Letters to the Editor:
La Jolla needs a pedestrian square
It is such a disappointment that plans to turn Wall Street into a pedestrian plaza are once again on hold (“Group of village traders withdraw from ‘rushed’ Wall Street shutdown plan,” May 20 Light of La Jolla).
This idea will be a great first step in ultimately transforming The Village into a real village – a village where only a few streets become wide pedestrian-only squares with room for alfresco dining for restaurants and cafes, room for benches for people. meet and socialize and room for musicians to play.
Puesto’s request is the right idea, not just for them but for all businesses in this area, and we have to imagine what all other stores and restaurants could do with this new open space (“Puesto La Jolla management responds to critics of ‘placemaking plaza proposal’, May 27 Light of La Jolla). Just think what the Athenaeum could do with this pedestrian plaza right outside its main entrance. If La Jolla does it right, this pedestrianized plaza in the Village will become a real destination for locals, as well as tourists, and will attract people to support our businesses.
However, all we seem to see in our local newspaper are people complaining that they will lose nine parking spots here and five more there. If parking spaces are so important, why not tear down all the windows that are vacant right now (of which there are a lot) and create as many parking spaces as possible? The way the village heads, there will just be vacant storefronts and empty parking lots right in front of them.
But another thought is now to trade in some of our precious parking spaces for the incredible opportunity to create a true pedestrian village, starting with Wall Street and then adding a block or two of Girard. With The Cove and Scripps Park just a few blocks away, this option will be the destination we can all enjoy. Every October and December we block almost all of Avenue Girard for the Art & Wine Festival and Christmas Parade, and we do very well on those days with our parking lot.
In addition, there is a great option for those who absolutely must have a convenient parking space directly in front of the store they are visiting. UTC Mall just spent millions to renovate with new stores and restaurants. And as part of their complete renovation, they’ve also built a brand new and beautiful multi-level parking lot that’s just waiting for you to park your car and do your shopping.
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La Jolla needs parking spaces
There is no point in going to downtown La Jolla. There is no place to park.
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I’m writing this about another lawsuit to quash the July 4th fireworks display at La Jolla Cove.
I can understand and appreciate environmental concerns. However, what are the consequences of our inability to celebrate this proud day as Americans?
Rather than drag this into litigation, can’t we find a solution for all La Jollans? We have taken the legal route in recent history and that hasn’t stopped the show, so let’s be proud as we reopen our community and our country after a pandemic that has devastated our community deep within us.
I am not writing as an individual with a current position or title in the community of La Jolla but rather that of a new father. I believe we can all recall great family memories from the generations who witnessed the annual July 4th fireworks display across the United States. These are some of the best memories I have with my late grandfather.
The past 14 months have been difficult in all aspects of all of our lives. But these 20 minutes during which the fireworks are unfolded could allow us to put aside our differences, our conflicts and our struggles to look up to the sky and enjoy this timeless tradition that began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777. , for the first celebration of Independence Day.
Let’s celebrate that we have persevered through COVID and bring all of our families together to start an everlasting tradition as we roll our eyes into the sky above La Jolla Cove this July 4th!
I will continue to fight and help support the fireworks and look forward to watching them with my son this year and for years to come.
Note: I work as the Guest Services Manager of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and I am the Treasurer of La Jolla Town Hall. This is in no way an endorsement by La Jolla Town Hall or La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club of the fireworks display.
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Showing self-confidence doesn’t always work well for women
Thanks to Barbara Bry for her insightful article on gender inequalities in the workplace (“Why is the pay gap still between men and women?” May 27 Light of La Jolla).
However, I do not agree with the finding of one study she mentions, namely the notion that the women in the study had less “self-confidence.” This is a simple explanation, but not exact.
When women exhibit the self-confidence mentioned by the study’s authors, it is often viewed in a negative light, possibly because those in power do not want to share power or resources with these women. This is in stark contrast to what often happens when men demonstrate self-confidence. Rather than being looked down upon for exhibiting this characteristic, they tend to be viewed in a positive light and rewarded.
Successful, well-educated, and highly capable women are not free to demonstrate self-confidence without penalty. It’s a long-standing problem for these women – especially those who don’t have strong male work partners to protect them.
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