Our readers write: Ocean access, sharks, traffic lights, public transportation

Letters to the Editor:

La Jollans is not served by the closure of access to the ocean

As a La Jolla born and raised person, I have followed and occasionally attended Zoom meetings on [San Diego City Councilman Joe] The sale of LaCava to the Sierra Club and the Seal Society in their bid to shut down Point La Jolla and Boomer Beach. The Cove will be next if it maintains its current position.

Read the latest cover by the La Jolla Light (“LaCava’s Priorities for Upcoming Budget Include Lifeguards, Code Enforcement, and Many La Jolla Projects,” Feb. 17) It disgusts me to notice how blatantly LaCava has ignored the list of the Biggest issue of all, open access to the ocean, because there is consideration to close access!

A sign along the concrete wall that borders Point La Jolla keeps people away from the cliffs during an emergency closure last summer.

(Ashley Mackin-Solomon)

His comments are indicative of a politician who wants to avoid fights and ignores the voters he claims to represent, but at the same time accepts misinformation from outside lobbying entities who want to shut down [public] access to the beaches of La Jolla for [benefit of] Sea lions.

His rhetoric about adding more lifeguards is hypocritical given that they won’t be needed if he closes access to the ocean. Who are they going to protect?

Nowhere in his list of priorities is closure mentioned. How could closing beaches not matter?

I can only hope that more residents become aware of the damage their rep is considering. These lobbyists have already shut down the kiddie pool for half a year, and now they want more. If LaCava doesn’t protect the community, he’s letting down the citizens he claims to represent, who don’t want to block Point La Jolla’s ocean access to the kiddie pool or a sea lion colony at The Cove. .

Nick Menas

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Shark encounter offers lessons

I read with interest Wyatt Joyce’s account of a stressful encounter with a local Septgill shark (“Idyllic Dive Becomes a Shark Showdown”, Guest Commentary, February 17, La Jolla Light).

He did well staying calm, which can be difficult to deal with a large shark. Our non-profit marine science organization, Ocean Sanctuaries, has maintained a database of documented diver encounters with this shark species since 2010 (sevengillsharksightings.org).

Many of us have seen them while diving and signs of aggression have been few.

But the behavior he described is fairly typical – they are an opportunistic species that will take advantage of fish speared on a line and, although not normally an aggressive species, can become one when feeds.

This should be a lesson learned for the spearfishing community to pass on to others. The next encounter might not end so well.

Michael Bear

Community Scientific Director, Ocean Sanctuary

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Why the red lights in the middle of the night?

Looks like the city’s traffic engineers (if there is such a thing) have something against La Jolla, or at least towards Torrey Pines Road.

I often leave for work around 3 or 4 a.m. and see that almost all the lights are red when there is no oncoming traffic. Then the pedestrian light turns green when no one is there to cross.

I see impatient drivers running a red light after waiting a long time for nothing.

Why not use technology and minimize wasted time?

Amir Sahimi

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San Diego Public Transit Isn’t That Bad

Recently, your Inga column said, “The reality is that no matter how close you live to what is supposed to be ‘public transportation’ in San Diego, it just can’t be done. Well, not if you want to show up anywhere remotely on time” (“Less parking equals more people on public transport? Not now, it doesn’t”, Let Inga Tell You, February 10, La Jolla Light).

I took the bus to work downtown for almost 20 years and was not late to arrive. The transit system isn’t perfect, but neither is it as dire as the column suggests.

Darryl Templer

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