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Letters to the Editor: La Jolla Light, August 6, Waste of Water noted!

Overwatering leads to puddling
Overwatering leads to puddling

Waste of water, noted in La Jolla park

The city needs to get on board with water conservation! This little patch of grass near the Bridge Club at La Jolla Cove gets watered to excess and maintained by three gardeners! Maybe it’s time to change the landscape around this great old building.

Christine Holmes

Ever notice Bird Rock curb stencil anomalies?

In the 28 years I have lived in Bird Rock, I’ve walked, jogged and/or biked almost every extended area street. During my travels, it has been impossible not to notice some anomalous curb stencils, such to include:

Beaumonte Ave (Beaumont Ave)

Camion de La Costa (Camino de La Costa)

Turqouise St (Turquoise St)

Cass Ave (Cass Street)

Allison St (Mission Boulevard)

Electric Ave (La Jolla Hermosa Ave)

Of course, Allison is the previous name for Mission Boulevard. It is the missing “A” street in the alphabetical sequence of north-south streets (i.e., Bayard, Cass, Dawes, Everts, Fanuel, etc.) that progress from west to east through Pacific Beach. Of further note, the trolley traveled down La Jolla Hermosa Avenue through Bird Rock, hence the Electric Avenue legacy. Sadly, the [older] curb stencils have been painted over several times, partially obscuring the stencil. In addition, the construction of pedestrian corner curb cuts, has, in many instances, entirely eliminated the stencils.

Are you able to locate these anomalies? And, are there other anomalies to add to the list? I know of at least one more up in the Village.

Ralph Allen

Cigarette butts cleanup

Today, July 29, 2015, marks the first anniversary of my father’s death and the reason I relocated to La Jolla. He was a 20-plus-year resident here. I wanted to do something special in his memory, so I decided to take time on my 10-mile route of picking up trash around town and make sure I picked up every cigarette butt on the ground.

When I started picking up trash it was just cigarette butts, but after seeing the excess trash everywhere and the overflowing trashcans, I decided to expand my collection. Working with Matt Cleary, who is in charge of San Diego Environmental Services, and the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, we are moving cans to locations that have a lot of foot traffic to alleviate those problems and I can see an improvement.

I started at 5:30 a.m. after my coffee at Brick and Bell, walking down Jenner to the Children’s Pool to count the seals as I do every morning. Today’s seal count was the largest in three weeks: 151 seals on the shore. It’s a little known fact that more than 1.5 million people visit La Jolla to see the seals.

I finished my route in front of El Pescador Fish Market, 4.5 hours later. The cigarette butt count was more than 600 today. I’m not writing this as a put-down to smokers because I myself smoke. I put a lot of blame on the automakers for taking the ashtrays out of cars and using the report on second-hand smoke as the reason. I also blame the movie and television media for showing people smoking and throwing down cigarettes and stomping them in the ground, as well.

My wish by this time next year on dad’s anniversary is that business owners — grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and bars — have a receptacle their employees and customers can use to dispose of the butts. My goal is to find an inexpensive and attractive way by design for this to happen. When I looked at the weather report for today it showed a 20-percent chance of thunderstorms and I felt good knowing if it does rain, I stopped those 600-plus cigarettes from ending up in the ocean.

Jeff Gerwin, the trash guy

3 D’s of obfuscation: Delay. Derail. Deny.

I would like to correct the record with regard to a quote from merchant Nancy Warwick, published in La Jolla Light, July 23. She was quoted as saying, “Howard has started walking around, handing out a petition but it doesn’t say that this is a separate parade. … The merchants are confused.”

The three questions most asked by merchants (during the alternative December parade petition drive by the San Diego County Diversity & Inclusiveness Group, SDCDIG) were:

1) “Why are you handing me a petition to sign about the La Jolla Community Parade? We were never asked to sign a petition in previous years?”

My answer: “This is the first year of the La Jolla Community Parade and we were asked to do so by the La Jolla Traffic & Transportation Board.”

2) “Why is it necessary to have two parades? What’s wrong with the La Jolla Christmas Parade?”

My answer: “The La Jolla Christmas Parade name does not reflect diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance. Although we understand anyone may be an entrant, a faith-based name excludes many people from feeling comfortable and participating. There is a trend of virtually all organizations toward neutral or secular titles. Given that the Christmas Parade may exclude no group, its name should reflect that fact and mirror the reality of our democratic, secular, 21st century society.

3) Why does the Christmas Parade organization refuse to change its name?

My answer: La Jolla is the only San Diego community to use the word Christmas in their December event.

After the merchants’ three questions were answered, 60 smiled and said, “Where do I sign?” I can assure La Jolla Light readers that after meeting with approximately 135 La Jolla merchants, not one was confused. Of the 60 ballots returned, 45 merchants voted YES (approve) and 15 voted NO (disapprove). The SDCDIG has appeared before the La Jolla Traffic & Transportation Board on June 25 and July 23. Why are the board members afraid to vote?

Howard G. Singer