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Our Readers Write: Scripps pavilion, utility undergrounding, Via Capri, student performances, food recycling

Messages to the editor:

Nice to look at Scripps Park Pavilion but not to use

new wing [at Scripps Park] It’s very good to look at but fails to offer privacy to its users, and shower drain is already a problem (“Drainage, privacy, and supply issues plague Scripps Park Pavilion opening weekend,” Feb. 3, La Jolla Light). Function is important in building design, as is beauty.

I swim with a group of women at The Cove three times, sometimes four times a week throughout the year and have been waiting a long time for this property. But once we had access, we could clearly see the problems. From the women’s shower and dressing area you can clearly see the sidewalk and street, and when you look up you can see the two upper floors with hotel balconies across the street, so there’s really no privacy.

One day someone was already there to clean the sand drains.

The new Scripps Park Pavilion is located in the park area overlooking La Jolla Cove.

(Ashley McCain Solomon)

The building has only been open for a very short time and use is not nearly what it would be during the summer, so this is going to be an escalating problem.

I realize that this building took more than two years to build, so I find it remarkable that these basic functions were not adequately addressed in the design. It might be nice to look at, but it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. So now more money will have to be paid to make it work properly? Fabulous!

Angela Holmes Show

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Wait until it looks like the utilities’ subfloor will get longer

I lived before [La Jolla] High School for 24 years. For as long as I can remember, our neighborhood was scheduled to see underground electricity poles in 2023.

Over the past 24 years, we’ve had a huge corner hole filled in and fixed – twice. The street was opened to lay new sewer side lines. AT&T installed not one large box above the ground but two huge boxes. The gas line was recently replaced or repaired. Street corners were demolished to provide [disabled]Accessible slopes. Then, a few years later, those ramps were torn down and replaced with yellow tow rigs. The street was blocked off with mud once, then re-paved a few years later, and it wasn’t long before it was re-paved again.

All along, the electricity poles are still there. Based on the latest from La Jolla LightThey’ll be there for a long time (“La Jolla to see some underground facilities this year as ‘Old Projects’ resumes, Feb. 3). We’re not in the next round of secrecy.

Tony Booker

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San Diego needs to improve and repair Via Capri

I agree with [letter writers] Siegfried Reich and Richard Landris – Via Capri is a disaster.

We reported this street to us [City] Board member for several years during Kevin Faulconer’s first term [as San Diego mayor]. He had the great idea that by counting the miles of road repair, people would love him.

Unfortunately, that means they just fixed the ways you didn’t need it. We were told (via a city councilman) from the street or the development department that Via Capri was ‘very hard to fix’. I still hope that the people in City Hall who are not smart enough to fix this dangerous path will be replaced by someone smarter.

Imagine how much La Jolla residents spent on car repairs since the city isn’t smart enough to fix Capri Street.

San Diego has a history of waiting until someone is seriously injured or killed and then being sued before any action is taken. I think this is what we have to wait until we see Via Capri safe again.

David Haney

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It is not acceptable to double standards on COVID-19 for school sports and other activities

Recently, San Diego [Unified School District] Schools suspended indoor activities outside classrooms, including student performances (“Westside” outside? La Jolla High School play “derailed” under COVID-19 rule, upset supporters say, “Feb. 3, La Jolla Light). The region needs to cancel this policy. The county data shows that we have Omicron [coronavirus] The wave has already reached its peak.

The interruption allows for internal events that dictate common sense precautions. It has already bypassed COVID-19 protocols in our district schools. “Just move your performance outside” is a worthless tip when performances require expensive indoor equipment and facilities.

Currently, the area allows indoor sports. How can plays and concerts be so risky when wrestling and basketball are perfectly fine? Arbitrary double standards are discriminatory.

The arts are just as important to student-acting as sports are to student-athletes. They nurture imagination, teach design and collaboration, and inspire the pursuit of excellence.

COVID-19 has already taken enough of our students. Should the county, unnecessarily, insist on taking more?

Michael McCullough

This letter was originally published by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Food waste recycling system is a recipe for filth and stench

The reason for my post is to talk about a situation that recently emerged here in California and La Jolla.

I am the resident manager of a small apartment building on Coast Boulevard South. Around October, we received notice from our trash/recycling company that, starting January 1, we would be required to start using a new small green food waste container on our building at a cost of $130 per month under California Senate Code 1383 (“Get ready to recycle scraps”). Your Kitchen This Year Under New State Law,” Jan. 13, La Jolla Light).

I had read about these boxes and had information from the city of San Diego, and I could see some problems with the plan. One of the big things is that they don’t take your old dirty and smelly food basket and give you a new one… they empty it into a truck and give it back to you.

How do I know this is bad? On January 18, I was uptown off Prospect Street and had to go to a business on Herschel Street. Next to where I parked was a 35 gallon green food wastebasket. I went to do my work nearby and when I got back in the car I gently kicked the box to see how full it was. I can tell it was really full.

I decided to open it up and it was a good idea to put my mask on – every flying and crawling bug was in the trash, and it was full of meat and cheese, I don’t know what. and the Smell.

I saw the restaurant manager who used the trash and said I had two questions for him: 1) When was your trash delivered? and 2) When was the last time they emptied? He said they delivered it on January 1 and never unpacked it. That’s 18 days of stuff there.

Then I called the collection company and also sent emails and photos to our recycler in town. He told me that food waste collection companies, under a city concession agreement, are required to empty food waste bins weekly, or replace them with new ones when necessary.

I came back the next day and it hadn’t been emptied yet, nor the next, but finally emptied on Jan 21st. I thought I’d open it up and look inside. Heck! Meat and other goodies are stuck to the sides of the box, they still smell and some bugs are gone, but not all.

Why not give everyone a new trash? Even better, cancel the entire program for reasons of health risks.

Mike Stallsby

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