Some of the streets in La Jolla are indeed roads to ruin!

In response to your Tarnishing the Jewel series, I would like to see attention paid to Coast Boulevard, which is in poor shape at several sites. Last month, the City of San Diego completely re-laid the road in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art and it looks wonderful. Why was that stretch done solo and not several blocks north and south of there? Can you find out? (Photo featured.)

Ann Parode Dynes

La Jolla

Sticky, Sloppy Bus Stop

Have you noticed that the bus stop in front of the Jack in the Box is disgusting? Somebody spilled a shake or something weeks ago and a stain has been left on the sidewalk. There are cigarette butts, remnants of dipping sauces, plastic bottles, orange peels, etc. There’s a waste receptacle about four strides away, but some people obviously choose not to clean up after themselves.

While we can’t change people’s behavior and their disregard for others, it seems to me that La Jolla, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) or even, in this particular case, Jack in the Box, should make an effort to maintain the areas around the bus stop. I don’t think that La Jolla wants to leave an impression of fouled bus stops with its visitors nor its regular transit patrons. I appreciate whatever you can do to help with this issue.

John R. Burns

La Jolla

Editor’s Note:

A call to Natalie at MTS Customer Service (619) 595-4908 ( revealed that MTS considers the bench to be the property of an advertising company and the sidewalk in front of it, city domain. However, Natalie said she will investigate all bus stop or pole damage reports and welcomes inquiries.



next called the city to report the sticky situation and learned that the city considers it the job of the adjacent business to keep the sidewalk clean, per a provision in the Highway Code. The city said the bus stop area at 564 Pearl St., must be maintained by Jack in the Box.

A third call, to Moe, the very sincere and frustrated new manager at Jack in the Box, revealed that he understands the responsibility, but is “too tired” to keep it up 24/7 because cleaning the area around the fast-food outlet becomes a full-time job. Moe said, coincidentally, a meeting was planned for June 7 to discuss a solution to the problem. Stay tuned!

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Cracked and Crumbling Crosswalk

propose the crosswalk at Girard Avenue and Pearl Street (east side) for your Tarnishing the Jewel feature. I’m talking about the street by the Maserati dealership. It’s one of the very worst crosswalks in La Jolla. Just go out and have a look!

Bill Smith

La Jolla

Editor’s Note:



has forwarded these images and repair requests to the city. We will publish the response as soon as we hear back, hopefully, to let residents know when road repairs will be done

We’ll need underground parking for proposed Performing Arts Center

Regarding plans for a new performance hall of the La Jolla Music Society (

La Jolla Light

, June 5), I find it hard to believe that parking will not be a problem. The article quotes artistic director Christopher Beach as saying “They did an exhaustive analysis [of parking]. They took a couple of Saturday nights and went around and counted the number of spaces in the Village. There were hundreds and hundreds of spaces within, say, 600 feet.”

Having sometimes found parking difficult to find near Tapanade, I find this a gross exaggeration. My guess is that on Fay, Eads, Draper, Kline and upper Girard there might be 50 empty spaces on the streets. It’s true that there are approximately 160 spaces in the Vons parking lot; however the market, open until 1 a.m., does not share spaces with other businesses.

The only solution that I foresee is the construction of extensive underground parking for the new facility. I hope this is under consideration. I have enjoyed many beautiful concerts presented by the organization’s predecessor, the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, where I served on the board of directors in the 1970s.

Constance Mullin Branscomb

La Jolla

Request for early morning leash-free dog walks

A special time for me and for my small dog is a stroll along a quiet beach from 7 to 7:30 each morning. My dog plays with other dogs, I chat with their owners, and we spend time cleaning up litter left by those less thoughtful. The beach is sometimes totally empty except for dog walkers and a few surfers if the surf is up.

The first week of May my dog and I were ordered up onto the cliffs by the lifeguard who threatened a small group of us with a ticket for “anything he could think of” if we were seen on the beach again with our dogs leash-free — even if they were under total control.

I am 74 years old and have never been threatened in such a manner and I have been worried about it ever since. So many citizens of La Jolla live in condos or apartments with no yards and have always enjoyed using our beaches for a very limited early morning time period.

One morning last week when I went down to the beach alone (avoiding the sad look of my pup) I realized that trash from the Memorial Day weekend was still there and there were two men sleeping in the area.

I am not advocating a leash-free beach area such as all of our other area beaches enjoy, as I realize that situation could possibly be difficult to control. However, since the city government has allocated an entire beach (which my children grew up using) for the seals 24/7, doesn’t it make sense to let dog owners have an hour during the early morning hours?

Susan Wilson

La Jolla

Not in favor of dogs running free on beaches

Regarding the letter in the May 22 issue about a leash-free period for dogs on La Jolla beaches, the writer says that available dog parks are “… nearly a 30-minute drive from WindanSea Beach.”

There is no way that the dog park on Soledad Mountain Road is a half hour away from that beach. She obviously thinks that the current laws don’t apply to her, and so she gets to pay the fine. Unleashed dogs on the beaches are, and should be, prohibited. Thank you for considering my opinion.

Dale S. Duffala

Bird Rock

Our La Jolla: For better ... or worse?

My wife and I recently returned to La Jolla. We were both born here at Scripps Hospital many years ago on Prospect Street when it was just a driver and an iron from the Pacific Ocean. For those who remember his name, we were both delivered by Dr. Gillespie.

We both attended La Jolla Elementary in kindergarten through second grade. My wife continued and graduated from La Jolla High. However, I left for Solana Beach and then San Diego where I graduated from San Diego High. We met again at San Diego State University as freshmen and were married in 1948.

Our dear Village has changed since we were born here almost 90 years ago. About the only thing we remember that has not changed on Girard Avenue is the old Arcade Building, which runs from Girard to Prospect.

As for the movie theaters, the La Paloma and Cove are gone. My grandfather, who arrived in 1919, owned a drugstore on Girard in what I believe is now an art gallery.

We both have fond memories of La Jolla, but it has changed. Much of this is due to the arrival of the university, but, to be fair, growth and time is what has made the real change. Nevertheless, we are here and doing our best to be happy with what we two old curmudgeons have found.

Fred Livingstone

La Jolla

Drumming up awareness for Convention of States

The federal bureaucracy in Washington is out of control with a rash of scandals and regulations without oversight and accountability. We have a failure of leadership and an oversized centralized government that have not been responsible to the voters. It’s also about time our leaders obey the Constitution — The Law Of The Land.

Fortunately, the States possess the authority under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to reorganize the power structure and stop the spending spree and the power grabs by our government agencies and the Federal courts. Article V allows the States to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution with a single subject matter, “to Limit The Power and Jurisdiction of the Federal Government.”

After two-thirds of the States agree, a convention will be convened to discuss, debate and vote only on amendments germane to the subject matter, without the President, Vice President, the Congress, the Governors or the Supreme Court involved in the process.

The non-partisan Convention of States project will add amendments to the existing Constitution to return many authoritative powers to the States and change the battleground from Washington to our local communities.

Some subject matter examples: A Balanced Budget, Term Limits For Government Officials, Limits On Spending, Fair Tax, Redefinition of the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause, and more.

We are at a crossroads, as the existing path leads to escalating power, ultimately resulting in financial ruin. The Article V alternative leads to freedom and preserving our liberty.

We Americans are tired of being ignored by our leaders, and I encourage citizens to contact their state legislators, friends and relatives about this project. Ultimately, it’s up to all of us, We The People, for this project to be successful.

As a project volunteer, I am spreading the word in San Diego County with a non-partisan educational presentation titled “A Solution — As Big As The Problem. For additional information, visit or e-mail me at

Lou Oberman

La Jolla

Use property taxes

to keep schools strong

Should California’s poorest schoolchildren be the interest-free lenders of first resort to the state? I don’t think so, but they are. For the past 10 years, the state has been diverting the property taxes that were allocated to schools to cover the state’s other obligations. Most counties still report the property taxes are going to schools, even though they are not getting there. This violation of the public trust hurts our schools and our state.

Currently, nearly $7 billion every year is diverted and this number is growing every year. You can visit and see the tab ‘How This Affects Your Schools’ to see what is happening in our area. The news is not good for our children or our county.

Please join me in asking the Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature to let us vote on whether schools should have the same protections that cities, counties and other agencies (even mosquito abatement!) received in Prop 1A in 2004. Tell them that children need these local funds for their educations, and that these funds can’t be used as a piggy bank for the state. Without transparency and accountability we will never be able to get more resources to schools and rise above the bottom in the nation.

A letter and a phone call from you will make a real difference and give children a voice. u

Srinivasan Ramachandran