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  • Bishop’s grad launches skateboard company: Sweetride debuts at La Jolla Open Aire Market in December

    Bishop’s grad launches skateboard company: Sweetride debuts at La Jolla Open Aire Market in December

    Appealing to the more casual skateboard rider — think boarding to the beach or to run an errand — the La Jolla-based Sweetride skate company launched online at www.sweetride-us.com on Nov. 26 and then with a stand at the La Jolla Open Aire Market the next day. The company will continue to have...

  • 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...

  • A Year of Service: La Jolla’s Rotary Clubs discuss 2016 projects, accomplishments

    A Year of Service: La Jolla’s Rotary Clubs discuss 2016 projects, accomplishments

    The motto of Rotary International is “Service Above Self,” and while each of the 35,000 clubs worldwide interpret that their own way, La Jolla’s four Rotary Clubs (those west of Interstate 5) truly go above and beyond. Whether it’s across the street or around the world, La Jolla’s Rotarians were...

  • 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...

  • New Business Roundup: Wheat and Water opens in Bird Rock

    New Business Roundup: Wheat and Water opens in Bird Rock

    As the sign hanging above its restaurant at 5737 La Jolla Blvd. suggests, Wheat and Water is finally open. After three years of planning and construction, the pizzeria run by La Jolla native Ted Cochrane and business partner Doug Ritz, began welcoming customers in early November.  “My vision for...

  • Here's to a Healthy New Year for All! 12 Ways to Give the Gift of Well-Being

    Here's to a Healthy New Year for All! 12 Ways to Give the Gift of Well-Being

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, La Jolla Light researched several ways community members could contribute (time or talent) to worthy, health-related causes in La Jolla and greater San Diego. Here they are in alphabetical order: 1. American Heart Association  What to give: Time and/or money  Why: The...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Go, Wheeler, Go! La Jollan embarks on lifetime adventure after college

    Go, Wheeler, Go! La Jollan embarks on lifetime adventure after college

    When La Jolla native Tom Wheeler started college at UC Santa Clara four years ago, he didn’t know what the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was. Today, he has walked over 2,000 miles of the 2,650-mile hiking trail that runs almost parallel to the West Coast from the Mexico to the Canadian border, and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus opens 62nd season Oct. 29

    La Jolla Symphony & Chorus opens 62nd season Oct. 29

    “Music from the Middle of Life” is the theme of the new La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) season, which runs Oct. 29-June 11, 2017. Music Director Steven Schick said he built the concerts around music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted...

  • City Attorney candidates debate at Town Council meeting

    City Attorney candidates debate at Town Council meeting

    Continuing to serve as a forum for public safety and local government, the La Jolla Town Council hosted the two candidates running for the office of City Attorney for a brief debate during its Oct. 13 meeting at La Jolla Rec Center. Over the course of half an hour, Republican Robert Hickey and...

  • Does your mascot wear an ascot? La Jolla schools tout their emblems of choice

    Does your mascot wear an ascot? La Jolla schools tout their emblems of choice

    During Homecoming season, school festivities often feature their mascots as stars of the show. From the mighty Triton to the playful Pelican, every public school in La Jolla has a mascot to rally its troops. But how did these boosters come to be?  Bird Rock Elementary In Bird Rock, the elementary...

  • Police discuss armed robberies in La Jolla, changes in department

    Police discuss armed robberies in La Jolla, changes in department

    San Diego Police have been making the rounds to discuss changes in the department, as well as to update residents on criminal activity. In La Jolla, officers stopped by the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) during its Oct. 12 meeting, and gave a full presentation to the La Jolla Town Council (LJTC)...

  • Artist seeks new home for controversial piece

    Artist seeks new home for controversial piece

    As the deadline approaches for the removal of the installation at 6706 Avenida Mañana, which the City has ruled to be a code violation, artists Nasser Pirasteh and wife Zahra are hard at work finding a new home for the piece and hoping for an eleventh hour miracle. “We’ve been in contact with area...

  • People in your Neighborhood: Meet luthier Tim Rayner of Riffs Studios

    People in your Neighborhood: Meet luthier Tim Rayner of Riffs Studios

    In addition to the titles of operations manager and musician for Riffs Studios in Bird Rock, La Jolla High School graduate Tim Rayner holds another, more unique title: Luthier. For those unfamiliar, a luthier is a maker and repairer of stringed instruments. In an ongoing project in luthier-ship,...

  • Bird Rock Council gets a visit from Congressmember Scott Peters

    Bird Rock Council gets a visit from Congressmember Scott Peters

    On the election campaign trail, Congressmember Scott Peters stopped by the Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) meeting at La Jolla Masonic Lodge Oct. 4. Peters, a Democrat, is up for re-election Nov. 8 in the 52nd Congressional District, where he will face Republican Denise Gitsham. The meeting...

  • 1 + 1 = Student success at Mathnasium in La Jolla

    1 + 1 = Student success at Mathnasium in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: The exercise at Mathnasium of La Jolla is not of the body but of the brain, specifically the side of the brain that processes mathematics and solves problems related to it. For kids struggling with math (or those who understand it but want to excel), Mathnasium, the Math Learning...

  • What are we surfing in? A look at stormwater infrastructure in La Jolla

    What are we surfing in? A look at stormwater infrastructure in La Jolla

    The recent Surfer Health Study (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, UC Berkeley, Soller Environmental and Surfrider Foundation, September 2016) found human fecal pollution in almost all stormwater discharges measured at the Tourmaline Surf Park storm drain in the 2014 and 2015 wet...

  • News Nuggets, Oct. 13

    News Nuggets, Oct. 13

    Leaving a legacy The eighth annual Lasting Legacy & Inspirational Awards from the Center for Wealth & Legacy celebrated the extraordinary outcomes of ordinary lives dedicated to making a lasting difference in the community and the world. They were presented Sept. 21 at Sanford Consortium in La...

  • Cove water quality prompts triathlon organizers to move swim to The Shores

    Cove water quality prompts triathlon organizers to move swim to The Shores

    The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a La Jolla-based non-profit that provides opportunities for physically challenged people and organizes the annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC), confirmed to La Jolla Light its decision to move the swim portion of this year’s triathlon from La Jolla...

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