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Letters to the Editor

In support of Roberts

I voted by mail. I gave Supervisor Dave Roberts my vote. This being a non-partisan office, it didn’t matter that I am a Republican and he is not.

I voted for the the most qualified person in my view. I met Dave when he first ran for Solana Beach City Council and the promises he made, the promises he kept. He has integrity. His word is his bond. These are the most important qualifications to consider. Agree?

Bill Arballo,



Cycle noise

Taking note of your article of May 13, 2016 “City finds no way to muffle motorcycle noise,” we support the efforts of Del Mar residents Lew Dominy and Richard Levak.  Armed with a petition signed by 70 residents, they demanded that Del Mar City Council members enforce current noise ordinances.

However, it is unacceptable that city leaders said, “There is little they can do” and passed the buck.  If we follow the logic of Assistant City Manager Mark Delin that, “enforcement is limited to observation,” then we can all remove the mufflers and catalytic converters from our cars without fear of getting a ticket.  Then we can rev and race up and down Highway 101 causing deafening noise and pollution to our fragile coastal environment.

We are not alone when we say it’s time to preserve the “quality of life” in San Diego. We thank the motorcycle riders who manage to follow the law and keep their bikes as they were manufactured.  We have to all work together to be champions of enforcement of stronger noise ordinances.

Cherie Eyer,



No solutions for noise abatement or no stomach to address issue? 

Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar (and maybe La Jolla). These are all cities along the San Diego northern 101 Corridor (Coast Highway). They are all cities that could do something to curb out-of-compliance motorcycle noise, but, instead, have demurred on the issue. “Something” to curb noise, would entail crossing swords with the motorcycle community, who as a group, do ritual group rides along the coast, predominantly on weekends.  Good for them, lousy for the rest of the visitors and residents “with ears.”

The motorcycles themselves, if they are fitted with legal mufflers, are not the rub.   It’s that most of the motorcycles are retrofitted with “pipes” that do little to muffle noise. Some new bikes are immediately retrofitted by the dealers, after initial sale, but the invoices to retrofit, are separate sale items, to mask installing illegal mufflers.  These weekend riders, love to hear themselves “peal-out” at every stoplight, the same stoplights near sidewalks, used by visiting pedestrians, simply there to enjoy our otherwise peaceful coastal towns.

Why not, instead of deciding, that nothing can be done (Del Mar?), decide to test some ideas to tamp down the noise: Whether it be, to install an array of permanent decibel meters, coupled with radar and photo equipment, or to actually assign one traffic enforcement officer, on the corridor each weekend day and night.  I have accused my own city of allowing their police patrol officer numbers to drop off on weekends in order to allow their officers to have weekends free from duty.

I have not gotten a reply regarding this claim.  Our collective resort cities, actually need more on-duty officers during weekends, because that’s when most crimes, bar fights and accidents occur.

Laguna Beach once took the matter seriously a few years back, and assigned a no-nonsense officer to noise enforcement.

That action, was welcomed by the community, but despised by the noise-spewing drivers and riders, who were on the hook for both court appearances and fines.

We would welcome having such officers assigned to traffic noise duty, on weekends, too.

But, alas, constitutional rights are only subjective, I guess.  Someone’s right to create noise, is OK, as long it does not break the eardrums of little children, or those of city councilmen — which is highly unlikely.

G. Lance Johannsen, 



Renaming the library

Rather than naming the San Diego County Library, Encinitas Branch, after a donor, establish an endowment fund in the family name or better yet, without the family name, that would benefit both the library and the city for years to come.  It also shows real class.  Doing a good deed without recognition is very rewarding.

Irene Kratzer,