La Jolla Shores Association discusses face-coverings, ice cream beach bells
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In July, La Jolla Shores Association heard District 1 City Council candidate Joe LaCava’s take on District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell’s short-term rental compromise proposal, as well as being updated on police difficulties in citing non-mask wearers and vendors on beaches.

District 1 aide Steve Hadley responded to complaints from La Jollans about loud bell-ringing beach ice cream vendors and enforcement of mask requirements on beaches due to COVID. He pointed out California law has lifted restrictions on beach vending.

“It is legal what they’re doing,” he said. “So it’s difficult for police to enforce unless they’re obstructing ADA access or violating noise decibel ordinances.”

Regarding mask enforcement, Hadley’s been told by police that it is problematic to enforce because the mask ordinance, as presently construed, requires masks to be worn within six feet of anyone who is not a member of the same household.

Hadley noted, for example, that generational family members on the beach together may not live in the same household. Whereas college students, not related to one another, may all come from the same household, so they would not technically be required to wear masks around each other at the beach.

That, Hadley concluded, makes it extremely difficult for police to sort out who’s who, and who can – and should – be cited for not wearing their masks at a public beach.

LaCava, a longtime La Jollan and community planner who running to replace District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry in November said he felt Campbell’s proposal was ill-advised.

“It was a move that caught everyone by surprise,” he said. “It was a private agreement between two private organizations, HomeAway (an online vacation rental marketplace) and a labor union, Unite Here, representing hotel workers and tourist hotels. The non-binding agreement between the two organizations purports to say, ‘We’re tired of fighting’ … and they’ve come up with a proposal that is no proposal at all.”

Adding he is opposed to Campbell’s proposal as presented, LaCava pointed out five of the nine members of the present City Council will be different after the Nov. 3 general election.
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