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Empty storefronts are bad for business. And bad for the communities they serve. We moved to Bird Rock nearly one year ago from the Bay Area and have loved the small town feel of our new community. We love the walkability to shops and restaurants, and the spectacular ocean views. But in our year here, we’ve also seen more barren storefronts and struggling merchants. While I can’t magically make new businesses locate here, I do have some ideas for generating a more businesses that will engage locals and visitors alike to our charming village by the sea. It will take the energy and creativity of our local community, businesses and landlords to make these changes but all are possible.
In my January 2020 update, I reported the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA) was poised to approve a $3 billion plan to dramatically expand San Diego International Airport. This plan will result in 11 new gates and an undetermined number of “Remain Overnights” (RONS), which are jet parking places for the increased number of late-night arrivals and resulting early morning departures. We thought the additional RONS were going to be eliminated from the plan as a result of Quite Skies La Jolla advocacy, but the Airport Authority has not clarified its intent. As expected, the SDCRAA approved its Development Plan and related Environmental Impact Report clearing the way for an increase in arriving flights from 36 per hour in 2019 to 50 per hour in the not too distant future.
Scripps Research finds path to better drug discoveries In a study with implications for the future of drug discovery, Scripps Research scientists showed that simple chemicals can be turned into unique 3-D structures resembling those found in nature — structures with desirable properties for medicines.
After garnering a 3-1-1 approval vote from the La Jolla Development Permit Review (DPR) sub-committee in January, architect Richard Gombes’ proposed condominium project at 7600 Herschel Ave. was also approved 9-5-1 at the La Jolla Community Planning Association’s (LJCPA) Feb. 6 meeting at the Rec Center.
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When Bird Rock resident David Everett, 64, read the tragic news about Kobe Bryant last Sunday, he immediately flashed back to April 27, 1965.
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