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  • OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from June 22 issue of La Jolla Light: Community needs to respond to homeless issue

    OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from June 22 issue of La Jolla Light: Community needs to respond to homeless issue

    I’d like to thank Bill Smith for his clearheaded letter in last week’s issue regarding the homeless people who behave unlawfully and the ridiculous lack of protection, or seemingly any attempt on behalf of the police to discourage these behaviors. No doubt he will get blow back from folks who think...

  • La Jolla's Coast Blvd. stairs under construction until August

    La Jolla's Coast Blvd. stairs under construction until August

    Last week, one-and-a-half years after an El Niño winter storm tore apart the staircase providing coastal access to Horseshoe Beach from 100 Coast Blvd., the City of San Diego began the repair work. “We estimate that the stairway will be finished in August,” City public information officer Alec...

  • Merchants offer update on fall Burgers & Brews event

    Merchants offer update on fall Burgers & Brews event

    La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) vice-president Brett Murphy provided the board with the latest news on the Burgers & Brews event proposed for Oct. 28 at Scripps Park, during its June 14 meeting at Riford Library. Burgers & Brews is to serve as a kickoff to the Breeders’ Cup thoroughbred...

  • Enhance La Jolla to ponder capital project ideas

    Enhance La Jolla to ponder capital project ideas

    During their second meeting, held Tuesday, June 13 at La Jolla Riford Library, Enhance La Jolla board members voted to form an ad hoc committee to come up with ideas for capital improvement projects that could be implemented throughout The Village within the next few months. Initial ideas include...

  • A Bummer Beach: Cove waters fail Heal the Bay safety report

    A Bummer Beach: Cove waters fail Heal the Bay safety report

    La Jolla Cove beach received a “D” grade from Heal the Bay’s annual report card issued last week, and made it to the No. 5 spot on its Top 10 List of Bummer Beaches (those with the worst water quality in the State of California). In a press release on the report, Heal the Bay writes: “A new addition...

  • Gliderport use threatened by UCSD growth; University says it looks for ‘best use’ of the land

    Gliderport use threatened by UCSD growth; University says it looks for ‘best use’ of the land

    When the famed pilot Charles Lindbergh launched a motorless sailplane from Mount Soledad in 1930 and headed north above the coast, he was the first person to realize the cliffs at Torrey Pines generate a lift that can be used for gliding, writes Gary Fogel in his book, “Images of America: The Torrey...

  • La Jollan creates app to make filing noise complaints easier

    La Jollan creates app to make filing noise complaints easier

    Lower Hermosa resident Anthony Stiegler, who first noticed an increase in airplane noise sometime between March and April, had been calling in complaints to the San Diego Airport Authority every time he heard a commercial jet pass by. “It took a long time to make the phone call,” he told La Jolla...

  • La Jolla Town Council passes the ball to City to help save bees

    La Jolla Town Council passes the ball to City to help save bees

    The UC San Diego student-run organization CALPIRG made a presentation June 8 during the La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) meeting at the Rec Center to convince trustees to join its fight to save bees and declare La Jolla a “Bee City USA.” However, citing concerns about their authority to self-proclaim...

  • La Jolla High Class of 2017 graduates with honors

    La Jolla High Class of 2017 graduates with honors

    The Class of 2017 will leave La Jolla High School from Edwards Stadium on June 14 with 378 graduating seniors (183 girls, 195 boys). Of the graduates, 56 percent are receiving a “Senior with Academic Distinction” designation — that’s 215 of them. Top-of-the-classers, Valedictorians Lorenzo Calvano...

  • Car 'thrown' over La Jolla cliff lands on empty beach below

    Car 'thrown' over La Jolla cliff lands on empty beach below

    An unoccupied car was pushed off a cliff in La Jolla and fell 100 to 200 feet, landing on the beach below. San Diego Police believe the incident was deliberate. “This morning (Thursday, June 8) at 7:36 a.m., a man was walking by the intersection of Torrey Pines Road and Coast Walk when he noticed...

  • Bike to Work Day: La Jolla cyclists talk biking around town

    Bike to Work Day: La Jolla cyclists talk biking around town

    11-year-old Charlotte Norton of La Jolla was biking home from school at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 20 when she got hit by a car at the intersection of Pearl Street and the alley where she lives, south of Draper Avenue. “I was about to turn and all of a sudden the car just rear-ended me. I fell over,...

  • La Jollans propose paradigm change for new construction

    La Jollans propose paradigm change for new construction

    A group of La Jollans called Citizens for Responsible Coastal Development (CRCD) are proposing a new era for construction projects in La Jolla. Their proposal, which is now being distributed among community groups, has the potential to change the way new building projects are done in the Coastal...

  • Parks & Beaches board weighs Concours d’Elegance benefits

    Parks & Beaches board weighs Concours d’Elegance benefits

    This year’s La Jolla Concours d’Elegance car show drew a record number of attendees to La Jolla the weekend of April 7-9, for an exclusive weekend of car viewing and luxury events around Scripps Park. For some La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) members, that’s not exactly a good thing. During its...

  • La Jolla Cluster Association learns of new state ‘dashboard’ for school success

    La Jolla Cluster Association learns of new state ‘dashboard’ for school success

    The California Department of Education launched a new digital “dashboard” to measure school performance and growth. The website is live at caschooldashboard.org, but not yet fully data populated. At the La Jolla Cluster Association (LJCA) meeting April 20 at Muirlands Middle School, San Diego Unified...

  • La Jolla Children’s Pool Walk project delayed: City evaluating 'scaled down' alternatives

    La Jolla Children’s Pool Walk project delayed: City evaluating 'scaled down' alternatives

    Two months before construction was set to begin, the Children’s Pool Walk Beautification Project is facing yet another setback, causing some La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) advisory group members to question whether the project (which could cost anywhere from $250,000 to $690,000) will ever come...

  • New ‘sewage leak’ reported in La Jolla; City says no, it’s microorganisms

    New ‘sewage leak’ reported in La Jolla; City says no, it’s microorganisms

    The morning of Friday, April 28, WindanSea resident Zeke Woolley was walking his dog when he saw a dark pool of water in the rocks in front of the Vista de la Playa beach access. “It was a dark pool with foam and some debris floating in it. It was sewage,” he said. At the time, the low tide hadn’t...

  • Aftermath of a Tragedy: Mother of three killed in mass shooting in University City

    Aftermath of a Tragedy: Mother of three killed in mass shooting in University City

    On Tuesday, May 2, the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex pool reopened to residents after being closed off during the investigation of a mass shooting that occurred there Sunday, April 30. Apartment complex personnel tried to clean up the blood stains, but marks on the concrete pavement were...

  • La Jollans: Airplane noise isn’t going anywhere

    La Jollans: Airplane noise isn’t going anywhere

    The Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) meeting April 26 at the Portuguese Hall in Point Loma was evidence that the aircraft noise issue in La Jolla remains ... and is growing. A total of 85 households from different areas within La Jolla logged airplane noise complaints this year through March...

  • La Jolla Shores permitters OK home rebuild project

    La Jolla Shores permitters OK home rebuild project

    A project to demolish an existing 4,453-square-foot house and construct a new 8,697-square-foot single-family residence in its place at 2326 Calle Chiquita in La Jolla Shores received approval on first review by the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee (PRC) during its April 25 meeting at La...

  • Police rule out race as cause in mass shooting at La Jolla Crossroads apartments

    Police rule out race as cause in mass shooting at La Jolla Crossroads apartments

    San Diego Police don’t believe the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex shooting in University Town Center, which ended with one unidentified woman shot dead on Sunday, April 30, had racial motivation. “There are zero indicators that the victims were targeted for their race,” said San Diego Police...

  • Our Readers Write: Community Letters to La Jolla Light, April 20-27

    Our Readers Write: Community Letters to La Jolla Light, April 20-27

    Why can’t City finish jobs well and on time? Chris Day’s open letter to District 1 City Council member Barbara Bry in the April 13 issue regarding the unfortunate mess on Hillside Drive is spot on! This is absolutely unacceptable that the City of San Diego cannot seem to hire reputable companies...

  • Planning Commission unanimously approves Hillel Project: Plans proceed to San Diego City Council

    Planning Commission unanimously approves Hillel Project: Plans proceed to San Diego City Council

    The proposed Glickman Hillel Center for Jewish Life, to be located on a triangular lot across from UC San Diego bounded by La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla Scenic Way and La Jolla Scenic Drive North received unanimous approval from the San Diego Planning Commission during its April 27 meeting at...

  • Sewage leak causes 3-day WindanSea Beach closure

    Sewage leak causes 3-day WindanSea Beach closure

    An estimated 1,350 gallons of sewage spilled from the Fern Glen Pump Station on Thursday, April 20, causing San Diego County health officials to close the north side of WindanSea Beach (from Nautilus Street to Marine Street) from the afternoons of April 20 to April 23. The cause of the leak, according...

  • Torrey Pines of La Jolla cliff death raises safety concerns

    Torrey Pines of La Jolla cliff death raises safety concerns

    The night of April 19, two young adults ventured onto the cliffs near the Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla. Only one of them made it out. Near midnight, one of the victims called 911 to report that they had fallen off the cliff. Firefighters, lifeguards, police and a helicopter were sent to...

  • Congress member Scott Peters tells La Jollans he will review plane noise issue

    Congress member Scott Peters tells La Jollans he will review plane noise issue

    During a town hall meeting hosted by Congress member Scott Peters (D-District 52) at Clairemont High School, April 18, Bird Rock resident Beatriz Pardo, brought up the issue of increased airplane noise in different La Jolla neighborhoods. “We have a FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) problem,...

  • May 29 deadline nears on Avenida de la Playa project in La Jolla Shores

    May 29 deadline nears on Avenida de la Playa project in La Jolla Shores

    As the Memorial Day deadline for the completion of the Avenida de la Playa stormwater project approaches, crews have reached the beach side in La Jolla Shores. In January 2016, only a few months after construction was originally deemed complete, a sinkhole appeared close to the beach when a culvert...

  • La Jolla-based company helps legally blind runner finish Boston Marathon

    La Jolla-based company helps legally blind runner finish Boston Marathon

    Legally blind marathon runner Erich Manser finished the Boston Marathon April 17 in 5:11:30, using technology developed by La Jolla-based company Aira. The advancement, a wearable device that can help the visually impaired in their daily lives, passed its first test in a competitive run. “Running...

  • La Jolla ‘medium priority’ on City bike lane plan; DecoBikes could be needed to bridge travel gaps

    La Jolla ‘medium priority’ on City bike lane plan; DecoBikes could be needed to bridge travel gaps

    On a scale of “medium,” “high” or “higher,” two La Jolla bike lanes among the 90 projects in the San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) Strategic Implementation Plan, ranked “medium” in priority. A one-mile stretch of Villa La Jolla Drive (between its two intersections with Gilman Drive) and...

  • La Jolla's WindanSea reopened after sewage spill

    La Jolla's WindanSea reopened after sewage spill

    County health officials closed the north side of WindanSea beach early afternoon Thursday, April 20 from Nautilus Street north to Marine Street after a sewage spill occurred at the 102 Fern Glen pump station. Signs were posted to notify beach-goers that about 2,000 feet of beach was closed to human...

  • La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 2017 sees record attendance

    La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 2017 sees record attendance

    Although the number totals are still rolling in, organizers say increases in social media exposure, the quality of cars on display and the show’s international reputation were factors in drawing thousands to the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, April 7-9 with LPL Financial as the big day’s title sponsor....

  • Mayor’s $3.6 billion budget focus: Infrastructure, safety, services

    Mayor’s $3.6 billion budget focus: Infrastructure, safety, services

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer released his proposed citywide budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) on April 13 and despite some “belt-tightening” and an overall reduction of 3.5 percent, the Mayor said the budget allows for continued focus on “street repair, public safety...

  • La Jolla Village Merchants learn of free SDSU business consulting

    La Jolla Village Merchants learn of free SDSU business consulting

    The La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) board was briefed on a free consulting program for small businesses during its April 12 meeting at La Jolla Library. Known as Aztec Consulting, the program pairs San Diego State University (SDSU) undergraduate students with small businesses in...

  • Rep shares future San Diego airport plans with La Jolla Rotarians

    Rep shares future San Diego airport plans with La Jolla Rotarians

    Future plans for San Diego International Airport include the demolition of current Terminal 1 and construction of a new 1,500,000-square-foot, 30-aircraft-gate facility that could extend up to 150 feet above the ground. Airport planning manager Ted Anasis shared details of the upcoming construction...

  • Grad student rides the waves to research surfers’ bacteria

    Grad student rides the waves to research surfers’ bacteria

    UC San Diego chemistry graduate student Cliff Kapono has surfed waves all over the world, collecting body surface and fecal samples from fellow surfers to answer the question: Do those who surf in different oceans and seas have the same bacteria and/or chemicals? An aggregate of microorganisms...

  • La Jolla Shores Association supports Princess Street beach access

    La Jolla Shores Association supports Princess Street beach access

    The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) board at its March 12 meeting approved a motion to support the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in its quest to reopen public beach access on Princess Street. The access lane has been closed off for decades, pending a legal battle between the adjacent property...

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