yield” sign. (Note: NOT a “stop” sign.) For the safety of others, follow these simple rules:

  1. If you enter the roundabout and will be changing direction, use your blinker! This will notify other drivers that you intend to change direction instead of going straight 2. DO NOT STOP at a yield sign unless yielding to another driver (this almost causes accidents daily).
  2. Stop at pedestrian crossways if you see blinking lights or standing pedestrians (law).

To fully appreciate and support our community and self, may I suggest always being conscious to be courteous and compassionate. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we are privileged to walk and drive in safe neighborhoods. Let’s keep our city safe by minding the rules of the road, being respectful to other drivers and pedestrians, and remembering that La Jolla is built through the sum of its parts. Be conscious of the blessings we have here and let’s reflect it in the way we interact with each other. •

Surely, we must all know a sea lion from a seal

By Art Cooley

In the April 24

La Jolla Light

, a letter with an accompanying photo is headlined: “Expanding horizons: Harbor seals on the move.” The very short letter suggests that harbor seals can move north of Scripps Pier and climb up on a rock.

Unfortunately, the picture shows a sea lion not a harbor seal. It is a sea lion because it is high among the rocks, a climb a harbor seal can’t make.

Further, the animal’s upright posture is typical of a sea lion — not the more prone position of a harbor seal.

I sit at Children’s Pool many mornings and frequently I hear visitors identify the harbor seals there as sea lions. While we may ultimately disagree over the fate of the either species of pinnipeds, we ought to at least understand which is a sea lion and which is a harbor seal. It makes a difference. •

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