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Fired Up: La Jolla Residents React to Unsafe Roadway Hazards

By Michael Pines

It’s no surprise that so many people visit the city of La Jolla. As the crown jewel of San Diego, thousands of tourists visit our city each year thanks in part to our white sand beaches, distinctive shops and restaurants and festivals held year-round. Along with perpetual sun and glistening waters, it’s no wonder that so many people choose to vacation in our lovely city each year.

The truth is that the veneer of La Jolla is a beautiful one; but scratch beneath the surface and what’s revealed may surprise more than just the locals.

In a wave of recent complaints, La Jolla residents have gotten fired up about their city. Potholes, overgrown shrubbery, uneven sidewalks and red light running have gotten locals talking – if not concerned for their own well-being. More than just conversation, these are real issues the city must deal with – and hopefully address – in order to make La Jolla a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable place.

Check any of the local papers covering road repair or, dare I say, the La Jolla Cove, and it’s clear that the voices of La Jolla want to be heard.

Do residents have a voice? Well, when it comes to traffic and pedestrian safety, the answer is yes.

You can take action.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT LA JOLLA ROADWAY COMPLAINTS?

While we empathize with residents over the future of the La Jolla Cove, our main concern lies in the safety of our city’s roads and pedestrian walkways – especially as it relates to what residents have called unsafe conditions. Potholes, disintegrating roadways, uneven sidewalks and even red light running have run the gamut of complaints and each of these issues are concerning to us as car accident attorneys.

The good news is that La Jolla residents can get in touch with city administrators to voice their concerns to prompt change. The bad news is that if voices are not heard, generally no change is implemented. If you’re a resident of La Jolla with knowledge of an unsafe roadway or pedestrian condition, here’s what you can do to bring the issue to light.

POTHOLES AND BAD SIDEWALKS

To report a pothole or bad sidewalk, call 619-527-7500 to notify San Diego street division for road and sidewalk repair division (the city of La Jolla does not have its own road repair division). The same division can be contacted for open waste found in roadways or on sidewalks, leaky fire hydrants or overgrown shrubbery. It’s important to call and report the hazard as soon as possible to avoid a potential car accident or pedestrian threat such as a slip and fall or head injury due to uneven concrete paving.

FALLEN TREES OR PUBLIC LANDSCAPE IN NEED OF CARE

One resident wrote in to the La Jolla Light noting that a tree had fallen down after it had been excessively pruned by city employees. Although we certainly sympathize for the lost tree that had been decades old, the cause of our concern mainly lies in the potential danger of the tree falling on cars, people or houses. If you note a tree in need of trimming, call the city at 619-527-7500 or send an email to street_service@sandiego.gov to notify city officials before the tree falls down and injures someone. For trees and landscaping located in La Jolla public parks, call 858-581-9716 to voice your concerns.

RED LIGHT RUNNING

If you notice that a certain intersection is especially prone to red light running, call the San Diego Police Department. Check your local SDPD neighborhood division for contact information.

EMERGENCIES

In ALL cases, if you note an emergency of any kind, call 9-11.

ABOUT MICHAEL PINES, LA JOLLA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

Michael Pines is a safety advocate located in San Diego, California with over 20 years of legal expertise in personal and car accident injury. He is the lead attorney at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC and can be found by logging on to https://SeriousAccidents.com or by calling 858-551-2090.