Our readers write: Puesto, Harry’s Coffee Shop, leaf blowers, pelicans, ocean


Letters to the Editor:

No reason to give Puesto priority over other companies

When the first story about Puesto surfaced a month ago – asking the city to give up ten Wall Street parking spots to help businesses in Puesto – I was amazed to read how a few people did the private sector felt it appropriate to let the city subsidize their businesses. This would come at the expense of more than 40,000 residents and visitors to La Jolla and hundreds of other restaurants, businesses, nonprofits and government departments.

As a sample of one who goes to the post office two or three days a week – and often has to spend extra minutes trying to find a parking space – I was amazed at the daring and lack of understanding Puesto demand (five years or more of taking over a priority city ?!) Puesto wants to sit their clients for 30-60 minutes for a meal at the expense of clients of other institutions and companies that might close their business (usually most important) in a few minutes.

From employee parking and tighter parking time limits to an array of other issues and issues, we might even ‘do the numbers’ if this talking frenzy continues.

I was impressed by the letter of May 13 (“How ungrateful can Puesto be?” Light of La Jolla) which covered several important points. Government at all levels has taken COVID-19 action to help restaurants try to survive the pandemic. When we get back to normal, that also means the elimination of support for individual businesses (to the detriment of other businesses and residents / visitors in general).

Let’s hope for the silent disappearance of a very bad idea. Otherwise, the average La Jollan has only started to highlight the absurd.

Richard davis

Harry’s accident was preventable with better prevention

The May 12 accident at Harry’s Coffee Shop was entirely preventable if San Diego was part of the building code to include heavy steel barrier posts between parking lots and vulnerable parts of structures occupied by the public.

Years ago a car came through the front door of the Mayfair grocery store on Pearl Street and could have caused a serious accident when the driver mistook the accelerator for the brake, as it did at Harry’s.

A White Sands resident was killed by an impaired driver who ran a stop sign and crashed through the wall of the victim’s bedroom.

In both cases, barriers were hastily put up after the incident. Prevention can reduce tragic events like this and possibly lower liability insurance rates as well.

I have lived in the village for 61 years, owned five small businesses and a California corporation here, and have seen my fair share of mishaps. It is still one of the safest places you will find in this populated state!

Robert andrews

It’s time to switch from gasoline leaf blowers

I was delighted by the article “Local Groups Discuss Blowing Gasoline Leaf Blowers” (May 13 Light of La Jolla).

These devices have been an auditory and environmental irritant for years now, causing both environmental and noise pollution – waking people up in the morning and making Zoom calls difficult with the constant hum in the background.

Coronado, Del Mar and Encinitas have banned the use of leaf blowers, and [Patty] Kushner and others would like to see a similar ban in San Diego.

As mentioned in the article, a buyback or trade-in program would help reduce the impact on the local landscaping companies that currently use them.

It’s time to switch from gasoline leaf blowers. It is a noisy anachronism.

Michael bear

Pelican slippery fever is a beautiful thing

Pelicans fly along the water’s edge as a surfer takes a wave off La Jolla.

(KC Alfred / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

I am writing to thank you for the May 6 article written by Elisabeth Frausto on the characteristic way pelicans seem to like to hover over the ocean, very close to the surface of incoming waves (“Can UCSD doctor student’s Find on pelicans? “Surge in the slope of the waves” give a boost to drones? ” Light of La Jolla).

I have been fascinated by this behavior my whole life. It was fun to find out more and realize that a PhD was a PhD. UCSD student (Ian Stokes) studies this intensely.

Other birds don’t seem to get the same “board fever” about it, and I suspect the size and wing shape of pelicans is a huge plus to this ability of their species. Either way, it’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Larry Hauser

We must do better to keep the ocean clean

Local beaches have colorful stalls set up to educate visitors not to leave a grain of garbage on what Mother Nature has given us all.

While it was fun to read in the Light human organs growing from animals (“Salk scientists are implanting human cells in monkey embryos to facilitate future transplants”, May 13), maybe humans shouldn’t kill our ocean.

Schoolchildren and adults alike can sit with our polluted ocean right behind their backs. Keep America beautiful – don’t throw trash.

Alexandra ashborn

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