Opinion/Letters to the Editor: ‘Tarnishing Our Jewel’ Followup

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• ‘Tarnishing Our Jewel’ Followup:

I fixed my broken barber pole. Just want to thank you for your interest in my shop appearance. I think this is a great improvement.

Dean Blundell, La Jolla

Editor’s Note

We do, too, Dean. Your shop front at Fay Avenue has been restored to its former glory. Thank you.

• Fellow La Jollans:

Please send

La Jolla Light

your leads of La Jolla Village eyesores and we will go after the perpetrators. E-mail the scenarios and attach a photo, or call us and we’ll investigate who or what is

Tarnishing Our Jewel

! Reach Editor Susan DeMaggio at

(858) 875- 5950

or e-mail

• Time to rally behind ban on leaf-blowers in La Jolla

Of all the issues that plague our community, I personally feel the priority should be the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. This nuisance directly impacts my quality of life on a daily basis. As discussed by other readers, they are very noisy and ineffective; they do not dispose of the leaves and dust, they simply blast it into the street, onto parked cars or into the neighboring yard. On weekdays here in my La Jolla neighborhood I have a difficult time concentrating on my work due to the loud, disturbing noise.

Worse than that, they are unbelievably dirty. “The hydrocarbon emissions from a half-hour of yard work with the two-stroke leaf blower are about the same as a 3,900-mile drive from Texas to Alaska in a (6,200-pound 2011 Ford F-150 SVT) Raptor,” said Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor at

If homeowners cannot encourage use of an alternative method, I hope you will join me in proposing a leaf-blower ban similar to that in other nearby communities.

Lynn Laumann, La Jolla

• Kudos for keeping community informed about post office sale


La Jolla Light

is to be congratulated on its thorough and continuing coverage of the potential relocation and/or sale of the La Jolla Post Office. Not only is this an important issue for our community, it is of national consequence. We are only one of many historic post offices across the country, which are being relocated or closed against the public’s wishes. As noted in the recent exposé, “Going Postal” by Peter Byrne, the reasons for the sell-off are highly questionable, while those promoting it are either avoiding public scrutiny, or are not providing answers or processes that meet the test of good governance. That this story has been under-reported or completely ignored in the national media is part of the unfolding tragedy.

According to UC Berkeley Professor Grey Brechin, (interviewed in “Deadline to comment on postal service audit extended,” by Pat Sherman in your Oct. 10 issue), the

La Jolla Light

is the ONLY regularly published newspaper in the country that has actively pursued the story.

While the Fourth Estate has been collectively asleep at the switch, the


has carried the candle in the dark alone. Thank you for your persistence and courage in covering this issue. Not only does La Jolla need you, the country needs you.

Diane Kane, Save the La Jolla Post Office Task Force

• Congress: Take a lesson from these young problem solvers!

Much has been made of the inability of Congress to resolve differences. Yesterday, 12-year-old twins in the dentist’s office demonstrated a solution. With their mother present but not intruding, the girls were arguing with each other, albeit gently, about who was going first to visit the dentist. (Right there you know these are unusual kids.)

After just a few moments of discord, one said, “Rock, Paper, Scissors!” Immediately, they started counting, and on “four,” each put out a hand in one of those shapes. After three ties, the “winning” twin happily trotted off to the dentist chair, the other sat down seemingly content. A fair decision had been reached.

Amazed, I turned to the remaining twin and asked if I could send her and her sister to Congress to show them how to settle disputes. She smiled, but declined my offer.

Art Cooley, La Jolla

• ‘Whiff’ at your own risk

In regards to your recent article, “Give it a Whiff” (Oct. 3), whiffing is something tourists and residents may not want to do on nice, warm days. My husband and I were enjoying the beautiful warm Oct. 5 afternoon, walking in the Village and got a ‘whiff’ of the bird guano on Prospect Street. The strong odor would come in waves, but the smell lingered in the background. We continued on to George’s at the Cove to have a bite (awesome view and great food) while enjoying the weather. While there, we, along with other patrons, could still smell the guano. We heard a group of patrons making comments about needing to leave the restaurant due to the stench, and others were determining if they could handle the smell before sitting down to order.

It is great to read that the city has begun to address this problem. In our opinion this is not an issue that can linger and wait for more years and years of buildup. We believe there should be a continued maintenance effort to keep the stench under control.

La Jolla has visitors from around the world — and their experience of this jewel shouldn’t be tarnished by a “fowl” smelling memory.

Melanie Ault, La Jolla

• Unleashed dogs at Calumet Park a non-issue

Let’s not turn Bird Rock into Del Mar. La Jolla, and Bird Rock in particular, does not have a serious public safety issue with unleashed dogs. If you want a serious issue, worry about the ever-changing storefronts along La Jolla Boulevard, the frequent surges of home robberies and now neighbors in the “hood” getting shot. Unleashed dogs at Calumet Park or on the bike path are the least of our concerns.

I frequent Calumet Park and have never seen dogfights, people fights or bicyclists getting attacked by rabid canines. Yes there is dog litter, so pick it up dog owners and fine the irresponsible when necessary. But, let’s let Officer Cartwright worry about more important issues.

Bird Rock is a neighborhood. We have the young and old, surfer dudes, moms with strollers, students tanning and dogs frolicking. I am sorry but no one is getting hurt, dogs aren’t going crazy, this is a non-issue. Stop being a curmudgeon former Community Council President Parker ... you are barking up the wrong tree.

Lex Lyon, Bird Rock

• Cigarettes a bigger issue at park than unleashed dogs

Congratulations to the San Diego police and animal control for giving tickets Saturday at about 5 p.m. The 92-year-old longtime Bird Rock resident who walks her miniature schnauzer on a leash to the park twice daily in order to maintain her health was the first recipient, followed by a woman surfer walking to check the surf. These are typical of the people who go to the park with their dogs and are all local residents. I have gone with my dogs for 21 years and rarely witness the problems cited in the (Oct. 10 “Dog Day Afternoon”) article.

Those of us who socialize at the park with our dogs have common sense to avoid weddings and ask any aggressive dog to be leashed. The pictures of the dogs cited as examples of having balls thrown to them are breaking the law, but if no one else is there, why is it a problem?

One of the dogs was a 12-pound West Highland Terrier and both dogs are well behaved. The city could get a lot more money by ticketing every person smoking in the park as this is much more common. I pick up butts daily from around the benches and cliff to prevent contaminating the ocean.

Let’s have sensible enforcement of dogs at Calumet Park instead of using a shotgun approach to this issue. It is obvious some people just don’t like dogs and are willing to take photos and complain to aggravate the situation. Why not meet with we dog owners and allow us to help solve any problems that arise.

Jack Resnick, La Jolla

• Is the plastic-bag ban a boondoggle?

As a native La Jollan, born in the old Scripps Hospital on Prospect Street, I currently live in the Muirlands. My great aunt and grandmother both worked in the old Green Dragon Colony in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. I am a founding member of the La Jolla High School Alumni Association, and I’ve lived here and in various parts of San Diego all my life, so I possess a huge sense of the history of the community of La Jolla and the City of San Diego.

I have seen many changes in La Jolla over the past 60 years that range from original cottagesand homes being replaced with monolithic, outsized edifices to far too many people crowding our Village to our beaches and coastal parks being fouled by environmental terrorists. But thanks to the recent vote by the San Diego City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee, we are facing an even more insidious affront: a side effect of the potential ordinance to ban plastic shopping bags in the City of San Diego. As a result of such a ban, it is apparent that consumers will only be able to obtain a paper bag if they pay for it.

This ludicrous idea is nonsensical for two reasons. First, paper bags have been free to consumers for more years than anyone can remember. Second, this will be a definite hardship for the working and unemployed poor, the disabled, and those on a fixed income. One has to wonder who will be profiting from the sale of these bags — the politicians who’ve proposed this boondoggle or the bag manufacturers and unions that represent them and contribute to those politicians’ campaigns?

I respectfully urge our representative on the city council, Ms. Sherri Lightner, to lead the effort to abandon this pointless and detrimental portion of the potential ordinance to ban plastic bags and make clear her concern for those struggling and less fortunate residents of the City of San Diego.

J. Scott Strayer, La Jolla

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