Postal Service: We strictly adhere to rules for sale of historic properties

As news organizations have reported, the U.S. Postal Service is in a financial crisis that necessitates the passage of comprehensive postal reform legislation to return the organization to sound financial footing now and for the future.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of the steps the Postal Service has taken to reduce operating costs over the past several years have been transparent to our customers. Mail delivery performance remains strong, and we’ve enhanced our products and services, including package-tracking capabilities.

In regards to your March 25, article titled “La Jolla preservationist testifies at hearing on post office sales,” one initiative that has gained attention is our efforts to sell some Post Office buildings with historic significance. Why would we do this?

Property disposals are one of the tools the Postal Service has traditionally used to increase revenue and decrease costs. Each facility’s size, location, costs and revenue, and the operations housed there, are taken into account. If the facility is too large for our needs and too costly to maintain, we need to sell it, even if it is an historic property.

When it comes to these actions, it is important to know that the Postal Service strictly adheres to all federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the sales of historic properties.

What’s more, the federally appointed Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) was recently asked to submit a report to Congress on how the ACHP can ensure that the Postal Service complies with the National Historic Preservation Act. The Postal Service has met with the ACHP and provided documents to assist them. We appreciate their efforts to ensure the process remains strong, and we invite them to discuss with Postal Service leadership in Washington, D.C., any issues raised during the development of their report.

All of our stakeholders can be assured that the Postal Service, the roots of which date back to 1775, respects and values the rich history of this nation, which is why we carry out effective preservation efforts in buildings that we continue to own.

We also ensure that these historic buildings are in better condition because of the covenants and easements that are in place for the future when we decide to relinquish ownership. In some instances, purchasers of historic postal facilities engage in preservation efforts that exceed those previously undertaken by the Postal Service.

Tom Samra

Facilities Vice President

U.S. Postal ServiceWashington, D.C

Let’s work to instate 30-day rule for rentals

For a growing number of La Jolla residents (and anyone of us could be next), it is getting harder to enjoy our own homes. The source of this misery is the exploding Short-term Vacation Rental (STVR) business, an industry that is actively selling and managing homes in our residential neighborhoods for substantial profit. In our small community, nearly 500 homes are currently being advertised nation-wide for short-term rentals. Despite the industry’s bucolic claims of happy, peaceful temporary neighbors, the reality more often is strangers who aren’t aware of the needs of permanent residents to sleep at night or use their homes undisturbed during the day.

While La Jolla currently has no restrictions on STVRs, Coronado has made its residents’ happiness a priority. From the Coronado Municipal Code Chapter 86.78: “The purpose of the City’s prohibition of short-term rentals in a residential zone is to preserve the quality of life for full-time residents and to maintain the residential character of local neighborhoods. Short-term rentals often create an intensified use that brings excessive vehicles, noise, and turnover of people in a residential home or condo that disrupts the livability of the neighborhood.” Rentals shorter than 26 days are prohibited.

The La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) has formed an ad hoc committee to look at how other cities are addressing this critical issue. If you value peace and quiet as we do, then please join with us NOW. Call or e-mail, we’ll send you key information. Time is very short and the very character of our community is at stake.

Jon Mangerich,

Chairman, 30 Day Club (877) 465-5607

La Jolla Cove stench forces couple to cancel visits

My wife and I just left La Jolla. We have been coming to La Jolla for years but won’t be coming back until the stench at the Cove is removed. We normally eat at the restaurants across the street or have a picnic in the park, but not any more.

I have read quite a bit on the Cove bird problem and the environment. Who’s in charge here? Wash the rocks down daily with high-pressure water hoses and the birds and their poop will go away. It is utterly ridiculous that the citizens of La Jolla can’t take this matter into their own hands.

Go ahead and have the various regulatory agencies sue La Jolla. It will take years for their suits to drag themselves through the courts. This is a perfect example of who should be in charge here, the majority or the minority.

Come on La Jolla, stand up for your rights!

Roger Dellinger

San Diego Opera can’t be over until this lady (and others) sing!

As an opera lover (season ticket holder of the San Diego Opera since 1975, member of the Verdi Festival Committee in 1983 when Ian Campbell arrived to be the director, and former chairman of the La Jolla Chapter of the Opera Guild), I was astounded last week to hear of the San Diego Opera closing. The board’s decision was hasty, and the public was not informed of the serious nature of the opera’s finances. Ian Campbell had repeatedly stated, in front of the audience, that the Opera had a balanced budget. Even now, it is $15 million in the black.

If the Opera closes down, more than 400 people will lose their jobs, and the closing will affect the San Diego Symphony, which went through its own financial crisis and survived. I, along with many others, am certain that alternatives can be found. I suggest appeals be made to the public, a new San Diego Opera Board of Directors be created, a new director be found (who won’t be paid over $450,000 per year), and a revival of the 50th Anniversary.

Sally Fuller,

La Jolla

Resident misses Whaling Bar

I really appreciate all the effort the La Jolla Historical Society is putting into saving our beloved post office, but where were they during the demolition of the iconic Whaling Bar in the La Valencia Hotel? u

JoAnne Peinado