News Nuggets, July 14

City salutes La Jolla Tennis Club

The Mayor of San Diego and the City Council recently presented the La Jolla Tennis Club with a declaration establishing Sunday, July 3, 2016 as “La Jolla Tennis Club and the La Jolla Tennis Championships Day” in the City of San Diego.

After the presentation, which also acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the tournament, directors gathered for a photo: La Jolla Tennis Club assistant manager Mike Graves, co-tournament director Brent Davis, volunteer coordinator Jane Farr, tournament referee Tony Perez and co-tournament director Scott Farr.

Record number of acceptances to UCSD

UC San Diego announced it has offered admission to more than 30,000 freshmen for the fall semester, almost 3,800 more than last year, and around 9,800 transfer students, up by more than 1,650. The students were selected from a record 84,209 freshman and 18,487 transfer applications. The admitted freshmen have an average grade-point average of 4.12, while the average transfer GPA is 3.61.

Since the students offered admission by UCSD have likely been accepted elsewhere, the actual numbers of those who show up on the La Jolla campus in September will be considerably lower. School officials said they anticipate enrolling roughly 5,660 freshmen and 2,900 transfers The admitted freshman class includes 58 percent more Mexican Americans and 46 percent more African Americans, according to UCSD.

The most popular majors chosen by the freshman class are biology, economics, math, chemistry, and mechanical or aerospace engineering. For transfer students, popular majors included economics, biology, math and psychology.

School officials said they 16 percent more admissions slots went to in-state students than last year, while almost 18 percent more transfers lived within California. UC has been criticized in recent years for relying on out-of-state students who pay higher tuition.

July 31 deadline for Orchids & Onions contest

The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) is accepting nominations for its 40th annual Orchids & Onions awards program, recognizing the best (and worst) in architectural design, form and function in five categories: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design and Miscellaneous (public art, lighting, graphics, etc.).

Everyone is encouraged to nominate the local development projects they admire (or loathe) by posting photos of the projects with a description online at Nominations close July 31.

The public can vote online for the “People’s Choice Orchid & Onion” starting Sept. 1.

To be eligible, projects must be non-residential or include at least four residential units and must have been built in the last three years. Single family homes will not be considered.

The winners will be announced at a reception Oct. 13 at Horton Plaza Park and Spreckels Theatre.

Mobility/accessibility workshop July 23

At the July 7 La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting, La Jollan Diane Kane announced a workshop to look at mobility and accessibility in La Jolla. She set the meeting for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.

Thanking La Jolla Light for its recent articles on walkability/bike-ability in La Jolla, Kane said, “We will be furthering that (topic) and looking at how we can assess infrastructure in downtown La Jolla for mobility. We are looking at a crowdsourcing app to create a plan for the downtown area to better accessibility and hand that over to the city.”

The meeting is open to all interested residents.

Friends of WindanSea thank volunteers

Over the last seven months, Friends of WindanSea members and supporters have provided care and protection for the historic WindanSea Shack, which was re-instated recently after the winter storms. “We thank the volunteers who helped,” said Friends co-founder Melinda Merryweather. “This is just a short list as so many helped, but we thank: Jeff Marrow, Bill Bottin, Mark Bromley, Michael Hynson, Nathan Jernigan, David Frapwell and our leader Jim Neri.”

Palm fronds were still needed to complete the landmark’s roof, so the Friends group paid for them. They seek donations to recoup the loss. Those interested in donating to the 501(c)3 organization can call (858) 454-5939.

Minimum wage increase went into effect on Monday

The San Diego City Council certified on Monday, July 11, the approval of the wage hike to $10.50 by 64 percent of voters on the last primary election. The hourly minimum wage throughout the City of San Diego, including La Jolla, is 50 cents higher than the $10 state rate. This figure will raise again on January 1 to $11.50. In addition, the new law guarantees five paid sick days to all employees. The City Council also approved enforcement procedures that include a confidential complaint system and fines to violators. The 2016 city budget included $400,000 for public outreach and enforcement efforts on this matter.

Replenished sand remained on beaches, study finds

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently sent out a press release to inform that San Diego beaches are wider and less eroded thanks to its sand replenishment efforts.

A Scripps Oceonography Study, “Mid-El Niño erosion at nourished and un-nourished Southern California beaches,” published on the Geophysical Research Letters scientific journal on May 14, states that the sand added to three San Diego County beaches in 2012 by SANDAG partially remained, surviving the large waves of the El Niño winter of 2015-16 and protecting the shoreline from erosion. The scientific was closely studied by the May, 4 “Where’s all the sand in La Jolla? First of a two-part look at La Jolla beach erosion” story in the La Jolla Light. To learn more, visit