We are notifying La Jolla residents and homeowners that SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) plans to construct a railway parking garage and 25-ft high elevated railway structure operating a minimum of 21 hours per day, at the La Jolla Village Square (LJVS) shopping center. Per SANDAG's Noise and Vibration Impacts Report there will eventually be 256 trolley passes per day.
The current plan would compromise the safety of our neighborhood. The elevated railway structure includes electrical poles and wires which would be visible to residents and visitors, negatively impacting the beauty of our community. The stores and restaurants in this shopping center may be in jeopardy.
We are convinced it would be unwise to build a railway parking garage and elevated railway stop at La Jolla Village Square. It would be a wasteful use of taxpayer money, and would create congestion, noise, pollution, blight, and increased crime in this La Jolla community. There is already comprehensive bus transportation that serves the area. Several other rail stops are planned at nearby locations at the VA, UCSD, and Westfield UTC Shopping Center. A railway parking garage could be planned at more suitable locations with sufficient land areas.
This project would substantially add to existing traffic congestion, compromise pedestrian and bicyclist safety, not be a prudent use of $ 24 million in taxpayer dollars (the estimated cost of the parking garage}, generate additional pollution from buses and vehicles needed to get trolley riders to the station, increase noise in the late evening and early moring, create an earthquake hazard given the elevated track's proximity to the Rose Canyon Fault zone, obstruct views of the Mormon temple, and increase crime.
This important issue was featured on the front page of the June 26, 2014 issue of "La Jolla Light". A better plan is needed for the safety and well-being of the La Jolla Village Square Neighborhood.