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  • High Avenue green zone extension approved

    High Avenue green zone extension approved

    In its third appearance at a La Jolla Traffic & Transportation advisory group (LJT&T) meeting, a green zone extension on High Avenue near the corner of Torrey Pines Road was approved.  Requested by veterinarian John Morizi, who owns Pet Health Center of La Jolla at 1135 High St., the green zone...

  • Parks & Beaches hears changes to Cove Pavilion plan

    Parks & Beaches hears changes to Cove Pavilion plan

    Plans for the new Cove Pavilion restroom facility at Scripps Park, now in the City’s hands, have not changed much since several community reviews took place in 2014. But changes that have already been identified were discussed at the Nov. 28 La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) advisory group meeting...

  • La Valencia turns 90: Story of a 90-year-old 'Pink Lady' and the Village who loves her

    La Valencia turns 90: Story of a 90-year-old 'Pink Lady' and the Village who loves her

    Dec. 15 marks 90 years since La Valencia Hotel first opened its doors on Prospect Street in La Jolla, and like any relationship that has lasted so long — especially any love story — it’s had its ups and downs. The Pink Lady will celebrate its 90th birthday by inviting the community to a Roaring...

  • Our Readers Write: More La Jollans share views on flight-path changes; no public-use of La Jolla High track

    Our Readers Write: More La Jollans share views on flight-path changes; no public-use of La Jolla High track

    Our Readers Write / Opinion / Letters to the Editor: More letters arrive to protest flight path changes over La Jolla • Indeed there is a significant increase in aircraft noise in our area (La Jolla Corona Drive) due to the new flight paths. Our understanding is that the new paths are more "efficient,"...

  • People in Your Neighborhood: Meet Tresha Souza of So Others May Eat

    People in Your Neighborhood: Meet Tresha Souza of So Others May Eat

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in Your Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Rec Center to gain new playscape: Dec. 8 meeting on how to spend $350K

    Rec Center to gain new playscape: Dec. 8 meeting on how to spend $350K

    On any given day, dozens of La Jolla children use the playground at La Jolla Rec Center. But with equipment that was installed in the 1950s (and a few newer pieces added 10 years ago) it’s time for an upgrade. La Jolla Parks & Rec, Inc., the board that helps manage the Rec Center, is looking for...

  • MAD’s Enhance La Jolla seeks community ideas

    MAD’s Enhance La Jolla seeks community ideas

    After years of development, planning, presentations, fundraising and outreach, the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) for The Village was approved by the voters affected in mid-November. The votes were ratified by the San Diego City Council on Nov. 15 and now Enhance La Jolla (the organization...

  • Our Readers Write: La Jollans speak out about flight-path noise, sea lions, no public use of high school track, election signs

    Our Readers Write: La Jollans speak out about flight-path noise, sea lions, no public use of high school track, election signs

    OUR READERS WRITE / OPINION / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Readers respond to story about flight-path noise • Thank you for writing my story about the flight path noise problem in the Nov. 24 issue. Since you were last here, the problem has actually gotten worse. Unfortunately, I've been so busy I haven't...

  • Town Council vs. Sea Lions: ‘Call for Action’ sent to Mayor

    Town Council vs. Sea Lions: ‘Call for Action’ sent to Mayor

    Fed up with the City’s idleness in dispersing the burgeoning sea lion population at La Jolla Cove for the past two years, the La Jolla Sea Lion Task Force (started under the auspices of La Jolla Town Council) issued a “Call for Action,” with members requesting that the La Jolla Town Council (LJTC)...

  • Merchants Association sits new board, plans for holidays

    Merchants Association sits new board, plans for holidays

    December will be a busy month for the La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA). Having sat nine new board members during its Nov. 9 meeting at La Jolla Riford Library, the board will next hold a strategic planning meeting to discuss the upcoming year, and oversee the installation of Village...

  • A (Not-So) Random Act of Kindness: Sunrise Rotary gives $3,800 to theater charity project

    A (Not-So) Random Act of Kindness: Sunrise Rotary gives $3,800 to theater charity project

    To lift the curtain for young people who might not otherwise be able to attend a theatrical production, J*Company Youth Theater offers a “Random Act of Culture” night. The next one was just guaranteed by the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club through a $3,800 donation to the theater company during the...

  • La Jolla Community Foundation gives $40K in grants: YMCA, UCSD, Riford Library beneficiaries

    La Jolla Community Foundation gives $40K in grants: YMCA, UCSD, Riford Library beneficiaries

    In its third annual grant cycle, the La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF) distributed its highest amount yet — $40,000 among three La Jolla nonprofits — and made a last-minute $12,000 donation to I Love A Clean San Diego, to carry out projects that beautify La Jolla.  The grants, $18,500 to La...

  • A Big Thanks: The MAD Made It!

    A Big Thanks: The MAD Made It!

    COMMENTARY: We did it! Three years of hard work and $150,000 later, voters in the district passed the La Jolla Village Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). We now have a mechanism in place to spruce up La Jolla. Move over, Carmel, Sun Valley, Palm Springs, Palm Beach —communities known for their...

  • Frontline Cancer: Thankful for enlightened scientists

    FRONTLINE CANCER: "Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain." —Bob Dylan,"Not Dark Yet" Here's a doctor's confidentiality: I'm a huge Dylan fan. My admiration for the singer and songwriter is deep and abiding, no matter how much the times they are a-changin.' I've read possibly...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, November 24

    La Jolla News Nuggets, November 24

    San Diego rowers place in national regatta Two San Diego Rowing Club teams placed in the top 10 nationally for their divisions, during the Oct. 22-23 Head of Charles River regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Women’s Youth Fours, comprised of Shelby Meksto, 18, Madison Nutting, 17, Tamara Gelfman,...

  • City to spend $11 million on Avenida de la Playa stormwater ‘fiasco’

    City to spend $11 million on Avenida de la Playa stormwater ‘fiasco’

    During its Oct. 24 meeting, the San Diego City Council allocated an additional $5 million for the Replacement of Stormwater Infrastructure on Avenida de la Playa (RSIAP) in La Jolla Shores. According to the request for action, $6,362,508 had already been spent on the project, which brings its pricetag...

  • New Northern Division Captain shares vision of community police work

    New Northern Division Captain shares vision of community police work

    Stephany Rose, who last month became the new Captain of the San Diego Police Department Northern Division (which includes La Jolla), said her first police assignment was as a bike patrol officer in the Southern Division. Now 23 years later, she’s been involved in diverse areas of the force, including...

  • Falconers train birds of prey at Torrey Pines Gliderport

    Falconers train birds of prey at Torrey Pines Gliderport

    When David Metzgar, a falconer and biologist first tried parahawking in Nepal, he thought, “It just struck me that Southern California is such an amazing place to fly, as are the foothills of the Himalayas ... so the Torrey Pines Gliderport was the best place to try and teach some birds to fly...

  • Permitters OK Chelsea St. home remodel, review condo project

    Permitters OK Chelsea St. home remodel, review condo project

    La Jolla Development Permit Review committee (DPR) at its Nov. 15 meeting approved plans for the remodeling of a home at 5192 Chelsea St. The project would partially demolish an existing 7,972-square-foot home reducing its size by 1,217 square feet for a 6,755-square-foot gross floor area. The...

  • People in Your Neighborhood: Michael Nance of A Bridge for Kids

    People in Your Neighborhood: Michael Nance of A Bridge for Kids

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in Your Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Codebreaker’s nephew has insights on real Alan Turing

    Codebreaker’s nephew has insights on real Alan Turing

    Sir Dermot Turing spoke at a special event Friday, Oct. 28 in the auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute about the life of his famous uncle, Alan Turing, the British codebreaker who was the subject of the 2014 movie “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Joanna Davies, founder,...

  • READERS WRITE: Script for a future tour bus driver

      “We are now turning off of Prospect Place, which is comparable to the Boston ‘Big Dig’ because its construction never ends and nobody seems to know why, and heading down to the waterfront, which used to be called ‘The Jewel of La Jolla.’ Forgive the bumps, but this street hasn’t been paved for...

  • Permitters OK plans for new home on Soledad Avenue, agree City can sell vacant Rutgers Road lot

    Permitters OK plans for new home on Soledad Avenue, agree City can sell vacant Rutgers Road lot

    A project to build a 3,225-square-foot, two-story single-family residence with a basement at 1421 Soledad Ave. received approval from La Jolla Development Permit Review committee (DPR) during its Nov. 8 meeting. Applicant Tim Golba presented plans for a home that include a basement with a garage...

  • Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival set for Sunday, Dec. 4 along Girard Avenue

    With the theme “Christmas in the Future,” the 59th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival is poised to take place earlier than usual this year, stepping off 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 from Girard Avenue and Kline Street, accompanied by an antique aircraft flyover the Village parade route....

  • Voters support MAD for La Jolla: City Council ratifies count, Nov. 15

    The proposed Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) for the Village of La Jolla was approved by those within the district by mail ballot and ratified Tuesday, Nov. 15 by the San Diego City Council. With the approval, assessments will be collected from residents and businesses within the MAD on property...

  • Shores street could close November to December for construction

    Shores street could close November to December for construction

    An emergency meeting between the City of San Diego and the La Jolla Shores business owners was held Oct. 25 in front of Piatti restaurant in The Shores, to talk about an element of the construction project along Avenida de la Playa that needs to be redone.  Certain projects completed during the...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, November 3

    La Jolla News Nuggets, November 3

    Vikings join parade The La Jolla High School Marching Band was in step with the 12th annual Boulevard BOO! Parade, Oct. 29, down El Cajon Boulevard. The parade featured more than 70 entries of live entertainment, ghosts, goblins and witches — all handing out candies and treats to the children looking...

  • Nobel Prize winner's home's historical designation halted, remodeling resumes

    Nobel Prize winner's home's historical designation halted, remodeling resumes

    Any informed passerby who walked along the street in front of 2345 Via Siena, may have been wondering why remodeling construction resumed on the property without a decision from the Historical Resources Board (HRB) on its historical designation. That is because there was none. The owner of the...

  • People in the Neighborhood: Meet Dennis Abad, the ‘face’ of La Jolla Riford Library

    People in the Neighborhood: Meet Dennis Abad, the ‘face’ of La Jolla Riford Library

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in the Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Mt. Soledad Veterans Day ceremony to honor Ted Williams: Dick Enberg to speak

    Mt. Soledad Veterans Day ceremony to honor Ted Williams: Dick Enberg to speak

    Hot on the heels of the 2016 World Series, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association Veterans Day Ceremony will also pay homage to baseball, with keynote speakers and honorees from America’s pastime.  During the 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 ceremony, former San Diego Padres broadcaster Dick...

  • Seven 'new' restaurants opening in La Jolla

    Seven 'new' restaurants opening in La Jolla

    The food scene in La Jolla seems to be ever-changing; two new restaurants are now open, two more are on the way (one from a familiar face at La Jolla Open Aire Market), and three have “rebranded.”  Now open …  In a true, but innovative, culinary fusion, Shin’s La Jolla opened in September at 8008...

  • Trustees advocate for Shores boardwalk replacement

    Trustees advocate for Shores boardwalk replacement

    The almost-half-mile-long boardwalk running from Avenida de la Playa to Calle Opima (on the north side of Kellogg Park) has caught the attention of La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) board members. More specifically, its jagged cracks, unfilled gaps and crumbling seawall have “caught” them and...

  • Crumbling 'unimproved' street leaves residents confused

    Crumbling 'unimproved' street leaves residents confused

    Between potholes and uneven surfaces, chipped paint and deep cracks, there are many streets in La Jolla that could use repair. But did you know the City has a category called unimproved streets to identify certain roads, and the City’s resurfacing program does not cover these streets? For the residents...

  • Fast Facts About the Nov. 8 Election

    Fast Facts About the Nov. 8 Election

    To quote the League of Women Voters: “Your Vote. Your Voice.” If you are a registered voter, you will find your polling place open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, visit sos.ca.gov/elections/polling place If you prefer to vote by mail, you must...

  • Our Readers Write: La Jollans speak out about election measures, local planning boards and Rotary Club

    Our Readers Write: La Jollans speak out about election measures, local planning boards and Rotary Club

    Our Readers Write / Letters to the Editor / Opinion: Letters to the Editor from the Oct. 27, 2016 issue of La Jolla Light: —— Council President Sherri Lightner issues urgent voting caution There is nothing more important to the voters of San Diego than ensuring that their votes are cast and counted...

  • La Jolla as a 'Cultural Hub': Capital campaign for MCASD expansion launched

    La Jolla as a 'Cultural Hub': Capital campaign for MCASD expansion launched

    It was a historic day at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) La Jolla campus Tuesday Oct. 18, when — in association with its 75th anniversary — outgoing director Hugh Davies officially passed the baton to incoming director Kathryn Kanjo as part of some institutional changes, and...

  • Cove lifeguards working amid 'sewage gasses'

    Cove lifeguards working amid 'sewage gasses'

    A report from the Teamster Local 911 lifeguard union to the City of San Diego, which La Jolla Light has accessed, points out the presence of an open pump containing sewage inside The Cove Lifeguard Tower. It reads: “(There is) sewage in a sump pump that is located in tower. There is no ventilation...

  • Haitian school built with local donations withstands Hurricane Matthew

    Haitian school built with local donations withstands Hurricane Matthew

    Six years ago, as an earthquake devastated Haiti, Edeline Felizor laid on the third floor of a school for teachers with her arm pinned under the rubble, a broken neck and five fractured vertebrae. “I saw something hit my head, and I lost consciousness. After so many hours, when I woke up, I was...

  • La Jolla permit group reviews 3 projects with a ney, yeah, stay

    La Jolla permit group reviews 3 projects with a ney, yeah, stay

    During its Tuesday, Oct. 18 meeting, La Jolla Development Permit Review committee (DPR) approved a project, denied another and continued a third to a later meeting. Chelsea St. three-story Denied was applicant Claude Anthony Marengo, whose proposal to build an 8,963-square-foot single-family residence...

  • City says Children's Pool Walk project to begin in June

    City says Children's Pool Walk project to begin in June

    After five years of planning and permitting (with changes in requirements and plan updates along the way), the City of San Diego has announced a construction start date for the Children’s Pool Walk beautification project: June 2017. Construction is expected to take six months. The announcement...

  • 'La Jolla Cove: Health Risk?' Lifeguards, swimmers report illness after contact with waters

    'La Jolla Cove: Health Risk?' Lifeguards, swimmers report illness after contact with waters

    The La Jolla Light has learned that five lifeguards associated with The Cove have reported skin infections in the past few months. Of the five, four were stationed at the popular swimming beach and all of them were making rescues and doing workouts in its waters. Ed Harris, a steward for the lifeguard...

  • Meet Jennifer Mitchell of La Jolla Community Center

    Meet Jennifer Mitchell of La Jolla Community Center

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in the Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Permit Review board chair steps down after five years

    Permit Review board chair steps down after five years

    The La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee (DPR) meeting on Oct. 17 was the last with architect Paul Benton as chair. He resigned after five years of service. With his characteristic soft but relentless style, Benton governed the meetings with restraint and good judgement. “Everybody knows...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, Oct. 20

    La Jolla News Nuggets, Oct. 20

    Ready? Set? Vote! The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential general election is Monday, Oct. 24. Residents can fill out a registration form at sdvote.com, and if their signature is confirmed through Department of Motor Vehicles records, it will automatically be sent to the Registrar....

  • A Fond Farewell: Sherri Lightner makes last official visit to Shores Association

    A Fond Farewell: Sherri Lightner makes last official visit to Shores Association

    San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner attended the Oct. 12 meeting of La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA), telling trustees, “This is the last LJSA meeting that I will attend as your Councilmember.” Lightner, a Shores resident, is finishing her second (and last) term as District 1 representative...

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