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 Post subject: Lyne Perry
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:37 am 
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"I've seen fire and I've seen rain.
 I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
 I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend.
 But I always thought that I'd see you again."
        - James Taylor, Fire and Rain


Lyne was a friend to fairness and decency.
She will be missed by many ... including me.

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 Post subject: Lyne Perry 1962-2011
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:47 am 
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This from http://www.sandiegogeologists.org/Calendar.html:

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LYNE PERRY 1962-2011

She was a dear friend of many geologists and paragliders in southern California. Lyne was an honorary member of the South Coast Geological Society and past President of the San Diego Association of Geologists. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in geological sciences from San Diego State University in 1985. She then worked for Catlin Engineering, Leighton and Associates, Kleinfelder and others before becoming an independent consulting geologist and environmental professional. Lyne loved to travel the world and enjoyed adventures in places like Belize, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Turkey, Nepal, Australia and Tanzania. She enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, paragliding, marathon running, hiking, geology field trips, wine tasting and margaritas! Unfortunately, she recently died of her own hand. Lyne is survived by her mother, Bereline, and brother, Joseph, both of Hemet. A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, April 23. She will be missed.

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 Post subject: Re: Lyne Perry
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:52 pm 
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Unfortunately, there's more to Lyne's loss than I've posted so far. But I wanted to allow a little time before going into it ...

When I was a Regional Director in Region 3, I took notice of Lyne's excellent efforts to preserve one of her favorite flying sites at Blossom Valley (near San Diego). As Director, I joined Lyne at several California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meetings where one or both of us spoke to protect that site (and others) from massive power line projects. Around that time, Lyne began confiding in me about some of the bullying in the San Diego Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SDHGPA). At one point I asked her about being featured in a Regional Newsletter that I was planning (which would help to promote her efforts). Here's what Lyne wrote to me in response:

Lyne Perry wrote:
Bob,

Thanks for thinking of me, but I need to decline at this time. I have been the victim of much bullying by some of the "in" pilots. I am very selective as to who I fly with and I will leave a site if other certain pilots are there. Two years ago I rarely left my home and did not fly for a period of 5 months due to fear from a vicious verbal assault by Josh Gelb during a club event. This was not an isolated event, just the final proverbial straw. The fact that the other pilots just stood by and let it happen led me to believe that they supported such behavior.

I am still not emotionally healed and need to stay incognito as much as possible. You may have noticed that I do not post on the SDHGPA forum, even though I am the owner. These days I typically fly with the HG pilots and only a select few PG pilots.

Blossom is my passion and I am not going to let my fear get in the way of losing this site because I didn't do anything. I wish that I were as thick skinned as you and able to keep going in spite of verbal abuse. When David or Gabe Jebb bullied me, I let it go because I knew that they bullied most everyone, but when it came from pilots whom I thought were my friends, it devastated me.

Thanks again for thinking of me, but maybe at a later date.

Lyne Perry, PG,
Consulting Geologist
Alpine, CA 91901

At the time, I wanted to report this abuse to our national association, but there were very few people within USHPA who I felt I could trust. So I kept Lyne's identity "incognito" as she requested, but I added her to my own list of pilots who'd been bullied, beaten, or banned in the San Diego area. Lyne wasn't the first pilot to request anonymity, and so I always had to make my case at USHPA without actually naming names. I took a similar route with the City of San Diego.

Unfortunately, the USHPA Board never did anything to fix the problems here in San DIego. They implicitly backed the SDHGPA at every turn. Even to this day, the USHPA Board backs the SDHGPA over the Torrey Hawks. It turns out that the Gliderport generates a huge number of new pilots (mostly paraglider pilots) in the San Diego area, and that means new members for USHPA. Many of these new pilots are infused with the same gang-like attitude that permeates the concession, and they end up being bullies just like David Jebb and the others that Lyne mentioned and encountered. Many of these new pilots also end up becoming members (and sometimes officers) of the SDHGPA.

In a similar manner, the City of San Diego also ignored all requests to reform the oversight of the Torrey Pines Gliderport. By coincidence, a lawsuit had been filed against the City for management violations of Coastal regulations around 2006, and the City settled it with an agreement to create a Torrey Pines City Park Advisory Board. It's clear that the City didn't want to do this, and they dragged their feet on creating that Board for over a year. Eventually, it was formed and headed up by the Mayor's own appointee - Virginia "Ginny" Barnes. I attended every single meeting of that Board, and at every single meeting I spoke and asked about addressing the management issues at the Gliderport. Initially, Ginny said "we'd get to that later", but eventually it became clear that the Board would never address the management issues that caused the lawsuit in the first place. At one point, Ginny (who chaired the meetings) refused to allow me to speak during the time set aside for public comment. This may be a violation of City rules, and I may pursue that in the future. Rather than talk about the ongoing management issues (pilots banned and bullied), Ginny just wanted to talk about the physical design of the park. She talked about grass and handicapped access. She talked about buildings and scenic overlooks. But she never talked about who would oversee the concession to keep the violations and abuses from happening again.

Eventually, in 2010, the Board just stopped meeting. It's still listed on the City's web site, and it still says it meets every month. But the meetings never take place. So I began speaking before the San Diego City Council urging them to resume the meetings of the Torrey Pines City Park Advisory Board. I also wrote to various Councilmembers and even visited them during their office hours. But with all that effort, still nothing has been done.

Just recently, I heard of the sad passing of Lyne Perry. I remembered her email messages from over a year ago, and I dug them up. I could hear the desperation in her voice as I read those letters, and my heart sank. As Director, I had done my best to fix the problems in San Diego, but I got no support from USHPA - on anything. I hadn't been able to fix what Lyne and I both knew was terribly wrong in the local club. I still haven't been able to fix it.

Now, as many of you know, I only spend a week or so each month in San Diego due to family commitments elsewhere. So I don't have the luxury of speaking at the City Council on a regular basis. But yesterday, I made the time to go downtown and finally give voice to Lyne's letter of despair. Here's what I said:

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My name is Bob Kuczewski, and I've spoken here many times. Today I'm here to give voice to Lyne Perry who took her own life earlier this year.

I had asked to feature Lyne in our newsletter, and this was her reply...

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Now she's gone.

We need citizen oversight at the Torrey Pines Gliderport Ms. Lightner. It's in your district.

The Torrey Pines City Park Advisory Board was formed by a lawsuit that this City lost because they were not providing adequate oversight at that Gliderport. The Advisory Board was formed, but it was not allowed to address any of the issues at that Gliderport ... any of the bullying, any of the misconduct, any of the banning of pilots. It was not allowed to discuss any of the management issues at that Gliderport.

Instead, they played games rearranging the furniture:

"Where are we going to put the grass? Where are we going to put the parking?"

The Gliderport doesn't need any discussions about grass and parking. It needs discussions about the bullying and the management problems at that site. Sherri, it's a disgrace that you've allowed this to happen.

I am again asking this Council to reactivate the Torrey Pines City Park Advisory Board so we don't have this happening again.

Thank you.

The actual video from this presentation is available at:

http://granicus.sandiego.gov/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=4787

That video shows the entire Council session, but my public comment starts at 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 30 seconds into the recording. It should look something like this:

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 Post subject: Re: Lyne Perry
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:18 pm 
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Tad Eareckson - 2011/06/08 16:54:07 UTC

1. People are stupid herd animals.

2. Pilots are astoundingly stupid herd animals.

3. Astoundingly stupid herd animals feel most comfortable in very large homogeneous herds with astoundingly stupid homogeneous leaders. Everybody "thinks" and acts alike and everybody gets along great with everybody.

4. The less stupid animals cause disharmony and are kicked and gored and driven to the edges and out of the herds where they try to survive in denuded grazing areas and usually get picked off by the lions after a day or two.


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 Post subject: Re: Lyne Perry
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 11:34 am 
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On June 8th, 2011, Bob Kuczewski wrote:
The actual video from this presentation is available at:

http://granicus.sandiego.gov/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=4787

That video shows the entire Council session, but my public comment starts at 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 30 seconds into the recording.

That specific section of the June 7th, 2011 Council video is now available here:



We must never forget.

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