Letters to the Editor / Tarnishing Our Jewel: City’s patch job falls apart in La Jolla


• Tarnishing Our Jewel: City’s patch job falls apart — The quick repair the city made for the construction area off La Jolla Parkway at Ardath Road and Hidden Valley has become an eyesore again. Instead of replacing fence covering with a whole new piece, last time they simply patched it. Now it is ripping apart again and ALL the junk in the construction yard shows through.

Another thing to note is the sidewalk is overgrown by the bushes and this is a real safety problem! That is a blind corner and it is difficult to push a stroller through there forcing the use of the street as a walkway. Cars come flying around there accelerating to get onto the parkway and it is only a matter of time until there is an accident. Thank you so much for bringing this to everyone’s attention and making the paper so community-oriented and informative. — Arlene Powers and Kyle Swafford

• Tarnishing Our Jewel: Worst street in La Jolla? — I read in the Jan. 22, 2015 issue of La Jolla Light that Sheila Fortune said the worst street in the Village was Roslyn Lane. I strongly disagree. I walk all over the Village, including alleys and, yes, many are bad, but none as bad as our block! I live on the worst street in the Village: Exchange Place between Prospect Street and Park Row.

The asphalt trench on the east side of this cement street runs from Park Row to Prospect and is filled with crumbling asphalt and weeds and quite a problem for people parking or walking on the street. I have reported it to the city several times, have talked to various crews working on other issues on the street, but they all tell me “it’s not ours” and that’s the end of it.

The street also has large dips and cracks, and has recently had some asphalt piled on one of them ... it won’t last long as cars come barreling down our street from Torrey Pines Road. Also a big mess is the large triangular area where Silverado Street and Exchange Place merge and end at Cave and Prospect Streets.

I imagine that more visitors to La Jolla either drive on or park on this street than go down Roslyn Lane. It’s easier to see without cars parked on it, but in this neighborhood many employees of the restaurants/stores on Prospect and elsewhere park because it’s free so it is rarely empty ... except perhaps early on Sunday and rainy days. — Debra Palmer

• Letter to the Editor: Historic meeting of five La Jolla Rotary Clubs — La Jolla Rotary Club, Sunrise Rotary Club, Torrey Pines Rotary Club, Golden Triangle Rotary Club and San Diego Coastal met together at the Braille Institute Jan. 23, where each president spoke about their club’s activities last year.

The Keynote Speaker was president of Rotary International (1996-1997) Luis Vicente Giay, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was in town for the Rotary International yearly meeting in San Diego. The government of Argentina has appointed Giay Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Other countries, including Italy and the Dominican Republic, have granted Giay their highest honors. His theme was: “Build the Future with Action and Vision.” All are welcome to attend a Rotary Club meeting. To find out where and when each meets, go to for each club’s information. — Sally Fuller, Rotary Club of La Jolla

• Letter to the Editor: Parents, Stop running red light at Nautilus Street — On Tuesday morning (Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:55 a.m.), I observed five red-light runners heading to Muirlands Middle School — four SUVs and a small import did not stop for the red light at Nautilus and Muirlands. Moments later, all five vehicles were parked and letting their students out at Muirlands.

Parents what are you doing? The young student riding shotgun in the import vehicle looked terrified! Students and schools need reminders of safety. Parents the life you can save is your own child’s! — Anne Egan, La Jolla

• Letter to the Editor: Rec Center pine tree suffered unfair fate — Sadly, not too long ago, a beautiful pine tree in front of the La Jolla Recreation Center lost about 40 percent of itself. This could have been prevented had the tree ever been pruned in the previous 80 years of its life. The city crews came out and cleaned up the broken off limbs. The tree was now unbalanced having lost nearly half of its mass on one side. Pine trees have notoriously shallow root systems and presumably city landscapers knew this, too, and would soon take action to address the imbalance by pruning the tree back. No such luck or even thought!

Two weeks later, the remaining 60 percent of the tree toppled over, taking with it the flagpole. Sad to say, but this is typical perfunctory incompetence that we pay a lot of money for. I would not doubt that all parties involved even got bonuses last year. All of this could have been prevented. Had the tree ever been pruned the limbs would not have broken off. The tree would not have subsequently toppled over. The flagpole would not have had to been repaired and we would not be looking at the neighboring tree (in need of pruning as well) and wondering how much time it has left before it meets a similar fate. Is there a plan or thought about replacing this tree and others? — Zeke Woolley, La Jolla

Editor’s Note: To report a city tree that has fallen, needs trimming or other attention, phone the city’s Street Division at (619) 527-7500 or e-mail, or, if the tee is in a city park, phone Park and Rec Area Manager Mark Moncey at (858) 581-9716. If a tree poses a public safety hazard, residents are encouraged to call 911.

• Letter to the Editor: Fed up with La Jolla Cove stench — La Jolla ... the jewel stinks and the birds are dying ... We walked along the shore and saw many dead cormorants, dead pelicans and a seal being rescued. Is this what the smart environmentalists wanted? The situation is pathetic and disgusting. — Marjorie Bree Silva and Ralph Castro

• Letter to the Editor: La Jolla Children’s Pool was meant for children (1) — I am one of many native San Diegans who was introduced to the ocean at the Children’s Pool and La Jolla Cove. My parents and grandparents had confidence that by taking us there, we could learn about the ocean in a safe way. I am now a septuagenarian who still swims at La Jolla Cove four days each week and enjoys long-distance ocean swimming. There is no pool that can substitute for ocean swimming. I recently completed a round of hepatitis immunizations so that I can continue swimming at the Cove. Conditions are truly deplorable and deteriorating. Please visit La Jolla Cove, experience the noxious odors, get into the water and see that all marine life has been destroyed (if you dare), and then make the good decision to return this jewel to its long-time luster. — Anthony E. Alkire, La Jolla

• Letter to the Editor: La Jolla Children’s Pool was meant for children (2) — Let me add my voice to the complaints about seals at Children’s Pool and the “seal huggers” who regard them as tourist attraction. My wife and I were born at Scripps Hospital when it sat on Prospect St. and we both lived in the Village and would walk to the Casa Beach as children. The nearby Cove was a bit rough for small children, which is why Ellen Browning Scripps donated her money to build the seawall to create a Children’s Pool. The Shores was a good beach, but too far for young children to walk.

When Scripps funded the Children’s Pool, there were no seals there until many years later. I’ll bet the great La Jolla benefactress spins in her grave when people start talking about what a great tourist attraction the seals have become. Excuse me, but the last thing La Jolla needs is another tourist attraction. — Fred Livingstone, La Jolla

• Letter to the Editor: Bird Rock students collect food for others — The fifth-graders at Bird Rock Elementary School collected hundreds of pounds of non-perishable foods and also collected jackets to put together holiday baskets for San Miguel Elementary in Lemon Grove where many families were in need of food to help during the holiday break. The students just received thank you notes from the families and the school. What a nice surprise! Our three, fifth-grade classes are organizing their next community service project. — Cheryl Cousino

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