La Jolla Light to publish Cove Stench Calendar

• OPINION / OUR VIEW / La Jolla Light Editorial: La Jolla Light to publish Cove Stench Calendar

Frustrated retailers, restaurateurs, residents, runners, vacationers and visitors at the La Jolla Cove have had it.

For the past two years — despite a lawsuit against the City of San Diego and the city’s response to the problem (intermittent washing of the shoreline cliffs with a microbial cleaning agent and removing the barriers to public access) — the sickening odors from the marine life excrement there continue to damage the quality of life and prosperity of the Village. The situation stinks.

What good is it to invite travel writers here (see story A1), when their reports must be prefaced by an Editor’s Note: Call ahead to see if the air is fresh before your visit. Yes. Several times last year, the Light received such calls from brides-to-be wondering if it was “safe” to host family gatherings at The Cove.

To keep the spotlight on this pervasively pungent problem until it passes, the Light will bring you weekly Cove Stench reports to track its extent. Reporters embedded on the frontlines will provide daily updates on the air “conditions” in the Village, which we will pass along to you and City Hall. (We only wish we had “scratch-and-sniff” technology to share our pain with our elected officials.)

A reality check in black-and-white, our Cove Stench Calendar should lead to a resolution for this distressing dilemma in 2015. That would make our New Year’s wish come true!

• OPINION / GUEST COMMENTARY: 2015 may be the year to join Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

By Henry Chiu

Dear neighbors! May the joy and splendor of this holiday season illuminate you! It is at this time of year when we all focus on family and joy that is life. My fellow Kiwanis member, Wil Johnson, and I would like to take a moment to share with you a bit about our extended family.

The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is known for the local events we sponsor. The La Jolla Half Marathon and 5K in April raises more than $200,000 each year, all of which is donated to charitable organizations and schools throughout our communities. In May, we sponsor the Junior Olympics, in which the children in all nine of our public and private elementary schools run and jump at the La Jolla High School sports complex for ribbons and medals. In July, we have our annual community party, the Pancake Breakfast at the La Jolla Recreation Center, and we also join in sponsoring Meals on Wheels, Concerts by the Sea, and the Rough Water Swim.

Lesser known in the community are the activities of Kiwanis International worldwide. Each year nearly 600,000 adult and youth Kiwanis members in 16,000 clubs and 80 countries worldwide join in one huge endeavor.

Our first global service initiative was to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in Africa. This project ended in 2005 with $105 million raised, which in partnership with a $23 million grant by UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development for a total of $128 million, resulted in a very successful completion of that project. Our effort virtually eliminated iodine deficiency in Africa.

Our current worldwide endeavor, ”The Eliminate Project,” seeks to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. We have crossed the two-thirds benchmark, generating $70 million from all sources. We are in the process of making a significant contribution to the global health community, saving the lives of millions of mothers and children.

The combined financial contributions by Kiwanians for these two global projects (according to the executive director of Kiwanis International in the October/November issue of Kiwanis Magazine) will approach a quarter of a billion dollars.

As we approach 100th anniversary of Kiwanis in 2015, local Kiwanis Clubs in communities around the world will raise and spend more than $100 million — and more than 20 million service hours — for local and international community service programs and activities.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time, living up to our motto: “Serving the children of the world.” Please visit our local chapter and consider becoming a member in 2015. Find details on our website: