María José Durán

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  • People in Your Neighborhood: Meet La Jolla Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky

    People in Your Neighborhood: Meet La Jolla Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky

    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,...

  • Wave Seekers: Mathematician calculates the ‘sweet spot’ of a wave in La Jolla's SIO

    Wave Seekers: Mathematician calculates the ‘sweet spot’ of a wave in La Jolla's SIO

    Like all surfers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) post-doctoral student Nick Pizzo has been looking for the perfect spot on a wave since he started surfing at age 15. His research paper “Surfing Surface Gravity Waves,” published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics June 16, defines that...

  • Aircraft noise monitored in La Jolla since Oct. 2016

    Aircraft noise monitored in La Jolla since Oct. 2016

    At the July 19 meeting of the Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) subcommittee in Liberty Station, Airport Authority staff revealed that air noise monitoring had been underway in the areas of Bird Rock and Soledad Mountain before and after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Metroplex...

  • Breeders’ Cup horse sculptures trot into La Jolla

    Breeders’ Cup horse sculptures trot into La Jolla

    Two life-size fiberglass horse sculptures arrived in La Jolla last week to promote the Breeders’ Cup thoroughbred horse races coming to the track at Del Mar, Nov. 3-4. The “War Howler” horse sculpture, created by Erik Skoldberg, was installed in front of Union Bank at Girard Avenue and Silverado...

  • Book to reveal the secret life of guitar creator Leo Fender

    Book to reveal the secret life of guitar creator Leo Fender

    There are many people who claim the title “inventor of the electric guitar,” but perhaps the one whose name has percolated the most on the local, national and international level is Leo Fender. Now his wife Phyllis Fender and Randall Bell, the son of one of his employees, are publishing a book...

  • Permitters approve zoning proposal, new residence project in La Jolla

    Permitters approve zoning proposal, new residence project in La Jolla

    At the July 18 meeting of the Development Permit Review committee (DPR) permitters approved an endorsement of the proposal by several La Jolla residents to add a new path for development in La Jolla, killing the “50 percent” exemption that some builders use to bypass the costly and time-consuming...

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