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La Jolla has 40,000 people, and about 12,000 are Jewish, according to the San Diego Jewish Journal, using figures from the United Jewish Federation. Many other La Jolla residents belong to non-Christian faiths and assorted ethnic groups. But La Jolla still puts on a yearly parade called the Christmas Parade. Other cities, such as Encinitas, Ocean Beach, and Pacific Beach, put on a Holiday Parade. In 2005, several La Jollans wanted the Christmas Parade's name changed to something without reference to a specific religion, but the La Jolla Town Council voted down the proposal 11-10 in a secret ballot. The issue arose again in 2009/2010 but went nowhere. The subject is sensitive in La Jolla, which once was notorious for its anti-Semitism. (The presence of the University of California San Diego, UCSD, in the 1960s, ended those ugly days of bigotry.)

Now some La Jollans are discussing the parade name issue again. However, I could not find anyone who would come forward. In the 2009-2010 discussion, Deborah Hertz, a chair in modern Jewish studies at UCSD, and her husband Martin Bunzl, a philosophy professor at Rutgers, were outspoken in asking for a name change. However, Bunzl told me this week they are no longer interested in pursuing the matter.

The parade has set up its own 501(c)(3) organization, and is now completely separate from the town council. Ann Kerr Bache, who heads the parade, says informal polls have been taken regularly since 2005, and 89 percent to 92 percent of respondents say they do not want the name changed. Sponsors and donors do not want a name change. The official name -- although not used often -- is now La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival. People of all faiths are in the parade, and also watching it, she says. A Christian church has a living nativity featuring sheep and a Joseph and Mary, but last year, someone carried a Menorah.

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stitch Feb. 22, 2013 @ 6 p.m.

go to: Wikipedia enter: La Jolla, California select 1.3 please read Wikipedia Reference (footnotes) 23., 24. and 25.

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Don Bauder Feb. 22, 2013 @ 6:45 p.m.

stitch: Yes, that Wikipedia entry concisely sums up the history of La Jolla's anti-Semitism. There is also a longer 1996 article, "Flaw in the Jewel: Housing Discrimination Against Jews in La Jolla, California," in 1996, by Mary Ellen Stratthaus, as well as a god summation in the San Diego Jewish Journal of 2003. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan Feb. 23, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Don, I assume you mean a "good" summation, not a "god" one.

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Don Bauder Feb. 23, 2013 @ 2:49 p.m.

Monaghan: Yes, my typo. The word should be "good." Best, Don Bauder

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stitch Feb. 22, 2013 @ 7:44 p.m.

Don: "You've Got To Be (Carefully) Taught" This song from the 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musical "South Pacific" and the 1958 Rodgers & Hammerstein movie, "South Pacific," sung by John Kerr (as Lieutenant Cable) best sums up the problem in La Jolla. It began with great-grandparents, was taught to grandparents, handed down to parents, mimicked by children, and now grandchildren. The words to "You've Got To Be (Carefully) Taught" are on the internet and you can hear John Kerr singing it on youtube.

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Don Bauder Feb. 23, 2013 @ 8:50 a.m.

Stitch: I heard it sung in the stage version, perhaps in the early 1950s. Penetrating song full of wisdom. Best, Don Bauder

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stitch Feb. 23, 2013 @ 7:49 p.m.

"Monaghan" & Don Bauder: I also noticed the typo that you kindly pointed out to Don Bauder. Neither "good" nor "god" had anything to do with the welcome name changes of the annual December secular parades in San Diego County. When the name of the Balboa Park annual event was changed from "Christmas on the Prado" to "December Nights," attendance quadrupled and so did the number of sponsors. The Encinitas Holiday Parade, Macy's Holiday Parade (Portland, Oregon), Ocean Beach Holiday Parade and Pacific Beach Holiday Parade were previously named Encinitas Christmas Parade, Macy's Christmas Parade (Portland, Oregon), Ocean Beach Christmas Parade, and Pacific Beach Christmas Parade. The names were changed for diversity and inclusiveness. . .period. None of the decisions makers of these San Diego County neighborhoods and towns ever took "the Christ out of Christmas." However, because of the outstanding and "spot on" description of La Jolla in Wikipedia, the La Jolla "Christmas Parade" name will probably remain for many years. If you read some of the quotes from a February 28, 2005 article titled, "Bid to change parade name heats up La Jolla" (U-T Angela Lau), you will read statements from certain individuals that are so bizarre and embarrassing that it has become a public relations nightmare for that community.

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Don Bauder Feb. 23, 2013 @ 9:58 p.m.

stitch: It seems fairly clear that anti-Semitism remains in La Jolla. Ill feelings die hard, even though the barrier went down 50 years ago. However, Ann Kerr Bache told me that she has not heard of any rumblings for a name change this year (at least until I called her), a la 2005 and 2010. That seems to be the case. Best, Don Bauder

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