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  • 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 Jollan creates app to make filing noise complaints easier

    La Jollan creates app to make filing noise complaints easier

    Lower Hermosa resident Anthony Stiegler, who first noticed an increase in airplane noise sometime between March and April, had been calling in complaints to the San Diego Airport Authority every time he heard a commercial jet pass by. “It took a long time to make the phone call,” he told La Jolla...

  • La Jolla Town Council passes the ball to City to help save bees

    La Jolla Town Council passes the ball to City to help save bees

    The UC San Diego student-run organization CALPIRG made a presentation June 8 during the La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) meeting at the Rec Center to convince trustees to join its fight to save bees and declare La Jolla a “Bee City USA.” However, citing concerns about their authority to self-proclaim...

  • Murals of La Jolla : New ‘arresting’ and ‘psychedelic’ piece goes up on Girard Avenue

    Murals of La Jolla : New ‘arresting’ and ‘psychedelic’ piece goes up on Girard Avenue

    For Steven Hull, the artist behind the newest installment in the Murals of La Jolla public art program, creating a mural is a huge step out of the ordinary. Typically a sculpture, painting and installation artist, Hull is based in Los Angeles and produces abstract and sometimes controversial works....

  • 'The Seven Arts;' Historical Society exhibit recreates La Jolla High’s destroyed mural

    'The Seven Arts;' Historical Society exhibit recreates La Jolla High’s destroyed mural

    A visit to the La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) exhibit “Belle Baranceanu: The La Jolla Murals,” on display June 10-Sept. 3 at Wisteria Cottage, is the closest an art-lover can get to wandering into La Jolla High School’s then-auditorium in 1940 while Belle Baranceanu was painting “The Seven...

  • La Jolla Planning Association faces leadership shortage

    La Jolla Planning Association faces leadership shortage

    The La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) is facing a crisis in leadership that some are calling “the most serious problem” the board has faced in over a decade. At the June 1 meeting at La Jolla Rec Center, acting chair Helen Boyden explained the unique challenges that “have never happened...

  • Parks & Beaches board weighs Concours d’Elegance benefits

    Parks & Beaches board weighs Concours d’Elegance benefits

    This year’s La Jolla Concours d’Elegance car show drew a record number of attendees to La Jolla the weekend of April 7-9, for an exclusive weekend of car viewing and luxury events around Scripps Park. For some La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) members, that’s not exactly a good thing. During its...

  • La Jolla Park & Rec board hears plan for skate plaza at Rec Center

    A proposal to incorporate a “skate plaza” on the La Jolla Rec Center playground at 615 Prospect St., was presented during the La Jolla Park & Rec, Inc. (LJPR) board meeting April 26. The proposal was also offered from a booth at the Rec Center’s Spring Egg Hunt, April 15, which had reported attendance...

  • La Jolla Traffic board hears requests for two parking changes

    La Jolla Traffic board hears requests for two parking changes

    Two issues over adjusting parking in La Jolla to better accommodate those who live nearby came before La Jolla’s Traffic & Transportation (LJT&T) advisory group meeting April 19 at La Jolla Rec Center. The first was a request for a blue-painted handicapped parking space on Camino del Oro in front...

  • La Jolla Cluster Association learns of new state ‘dashboard’ for school success

    La Jolla Cluster Association learns of new state ‘dashboard’ for school success

    The California Department of Education launched a new digital “dashboard” to measure school performance and growth. The website is live at caschooldashboard.org, but not yet fully data populated. At the La Jolla Cluster Association (LJCA) meeting April 20 at Muirlands Middle School, San Diego Unified...

  • Police rule out race as cause in mass shooting at La Jolla Crossroads apartments

    Police rule out race as cause in mass shooting at La Jolla Crossroads apartments

    San Diego Police don’t believe the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex shooting in University Town Center, which ended with one unidentified woman shot dead on Sunday, April 30, had racial motivation. “There are zero indicators that the victims were targeted for their race,” said San Diego Police...

  • La Jollans: Airplane noise isn’t going anywhere

    La Jollans: Airplane noise isn’t going anywhere

    The Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) meeting April 26 at the Portuguese Hall in Point Loma was evidence that the aircraft noise issue in La Jolla remains ... and is growing. A total of 85 households from different areas within La Jolla logged airplane noise complaints this year through March...

  • La Jolla Shores permitters OK home rebuild project

    La Jolla Shores permitters OK home rebuild project

    A project to demolish an existing 4,453-square-foot house and construct a new 8,697-square-foot single-family residence in its place at 2326 Calle Chiquita in La Jolla Shores received approval on first review by the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee (PRC) during its April 25 meeting at La...

  • Sewage leak causes 3-day WindanSea Beach closure

    Sewage leak causes 3-day WindanSea Beach closure

    An estimated 1,350 gallons of sewage spilled from the Fern Glen Pump Station on Thursday, April 20, causing San Diego County health officials to close the north side of WindanSea Beach (from Nautilus Street to Marine Street) from the afternoons of April 20 to April 23. The cause of the leak, according...

  • Torrey Pines of La Jolla cliff death raises safety concerns

    Torrey Pines of La Jolla cliff death raises safety concerns

    The night of April 19, two young adults ventured onto the cliffs near the Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla. Only one of them made it out. Near midnight, one of the victims called 911 to report that they had fallen off the cliff. Firefighters, lifeguards, police and a helicopter were sent to...

  • May 29 deadline nears on Avenida de la Playa project in La Jolla Shores

    May 29 deadline nears on Avenida de la Playa project in La Jolla Shores

    As the Memorial Day deadline for the completion of the Avenida de la Playa stormwater project approaches, crews have reached the beach side in La Jolla Shores. In January 2016, only a few months after construction was originally deemed complete, a sinkhole appeared close to the beach when a culvert...

  • La Jolla ‘medium priority’ on City bike lane plan; DecoBikes could be needed to bridge travel gaps

    La Jolla ‘medium priority’ on City bike lane plan; DecoBikes could be needed to bridge travel gaps

    On a scale of “medium,” “high” or “higher,” two La Jolla bike lanes among the 90 projects in the San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) Strategic Implementation Plan, ranked “medium” in priority. A one-mile stretch of Villa La Jolla Drive (between its two intersections with Gilman Drive) and...

  • La Jolla's WindanSea reopened after sewage spill

    La Jolla's WindanSea reopened after sewage spill

    County health officials closed the north side of WindanSea beach early afternoon Thursday, April 20 from Nautilus Street north to Marine Street after a sewage spill occurred at the 102 Fern Glen pump station. Signs were posted to notify beach-goers that about 2,000 feet of beach was closed to human...

  • Grad student rides the waves to research surfers’ bacteria

    Grad student rides the waves to research surfers’ bacteria

    UC San Diego chemistry graduate student Cliff Kapono has surfed waves all over the world, collecting body surface and fecal samples from fellow surfers to answer the question: Do those who surf in different oceans and seas have the same bacteria and/or chemicals? An aggregate of microorganisms...

  • La Jolla Shores Association supports Princess Street beach access

    La Jolla Shores Association supports Princess Street beach access

    The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) board at its March 12 meeting approved a motion to support the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in its quest to reopen public beach access on Princess Street. The access lane has been closed off for decades, pending a legal battle between the adjacent property...

  • Couple Cares About Climate Change; La Jollans spearhead effort to end fossil fuel use

    Couple Cares About Climate Change; La Jollans spearhead effort to end fossil fuel use

    Nancy and Derek Casady (ages 75 and 81, respectively) have been in the front row of the Climate Change fight since 2014. They live in La Jolla with their daughter, Jennifer, and son-in-law Jerry Phelps, and granddaughters, who also collaborate in the trenches. “We have a wonderful family life,...

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