La Jolla News Nuggets, Aug. 18


GoFundMe goal set, met to re-sod dog park

A fundraising website was set up to replace the grass at Capehart Dog Park on Soledad Mountain Road and within four days, the $2,500 goal was reached, and exceeded. Started by a concerned group of dog-owners, chiefly Ron McChesney, the effort aimed to replace the grass lost after city drought restrictions decreased the frequency of watering at the oft-used park.

“There used to be grass, now it’s just lots of dust and lots of dirt,” he said. “We want to encourage the city to replace the sod (paid for with private donations), and agree to water it.” According to GoFundMe page, “The City of San Diego does not have the money available for the purchase of sod, but, will provide the labor and machines needed to prepare the area and install the sod, if The Friends of Capehart Dog Park can provide the sod.”

The city has not committed in writing to replacing the grass or maintaining it, but a meeting has been scheduled to discuss it, at which point McChesney hopes for confirmation “People care about this park and care about their dogs, so they wanted to do something. I hope the city sees that,” he said. More at

Online petition started against DecoBike

A petition protesting DecoBike in La Jolla has been established, and already has 65 signatures.

At the Aug. 10 La Jolla Village Merchants Association meeting, executive director Sheila Fortune explained, “A grand jury on July 27 decided that the City of San Diego needs to honor its commitment for bike kiosks (including) 26 or so in the beach communities of La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, so we started a petition against bringing them.”

Arguing the issue is not with bike sharing, but the ad revenue generated by signage on the kiosks, Fortune said every advisory group in La Jolla opposed the stations when they were initially presented two years ago. “We thought it was a dead issue because it’s been two years since we’ve heard anything, but it is being discussed behind the scenes.”

According to the grand jury report, DecoBike LLC, provided approximately $8 million in infrastructure investments in return for the ability to sell advertising on the bikes and kiosks. San Diego receives a commission on gross advertising and bike rental revenue. View or sign the petition at and search “DecoBike.”

Youth tennis tryouts Aug. 28

Heading into its second season of youth tennis, tryouts for Your Court Tennis’ Youth League fall season for boys and girls, ages 7-14, are 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Muirlands Middle School, 1056 Nautilus St. The league provides competition opportunities, with one match per week during the season. Participation is $140. (619) 722-5106.

Howell Foundation to offer genome discussion, lunch

The next Howell Foundation luncheon will shed light on “Unlocking the Power of the Genome” with speaker Karen Possemato. An alumna of UC San Diego, Possemato’s lecture will cover the basics of genomics, its potential and the impact it is having today, at noon, Thursday, Aug. 25. Location will be given upon registration. Tickets $50.

The LOT hosts Cinema Society for 2016-2017

Gatherings for the 2016-2017 season of the Cinema Society of San Diego (the 33rd for the movie-viewing organization) will be held at its new home, The LOT movie theater at 7611 Fay Ave. in La Jolla. The Cinema Society offers private screenings of selected independent studio releases and classics. Meetings include guest speakers who are experts in the subject matter of the film, critics and occasionally actors, directors or studio reps involved with the film’s production.

Researcher given $1 million to study prostate cancer, which he is battling

A scientist at Sanford Burnham Prebys recently received $1 million to study prostate cancer, a disease he is fighting himself for the second time. The Epstein Family Foundation gift will support the lab of Nicholas Cosford, Ph.D., associate director of Translational Research at the Institute’s NCI-designated Cancer Center to study prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer.

“Nick Cosford is one of our leading scientists investigating new approaches to treat patients with pancreatic and prostate cancers,” said Perry Nisen, M.D., Ph.D., chief executive officer of SBP. “This generous donation from The Epstein Family Foundation will help us realize our vision to translate fundamental research into clinically meaningful benefit for patients.”

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. There are no effective therapies and the five-year survival rate is only six percent. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men; 180,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.