June 7 is Veterinarian’s Day: benefit for Paws & Pints

La Jolla Veterinary Hospital’s fifth annual Paws & Pints La Jolla fundraiser is slated for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7 across the street from the hospital at The Lot, 7611 Fay Ave. The event benefits the Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Friends Of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) program and the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE).

“This event is in our community, for the community, and it has evolved into something La Jolla looks forward to year after year,” said event founder Stephanie Coolidge of La Jolla Veterinary Hospital. The event, started with fewer than 200 attendees in 2014, hosted more than 600 attendees last year.

Featured will be an auction featuring sports memorabilia, VIP tickets to San Diego Padres games, surfboards, and La Jolla art and restaurant, hotel, wine, museum and brewery packages. Also on tap will be a “wine grab,” a raffle and a red-carpet photo contest judged by members of La Jolla Veterinary Hospital and Sandie Lampe from KUSI.

Admission is free, but there are new VIP options including tableside service, dinner, wine, craft brews and more. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Scripps enrolls first County patient in heart-failure trial

Scripps Clinic cardiologists have enrolled the first San Diego County patient in an international clinical trial of an experimental interatrial shunt device designed to relieve symptoms of heart failure.

The female patient was enrolled in the randomized study by interventional cardiologist Matthew Price in the cardiac catheterization laboratory at La Jolla’s Scripps Memorial Hospital.

The interatrial shunt device is implanted within the atrial septum, the wall of tissue separating the heart’s upper chambers — the right and left atria. In heart failure, blood pressure builds up in the left atrium, which leads to breathlessness and fatigue, particularly during exercise, as well as water retention.

The device, a small scaffold of metal wire, holds open a small hole within this wall. As a result, blood flows from the left atrium to right atrium, which in turn lowers the blood pressure in the left atrium and lungs. This helps to improve heart-failure symptoms.

“When a patient can’t be helped with medications, or still has symptoms despite medications, this simple procedure and device can potentially improve the quality of their life in a safe and long-lasting way,” Dr. Price said.

The Scripps cardiologists are looking to enroll more patients over the next year in this prospective, randomized controlled, blinded clinical trial, which is seeking to test the device in 380 patients in the U.S. and 11 other countries.

If results from the trial are positive, the device manufacturer will seek permission from the FDA to make the device commercially available in the U.S.

TB or not TB — that is the UCSD question

A case of tuberculosis (TB) was reported on the main campus of UC San Diego, acccording to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The agency said that it notified all students, staff and visitors known to have been exposed during the window it identified — Jan. 25 through May 15.

“Testing is recommended for all those exposed to assure they are not infected, since they may not have symptoms,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “For anyone infected, early diagnosis and prompt treatment can prevent disease.”

Tuberculosis is transmitted person-to-person through indoor air during prolonged contact with an infectious individual. Most people who are exposed do not become infected.

The number of annual TB cases in San Diego County has decreased since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years. There were 258 cases reported in 2016 and 237 in 2017. To date, 64 cases have been reported in 2018.

For more information on potential exposure, call UCSD Student Health Services at (858) 534-3300.

Opportunity of a life(guard)time

Seasonal lifeguards are sought for summer 2018. Tryouts will be held 9 a.m. Thursday-Saturday June 7-9 at Ventura Cove, 1000 W. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego.

For more information, visit or call (619) 533-3780.

2018 homeless count down 6 percent in County

The number of homeless people in San Diego County dropped 6 percent between 2017 and this year, according to the 2018 Point-in-Time Count.

Conducted every year by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the count this past January showed that 8,576 men, women and children are living on the street or in shelters, compared to the 9,116 counted in 2017. The results are used to apply for federal funds to help local homeless people and to find solutions on how to best serve those most vulnerable in the community.

Of the 8,576 homeless people in the region, 4,990 were unsheltered this year compared to 5,621 last year, an 11 percent drop. Also, 3,596 were sheltered, compared to 3,495 last year, a nearly 3 percent decrease.

“Seeing the overall number decline was a positive reversal, but there are far too many swings in data to declare a trend or to not see other areas where we need to increase our focus,” said San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who chairs the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. “We continue to face many challenges, highlighted by a lack of new housing, a condition that squeezes hardest those with the fewest resources. The only marginal decrease in the number of chronically homeless is among my biggest concerns.”

Two La Jolla properties sued for ADA violations

A disabled Florida man named Jose Velez has filed complaints against Mandarin House and the Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, alleging that he encountered architectural barriers at both properties that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act. Filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Velez alleged that he tried visiting the properties on March 28 but could not gain access. He seeks injunctive relief, actual damages, statutory damages of $4,000, plus punitive damages, attorney’s fees and the costs of suit. He is representing himself.

Summer safety web page

The City of San Diego has created a summer-safety web page ( unifying messages from multiple City departments so residents and visitors can enjoy San Diego’s hottest months as safely as possible. It includes information about rip currents, drowning prevention, bonfires, what not to bring to the beach and packing your litter.

Red Shoe McDiaries

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego seeks volunteer fundraisers for its annual Red Shoe Day event on June 21. Hundreds of volunteers will collect cash donations in big red shoes at more than 200 intersections across the County. The money will help pay for lodging and meals for families with a hospitalized child. Individuals, businesses or groups interested in volunteering can sign up at

(W)right up the street

Public relations and marketing firm (W)right On Communications has relocated its San Diego headquarters from Solana Beach to 1200 Prospect St., Suite G100. “It’s also an exceptional setting for our team with great shopping and dining right outside the front door and one of the world’s most beautiful marine areas outside our windows,” said Julie Wright, (W)right On Communications’ president.

(W)right On Communications invites its new neighbors to participate with them in San Diego Coastkeeper’s La Jolla Shores beach cleanup, Saturday, June 9 at Kellogg Park. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, visit

Fiercely grand opening, June 1

Members of the public are invited to the grand opening of Fiercely Optimistic, the new location of the life coaching, reiki, meditation and yoga studio run by Alish Hawrylyszyn Frank, who is also the newly elected (and first female) president of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. The party starts 6 p.m. Friday, June 1 at 1237 Prospect St., Suite T.

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