Our readers write: trash cans, bike safety, sea lions, fireworks
Letters to the Editor:
Trash gives La Jolla a bad reputation
This letter was sent to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and City Councilor Joe LaCava, with a copy in La Jolla Light:
The problem of litter in and around the walkways and coastal parks of La Jolla is overwhelming. This letter is accompanied by two sample garbage cans along the coastal walkway at 7 p.m. I filled a full-size garbage bag with trash left on South Casa Beach.
Several families approached me and thanked me for cleaning up the beach and expressed their sadness and disgust. They said they expected better from the famous La Jolla. They also expressed their disappointment that La Jolla doesn’t have recycling bins like Del Mar. I noticed when I left that the bins in upscale stores were cleaner and more plentiful.
Not only does this garbage make your city look very shabby, much of it ends up in the ocean. I sadly witnessed this when I went snorkeling a few weeks ago at La Jolla Cove.
I’ve written about the San Diego Get It Done app several times. However, I never saw any results from doing so. I have also spoken with many employees in your city who clean the garbage. They say the # 1 complaint they get from visitors is that there aren’t enough garbage cans and they aren’t cleaned frequently enough. They encouraged me to write to people at the top because their supervisors don’t listen to their comments. Very sad.
City workers are your frontline workers and should be valued for their input and empowered to give it and should be listened to.
Between the blatant mismanagement of wildlife and its habitat as well as the garbage, you send a strong message to visitors that our city officials don’t care. Over the past few months, many families have told me that they will go to Del Mar or Carlsbad for their family vacation in the future and forgo La Jolla. I do not believe this is the desired result.
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The “Disassemble / walk” area is a response to the safety of cyclists
The intersection of Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Village Drive is now, and always will be, dangerous for cyclists (“Cyclists call for more protection and safety education after fatal accident in La Jolla”, 1st July La Jolla Light).
The area should be designated as a “climb / walk” area. Cyclists should be required to get off and walk from their bikes, subject to the same restrictions as pedestrians.
Confusing signs, green paint, special lanes and intrusive barriers make matters worse. The only realistic solution is to “descend / walk”.
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The fear of sea lions towards humans is greatly exaggerated
The article “Yes, puppies can swim” (“Expert speaks out on allegations of dangers to baby sea lions amid La Jolla debate,” 1st of July, La Jolla Light) began to debunk a myth.
For five years, I walked up to our sea lions to take passport photos of their rescue release tags. The vast majority of them were rescued by SeaWorld, some were rescued elsewhere but came here – 613 polls, 2,600 passport photos sent to NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] stranding office.
A cheerful ID photo I got in June was of W2362 with her new puppy. I had sent his tag photo to NOAA Protected Resources five years ago. Her file showed that she was rescued at Oceanside in March 2016 and released at sea after two months of rehabilitative care. I found her in La Jolla a month later. And 37 times thereafter, she was there, serene as a Madonna.
Human mothers reading this? If you saw a fangless, sluggish animal your size approaching, would you drop your baby and run away without ever looking back? Mammals don’t do that.
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The cancellation of the fireworks was a big disappointment
It was so disappointing tonight [July 4] (“The organizers make it official: no fireworks from La Jolla this July 4”, July 3 online, La Jolla Light).
I remember having a dozen children here and how captivated they were. I don’t remember any stories in the past of baby sea lions being killed or injured. I am totally appalled that a few people were able to put an end to so many people’s enjoyment at their sight of the fireworks display. It’s an American classic.
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