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  • Town Council's stand on stanchions rebukes planners' vote

    Town Council's stand on stanchions rebukes planners' vote

    At its monthly meeting on Jan. 11, La Jolla Town Council issued a stern rebuke to the La Jolla Community Planning Association for voting last month to remove the stanchions (aka bollards) at the foot of Playa del Norte in WindanSea. The stanchions were installed last March to curb illegal activity....

  • News Nuggets

    News Nuggets

    La Jolla Village Merchants board swears in new members Bill Philips of Harcourt Prestige Properties and Lik La Jolla co-director Nate Dixon were sworn in as members of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association during its first meeting of 2018 by executive director Sheila Fortune. Held Jan. 10...

  • DPR permits Fairway house and hosts sparring match

    DPR permits Fairway house and hosts sparring match

    Two radically different approaches to presenting projects were employed at the La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee (DPR) meeting Jan. 9 at the Rec Center. In one, criticisms from the committee were accepted and addressed, resulting in a unanimous recommendation for architect Eduardo Frischwasser...

  • The paws that de-stresses Conrad construction crew

    The paws that de-stresses Conrad construction crew

    Brian Monson’s favorite stress-coping tool is hidden inside his vest pocket. It’s a Ziploc bag of Milk Bone treats, which The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center construction superintendent uses to get to know neighborhood dogs and their humans. If it’s the right kind of dog — “good personality,...

  • Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    Natural La Jolla: Do early blooms signal an early spring?

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: It was an exceptionally warm fall here in La Jolla, with record high temperatures being observed day after day. Temperatures on Thanksgiving Day tied the previous high record for that late in November (87 degrees F). Now that we are into winter, many of the flowering shrubs and...

  • Recycle, Re-use, Reduce: La Jolla Girl Scout’s ‘Gold’ project focuses on Three Rs

    Recycle, Re-use, Reduce: La Jolla Girl Scout’s ‘Gold’ project focuses on Three Rs

    Pop quiz! Which of the following cannot be recycled in a City bin: Styrofoam containers, clean food containers or plastic toys? Trick question. The answer is all three. To educate the next generation of environmentalists (and their parents) about what can be re-used and recycled, La Jolla High...

  • In Over Their Heads: La Jolla's Muirlands residents want answers to spiking water bills

    In Over Their Heads: La Jolla's Muirlands residents want answers to spiking water bills

    Residents of the Muirlands area have experienced a flood of unexplained water bill increases lately — some topping $4,000. About 20 homeowners gathered together, many with water bills in hand, at the La Jolla Library Jan. 2 to discuss the situation

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    News Nuggets

    Village Subway closes The Subway sandwich shop at 7514 Girard Ave. closed without notice shortly before New Year’s Day. According to a report on BusinessInsider.com, the sandwich chain has seen customer traffic decline 25 percent over the past five years. The report blamed consumers seeking “healthier,...

  • The characters you meet riding the bus in La Jolla and San Diego

    The characters you meet riding the bus in La Jolla and San Diego

    Editor’s Note: In this age of traffic snarls, restrictive parking, Uber drivers and share-the-road cyclists, who rides The 30 these days? La Jolla Light decided to see. For those not in-the-loop, The 30 (aka 30 Old Town — UTC/VA Med Center) is the infamous MTS bus that makes the rounds in La Jolla....

  • The Map Man of La Jolla

    The Map Man of La Jolla

    Inside a 1,600-square-foot office hidden from public view behind D.G. Wills Books on Girard Avenue, history is reviewed and debated on a daily basis. Thanks to Alex Clausen, it has now also been made. In November, Clausen investigated a map image placed online by Christie’s auction house in London....

  • Neighbor offers applicant money to abandon Hillside Drive project

    Neighbor offers applicant money to abandon Hillside Drive project

    Hillside Drive came alive with the sound of opposition at the Development Permit Review committee meeting, Nov. 14. The focus was a single-family house build proposed by Hamid Liaghat on a lot north and adjacent to 7520 Hillside Drive. In fact, Liaghat — a structural engineer who plans to reside...

  • Frontline Cancer: A one-size-fits-all strategy doesn't work fighting cancer

    Frontline Cancer: A one-size-fits-all strategy doesn't work fighting cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Almost two years ago in his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama launched the U.S. Cancer Moonshot initiative, a bold, ambitious set of goals to fight cancer, including achieving a decade's worth measurable, significant progress in half the time. Almost half a century...

  • TICKETED OFF: Is this illegal La Jolla Cove parking spot entrapment?

    TICKETED OFF: Is this illegal La Jolla Cove parking spot entrapment?

    On April 26, Cheryl Aspenleiter found her car ticketed $302.50 for blocking a wheelchair access ramp near La Jolla Children’s Pool, and the irony is not lost on her. Aspenleiter serves as chairwoman of R.A.M.P. (Restore Access to Many People), a grassroots group that advocates for wheelchair ramp...

  • Bird Rock Council reviews MAD’s year: 2017 saw the program working well

    Bird Rock Council reviews MAD’s year: 2017 saw the program working well

    At its annual Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) meeting, Nov. 7 at the La Jolla Masonic Lodge, the Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) discussed 2017 accomplishments, changes to improve the District and what the future holds. The MAD meeting took place immediately following the BRCC meeting....

  • Three projects get La Jolla CPA green light

    One home build, a second-story addition and a grading permit for retaining walls all got the OK to proceed during the La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting Nov. 2 at La Jolla Rec Center. Bird Rock house construction The first, the Hardiman Residence at 5626 Dolphin Place in Bird Rock,...

  • 92037 impostors trade on La Jolla’s name

    92037 impostors trade on La Jolla’s name

    “The name ‘La Jolla’ has become world famous for luxury and excitement,” reads the website for the Vista La Jolla Townhomes. That’s a good bet to explain why builders chose that name for a condo complex located at 4464 Via Billiante IN UNIVERSITY CITY. La Jolla Baking Company, La Jolla Biologics,...

  • Vikings KO Komets: La Jolla Homecoming Game ends in Kearny High defeat

    Vikings KO Komets: La Jolla Homecoming Game ends in Kearny High defeat

    It was truly a night to celebrate at Gene Edwards Stadium Friday, when the La Jolla High School Vikings football team defeated the Kearny High School Komets 44-18 for their Homecoming matchup, Oct. 27on the Vikings home turf at 750 Nautilus St. The evening began with a Senior Night ceremony, during...

  • San Diego Rec Council policy changes impact La Jolla Rec Center

    San Diego Rec Council policy changes impact La Jolla Rec Center

    As part of a citywide change in how Rec Councils operate, the La Jolla Park & Recreation, Inc. (LJPR) board is about to face some “serious” changes to its fundraising operations. The change comes in light of a City Attorney opinion that says all money generated by Rec Centers and Rec Councils is...

  • La Jolla Permitters nix Greenberg home plans despite size reduction

    La Jolla Permitters nix Greenberg home plans despite size reduction

    Although it underwent some fat-trimming, the Greenberg Residence project in La Jolla Shores could not garner support in its fourth review at the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee (PRC) meeting Oct. 24 at La Jolla Rec Center. It proceeds with a no-vote to the La Jolla Community Planning Association...

  • Bill Kellogg on his family's newspaper, tennis and (yes) cereal ties

    Bill Kellogg on his family's newspaper, tennis and (yes) cereal ties

    William J. Kellogg, 66, is not the imposing figure you would expect to be upholding a legacy as imposing as his family’s. Along with the Scripps, the Kelloggs shaped modern La Jolla and, through their La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, have catered to its elite, as well as Hollywood’s, for 90 years....

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