Letters/Opinion: August 2019

August 1 issue:

Climate change is natural

Sure, there is climate change, but it is natural and not due to any human intervention like China, India, or USA atmospheric effluents. Rep. Scott Peters is using this topic as a political football, cow-towing to Democrats as part of his re-election campaign. San Diegans should be smart enough to realize this. If he really wants to reduce effluents (like CO2) he should be campaigning for the resumption of nuclear power in California and bringing San Onofre back up to produce power.

John Fiscella
Carmel Valley


August 8 issue:

The fear that now pervades our lives

I look forward to Instagram postings from my niece Allison who lives on the east coast with her husband and two toddler sons. Usually the posts are photos of two darling boys playing, eating or napping. Today’s post from young mother Allison was different:

“I usually refrain from posting a lot of political stuff on social media because who really cares what I have to say, right?


“But last night I lay awake trying to think of things to do with Sam and Theo the next day and was coming up blank...

“...not because of a lack of things to do around here, but because everything I could think of doing scared me...

“...because all I could think about was where we would go/what we would do if shooting broke out.

“This should not be something that keeps any mother up at night. We should not be scared to go out in crowded public places for fear of being shot.

“I’d say I don’t know what the answer is, but it’s tougher gun laws. Simple as that. If you’re a responsible gun owner, you shouldn’t be worried. The only ones that should worry that their guns will be taken away are the ones who shouldn’t have guns in the first place.

“I’m meeting with Sam’s preschool administrator to drop off his registration packet this week and plan to ask her a question I never thought I’d have to ask about my son’s preschool: “What is your plan in the event of an active shooter situation?”

“But I’m skeptical that any change will be made because if a bunch of first graders getting slaughtered in their classroom 6 years ago didn’t change anything, what will?

“Rant over. For now.”


(I think that Allison’s post says it all, and I have nothing to add. This speaks to the fear that pervades our lives when guns outnumber American citizens.)

Jill Cooper

Solana Beach

Strong need to address speeding, reckless driving

What can we do about speeding, reckless and distracted driving in Carmel Valley? Just today I was driving down Del Mar Heights Rd. and a white BMW came by me at 90+ mph. This isn’t the first time this has happened — everyday I see it on Carmel Valley Rd., El Camino Real, the 56 and, of course, the freeway. At 7 a.m. the other morning when I was walking my dog, within 5 minutes I saw 2 cars run a red light, 1 person distracted on their phone, and 2 people roll through a stop sign. Rarely do I see these drivers get pulled over by law enforcement.

School will be starting soon and there will be more young drivers, cyclists and pedestrians out on the road. Which means more opportunity for crashes, injuries and deaths.

We must be able to do something to stop these dangerous drivers in our neighborhood, however, I’m not sure what the answer is. I’d love to hear your ideas. I think it is getting worse not better and I fear for my life every time I get on the road. I am going to ask the Carmel Valley Planning board to put this on their agenda and I hope you will attend the meeting with your thoughts.

Andrea Mintz


A very concerned citizen

Kudos to those who are sounding the alarm on climate change

Regarding your article of July 26, 2019 “Rep. Scott Peters pledges town hall on climate crisis.” I want to thank members of the Sunrise Movement and for waking up the public, in particular the youth, to the threat of climate change. We cannot solve it if we don’t talk about it.

I want to thank Representative Scott Peters for co-sponsoring the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, for joining the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives, and for creating a Climate Playbook demonstrating the ways in which Congress is moving, albeit too slowly, to tackle this existential crisis. I want to thank Representative Peters for working to form bipartisan coalitions so that any legislation that is passed will be durable and outlast the whims of each different Congress.

When it comes to our changing climate, we need bold action and we need incrementalism. We need the left to sound the alarm and push for grand change. We need the middle to bring more and more conservatives on board. We need everyone rowing in the same direction. I hope we can learn to appreciate the value of all approaches. Because if we lose this battle due to infighting, we will have lost the battle for all future generations.

PS — Due to scheduling conflicts with the Democratic debates, the town hall on the climate crisis ended up being cancelled.

Judy Berlfein


The Del Mar Resort with a new name

The Del Mar Resort Plan by Zephyr that received such effective widespread opposition in Del Mar and Solana Beach, forcing Zephyr to withdraw its clumsy plan in 2018, has now resurfaced in new marketing clothes: Marisol. Clearly the old plan and name was so badly tarnished and disliked that it had to be binned for good.

Zephyr now wants Marisol on the Del Mar March 2020 ballot, yet there is no concrete detail or information at all available on what this reimagined “Low Density Retreat…. Enriching the Coastal Environment” really means, so residents who are being asked to sign the ballot petition starting this month, will be doing so in total ignorance of what they are supporting and agreeing to.

Only marketing hype exists on the Zephyr website, questions submitted to Zephyr are not being responded to.

Going to the ballot is a great idea for Zephyr because historically property developments that threaten preserves through over use and density, which will consume those few remaining pieces of coastal bluffs for good, will always be defeated easily by the residents and businesses who really care about their communities and what is left behind for our future generations.

Hugh Cree

Del Mar

August 15 issue:

Yes to strong need to address speeding, reckless driving in Carmel Valley

Thank you to Ms. Mintz for sounding off the alarm bells in her letter last week to a problem that is getting only worse in Carmel Valley. I too have noticed increased numbers of drivers speeding and running through red lights. I can count on one hand the number of drivers I’ve seen in the past month who have sped down Del Mar Heights road and driven through a red light at the intersection of Del Mar Heights road and Lansdale.

I have seen a similar scenario at the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and Carmel Valley Road where so many cars make a left turn on a red light, again close to a busy high school. Sadly, it is becoming a daily occurrence. We should not be scared to walk or drive in our town with fear that we will be run over by a distracted or reckless driver. I wholeheartedly agree that this topic needs to be addressed as soon as possible to the Carmel Valley planning board, ideally in the presence of our local police officers and officials to see what can be done. All concerned, please show up!

Saha Sadeghi

Equally concerned citizen

Cisterra Del Mar Mesa Preserve: One Paseo nightmare all over again

Last week’s City Council vote to approve the massive Cisterra Project intruding into Del Mar Mesa Preserve is another example of its deafness to environmental and community wishes — and a reminder of the bi-partisan One Paseo sell-out to developer and downtown interests.

And just like that debacle, this project should now go to the voters who will certainly dump it.

In contrast to Councilmember Pro Tem Barbara Bry who stood up for Carmel Valley in the One Paseo controversy and now against Cisterra, Councilmembers Kersey and Cate violated the will of their districts, voting to approve a project that will forever mar Del Mar Mesa Preserve.

Kersey and Cate who represent the Rancho Penasquitos and Torrey Highlands communities used as their rationale that their constituencies would prefer a massive office complex to the current zoning. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Under current zoning, any project requires a CUP (Conditional Use Permit) and could require development to fit with the surrounding preserve. Those uses already include a church, equestrian facility or even a nature center.

The most outrageous stab in the back came from previously environmentally endorsed Councilmembers Chris Ward and Jen Campbell, who have apparently hooked their careers on the developer band wagon. Et tu, Brutes.

The second reading that will verify that sad City Council vote is on September 9. We ask that all who love Del Mar Mesa Preserve write their city council members to reconsider their vote.

Kathryn Burton

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