Our readers write: Nautilus Street, Housing Laws, Stuart Collection
Letters to the Editor:
Roundabouts and diagonal parking lots are not suitable for the Nautilus
Landscaping and more trees are always good, but the roundabouts and diagonal parking lots along Nautilus Street are solutions to problems that don’t exist there (“The concept to beautify the Nautilus Street Gets Approval from La Jolla Community Planners, âSeptember 9. La Jolla Light).
Instead, how about the La Jolla Community Planning Association unanimously approving a roundabout on Prospect Street at the confusing intersections of Silverado Street and Draper Avenue near the [art] museum, leisure center, women’s club and Saint-Jacques church?
It is amazing to suggest that Nautilus Street will become beautiful if three (!) Roundabouts are installed at the intersections of Nautilus with Fay Avenue, Avenida MaÃ±ana and Muirlands Drive. Roundabouts there would mean routine heavy traffic would be needlessly scolded up and down at the entrances to Muirlands facing the Nautilus. [Middle] and the high schools of La Jolla. And these roundabouts will hamper fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.
Diagonal parking is a terrible idea in general for the narrow streets of La Jolla Village: it is unsightly and dangerous. Diagonal parking blocks more cars in less curb space, but it shouldn’t be allowed to obscure the front lawn of the Irving Gill-designed La Jolla Rec Center, as [Trace] Wilson also proposed.
Vehicles of all sizes are allowed to park diagonally and trucks protrude into the right-of-way, preventing neighboring cars from safely backing up the roadway and flowing two-way traffic.
Frances O’Neill Zimmerman
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We need leaders who will uphold the law
As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, our politicians and community leaders are increasingly ignoring the laws that have been passed to govern our state and our city.
Now there is a movement by politicians to change zoning laws and destroy neighborhoods to appease and promote developers and builders, provide more housing in already dense areas and ensure these politicians get re-elected. (“Governor signs disputed SB 9 and 10 housing bills into law”, September 23, La Jolla Light).
The most egregious example of ignorance of the law is building well above the 30-foot height limit which is a long-standing law in coastal areas of cities. Some build to the permitted height and then turn the properties into short-term vacation rentals that the city attorney has declared illegal.
These oversized homes block hallways from view, depreciate the value of surrounding properties, and ignore restrictions created to preserve individual properties. And short-term vacation rentals destroy neighborhoods by creating constant noise, traffic jams and a buildup of trash.
Police refuse to respond to complaints about these vacation rentals, and city officials are approving the developers’ proposals.
Citizens and voters must insist that their elected officials and community organizations enforce the 30-foot height limit and prevent the proliferation of illegal short-term vacation rentals. The Mayor of San Diego, the City Attorney, the District 1 City Council Representative, the La Jolla Community Planning Association and its subcommittee, the Development Permit Review Committee, must be held accountable. .
The aforementioned leaders and groups should understand that residents will not tolerate being fired and abused by their representatives. Changes will be made at the ballot box and in the courts.
J. Scott Strayer
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The Stuart collection is a highlight of the UCSD visit
Congratulations to Marie [Livingston] Beebe on her formative influence on public art at UC San Diego (âMary Livingston Beebe hosts experiences for UC San Diego students to live with art,â September 23 La Jolla Light).
I took my grandchildren for a lovely activity that involved exploring the campus with the artistic punctuation of the varied installations in the Stuart Collection.
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