María José Durán

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  • Aftermath of a Tragedy: Mother of three killed in mass shooting in University City

    Aftermath of a Tragedy: Mother of three killed in mass shooting in University City

    On Tuesday, May 2, the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex pool reopened to residents after being closed off during the investigation of a mass shooting that occurred there Sunday, April 30. Apartment complex personnel tried to clean up the blood stains, but marks on the concrete pavement were...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • La Jolla-based company helps legally blind runner finish Boston Marathon

    La Jolla-based company helps legally blind runner finish Boston Marathon

    Legally blind marathon runner Erich Manser finished the Boston Marathon April 17 in 5:11:30, using technology developed by La Jolla-based company Aira. The advancement, a wearable device that can help the visually impaired in their daily lives, passed its first test in a competitive run. “Running...

  • 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...

  • Ché Café: ‘Revolutionary’ space hits 50th year on La Jolla's UCSD campus

    Ché Café: ‘Revolutionary’ space hits 50th year on La Jolla's UCSD campus

    In 1966, three wooden barracks from Camp Matthews (a Marine Corps rifle training post near La Jolla), were moved on to the then-center of the UC San Diego campus. The school reportedly paid for the foundation, plumbing and construction work, and in January 1967 — 50 years ago —the first Student...

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