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In 1992, the mail received by La Jolla native Coleen Jan Paderewski drove her postal carrier insane with curiosity. He had never delivered an actual envelope from the White House to anyone before, much less two dozen in two weeks. Finally, the guy just blurted it out: “Who are you?!!” It can be safely assumed that the carrier was neither a big fan of classical music nor an American of Polish descent.
Put sushi on the menu and Nak Joon Kim behind the bar and you have Haru Sushi, La Jolla’s “neighborhood” sushi bar since fall 2018. “I don’t want a big restaurant,” he said. “I prefer a smaller, quiet one (it seats 60) where we’re part of the neighborhood and our customers are our friends.” Kim believes that good food makes you comfortable and 90 percent of Haru’s patrons are locals: “They come in and enjoy the environment, the experience and the food.” They must. Kim claims that 50 percent of first-time customers come back. One customer told Kim he enjoyed Haru because he “didn’t like to feel like a mackerel in a can.”
Not all New Year’s resolutions are about losing weight. We asked nine La Jolla community leaders to share the top three goals for their organizations — and for La Jolla — in 2020. Here they are in alphabetical order by organization: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Bird Rock Community Council, Enhance La Jolla, La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla Community Planning Association, La Jolla Parks & Beaches, La Jolla Shores Association, La Jolla Town Council, and La Jolla Village Merchants Association.
La Jolla resident, Kiwanian and chair of the La Jolla Community Center, Glen Rasmussen, has a new heart. He received a transplant at UC San Diego on July 20, 2019 and five months later on Dec. 13, he told his story during a Kiwanis Club meeting at La Jolla Community Center. Rasmussen was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, he explained — a rare condition that creates deposits within the heart walls, making them thicker and less efficient to pump or receive blood.
The San Diego County-based Doris A. Howell Foundation for women’s health recently named Karen Wilson as its first executive director. Wilson said she is more than ready to use her skills, passion and knowledge “to take this organization to the next level.”
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When Dr. Ryan Hoffman started working at La Jolla Dentistry with Dr. Joe D’Angelo and Dr. Ashley Olson in August 2017, he knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Now, two years later, he is officially a partner with the practice at 1111 Torrey Pines Road, Suite 101 in La Jolla.
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