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  • Meet Nicole Otjens: Director of La Jolla Rec Center

    Meet Nicole Otjens: Director of La Jolla Rec Center

    Editor’s note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s new feature “People in the Neighborhood,” a series that will shine a spotlight on notable local we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring their stories. If you know someone you’d like us...

  • Sunday's La Jolla Cove 10-mile relay swim moved to La Jolla Shores

    Citing water quality concerns, the 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 La Jolla 10-Mile Relay Swim has been moved from La Jolla Cove to La Jolla Shores. A message posted on the organizations’ website states: “Water testing at La Jolla Cove has indicated a heightened level of bacteria for most of the summer...

  • La Jolla High students plunge into Navy training

    La Jolla High students plunge into Navy training

    For almost an hour Sept. 15, the La Jolla High School (LJHS) Varsity Water Polo team received a water survival lesson similar to those that Navy officers must master as part of their training. “Basically, you’re teaching Marines how to survive in the water in adverse conditions, so if you fall...

  • La Jolla "futurists" eye designs for next wave of modern living

    La Jolla "futurists" eye designs for next wave of modern living

    "Welcome to another one of our mind-blowing lectures," joked Sheldon Brown, director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego on the evening of Sept. 9. Brown then proceeded to lay the groundwork for the night's presentation, "Future Domestic Robots: Design Fiction and...

  • La Jolla Community Calendar: Sept. 22-28, 2016

    Thursday, Sept. 22 Sunrise Rotary of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. (619) 992-9449. Exercise class for ages 55 and older, 9:30 a.m. United Methodist Church of La Jolla, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. jbale@sdccd.edu Qi Gong, 9:30 a.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave....

  • La Jolla Town Council crime committee reports in

    La Jolla Town Council crime committee reports in

    The La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) Community Watch Committee — an amalgamation of Neighborhood Watch chairpersons and others concerned with safety in La Jolla — gave their inaugural presentation during the Town Council’s Sept. 8 meeting at La Jolla Rec Center.  As LJTC president Ann Kerr Bache explained,...

  • Bird Rock holds neighborhood-safety forum: Private security, police staffing addressed

    Bird Rock holds neighborhood-safety forum: Private security, police staffing addressed

    Following a preliminary meeting in June, residents gathered at the monthly Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) meeting Sept. 6 at the elementary school, for a forum on safety and to discuss the possibility of hiring private security to patrol neighborhoods.  Spearheaded by BRCC trustee Ron Fineman,...

  • La Jolla Ironwoman overcomes back injury to run 10th triathlon

    La Jolla Ironwoman overcomes back injury to run 10th triathlon

    It was 1982 when La Jollan, then 22-year-old Kathleen McCartney, participated for the first time (and won) an Ironman triathlon. “That was one of the highlights of my life and really set a course for the rest of my life,” she said in an interview with La Jolla Light. Oct. 8, she will participate...

  • Young La Jollans create jewelry, clothing companies

    Young La Jollans create jewelry, clothing companies

    When La Jollan Alesse Bloom was in high school, she had a part-time job working at Bower’s Jewelers. At the same time, she and sister Melissa were exploring their artists interests, including jewelry-making. After a college career in the arts and a migration to Los Angeles, the sisters launched...

  • Playwright Mike Lew speaks to budding dramatists at La Jolla High

    Playwright Mike Lew speaks to budding dramatists at La Jolla High

    In a rare opportunity to pull back the curtain on theater production in an intimate setting, La Jolla High School graduate and playwright Mike Lew stopped by his Alma Mater to talk to English and drama students Sept. 12. His production “Tiger Style” is playing at La Jolla Playhouse through Oct....

  • They're on top of the world! La Jollans climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    They're on top of the world! La Jollans climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    Although climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a lifelong goal for some people, father and son duo Simon and Phillip Andrews of La Jolla hardly consider it a bucket list item. Without believing in “bucket lists,” they said they’re instead motivated by a sense of adventure and brotherhood, and the two completed...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, Sept. 22

    La Jolla News Nuggets, Sept. 22

    La Jolla team wins soccer tourney Thee La Jolla Impact GU13 Blue team triumphed over a tough field of competition Labor Day weekend to win their home tournament, the La Jolla Labor Day Classic. The girls played against two teams from Arizona — Legacy White and Legacy Blue — as well as a team from...

  • Gill's Village: Multi institution exhibit pays homage to architect Irving Gill

    Gill's Village: Multi institution exhibit pays homage to architect Irving Gill

    When it comes to La Jolla’s history and architecture, there are few more significant players than architect Irving Gill (1870-1936). When it came to giving La Jolla’s early civic, educational and scientific institutions a home, it was Gill who built them.  La Jolla Historical Society executive...

  • La Jolla permitters deny bluff stabilization work, OK home expansion

    La Jolla permitters deny bluff stabilization work, OK home expansion

    With a record attendance of 30 people at its Sept. 13 meeting, the Development Permit Review committee (DPR) denied coastal development and site permits for the bluff stabilization project at 417 Sea Ridge Drive. The project, which was first presented to DPR in August, came back to the committee...

  • Construction Back in La Jolla Shores: Crews to take over the streets until next summer

    Construction Back in La Jolla Shores: Crews to take over the streets until next summer

    San Diego City field engineer Steve Lindsay provided the La Jolla Shores Association board (LJSA) with a schedule of construction work in the area’s public right-of-ways through next summer. Summarizing the situation, board chair Nick LeBeouf said, “The next five or six years in La Jolla Shores...

  • Business Spotlight: Rest easy at The Futon Shop in La Jolla

    Business Spotlight: Rest easy at The Futon Shop in La Jolla

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Suzanne Diamond is the founder, owner and CEO of The Futon Shop chain (11 outlets in California, including one in La Jolla that opened three years ago), but you could also call her the matriarch. That's how it all started 40 years ago. "I was a young mother looking for natural...

  • New art lines the walls of café gallery in Bird Rock

    New art lines the walls of café gallery in Bird Rock

    Through the month of September, internationally acclaimed artist Peggy Hinaekian is exhibiting her abstract work on canvas, along with signed and numbered prints, at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. Also on exhibit are the photographs of La Jolla High School sophomores Mack Bonebrake...

  • Crime and Public-Safety News, September 15

    Crime and Public-Safety News, September 15

    Hidden Valley area faces casing scam Residents of the Hidden Valley area are reporting a possible "casing" situation in their neighborhood, in which two individuals have been coming door to door (citing different reasons for being there), possibly hoping to get a glimpse inside the house. The suspicious...

  • Exhibit showcases groundbreaking local photographers

    Exhibit showcases groundbreaking local photographers

    Starting Friday, Sept. 23, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) galleries in La Jolla will offer a 10-week look at "The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium." The exhibition highlights a network of artists connected with UCSD's Visual Art Department who, from...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, September 15

    La Jolla News Nuggets, September 15

    Sept. 20 will be 'Joe LaCava Day' in SD The City of San Diego plans to proclaim Tuesday, Sept. 20 as "Joe LaCava Day" in the City of San Diego in recognition of the La Jolla resident, community activist and one-time City Council candidate. The honor includes a proclamation at City Hall in Council...

  • People in the Neighborhood: Meet Susie Grafte of Ooh La La Dance Academy

    People in the Neighborhood: Meet Susie Grafte of Ooh La La Dance Academy

    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...

  • Back to Work! Community leaders begin tackling unfinished projects

    Back to Work! Community leaders begin tackling unfinished projects

    The start of September means students are back in school, tourists have returned to their hometowns, and San Diegans are at their jobs after summer vacation. For politicians, governing institutions and advisory boards, it's also time to resume community projects left standing. The Light compiled...

  • Traffic coming in-and-out of La Jolla: Early data on Adaptive Signal Timing shows traffic snarls eased

    Traffic coming in-and-out of La Jolla: Early data on Adaptive Signal Timing shows traffic snarls eased

    When the pilot program for automated Adaptive Signal Timing was tested on Lusk Boulevard in the Mira Mesa area, the change in traffic was dramatic. Soon after the system was installed, it caused an 18 to 24 percent reduction in traffic congestion, depending on the time of day. To see what the system...

  • The Maids of San Diego: A team you can trust

    The Maids of San Diego: A team you can trust

    BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: You’ve heard the expression “There’s no ‘I’ in team,” right? There’s no ‘I’ in The Maids of San Diego, either. When you hire this professional cleaning service, you get not just one maid, but four. “It’s to make it as convenient as possible for the customers,” explained Erik...

  • La Jolla YMCA Aquatic Center to open with festivities, ribbon-cutting Sept. 27

    La Jolla YMCA Aquatic Center to open with festivities, ribbon-cutting Sept. 27

    — BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: After many years of planning, months of construction and much anticipation, the La Jolla YMCA will celebrate the opening of its Ann Woolley Aquatic Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other festivities 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at 8355 Cliffridge Ave. Everyone is...

  • Prestigious watch brand, Patek Philippe, now at CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla

    Prestigious watch brand, Patek Philippe, now at CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla

    — BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: As of September 2016, CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla is an official retailer for the Swiss watch brand, Patek Philippe, which is renowned for innovation, quality and heritage. Established in Geneva in 1839, Patek Phillipe is the last independently family-owned watch manufacturer....

  • A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits for style and service in La Jolla/San Diego

    A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits for style and service in La Jolla/San Diego

    — BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: What’s with all the well-dressed guys walking around Bird Rock? Chances are they’re coming out of A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits, a family business in the neighborhood since 1998 that’s owned by happily transplanted Midwesterner Jerry Klein. Klein’s philosophy is a simple one:...

  • La Jolla landmarks flagged for LGTBQ historical context

    La Jolla landmarks flagged for LGTBQ historical context

    When architect Charles Kaminski moved to La Jolla in 1975, he was introduced to the local gay community from his apartment in the El Pueblo Ribera complex. “(The gay community) was then a handful of people, at least in my circle,” he said. The 69-year-old, who was then in his 20s, knew people from...

  • Plein air exhibit coming to Riford Library

    Plein air exhibit coming to Riford Library

    The La Jolla Riford Library will celebrate the opening of its fifth anniversary California Plein Air and Studio Landscape Show with a free, public reception 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at the library, 7555 Draper Ave. Fifteen artists have been invited to exhibit works that showcase the magnificence...

  • Neo-noir epic to be partly filmed in La Jolla

    Neo-noir epic to be partly filmed in La Jolla

    When a retiring cop with a violent past finds a clue in his last case that leads to his wife’s murder from 10 years before, he is presented with a choice: to go against the promise he made to his wife not to kill another man or to become a selfless hero for a city that has no hope for the future....

  • 'Structure' Ruling Stands: City affirms position on La Jolla artist's installation as an 'unpermitted structure'

    'Structure' Ruling Stands: City affirms position on La Jolla artist's installation as an 'unpermitted structure'

    After two hearings and more than six months of review, the City of San Diego Code Enforcement division has ruled the artistic installation at 6706 Avenida Mañana facing Nautilus Street is an “unpermitted structure.” The piece in question is a 10-foot-tall hut-like installation, which artist and...

  • Start a tab for laughs, it’s ‘The Cocktail Hour’

    Start a tab for laughs, it’s ‘The Cocktail Hour’

    Millions of people like to share a cocktail now and then. Fortunately, San Diegans can now partake in a special cocktail hour when the North Coast Repertory Theatre opens its 35th season with A.R. Gurney’s witty comedy of manners “The Cocktail Hour.” The play premiered in 1988 at The Old Globe Theatre,...

  • People in La Jolla's Neighborhood: Meet Pannikin Coffee’s manager, ‘Johnny Angel’

    People in La Jolla's Neighborhood: Meet Pannikin Coffee’s manager, ‘Johnny Angel’

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s latest feature, “People in the Neighborhood,” a series that 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...

  • Swimmers sought for 10 Mile Relay benefit

    Swimmers sought for 10 Mile Relay benefit

    The 15th edition of the La Jolla Cove 10 Mile Relay, “A Celebration of Swimming and Community Giving,” is planned to take place 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The event was not held in 2014 due to the construction at the Cove, and while the current sea lion situation is less than ideal, relay organizers...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, September 8

    La Jolla News Nuggets, September 8

    Colleagues honor Dr. Tsien upon his passing A memorial service is being planned for Roger Tsien, a longtime UC San Diego medical professor and Nobel laureate who died of unknown causes last week in Oregon at the age of 64. Tsien taught pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry at the UCSD School...

  • La Jolla Crime and Public-Safety News

    La Jolla Crime and Public-Safety News

    Pharmaca Pharmacy burglarized Pharmaca Pharmacy on Girard Avenue was burglarized Aug. 30, in what may have been a spree of pharmacy-related break-ins across the city. Pharmaca manager Amiee Edwards said at 3:37 a.m. that Tuesday, three masked men broke into the 7650 Girard Ave. location. “They...

  • Neighborhood Watch programs become a force in La Jolla

    Neighborhood Watch programs become a force in La Jolla

    The number of La Jolla communities starting Neighborhood Watch programs is growing. Although the national program formed in the 1970s to deter crime and keep residents informed, La Jolla’s neighborhoods are refining the concept to suit their needs on a block-by-block basis. There are more than...

  • All Hallows Academy: Pursuit of excellence in education in La Jolla/San Diego County

    All Hallows Academy: Pursuit of excellence in education in La Jolla/San Diego County

    — BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Jill Platt, principal of All Hallows Academy in La Jolla, knows the value of Catholic education. She’s been involved in it for more than 20 years, including the last five at the TK (Transitional Kindergarten)-through eighth-grade school on Nautilus Street that opened way back...

  • Local foundation backs USA Paralympic Games team

    Local foundation backs USA Paralympic Games team

    Challenged athlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson will swim his most important race in the Rio Paralympic Games on Sept. 13, one day before his 28th birthday. “For that day, the best gift will be to have won the gold medal,” he said. The Riverside native is one of 120 athletes competing with Team USA in the...

  • La Jolla News Nuggets, September 1

    La Jolla News Nuggets, September 1

    Salon helps girl donate hair to Wigs for Kids La Jolla-based Koda salon recently provided a very special haircut for a very special little girl. Six-year-old Ryder Perryman came in to donate 12 inches of her hair to Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit that creates wigs for children suffering from hair loss....

  • La Jolla Parks & Beaches moves to secure 'sea lion busters'

    La Jolla Parks & Beaches moves to secure 'sea lion busters'

    To get the ball rolling, now six weeks after marine biologist Doyle Hanan turned in his report on the sea lion population at The Cove to the City of San Diego, the La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) advisory group voted to send a letter to the Mayor and the Park & Rec Department to prompt action...

  • Board struggles with Nobel Prize winner’s home designation

    Board struggles with Nobel Prize winner’s home designation

    The historical designation process of 2345 Via Siena, former home of Physics Nobel Prize winner Maria Goeppert Mayer, challenged the members of the Historical Resources Board (HRB). After a two-hour discussion Aug. 25, the matter was sent back to the applicant, attorney Scott Moomjian, to provide...

  • La Jolla yoga studio hosts dog-friendly benefit

    La Jolla yoga studio hosts dog-friendly benefit

    Who better to practice classic yoga poses like upward facing dog and downward facing dog than their four-legged namesakes? During a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence at YogaSmoga studio at La Plaza La Jolla Aug. 24, yogis and their dogs were invited to take a pup-friendly class....

  • La Jolla Shores construction to resume after summer

    In what is becoming an (unfortunate) annual tradition, when the summer construction moratorium ends after Labor Day, La Jolla Shores will be subject to heavy construction. Starting after Labor Day (Sept. 5), with another break planned during the winter holidays, work will continue throughout the...

  • Meditation Center to open at JCC this month

    Meditation Center to open at JCC this month

    “People tell me all the time, I can’t meditate, I can’t clear my mind,” said La Jolla resident and meditation teacher Julie Potiker. “I tell them you are not supposed to clear your mind, your mind is clear when you are dead!” As she explained, “Meditation is focusing your attention on something....

  • Soaring to Recovery: Veterans try paragliding to find inspiration in La Jolla

    Soaring to Recovery: Veterans try paragliding to find inspiration in La Jolla

    Army Veteran Damien Burch came back from Iraq and Afghanistan unscathed physically, but mentally and emotionally, his struggles are as real as any other. He battles anxiety and alcoholism on a daily basis. However, in collaboration with the non-profit group Warrior Passion, he organized a paragliding...

  • Quint Gallery leaving La Jolla

    Quint Gallery leaving La Jolla

    By the end of this month, Quint Gallery at 7547 Girard Ave. will close its 3,000 square-foot space for good. Departing the Village after five years, owner Mark Quint will focus on a new project space in the Bay Ho area of San Diego (east of La Jolla), called Quint Projects, at 5171 Santa Fe St....

  • MCASD prepares for expansion, closing exhibits in Jan.

    MCASD prepares for expansion, closing exhibits in Jan.

    Although still without a construction start date, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) campus at 700 Prospect St., announced it will close its La Jolla galleries in January to begin preparing for some big changes. “We need to get our building ready for construction,” said Deputy Director...

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