Letters to the editor (and to the writers and to the people of San Diego)

Here are some suggestions for the merchants and/or the City of San Diego to try. Some of these are proven remedies and some are just suggestions: use non-lethal electrical impulses of direct current (works in Anacortes, Washington to keep the seals off the piers); drop cherry bombs into the sea about 20 feet out; use whistles, at a pitch that they can hear, but we can’t (like dog whistles); cover cliffs with barbed wire or something slippery, but biodegradable; capture and relocate one half of the herd; use drones to drop some sort of pellets that bother them (if drones can deliver pizza, why not confetti?); feed the females food with birth control in it; and the person that suggested pressure washing the rocks with fire boats hoses is a good idea (make sure they do it every other day until the sea lions find a new home).

Love your publication.

  • Phil and Sue Kienast
  • Seattle, Washington

Entitled to Live in UH

I’m writing in response to your article regarding the University Heights neighborhood boundaries.

I am one of the people who asked the UHCDC to support a resolution to correct the boundary error that was written into the 1986 North Park Community Plan.

This boundary error was included in the 1986 North Park Community Plan as a result of a meeting of the UHCA board members and then-Councilperson Gloria McColl. They met on June 2, 1984 to discuss reducing the borders of University Heights. Specifically, they met to discuss “the community plan as it affects the area bounded by El Cajon Boulevard on the south, Mission Valley in the north, Park Boulevard in the west, and 805 in the east” (quote from the UHCA’s Newsletter dated May 1984).

The idea to divide and reduce the borders of University Heights was spearheaded by the UHCA’s board member, Chris Huddy, along with the other board members, including Judy D. Abercrombie.

Consequently, only a few months after that meeting, University Heights street signs were strategically placed at Texas Street by the City, thus dividing our neighborhood in half.

Then, in 1986, the North Park Community Plan was published, and the new UHCA’s recommended “reduced” borders that split University Heights at Texas Street were listed in the Community Plan. This was done in error and without proper notice or input from those affected.

No one on the east side of Texas Street was ever informed that these new boundaries had been discussed and decided upon. Indeed, our entire area was removed from having the UH neighborhood designation because of the actions of only a few people. No person or any group should be able to throw 16,000 people out of their neighborhood.

We now have the opportunity to correct this error.The North Park Community Plan is being updated, and we want this boundary error corrected. We want the UH traditional boundaries, from 163 to I-805, to be listed officially in the Community Plan. These have been the UH boundaries since 1888 and I asked the UHCDC to create a resolution to ask the Planning Department and the Mayor to recognize the true boundaries of University Heights.

The resolution was approved unanimously by the entire UHCDC board and unanimously supported by the North Park Planning Committee. I started the We Are University Heights online petition (weareuniversityheights.weebly.com). We are also talking to our neighbors and collecting signatures door-to-door. We currently have several hundred signatures of people in the neighborhood who believe that they live in University Heights and would like to have this noted correctly in the new North Park Community Plan.

While our resolution is being attacked by UHCA because they’d like this boundary error to remain, I want to note that when it comes to doing business, members of the UHCA’s board believe the east side of Texas Street is in fact University Heights.

For example, UHCA’s president, Bernie Horan, is also owner of Twiggs Café on Adams Avenue (east of Texas Street). His business’s website states that his business is “technically located in University Heights.” Moreover, Mary Anne Stevens, a realtor and secretary of UHCA, advertises that she’s recently sold thirteen condos in the University Heights neighborhood. Her advertisement sent by U.S. Mail states that all 13 of these condos are located east of Texas Street and are located in University Heights. These actions confirm that Mary Ann Stevens and Bernie Horan actually believe that the east side of Texas Street is in fact part of University Heights, no matter what they say as officers of UHCA.

Also, I’d like to note that the following people also believe that the east side of Texas Street is University Heights: the United States Geological Survey, Vicki Burgess of SD Development Services, and, most importantly, the 16,000 residents that live east of Texas Street and whose deeds and tax bills all declare that we live in University Heights.

It is time that Community Plan recognizes that the University Heights borders begin at the 163 in the west and end at I-805 in the east. It is time that we stop this arbitrary exclusion of 16,000 people from their rightful neighborhood. Indeed, all of our deeds and our tax bills indicate that we live in University Heights and we are entitled to be recognized as such.

  • Ross Lopez
  • University Heights

Low Expectations

In light of the embarrassingly botched/withdrawn legal actions against a sidewalk chalking “terrorist,” a guerrilla gardener in O.B., and bribery allegations against “Jane Doe” vs Arevallo, a form of three-strikes penalty should be adopted to wise-up misguided local prosecutors Dumanis and Goldsmith.

I wouldn’t expect much from my city, though, whose best shot at attracting visitors consists of “Happiness Is Calling.” Good luck on the stadium/Olympics tries!

Also, to Ian Anderson regarding “Rebranding a Sunset View, Yet Again,” Quiggs (great food/service) predated Nick’s at the site of the current Wonderland.

  • Mike Loflen
  • Clairemont

Transparency Advocate

The article in the December 19, 2013 Reader, City Lights: “The City’s Code Monitoring Team: Foxes Guard the Henhouse,” mistakenly referred to Code Monitoring Team (CMT) member Joan Dahlin as a “current land-use lobbyist from the League of Women Voters.”

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