La Jolla News Nuggets, August 4


Decision on Pirasteh installation not released

A decision on whether a controversial artistic installation at 6707 Avenida Mañana in La Jolla was not disclosed as of La Jolla Light press time. The announcement was expected by July 31 after two hearings to determine whether the piece is an artistic sculpture or unpermitted accessory structure. If determined to be an unpermitted structure, the 10-foot edifice facing Nautilus Street would need to be moved and the artist, La Jolla resident Nasser Pirasteh would be fined up to $250,000. Details will be posted when available.

More measures approvedfor November ballot

The November ballot is getting crowded with more state and local measures added. The San Diego City Council approved five more items to the list at its Aug. 1 meeting.

The most controversial of the five is Item S402, a cannabis business tax that will only take effect if California legalizes recreational marijuana. In that case, and if the measure passes in November, the city will have a tax ready for recreational marijuana dispensaries. The tax will not affect the medical uses of the drug.

Other questions for voters include a new local Charter article on elected officials; an amendment to reduce the Deputy City Attorney’s probation period to one year; changes in the Citizens’ Review Board that overlooks cases involving in-custody deaths and officer-related shootings; and a revision to the city’s purchasing and contracting charter sections.

MCASD mourns the lossof patron Pauline Foster

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego announced their condolences following the recent death of trustee and art patron Pauline Foster. According to a statement, Foster joined its board of trustees in 1987 and served as board president from 2001 to 2004. She continued to serve as a trustee until her death.

In January, she contributed generous lead underwriting support for the exhibition “Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s.” Hugh Davies, The David C. Copley Director & CEO said, “Pauline was a remarkable lady and a dear friend to all of us at the museum ... she was visionary, understanding the true needs of the institution and investing in the solutions often without public recognition.”

UC San Diego med studentslearn how to meditate

Dr. Daniel Lee, a clinical professor of medicine who treats HIV patients at UC San Diego’s Owlen Clinic, teaches Kelee meditation to first- and second-year medical students. “If a physician is in a good mental space, the physician can take care of the patients in a better way,” Lee said.

Fall Community College enrollment underway

The registration period for the fall semester at the San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges started Monday, Aug. 1. More than 50,000 students are expected when classes start Aug. 22. San Diego Community College District offers associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and entry-level jobs.

Mesa College also offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Continuing Education offers noncredit adult education at six campuses throughout San Diego. More information at

DMV updates its website

Customers can now conduct business with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) using a redesigned website:

The upgrade means the website now automatically adapts to the viewer’s device and will adjust its layout to fit the screen on desktop, smartphone, and tablet devices. Large eye-catching icons assist visitors in locating information quickly, and a featured “Trending” section highlights important new policies and hot topics.

The streamlined navigation bar offers services that customers say they use most, such as the convenient field office locator and appointment system, online services, and driver license and registration transactions.

The DMV website sees an average of 220,000 visits each day. In 2015, a total of 15.6 million online transactions were made on the site. Vehicle registration renewal, driver license renewal and notice of release of liability are three of the most popular web transactions.

La Jollan participatesin publishing contest

Jessica Dee Rohm, a New York native now living in La Jolla, is taking part in an online publishing contest. Her second novel, “The Glass Curtain,” was launched as a candidate in Amazon’s reader-powered publishing contest.

“The Glass Curtain” tells the story of a journalist in New York who investigates the death of a real estate agent’s wife in one of his developments. The first 5,000 words of the book are available online for readers, who have the opportunity to nominate the book.

One week prior to the release date, those who nominated one of the published books will receive a free copy. The nomination deadline is Aug. 24 at