La Jolla News Nuggets, July 21

Growth management group to discuss sea lion situation

Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 will discuss the sea lion population at La Jolla Cove as part of its monthly forum, 7 a.m. Thursday, July 28 in The Loggia Room of the House of Hospitality in Balboa Park. Moderated by City Council candidate Barbara Bry, the panel includes lifeguard Ed Harris, former La Jolla Town Council president Steve Haskins, attorney Brian Pease and attorney Artemis Spyridonidis. Through the forums, C3 explores growth management by encouraging open space, high standards of urban design, and coordination of planning between public and private sectors.

Urban Plates opens La Jolla location

Urban Plates opened its 10th statewide location recently, this time in La Jolla at 8707 Villa La Jolla Drive, to offer healthful lunch and dinner options made from scratch daily. Menu includes classic and unique salads (think Caesar all the ways to kale coconut tofu), soups, braised dishes, pizzettes, composed plates and more, served cafeteria-style. Online ordering at Store hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (858) 263-0818.

Additional hearing scheduled for Pirasteh piece

To present additional information on the controversial installation at 6706 Avenida Manana, owner/artist Nasser Pirasteh has asked for and received an additional hearing, set for July 21. Following an initial hearing on June 17, for which a decision is pending, Pirasteh requested a new hearing to present new details. At issue is whether the piece is an unpermitted structure or artistic sculpture. Because of its placement on the property and shelter-like shape, it is labeled a structure by the city, and requires permitting. If enforced, the code violations will cost Pirasteh thousands of dollars and he will have to dismantle or move the piece. Pirasteh argues the installation is art, and not subject to the San Diego Municipal Code.

Community Center Open House July 29

With nearly 800 active members, and hoping for more, the La Jolla Community Center will host a Member Appreciation Party and Open House, 6 p.m. Friday, July 29 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The evening will be filled with music, food, raffles, shopping and a silent auction. All are welcome to the free event. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Said executive director Nancy Walters, “Summer is here and we have a great line up of programs and events for the community. We are adding new classes monthly and continuing our signature events. I would love for all of those who have heard of us, but don’t know who we are or what we do, to join us, July 29.”

Superhero craft beer fundraiser festival

The Lot movie house is among the organizers of the Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy. The event will feature more than 100 beers from 40 different breweries, a costume contest, music and vendors. Proceeds will go to Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station, a non-profit that assists military men and women providing quality-of-life items, support services and transitional housing. Tickets from $44. VIP admission (2:30-6:30) $54. Costume contest has prizes for “Best Original Caped Crusader,” “Superhero Look-a-like,” “Group Costume” and “Superhero Villain.”

Chargers, Citizen’s Plan to face off on the November ballot

San Diego City Council approved two hotel tax-hikes initiative to be put on the November Ballot. The Charger’s proposal would raise hotel taxes from 12.5 to 16.5 percent and use those funds to partly pay for a downtown NFL stadium. The Citizen’s Plan, backed by lawyer Cory Briggs, would raise the hotel tax to 15.5 percent, and proceeds would fund a convention center expansion in downtown, but away from the waterfront. The Briggs initiative opens the door for a downtown stadium but prohibits public funding of it.

Both initiatives need two-thirds of the vote two pass, unless a State Supreme Court decision lowers it. Supporters of both initiatives gathered more than the 66,447 required signatures to place a measure on the ballot.

If the citizens approve both measures, the one receiving the most votes will pass.