April 8, 2020
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After an unprecedented closure, La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market is back open for business, modified to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) pulled off one of San Diego’s first online community meetings on Thursday, April 2, virtually electing a new president via the communications app Zoom. Diane Kane took over immediately from Tony Crisafi.
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The COVID-19 outbreak and consequent shelter-in-place mandates are having a disastrous effect on many industries, felt keenly among artists and the institutions that serve them.
Nearly all of La Jolla’s religious institutions and churches have moved their services online in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government’s mandates against social gathering. Here is a roundup of how local clergy are holding daily or weekly services through live-streaming and recorded videos.
Storm water is not a friend to Coast Walk Trail. Luckily, Brenda Fake is. The La Jollan, who lives adjacent to the trail, is attempting to raise $18,000 to $20,000 to repair major erosion that has occurred due to rains and pedestrian use. So far, she’s got $4,500. Friends of Coast Walk Trail — which Fake founded in 2011 with Paul Teirstein and residents north of Coast Walk Bridge — wants to resurface the trail, level the walking path and remove invasive vegetation along the trail, which runs west of Torrey Pines Road between Coast Walk and Cave Street.
It’s not just because she’s the president of La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJP&B) that Ann Dynes has a unique perspective on La Jolla’s parks and beaches. From the balcony of the condo she shares with her husband (former University of California president and UC San Diego chancellor Bob Dynes), she overlooks the park and the beach at Whale View Point. Dynes also helped found the San Diego Parks Foundation; worked with La Jolla Conservancy; and with the LJP&B board, advises the City Parks & Rec Department on improvements needed for La Jolla’s parks and beaches.
For the past 28 years, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) has shown up for both the community and the San Diego Police Department, providing extra eyes and ears to deter crime, check in on the elderly and serve as overall “ambassadors of goodwill,” while on patrol in specially marked cars cruising through La Jolla and Pacific Beach neighborhoods.
After living a bicoastal life in which she found success as a model, teacher and author, Doris Sutton celebrates her 100th birthday this week in La Jolla.
Shelter to Soldier honors its Red Star corporate sponsors at a recent reception. The nonprofit organization adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans.
While most coronaviruses cause common cold, three have become more dangerous, crossing species to people: the first was SARS CoV in 2003 and the latest to “make the jump” — SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes “Coronavirus Disease 2019” or COVID-19. According to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, there was a large, late-season spike in U.S. “flu-like” illness, raising the unsettling possibility that the novel corona virus may have been here earlier than initially thought.
More than half of San Diego County restaurants have completely closed, industry leaders say
La Jolla residents are facing the coronavirus pandemic the same as they do everything else — in different ways. Some only leave their homes for non-essential trips, others spend more time outdoors. Some fear for their lives and livelihoods, others look for silver linings. All of this is due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 executive order mandating California’s 40 million residents to stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs and errands, acquiring food, seeking medical care or getting some exercise.
Alas, April, the mild-mannered month that typically heralds the coming of spring — and sparkles like its designated diamond birthstone with a pile of precious celebrations — is now on lock-down. These fun events that highlight fertility and rebirth, freedom, the national pastime, pranks and humor, and literary and planetary pursuits will all have to be rejiggered this year.
For April Winograd and Betsy Witt, etiquette is never antiquated. The La Jolla friends, who have supported each other through parenthood and worked side-by-side philanthropically for more than a decade, are now partnering in business together to bring modern manners to the community.
As this issue of La Jolla Light went to press, a few local businesses reached out to inform the community how their services have changed with the limits imposed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
County officials announced Monday new emergency regulations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 including a ban on all gatherings of 50 people or more, the immediate closure of all adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol and restrictions on in-dining options.
Art of Elan will be presenting Brooklyn-based violinist Johnny Gandelsman at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla, playing all six of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello — on violin. And it won’t be in The Conrad’s concert hall, but in the intimate cabaret space called The JAI, where attendees can precede the musical feast with light bites and cocktails.
Broadway star Lulu Lloyd is back home in San Diego after following her dreams to the Great White Way. She said she is home to help others wishing for similar success by launching The Broadway Clubhouse with after-school classes on all things Broadway.
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