Letters to the Editor: March 12, 2009

Pests a problem

Dear Editor,

As a concerned inhabitant of Carmel Valley, I would like to bring readers’ attention to the fact that there is an increasing rat problem in Carmel Valley (Del Mar Highlands HOA #2), and perhaps in other areas as well. What is of concern is that the problem has arisen because of the failure of the NN Jaeschke Co. to pay for pest control services. I discovered the extent of the problem on Monday last week (March 2) after finding a dead rat in my back garden.

When I called NN Jaeschke on Monday last week (March 2), I was passed through to the daughter of Nora Jaeschke, who advised me that the contract for pest control of the common areas had expired. Last Wednesday (March 4), Ms. Vleet, the VP, advised me that the board of directors needs to authorize the payment for pest control. The BoD had elected not to authorize it, and the HOA could therefore not pay for it to be done.

What can other residents do about it? Please call the HOA at (858) 550-7900 and demand to speak to Nora Jaeschke. Make your concerns and displeasure known to her. Ensure that she is aware that pest control is not a “nice to have,” but an absolute necessity. It is an absolute disgrace that a small group can decide not to provide the services for the community. Also, call Helen Robbins Meyer, chief of Environmental Health, at (858) 531-4930.

Yours sincerely,

Concerned resident of Carmel Valley

Shrink misleading

The March 4 Kitchen Shrink column “Stomp out those food-related foes,” may mislead consumers about high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup, sugar and several fruit juices are all nutritionally the same. High fructose corn syrup has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body.

The American Medical Association in June 2008 helped put to rest misunderstandings about this sweetener and obesity, stating that “high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners.”

In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally listed high fructose corn syrup as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996. Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at


Audrae Erickson-President, Corn Refiners Association

Washington, D.C.

Sea lions deserve habitat, too

We want La Jolla Cove designated as California sea lion habitat. We want lifeguards to stop chasing the sea lions off the Cove beach in the mornings and we want a rope erected to protect the area of the beach where the sea lions congregate in the mornings.

If the city council is to declare Casa Beach as harbor seal habitat, we want the same done at the La Jolla Cove for the California sea lions. We thank Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers for the help they have given us on this project.

Also, we want the seawall at Casa Beach condemned as unsafe for human use and we want the seawall removed. The concrete surface of the walkway is worn away leaving only rocks to walk on.

The concrete railing supports are all eroded away and are structurally failing. Let the ocean restore Casa Beach to its natural state and the harbor seals will use Seal Rock in place of the Children’s Pool beach. People can enjoy the seals at Casa Beach from the sidewalk.

Robert Johnson

San Diego