Category archives for: Opinion

We need leadership for solutions to occur


While I applaud this (Tarnishing Our Jewel) addition to the paper, may I offer a suggestion: possible solutions to the problems?

For example, while the news racks are one of our biggest eyesores, they could be made better. First, eliminate all the un-permitted /abandoned racks, then group the permitted REAL news racks in uniform structures, such as this one in Monterey.
Maybe the publications that are tossed on our driveways would use these instead of littering the Jewel.

‘La Jolla Beautification’? A better title, in consideration of an event on Esterel Drive on Monday, Sept. 17 (at least for the offended victim) might be “La Jolla Chainsaw Massacre.”

The mess left behind.

Picture a frail, elderly, widowed artist/teacher of considerable renown, returning to her home following lunch with my niece visiting from Pennsylvania and a best friend, She found a truck parked in front of her house and beside it, a burly San Diego city workman hacking away with a chainsaw at greenery bordering her property, which she had carefully tended for more than 40 years.

Residents must ban together to effect changes in La Jolla

Traffic backed up on Torrey Pines Road. File

For months neighbors along Torrey Pines Road (from La Jolla Village to La Jolla Parkway and La Jolla Scenic Drive) have been subjected to noise and horrendous speeds of up to six motorcycles racing every Thursday at 10 p.m., for 5 or 10 minutes. Finally, working with Officer Tom Underwood of San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division, we got police to set up a speed trap on Thursday night and, according to Underwood, it was successful and citations were issued.

An Independent La Jolla would be a good thing!

broken bricks 3

Thanks to Melinda Merryweather, our tireless advocate for independence. For the cost of one Tomahawk Missile, La Jolla could finally become its own, independent City, and then WE can decide how to clean and beautify our streets, control our traffic, help our merchants thrive and better serve our residents, independently of the City of San Diego’s continuous fiascos. The benefits far outweigh any detriment. There must be an angel out there to help make this happen.

La Jolla resident Lorri Sabban remembers 9/11

Lorri Sabban on a recent visit to New York City. Towering behind her is One World Trade Center, the main building of the new World Trade Center complex. Photos: Lorri Sabban

Twelve years later, our country pauses to remember the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, which reduced the World Trade Center to rubble and turned it into an instant gravesite for nearly 3,000 victims. Today, Ground Zero is home to One World Trade Center, (the tallest building in the United States), a museum, and a memorial paying respect to the innocent people who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

Fellow La Jollans! Let’s push for a Trader Joe’s in town!


I have talked with many of you about our common desire to have a Trader Joe’s in the Village. I have written to Trader Joe’s, but received no response to my suggestion that they contact the owners of the Heinz Gietz property, which I understand is going out of business. I do not know its availability, but there is a realtor’s sign on it.

Letters to the Editor with concerns about leadership at La Jolla High School, damage from leaf blowers

In regard to your Aug. 15 cover story, “Search underway for new principal at La Jolla High,” I am curious to know how 100 parents of current and former LJHS students knew about the Aug. 6 meeting? WHO WAS NOTIFIED? BY WHOM? HOW WERE THEY NOTIFIED?

Let’s keep the momentum up and the La Jolla Village improvements coming!

Read the Coast Walk story and see the plans at

The last few issues of La Jolla Light have been filled with news of big changes in the community. These transformations have reignited our hopes and enthusiasm for what our gem of a Village could and should be! Let’s get behind this progress with our spirits and our wallets and ask what each of us can do to restore La Jolla’s pride and panache.

Kudos due to ‘Reach Out for Life’ students

Michelle Lee, Kieran Bauman, Eric Haerr, Karla Quevedo, Marie Rowson, Amani Rodriguez Athena Dong, Malia Moore and Eric Wang

In June, a small group of La Jolla High School students, AKA the Reach out for Life Club, raised enough money from bake sales and beach cleanup walks to purchase a well in Rwanda, Africa. The charity, known as The Water Project, installs wells in African communities for valuable, clean water. Overall, the club raised about $600.

Coast Walk donation would make you a hometown hero

Read the Coast Walk story and see the plans at

If La Jollans can raise $250,000 in the next 200 days (the estimated time needed to complete the lifeguard tower) the same contractors and construction team already permitted by the city can begin working on the adjoining sidewalk beautification project, too, thereby saving the La Jolla Parks & Beaches group thousands of dollars to see that this identified community priority becomes a reality. (Much of the construction cost comes from the permits required.)

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]
  • Del Mar Powerhouse 10U Champions April 17, 2014
    The Del Mar Powerhouse 10U team played two pool play games and two elimination games to go undefeated in the Triple Crown Sports San Diego Open and win the Division 1 Championship. The boys showed great determination and fight to come away victorious in elimination play and battle for the win with a one-run margin of victory for both semi-final and champions […]
  • Canyon Crest girls crack top three at Arcadia, set new school record April 17, 2014
    Several young women runners from Carmel Valley high schools raced well in the Arcadia Invitational on April 11-12 in Los Angeles. Arcadia is considered to be one of the most competitive high school track and field meets in the country, drawing both national and international athletes to compete. […]