Letters to the Editor: Sept. 3, 2015: Conflicting messages at Neptune and Playa del Norte?

Conflicting messages at Neptune and Playa del Norte?

Just a few days after the city installed their “solution” to the condo signage encouraging wrong-way driving on Playa del Norte, I walked to the end of my street this evening to find this.

Derek Edwards

City needs to put new sign on the sidewalk

The one-way sign is gone. Not sure why, but two possibilities are: It was hit by a car because the driver was busy looking at a HUGE sign with a HUGE arrow pointing east up Playa del Norte, or it was ripped down by locals who understandably don’t want a sign in the middle of the spot where six generations of La Jollans have parked to watch the surf.

I live on Playa del Norte. The number of cars now bombing up the street in the wrong direction has not been overstated. It is a tragedy waiting to happen.

1) The new sign (which I assume will go up in the next few days) needs to be ON THE SIDEWALK.

2) The owners of the condo project need to remove the signs that are causing the problem. It was reported “the fire department made them do it,” but if that is true, surely there are small, special signs that fire department personal are trained to see that would do the job. In addition, everyone who works at the local fire station knows exactly where the main entrance is. They park there to watch the surf, too.

Rob Schreiber

Kayak fishermen to blame for sharks near shore

The recent shark sightings in La Jolla were caused by thoughtless practices of kayak fishermen. It’s irresponsible for kayak fishermen to gut and clean fish out in the ocean off La Jolla. The blood attracts sharks to the kayak, and when they paddle the kayak, trailing fish blood, back to La Jolla Shores, they lead the sharks through a swim zone to the beach.

I’m not against kayak fishing, but this practice endangers peoples’ lives. It should be made illegal, and it should be monitored by Fish and Wildlife.

If the fishermen can’t or won’t stop doing this, kayak fishing from La Jolla Shores should be discontinued. Kayaks should then be required to launch from, and return to, a place where there are no swimmers or surfers ... maybe Mission Bay.

Some species of sharks inhabit the shallow waters around La Jolla Cove. These include Leopard, Smoothhound, Horn and Soupfin. They’re not dangerous. Other shark species are typically found farther offshore in deeper water. These include Thresher, Blue, Mako and Hammerhead. The last two are somewhat more dangerous than the ones found in La Jolla Bay. The offshore sharks should not be enticed to come in to shallow waters.

Dan Truitt

Lifeguard tower delay impacts quality-of-life

The “Again?” headline in your Aug. 27 edition was very distressing for those of us who have suffered with the condition of La Jolla Cove for the past year and a half. However, it did have a piece of good news when it indicated that “construction impacts would be minimal enough that the La Jolla Rough Water Swim (LJRWS) could take place this year.” In addition to the LJRWS, the construction caused the cancellation last year of another large event, the La Jolla Cove 10-Mile Relay. This charity event, “A Celebration of Swimming and Community Giving,” is held on the last Sunday in September, attracting 300-plus swimmers competing in five-person teams and raising money for the American Diabetes Association and the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation. The last event (held in 2013) raised $6,500. So not only is the construction an eyesore and blight on one of the most beautiful places in California, it has had an impact on the community’s ability to conduct worthy charitable events.

Fortunately, with the assurance of the city’s deputy director of field engineering, we are planning on holding the 14th annual La Jolla Cove 10-Mile Relay on Sunday Sept. 27 and are hopeful that La Jolla Cove will again be available for events that benefit the community.

John Heffner

Co-Chair, La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s 10 Mile Relay

Surf scam may be surfacing

My boyfriend and I encountered male and female instigators near WindanSea the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 29. The couple parked themselves at the shoreline down at Little Point. The girlfriend/wife waited while the man paddled out to the lineup where my boyfriend was surfing with two others. The man kept harassing my boyfriend by circling him and nearly hit my boyfriend’s face with his surf board. The man was in and out of the water in approximately 15 minutes.

There was no physical altercation in the lineup or the sand. When the man came in, thewoman had her phone ready like there was a plan in place. I was unaware they had called the police until they notified me later, as I walked past them while they loaded up their vehicle. Then, the woman started antagonizing me with obscene names when I had said nothing to them.

This whole incident appeared like a setup for a fight where they can claim to be victims, have the police come, then sue. We have been in La Jolla for more than a decade and I have never encountered anything like this. I want to bring this incident to the community’s attention in case the man and woman return to instigate another such situation, so people are ready to walk away from a setup.

The man is approximately 6 feet tall with strawberry blonde hair in a short 3- to 4-inch cut, light skin, late 30s to early 40s, lean and approximately 160 pounds. The woman is approximately 5’8” with shoulder length (maybe dyed) black or brown hair, pale skin, approximately 140 pounds, also late 30s to early 40s. They drove a ‘90s dark teal/forest green Ford Ranger with license plate frame saying Rancho Cucamonga. If this is reported, I wish to stay anonymous for safety reasons.

Concerned La Jollan

Let’s organize to ban leaf blowers today!

The subject of banning leaf blowers is a reoccurring one for letter-writers in the La Jolla Light. I myself have written such a concern in the past. While I hat tip those who argue we have “bigger problems,” my stance is “small” problems deserve attention, too. After all, the big problems exist because when they were small, they were ignored.

While we all note and have great gratitude for the privilege of living in the beautiful oasis that is La Jolla, our concerns are out of respect FOR this very beauty. The ambiance and health concerns within our streets and neighborhoods play into the overall serenity that we are blessed with here.

I ask that every person who has written a leaf blower-related letter to the editor in the past, or those who nod their head in agreement when reading each grievance, please take five minutes of your day and contact Mayor Faulconer’s office. If e-mailing, please title your note “Let’s Ban Leaf Blowers.” Let’s move our concerns into action that can trickle into our daily lives. Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s contact information is (619) 236-6330 and

Kat Cowley

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