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  • City passes Granny Flat ordinance, bypassing La Jolla suggestions

    City passes Granny Flat ordinance, bypassing La Jolla suggestions

    The City of San Diego passed its Accessory Unit Ordinance Sept. 12 without modification in Council Chambers, downtown. The ordinance loosens restrictions on building companion units of up to 1,200 square feet or junior units up to 500 square feet, on one’s property. It becomes law 30 days from...

  • ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ joins Murals of La Jolla lineup

    ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ joins Murals of La Jolla lineup

    During his visit to La Jolla last summer to give an art lecture at UC San Diego, multi-media artist Kota Ezawa visited the Salk Institute and was struck by the Louis Kahn-designed architecture. “It left an impression on me,” he said. Just over a year after that visit, Ezawa’s La Jolla-inspired...

  • Planners ask City to evaluate WindanSea stanchions in La Jolla

    Planners ask City to evaluate WindanSea stanchions in La Jolla

    In a rare move, the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) voted against the wishes of residents when it comes to the stanchions recently placed at the foot of Playa Del Norte near WindanSea. With the support of nearby residents, the plastic post barriers were installed in an existing...

  • La Jolla's Bird Rock Council grapples with real estate signs

    La Jolla's Bird Rock Council grapples with real estate signs

    The Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) has received complaints of excessive realtor signs being illegally posted in the public right-of-way on La Jolla Boulevard sidewalks and roundabouts. The sign proliferation, and what can be done about it, was discussed at the Sept. 5 BRCC meeting at Bird Rock...

  • La Jolla Girl Scout launches project to teach snake safety to hikers

    La Jolla Girl Scout launches project to teach snake safety to hikers

    Far from a snake in the grass, on Sept. 1, Girl Scout Zena Traganza of La Jolla-based Troop 3171, submitted an environmental project for Gold Award consideration. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and recognizes those who complete projects that have sustainable impact in...

  • Intelligent Design: Bishop’s student makes, patents water purification system

    Intelligent Design: Bishop’s student makes, patents water purification system

    After seven months in development and years of passion on water issues, Bishop’s School senior Sayeh Kohani, 17, has created what she calls the SolarSave water purification system. On July 27, the patent for her invention cleared and she received a prototype. This November, Sayeh will travel to...

  • La Jolla ‘Girl Up’ chapter to host speakers, fundraiser July 29 at library

    For the members of the La Jolla High School “Girl Up” chapter, an upcoming fundraiser at La Jolla Library means more than an afternoon of advocacy. For club president Isha Raj-Silverman, it signifies how the club has made its chapter unique by its focus on community outreach. For vice-president...

  • La Jolla Light News Nuggets: July 27

    La Jolla Light News Nuggets: July 27

    Three Girl Scouts go for the gold — and get it! Three Girl Scouts from La Jolla received their Gold Awards (the highest honor bestowed for a sustainable act of service) during an award ceremony June 17. La Jolla High School students Nora Joyce, Aurora de Tagyos and Maia Hayden were recognized for...

  • New Business Roundup: Seafood eatery, cafés and more open in La Jolla

    New Business Roundup: Seafood eatery, cafés and more open in La Jolla

    Next spring, in the restaurant space at 1251 Prospect St. that formerly housed Alfonso’s, a new seafood eatery is coming to The Village: Ways & Means Oyster House. On the menu will be sustainably-sourced seafood and craft cocktails. In addition to oysters, the restaurant will serve small plates...

  • Mermaid mural planned to honor the late La Jolla swimmer Anne Cleveland

    To memorialize record-setting swimmer and La Jolla resident Anne Cleveland, who passed away June 24 at age 61 from pancreatic cancer, a mermaid mosaic is being planned for installation along the stairs at La Jolla Cove. Funding is being sought and the mermaid should go up in the next few months....

  • La Jolla Cove Swim Club v Sea Lions: Things may be getting back to normal says president

    La Jolla Cove Swim Club v Sea Lions: Things may be getting back to normal says president

    In recent years, the La Jolla Cove beach and waters have become a hotbed of community contention due to problems stemming from the burgeoning sea lion population there. La Jollans have sat through dozens of committee hearings, four “Crisis at The Cove” Town Council forums, and plowed through a...

  • Aircraft noise monitored in La Jolla since Oct. 2016

    Aircraft noise monitored in La Jolla since Oct. 2016

    At the July 19 meeting of the Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) subcommittee in Liberty Station, Airport Authority staff revealed that air noise monitoring had been underway in the areas of Bird Rock and Soledad Mountain before and after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Metroplex...

  • Short-Stacks and Sausages: La Jolla Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast set for Saturday, July 22

    The 2017 Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Pancake Breakfast, scheduled for 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St., will bring a classic community concept into the 21st century with one modern addition. “This year, we are going to accept credit cards for admission and...

  • Planning group denies Kolmar Street development in La Jolla

    Planning group denies Kolmar Street development in La Jolla

    Municipal Code issues, the potential creation of a garage, and the lack of perceived conformance to community character fueled the La Jolla Community Planning Association’s (LJCPA) decision to deny a project to build two houses on the 200 block of Kolmar Street near WindanSea. The discussion took...

  • La Jolla Merchants board seeks candidates for next election

    La Jolla Merchants board seeks candidates for next election

    At least eight seats will be available on the La Jolla Village Merchants Association (LJVMA) board for the 2017-2018 term (November to October). Representatives from businesses within the 30-block area of the Business Improvement District (BID) of La Jolla are encouraged to self-nominate. Eligible...

  • La Jolla's Bird Rock Council seeks witnesses to damaging drive-overs

    The Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) is pursuing the recovery of damages following two different DUI-incidences in town that caused median destruction. However, there have been other drive-overs for which BRCC does not have enough information to seek recompense, and is hoping for witnesses to...

  • San Diego City Council delays vote on Hillel Center for La Jolla

    San Diego City Council delays vote on Hillel Center for La Jolla

    At the 11th hour, the proposal to approve plans for Glickman Hillel Center for Jewish Life 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, was pulled from the San Diego City Council agenda July 11, due to a “noticing...

  • 'We feel slighted': La Jolla Town Council says it's 'unheard' in City decisions on sea lion issue

    'We feel slighted': La Jolla Town Council says it's 'unheard' in City decisions on sea lion issue

    The La Jolla Town Council held its fourth “Crisis at The Cove” hearing during its July 13 meeting at the La Jolla Rec Center. At issue was whose recommendations the City should follow when taking action to deter the sea lion congregation at La Jolla Cove, which has led to dangerous human-sea lion...

  • Sea Lions Shut-Out: City to proceed with gate installation on La Jolla Cove stairs

    Sea Lions Shut-Out: City to proceed with gate installation on La Jolla Cove stairs

    The City of San Diego is moving forward with plans to install three-foot-tall pedestrian gates at the bottom of the stairs at La Jolla Cove to keep the sea lions found there from making their way up to Scripps Park and surrounding sidewalks. The gates would be designed so they remain open but could...

  • Permitters consider three new home projects in La Jolla

    Permitters consider three new home projects in La Jolla

    A project to demolish an existing single-family, one-story cottage and construct in its place a two-story-over-basement house at 5626 Dolphin Place was reviewed at the July 11 meeting of La Jolla Development Permit Review (DPR) committee and met with opposition from neighbors. Plans call for a...

  • Officials give account of Fourth of July at La Jolla Shores

    Officials give account of Fourth of July at La Jolla Shores

    Once again this Fourth of July holiday, La Jolla Shores beach was filled with party-goers setting up illegal tents, July 3-4. Resigned to the yearly nuisance, La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) chair Nick LeBeouf said during the July 12 meeting, “We understand that this is going to happen, so (people...

  • OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from the July 6 and July 13 issues

    OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from the July 6 and July 13 issues

    Is Scripps Forum violating beach-access, parking rules? Three years ago, I noticed drastically fewer parking spaces in the vicinity of Scripps beach and determined via public information requests and a review of the Coastal Commission permit that the Scripps Forum at SIO was violating several provisions...

  • ‘My Roots Are Here’: Past teacher Mary Skeen becomes principal of All Hallows Academy in La Jolla

    ‘My Roots Are Here’: Past teacher Mary Skeen becomes principal of All Hallows Academy in La Jolla

    When All Hallows Academy’s new principal, Mary Skeen, says she has history at the Catholic school, she is not kidding. The La Jolla native’s parents were part of the founding group for the All Hallows Parish, and she was baptized there. Her children, Megan and Patrick, went to school there (before...

  • Story poles posted for proposed Marine Conservation Facility

    Story poles posted for proposed Marine Conservation Facility

    To give a three-dimensional representation of the size planned for UC San Diego’s Marine Conservation Facility redevelopment, story poles have gone up along La Jolla Shores Drive. They will remain in place until approximately the third week of July. The poles were posted at the request of the...

  • Moss Lane closure proposal canceled

    Trustees on the La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) advisory board had an eclectic mix of items for discussion at their June 26 meeting. Among the issues were the proposed Moss Lane closure; restoring public access to the La Jolla High School track; yet another delay to the Children’s Pool Walk beautification...