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  • Plans set to re-landscape La Jolla Post Office

    Plans set to re-landscape La Jolla Post Office

    Currently graced by natal plum, a few palm and ficus trees, potted plants and bushes, the La Jolla Post Office landscaping is due for some sprucing. Enter the La Jolla Historical Society Landmark Group (comprised of members who own historic properties), who, with a little help from the La Jolla...

  • Frontline Cancer: 'Luau & Legends of Surfing' benefit to draw focus on melanoma, Aug. 13 in La Jolla

    Frontline Cancer: 'Luau & Legends of Surfing' benefit to draw focus on melanoma, Aug. 13 in La Jolla

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Melanoma has a long memory. Quite often, it is the delayed consequence of sunburns or repeated, intense sun exposures experienced as a child or teen — the coveted golden tan of youth come back to haunt. Early sun exposure (ultraviolet radiation) can damage the DNA in skin cells...

  • PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Meet La Jolla Shores volunteer and businesswoman Angie Preisendorfer

    PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Meet La Jolla Shores volunteer and businesswoman Angie Preisendorfer

    Editor’s Note: La Jolla Light’s “People in Your Neighborhood” series shines a spotlight on locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile, send the lead via e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com...

  • La Jolla United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

    La Jolla United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

    La Jolla United Methodist Church members on July 1 bid a fond farewell to the Rev. Dr. Walter Dilg after eight years of ministry and welcomed a new pastor, the Rev. Dr. Philip Bartalo Wood. Pastor Phil comes to La Jolla from Fullerton United Methodist Church. His pastoral service has included United...

  • La Jolla Light News Nuggets: Aug. 10

    La Jolla Light News Nuggets: Aug. 10

    Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. earns Nierenberg Prize Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has named retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General and former NASA Administrator Charles Frank Bolden Jr. as the recipient of its 2017 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. The public...

  • 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...

  • New executive director for Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial: National recognition to be sought for site

    New executive director for Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial: National recognition to be sought for site

    For the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association, the hiring of new executive director Tim Chelling marks the beginning of a new era — not one of lawsuits and controversy as in years past, but one of national recognition and appreciation. And Chelling has his sights set on getting the...

  • Red, White and Boom! Places to celebrate America’s Birthday around La Jolla

    Red, White and Boom! Places to celebrate America’s Birthday around La Jolla

    La Jolla’s three Fourth of July mainstays are back! Two parades and a grand fireworks show are scheduled for Tuesday, July 4 throughout the day. Here are details on this year’s happenings: Bird Rock parade: The 38th annual Beaumont Avenue Fourth of July Neighborhood Parade will start at 10 a.m....

  • La Jolla's News Nuggets June 22-29

    La Jolla's News Nuggets June 22-29

    Russell King receives award from Rotary Club of La Jolla The Rotary Club of La Jolla selected Russell King as this year’s recipient of the Walter Dewhurst Award. A past Rotary president and currently Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at UC San Diego, King also served for 12 years as director...

  • La Jolla's Lower Hermosa landmark designated ‘historical’

    La Jolla's Lower Hermosa landmark designated ‘historical’

    A Spanish Eclectic home built in 1927 at 5805 Camino de la Costa was designated “historical” by the San Diego Historical Resources Board (HRB) during its June 22 meeting under the name “Charlotte Gray Barnum House.” The designation process started in 2016 when owners Raul and Lisa Albanez filed...

  • La Jollans: Airplane noise is a systemic problem

    La Jollans: Airplane noise is a systemic problem

    At the June 21 Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) meeting — the first since the La Jolla Town Council formed a task force to find solutions to the increase in aircraft noise over the area — representative Matthew Price said the latest data presented reveals “this negative impact is a systemic...

  • Permitters approve four-building complex, seawall fix

    Permitters approve four-building complex, seawall fix

    Three projects obtained approval at the June 20 meeting of La Jolla Development Permit Review (DPR) committee: Seawall maintenance to stabilize the cliffs under Calumet Street in the Bird Rock area, a development plan to demolish an existing 13-unit apartment building and construct four buildings...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • La Jolla Shores trustees consider Marine Conservation Facility plans

    La Jolla Shores trustees consider Marine Conservation Facility plans

    UC San Diego assistant director of communications and community planning Anu Delouri informed La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) board members that a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Marine Conservation Facility is out and comments from the community...

  • La Jolla Community Calendar, June 15-22

    La Jolla Community Calendar, June 15-22

    Thursday, June 22 Sunrise Rotary Club of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. (619) 992-9449. Small business consulting, 9 a.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org Exercise class for adults, 9:30 a.m. United Methodist Church of La...

  • OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from the June 15 issue of La Jolla Light

    OUR READERS WRITE: Letters from the June 15 issue of La Jolla Light

    I’d like to respond to various letters on the topic of Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Parkway. Stop whining about speeds, noise and pedestrian crossings on La Jolla’s major thoroughfares. The residents and tourists of La Jolla should not have to pay for people moving into houses next to or across...

  • Cross Country Adventure: ’77 Volkswagen van travels from California to Chicago ... and back to La Jolla

    Cross Country Adventure: ’77 Volkswagen van travels from California to Chicago ... and back to La Jolla

    ONE FOR THE ROAD: In response to an invitation to classic car owners to share their vehicle love stories, more than a dozen car buffs contacted La Jolla Light to be interviewed about their prize possessions. In this series, we present their delightful roadster experiences. The 1977 cherry red Volkswagen...

  • 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...

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