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La Jollans deserve a voice

Sometimes the smallest example makes the biggest point. Last Monday evening, the San Diego City Council brought its meeting to Sherwood Hall in La Jolla to hear public testimony on the seal controversy.

Putting the seals aside, one factor was painfully clear: The City Council demonstrated that it could not care less what La Jollans desired.

First small example: Big point was the disrespect the council showed toward our elected official. Sherri Lightner requested the opportunity to make the motion for her district. The council turned a deaf ear to La Jolla’s representative on the council, and instead designated Donna Frye, chairwoman of the council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee, to introduce the nucleus of the motion.

From her condescending and self-righteous tone to her disinterested expression during public testimony, it was apparent that Frye had her mind made up before one local resident spoke. Frye bills herself as a grass-roots activist, but it sure seemed as if her activism was applicable only as long as the grass doesn’t grow in La Jolla.

Second small example: Big point was that local residents were not first up to give testimony. Seal advocates were given the microphone first and consumed hours of time delivering their position. Most of them didn’t bother to wait around to hear the Children’s Pool advocates speak. It was hours before Joe LaCava, president of the La Jolla Community Planning Association, got a chance to speak, and by then the council members appeared to be tired, bored and anxious to go home. By the time La Jollan Melinda Merryweather showed a video of the late Ellen Revelle addressing her grand-aunt’s wishes for the Children’s Pool, council members were discourteously walking around, chatting with each other.

So if La Jollans’ opinions about actions taken in our community are not a high priority, and if our elected representative is not permitted to represent our views, perhaps it IS time to seriously examine alternative forms of government for La Jolla, including cityhood.

After decades of debate and discussion, the time may be right for La Jollans to unite forces in order to gain control of our own destiny. Since it would take a San Diego citywide vote to allow La Jolla to incorporate, the reality of cityhood for La Jolla seems unattainable. A legal challenge to the current law would cost millions and be a very slow process. Perhaps there is a third path for La Jolla to take that would give the community a stronger voice and control over our own destiny.

Stay tuned for a closer look at possible options to this perennially vexing issue. We’re not at the point of advocating the dumping of tea in the Children’s Pool yet, but simply wish to explore the age-old conundrum of taxation without realistic representation.쇓