Letters to the Editor: July 31, 2008

Promote La Jolla serves its own interests

Let’s face it. Promote La Jolla was formed to serve the business community. That’s what they do.

Their constant refrain that they are unfairly accused of having a narrow, pro-business bias is truly tiresome.

All the money in the world does not give them the right to dominate public policy. If they want to donate private funds, that’s their privilege, but no strings attached, please. They don’t own La Jolla.

“We are always looking at the larger picture,” says Deborah Marengo. Hardly. Were they looking at the larger picture when they destroyed the most outstanding and successful annual public event in La Jolla, the free public Arts Festival?

They forced the Arts Festival into a private venue where admission is charged and the town has been robbed of our most interesting and lively celebration.

They cared not about the public good, they only lamented what they perceived to be their shrinking bottom line. They want complete veto power over every public event and policy that is proposed. When they are resisted by lively and well-informed community residents, they accuse us of “a reluctance to change.”

The arrogance with which they lament lack of “strong community relations” is laughable.

The only relations they want is dominance. They want total control. La Jolla can be proud of the spontaneous anti-paid parking community group that resisted their not-so-gentle maneuvering.

Tanja Winter

La Jolla

Former La Jollan defends Torrey Pines Glider Port

La Jolla Light featured a story about the multi-pronged attack on the Torrey Pines Glider Port by UCSD, the Salk Institute, and by the Coastal Law Enforcement Network. The Torrey Pines Glider Port is another of San Diego’s unique jewels that draws hundreds of thousands of spending tourists to the area. It is one of the last places on the San Diego coast where people can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the San Diego coast while watching the amazing spectacle of wind-borne human flight; and they can go there for free and stay until the sun sets.

Why not exercise eminent domain and build on the Torrey Pines golf course, a favored playground of the very wealthy and a flagrant violator of artificial irrigation rules enforced by the Coastal Law Protection Network? Why not cede Torrey Pines State Park to UCSD (also a state-operated organization)? The answer to both questions is: Political and economic “clout.”

Hanscom alleges the glider port’s operations imperil the surrounding environment. “He has installed a lawn and a serious irrigation network ... bluffs are very sensitive geologically and you start watering heavily into bluffs and they can easily fall, presenting a safety hazard given there is a state beach down below.”

Mr. Jebb’s “irrigation system” was little more than a few plastic pipes with which he watered the rough grass occasionally to provide both a landing spot for people, and to prevent the kind of erosion Ms. Hanscom is concerned about.

Ms. Hanscom saw to it that these pipes were removed at Mr. Jebb’s expense and that the Glider Port was fined for its watering of grass.

Torrey Pines golf course regularly pumps hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of gallons of water every week to assure the growth of manicured, but not native grass on its many acres of coastline property. Environmentalist Hanscom is unwilling to apply her environmental rules of erosion to the golf course, even though streams and jets of cliff-eroding water are doing more damage to the “sensitive bluffs.” Huge jets of water nourishing the golf course greens are visible from the arid and dusty Glider port.

Every Scripps medical facility on Torrey Pines road is landscaped with non-native plants and grasses, and all are artificially watered regularly.

Is it possible that hundreds of thousands of gallons of water pumped daily on the Torrey Pines golf course and Scripps’ facilities could cause less erosion than a thousand gallons of water once or twice a week at the Torrey Pines Glider Port? The answer is NO!

Scripps, UCSD, the Estancia hotel, the Salk Institute and the Torrey Pines golf course cannot accurately claim that they are not guilty of the same infractions Ms. Hanscom has accused the Torrey Pines Glider Port of. But they are big, monied, and prestigious. Ms. Hanscom is the mantle under which those who covet the Glider Port are operating.

I am challenging La Jolla and San Diego to protect this place before it is paved over and turned into high- rise buildings.

I challenge the Coastal Law Enforcement Network to begin to clean and correct the waste and erosion committed daily by the Torrey Pines golf course, and the Scripps facilities before they fabricate more fines and infractions against the Glider port.

UCSD, the Salk Institute, and others who want to build large structures on the “geologically sensitive bluffs” and steal the beauty of The Torrey Pines Glider Port should listen to Ms. Hanscom who has gone on record as designating the cliffs “geologically sensitive.”

Don’t permit private interests to steal this remaining beauty from the people of California, and apply the laws fairly to the golf course Scripps, and the Estancia, if they are to be applied to its neighbor, the Gliderport.

“Perched high atop the Pacific bluffs, La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Gliderport,(is) listed on the National Register of Historic Places....”

Steve Ward

Former La Jollan now living in New York

Fuggetabout seals

I recently made the fortunate choice of deciding to visit San Diego from my home in New Jersey. I especially enjoyed the unique La Jolla beaches, as our NJ beaches are just flat sand beaches, which are kind of boring.

What I didn’t understand was why La Jolla would allow one of its beautiful little beaches (Children’s Pool) to be taken over by a bunch of smelly seals that pollute the water and sand. When I walked down to the beach I was verbally hassled by a number of rude peopIe who tried to tell me the beach should not be used and it was the only place the seals had, and the people on the beach hated seals, and blah blah blah. None of that made any sense, as anyone can see that San Diego has many miles of coastline and the seals can go anywhere they want. The seals don’t need a beach with lifeguards and restrooms.

I have nothing against seals; we see them occasionally in NJ. We also have “nuts” in NJ also. Unfortunatly, La Jolla has too many of both at that beach.

We don’t let animals take over beaches anymore than we’d let deer take over a city park. Fuggetaboutit!

Dan Fall

South River, NJ