OUR READERS WRITE: Lots of drinking (and driving) on hilltop roads

Dear La Jolla Light and San Diego Police:

“There’s a killer on the road,

his brain is squirming like a toad ...” — Jim Morrison

There is a recent and remarkable proliferation of dozens of littered miniature liquor bottles alongside Mt. Soledad roads. This image is of one day’s haul from the 1300 block of Olivet Street, the 1500 block of Soledad Avenue and the 7600 block of Hillside Drive.

One day: 15 bottles. There were many more, all the way up to the 7400 block of Hillside, but I had no more room in my pockets.

I have no idea who’s doing this. I am reluctant to cast blame on our local construction workers, since I spent 30 years in that industry, but ... the timing and locations do seem to match our local residential projects.

Perhaps if we all keep our eyes open, we can observe and report whoever is constantly driving under the influence.

And meanwhile, be careful out there!

Chris Day

Contrasting view of helicopter noise

In the June 18 issue, you published a Guest Commentary and letter to the editor complaining of helicopter noise in La Jolla. To the best of my knowledge, there are five types of helicopter flights in and around La Jolla: Marine Corps readiness flights, Coast Guard search and rescue flights, San Diego Police surveillance flights, Life Flight to our local hospitals, and lastly, news helicopters.

Are these folks suggesting that our military and Coast Guard cease training flights along the coastline? Or that police stop tracking potential felons in our neighborhoods using helicopters? Or that rescue flights no long land at Scripps or UCSD in emergencies? I certainly hope not since all of these activates are for our immediate or future benefit. So it must be those darned news helicopters.

One gentleman suggested that banning helicopter flights would bring La Jolla back to the place it used to be. That is naive. The other resident, who lives west of I-5 by La Jolla Village Square, must be subjected to traffic noise from the freeway. That noise is incessant.

I have lived west of La Jolla Boulevard for 39 years. Those helicopters typically fly within 300-400 yards of my house. To me, the sound of helicopters reminds me of national and personal security.

Rolling back development is the only thing that would bring back the Old World charm the Village once had. And that is a pipe dream. The only thing we can reasonably do is ban pesky news helicopters from our skies!

David W. Valentine

Is this progress or problem?

Why were the trees at WindanSea Beach at Playa del Sur cut down? Was this done by the city for a legitimate reason, or was this done by request from the developers of the monstrous new condos there? These trees shielded the beach from the stream of cars on the busy street above. I’ve lived in that neighborhood for more than 30 years and have never seen any problem with homelessness or rowdy behavior at those trees. Now that section of beach looks ugly and exposed.

John Welsh

P.S. I realize this is “water under the bridge,” but how did this monstrosity ever get approved and built at our precious pearl WindanSea Beach, and how can we prevent something like this from happening again? (Referring to three-story condo development)

Crosswalk needs lines painted on the street

Can you help bring attention to the omission of the stop sign street paint at the corner of Camino Del Oro and Avenida De La Playa (see photo). As any visitor to this area knows, there are few busier crosswalks in our city. The number of people accessing the beach to enjoy the kayaking and boardwalk likely numbers in the thousands per day. The community has been patient as the sewer and streets have been repaired and replaced. Last month the streets were finally painted, but this stop was forgotten. Must we continue to be patient for basic safety measures? This section of Avenida De La Playa has been finished since last summer. This corner is notorious for vehicles racing to get to the beach that often neglect to stop. It is an accident waiting to happen.

Lambert Devoe

Physics class at the beach

I am outreach coordinator for the UCSD Beach Physics program. Last month, we organized a Saturday Beach Physics Camp for 40 sixth-graders in La Jolla and I thought Light readers might be interested in our La Jolla community activities! We will be running a similar event and an overnight stay at Birch Aquarium for high school girls in the fall, all sponsored by the La Jolla Community Foundation. For more details, send an e-mail to

Dianna Cowern

Draught dilemma: Lawn alternatives

In the June 18 La Jolla Light, Inga gave a very good comparison of pros and cons of many different ways of dealing with the drought regarding the grass in the front yard: artificial turf, water-resistant plants, vegetable gardens and others, in particular, when el niño takes place in the future and the flood gets in.

We have a front lawn that is on a slope. With the drought in San Diego lasting many years, we are concerned about keeping the grass in our front yard. We need to save water but we also like to keep water-resistant grass because we agree with Inga in that the front grass is a better place for the kids to play than the back yard where the swimming pool is. While we only water the grass once a week, we feel guilty watching some water flowing onto asphalt. The idea of using Kikuyu grass to replace the water-thirsty grass seems to be a great idea.

Nancy Lo

Editor’s Note: Kikuyu grass is a warm-season grass that spreads quickly and thrives in areas with moderate temperatures. It can tolerate heat and will do well under relatively shady conditions. Because of its extremely vigorous growth habit, it is considered to be a weed in coastal and some inland areas of California. Source: Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, University of California.