La Jolla Town Council formed 64 years ago to be the voice of the community

As outgoing president of La Jolla Town Council, I thank the community for the opportunity to serve two terms in this capacity, and I look forward to the Town Council’s bright future under the leadership of Steven Haskins.

For 64 years, the Town Council has managed land-use management ratification in La Jolla, as well as providing a town hall forum for residents and merchants alike, using that platform to investigate, debate, reach consensuses and solve issues of community concern. Our Distinguished Speakers Series is known for bringing dynamic subject matter to the Village, with topics ranging from art, culture, law and political science.

In general, La Jolla Town Council acts as a liaison with the City of San Diego in matters concerning land-use planning, beautification, traffic, parks, beaches, crime and many other vital concerns of our community.

It was 64 years ago that 37 different groups joined together to form the Town Council. These groups included the Chamber of Commerce, Merchants Association, Hotel Owners Association, Civic League, Planning Council and the Conservation Society, to name a few. This was done in an effort to have our concerns heard by the San Diego City Council. In the intervening years, our concerns have indeed been heard, and many important initiatives have been given life right from the voting floor of La Jolla Town Council.

A dynamic year is underway. Thanks to our newly-elected First Vice President Glenda Rothberg, our Membership Drive is already in full swing. Do you volunteer in the community on a regular basis? Talk to the Town Council about a subsidized or gratis membership as thanks for your efforts.

This fall, a free, community Town Council Carnival, will be underwritten by our friends at BNY Mellon. Our partnerships with the La Jolla Newcomers Club, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, EEOC, La Jolla Village Merchants Association, San Diego Association of Realtors, Kiwanis and San Diego Community Council Coalition are all thriving.

Many interesting Distinguished Speakers on the 2014 docket include elected officials and representatives from United Nations Association of San Diego, San Diego Veterans Administration, and the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association.

Looking ahead to 2015, we will celebrate our 65th anniversary in tandem with the 100th anniversary of our public meeting home, the La Jolla Recreation Center.

In conclusion, I thank my colleagues on the Town Council Board, and those chairing our joint- and sub-committees. I look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.

LETTERS to the Editor May 15 issue:

A much appreciated random act of kindness

I was “rescued” by a young lady named Meagan on Thursday, May 8, while a helicopter hovered up above. I was riding my bicycle up La Jolla Shores Drive when my chain came off. Meagan had just pulled up alongside me and parked. I asked her if she had something I could use to fix it — I didn’t want to get my hands dirty — I was off to photograph the President of the United States.

Meagan leapt out of her car and put my chain back on. I was really glad, but I felt terrible, as her fingers were now all full of oil. So, I told her that I was a writer and that I would tell everyone that she came to my rescue. Thanks Meagan!

Juliana Beletsis

La Jolla

Trolley back on track

On behalf of the Cape La Jolla Gardens Community, I would like to thank you for your excellent reporting on the trolley crossing issue.

As you may know, the matter was resolved on Friday by the SANDAG board, and the crossing was returned to our preferred position. I am certain that much of the reason for this decision is that the community was well informed on the issues and mobilized by insightful reporting like that of your work in the

La Jolla Light


I am also certain that you have gained a lot of loyal readers. I think I better appreciate the value of good investigative journalism and its importance in keeping our governmental officials aware of our concerns.

Thanks and best regards,

Michael N. Krupp, Ph.D.

La Jolla

‘Tarnishing Our Jewel’

is a priceless feature

I wrote some time ago about the trash, poor maintenance and broken planters at the AT&T switch station on the corner of Girard Avenue and Torrey Pines Road. The


wrote me back and said they were “on it.” You sure were. It is now beautiful. The planters were repaired, plants put in, and care all around has improved. I never wrote a proper thank you, but every time I walk by I think of your civic follow-through and standards for our Village. Thank you.

Now, back to advertising on the sidewalk right-of-ways and those pesky, cheap flag signs. I saw one this morning at the new pancake house. If a business has great eye appeal, open or closed, great professional signing, and their own standards, these cheap tricks are not needed.

Keep at it,

La Jolla Ligh


! We need you!

Caroline Meade

La Jolla

La Jollans need patience, tolerance and gratitude

Residents of La Jolla, you have what some would call “white man’s problems” and need a little reality check. Noise, smell, construction — these things occur in paradise, too. Shores residents are upset that the city needs to repair storm drainage on Avenida de la Playa, that the project has been delayed and SDG&E must move gas and electric lines.

Would you rather have drainage backed up into your home or how about a gas line leak that explodes outside your front doors? Should the city check everyone’s calendars to coordinate its next major construction job? What would be the difference if you had 48-hours or four-months’ notice?

Residents overlooking the ocean with some of the most beautiful views and expensive properties in the world — have you never heard of marine mammals and birds? Do you think your distinguished property is exempt from their habitat and excrement? Has it occurred to you that loss of habitat is one reason animals must congregate in one small space? These animals have been here far longer than people.

Residents surrounding the La Jolla YMCA have petitioned that the Y immediately “prohibit the use of the basketball court(s), Astroturf area and other open space west of the Y buildings for any use … and dismantle the sport court area.”

It is beyond my imagination which residents could be so up in arms about so little noise to render repeated complaints. The Y is a pillar of the community that promotes fellowship, leadership, wellness and health, offering children and adults of all ages a gathering place.

The Y has taken measures to rearrange facilities, even make expenditures from its shoestring budget to reduce noise and moved camp programs off-site, the latter being a hardship for working families and single parents. Children need a safe haven to play, learn, run, socialize; families need affordable options. What’s next? A gag order for neighboring Torrey Pines Elementary? No talking while outdoors? How about a group of teenage thugs roaming the streets blasting car stereos or hanging on the street corner with no alternatives?

And who remembers all the complaints about cranes and equipment disrupting the residents’ views as Scripps added facilities in the La Jolla Shores area? Were it not for Scripps, La Jolla wouldn’t be on the map, let alone an icon of scientific research.

La Jollans, take a vacation in Ukraine or Tajikistan, or east LA, get out of your little bubble and see what the rest of world complains about. You want peace and complete silence? Cash in your estates and move to the desert or the tundra. It’s just as beautiful with no people, seals, bulldozers, and traffic; just polar bears or tumbleweeds. How about a little more gratitude and a little less whining?

Stephanie Hagen

La Jolla

Petition available to restore ramp access at La Jolla Children’s Pool

Here is a link to our petition to the California Coastal Commission for support to “Restore Access” for persons with disabilities into the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. The ramp there is one of the very first ramps to the ocean for the disabled and served them for over half a decade. Please support the efforts of a paraplegic

ocean swimmer, and have the ramp restored to go along with the beach facility remodel going in at the Children’s Pool that includes and ADA-compliant shower, but no ramp to get to the water to need it.

The same with the La Jolla Cove Beach remodel: an ADA shower, but no swing lift or ramp to the water there, either. We have both of the swimming areas in La Jolla under remodel and neither is honoring Americans with disabilities at all. It is terrible. Please go online to sign this petition to support wounded warriors, disabled children, the elderly, and so many more people who could access this pool and heal:

RAMP Committee to Restore Access to Many People at the Children’s Ocean Pool in La Jolla

Espresso kiosk marks third year in Village

I am John Christofferson, owner of the Latte by the Sea espresso kiosk at 7855 Ivanhoe Ave., across the street from the Village post office on Wall St.

The photo (at right) is from our second anniversary celebration last year. With me is my daughter, Dana, my wife Vivian, and violinist Beth Grace, who plays with the Hutchins Consort.

On Friday, May 16, we will celebrate the third year anniversary of our business at this site. We enter our fourth year with a wonderful, loyal and expanding customer base. The celebration will feature live music, food samples of our breakfast and lunch burritos, and breakfast English muffin sandwiches, and a 20-percent discount on drinks and pastries.

We serve coffees and espresso from a local roaster and also local vegetarian and vegan soups and a variety of pastries from a local bakery. We offer hot, iced, and blended drinks, including spiced chai or Mexican chocolate, Açai bowls, peanut butter and chocolate smoothies, fruit pureé smoothies and Evolution juices.

Our baristas are courteous, cheerful, and love making the best lattes in La Jolla. They really help the customer’s day to be positive.

John Christofferson

Latte by the Sea

Cadette Girl Scouts earn award for ranch project

Girl Scout Troop 3048 went to the Wild West Camp, Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall, recently, to earn their Silver Award by refurbishing the front of the Horse Palace.

The girls, all seventh-graders at Muirlands Middle School, learned how to manage a project through the experience. First, they interviewed the ranch manager, Koop, and toured the ranch to see which project was best for them. Then they collected a list of materials, tools and skilled labor needed. After that, the Girl Scouts lined up their skilled labor, organized everybody into work groups, and raised money for their materials.

Over the course of an evening and a day they: repainted horse railings, cleaned and repainted black lanterns, replaced rotting siding, primed and repainted the whole front side of the Horse Palace, cleared the garden of weeds, pruned, and replaced and repainted the railings.

At Rawhide Ranch kids can interact with animals, such as goats, sheep and potbelly pigs. They also get to sleep in a teepee, fort or covered wagon, and be surrounded by old Western architecture.

Campers here can ride and vault on rescued and rehabilitated horses. The Horse Palace, their huge arena, is used for vaulting and barrel racing and is the main part of camp.

Scouts Kayla Nitahara

and Carolee Hagey