Our readers write: Puesto, business changes, West Muirlands home, beach fires, short-term tenants, town seal
Letters to the Editor:
Wall Street’s Puesto and larger plans are great ideas
Puesto Restaurant’s recent proposal on Wall Street to keep its current outdoor patio for the next five years is a great idea (“Restaurant Puesto La Jolla is looking to expand outdoor dining in Wall Street parking lots for five years,” April 15 Light of La Jolla).
Due to COVID restrictions, many restaurants in the village have built temporary outdoor seating in parking spaces directly in front of their restaurants in recent months. A stroll through The Village these days, or in the evening, will show you just how popular they have become. These outdoor seating areas added a pleasant feeling to the village.
What really needs to happen is the idea suggested by the Vision La Jolla plan, which turns Wall Street into a pedestrian street / walkway between Girard and Herschel avenues.
In fact, the same should be done on Girard Avenue between Prospect and Silverado streets.
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Anyone who’s been to Santa Monica and seen what they’ve done with the Third Street promenade knows how a pedestrianized street in a village can completely change the character of the neighborhood. Other cities that have done similar things are San Antonio, with the River Walk, and Boulder, Colo., With the Pearl Street Mall. In all of these cases, cities reported a total revitalization of their downtown areas.
It appears that La Jolla Shores has seen the benefits of closing a street to cars, as it now seeks to permanently close part of Avenida de la Playa to allow outdoor seating to continue.
By closing those few blocks of the village to cars, there would be room for restaurants to have outdoor seating and musicians to play, as well as benches and spaces for people to meet and hang out. sit down and enjoy the village. Summer tourists staying at the Village would have reason to stay there all evening.
The biggest complaint will be the loss of some parking spaces, but there is plenty of parking available in the garages around the village. There was also talk of a multi-level parking structure behind the large Union Bank building.
There will never be enough street parking on Girard and Wall Street anyway.
I hope that the merchants and restaurants of La Jolla will come together and take this opportunity to revitalize our Village and make it a true pedestrian village by closing a few blocks to cars and, in doing so, change the character of the Village into that of ‘a welcoming. place to sit and walk, eat and socialize. Thanks to COVID, restaurants have all moved outside and have proven how popular this idea is with the public.
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It’s time to stop giving parking spaces to the Village
I find it fascinating ironic that a village inhabited by citizens who get angry about displaced electric scooters is inclined to approve of a local restaurant’s attempt to steal public land. “The proposed Puesto square gets the support of the La Jolla group of merchants; others are worried ”, April 22 Light of La Jolla).
Puesto’s request for special permissions, especially those that stretch years into the future, is irrelevant. Puesto’s temporary seating area is by no means attractive and takes up parking spaces that are already too hard to find. I think this attempt by a private company to play a “reverse eminent domain” game on citizen-backed property of La Jolla and tourism would be met with lawsuits, not applause.
Please stop giving out parking spaces! Downtown La Jolla is already losing too much business to “shopping centers” because of our parking problems.
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The recent article on the changes businesses have made to survive the effects of COVID was timely and well received (“La Jolla businesses after the pandemic: hand sanitizer, cleaning protocols, outdoor dining?” April 22 Light of La Jolla).
However, Pannikin’s owner reportedly said she now has drive-thru, which she did not have before. That’s good for her and the company, but it’s worth noting that the traffic created by this drive-thru (not to mention the fumes and exhaust from idling cars) has become a nuisance, especially now with increased traffic in the reopening area. schools.
I mention this to emphasize that a balance must be found between maintaining businesses and keeping our streets open and accessible to all.
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House on West Muirlands would set a bad precedent
Regarding 1395 W. Muirlands Drive (“The Community Planning Association wants the permit revoked for the La Jolla project after issuance of the stop work order”, April 8 Light of La Jolla):
I pass this T-section sporadically on the way to La Jolla Shores from Cardeno. I honestly thought the building was an office building and wondered how the builders got a business license in a residential area.
More importantly, if approved, it will set a precedent for any future construction of this type.
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Do not enact new beach fire bans; apply existing laws
Regarding the article on the ban on wood or charcoal barbecues on the beach (“Local efforts to ban wood and charcoal fires on beaches receive support from the city council”, April 15 Light of La Jolla):
I can understand why the residents of the beach district prefer not to have fires on the beach. Fires in the sand can leave potentially dangerous and still hot coals that people can walk on with bare feet, and they make the sand dirty. But there are already laws against this that need to be enforced, rather than enacting more laws that will be ignored and not enforced.
The idea that propane grills would provide the same beach fire experience without the issues is wrong. The propane fireplace shown in your photo is far too bulky and heavy to carry to the beach. Using propane for cooking does not impart nearly the same flavor as charcoal, and a propane fire does not burn with the same flames and atmosphere as wood.
I have lived one block from Windansea Beach and have been barbecuing there on charcoal for 43 years now, using a fire approved metal barbecue. (My family has been doing the same since 1951.) Then the lid tightens, the coals are put out and brought home for disposal. There is no danger and no mess in the sand.
It is never fair to allow the irresponsible actions of a few to spoil the enjoyment of the responsible majority. Instead, the sand fire ban should be enforced. I realize there has been an increase in the number of beach fires lately, due to business closures linked to a pandemic. Young people have turned to the beaches for a place to party. I see this every day. But it would be just as effective to enforce existing laws as it would be to enact more laws that deprive us of our freedoms.
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Sea Lane area has issues, but tenants are not one of them
The recent letter from a tenant of a winter home in Philadelphia bothered me (“Tenants Support La Jolla and Should Not Be Bothering,” Letters to the Editor, April 15 Light of La Jolla). That someone has the nerve to complain about a tenant on Sea Lane in the Barber Tract is frivolous because it is a minor issue.
I have lived on the corner of Monte Vista and Sea Lane for 45 years. The main issues in this area are illegal beach fires, smoke drifting from beach fires, loud beach parties, traffic congestion after sunset when visitors are leaving en masse, speeding, loud silencers, afternoon parking, petty theft and vandalism, and no public toilets. If you gotta go, where are you going?
I know of at least half a dozen rentals within a block of my house. The only problem I notice is the young children laughing when they play in a swimming pool. This is not my view of a problem worth complaining about.
I apologize to the Spence family for meeting a narrow-minded La Jolla resident who thinks our beaches should be for locals only. Our beaches attract people from all over the world and are open to everyone for free.
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The ‘great institution’ does not justify the seizure of land
Thanks to Chloe Dore Gomes for her beautiful and articulate letter to the editor (“LaCava deserves praise for the position of the town seal”, April 22 Light of La Jolla).
I was also shocked to see that some in the community were opposed to changing the San Diego Seal. I was even more shocked by their logic – that theft, violence, persecution are all justifiable in one way or another if you have a “great institution” a century later.
I suspect the reader wouldn’t feel the same if their possessions were seized to build a science lab.
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