La Jolla News Nuggets


Planning Association seeks board candidates

The La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) is recognized by the City of San Diego to make recommendations on local matters including protecting the integrity of the La Jolla Community Plan and assuring its thoughtful implementation. Its board is filled by volunteers from all walks of life and from nearly every neighborhood in La Jolla. On Thursday, March 1 six board seats will be up for election.

The board is continuing its search for qualified candidates to reach a more diverse community audience. Candidate requirements are minimal. You must be associated with the community (resident, property owner, or local business owner) and have attended at least three LJCPA meetings between March 2017 and February 2018. The next meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. Those interested may send an e-mail to

Traffic got you simmering? Share your best coping practices in La Jolla Light

To the list of certainties, which includes death and taxes, the La Jolla Light would like to add “traffic.”

Not a day goes by around the water cooler when someone(s) is not recounting horrific frustrations over getting stuck in a gnarly traffic jam somewhere in San Diego. Medical appointments are being missed, hours must be added to short trips up the coast, and businesses are adjusting start/quit times to accommodate cross-town journeying employees.

The old-timers insist it was never quite like this before; the millennials tout the virtues of bike paths and Ubering.

Light staff are working on an anecdotal story about some of the most crippling commutes our readers make, hoping to come up with suggestions for smart ways to avoid, tolerate or solve traffic situations. Would you like to weigh-in on the conversation? We’ll take the good, the bad and the ugly in our quest to get some enlightened solutions .... so get on the horn and send your thoughts via e-mail to

‘Dude Vader’ featured in USA Today

As part of its year-in-review coverage, nationally published USA Today asked readers to submit comments about 2017, and specifically, about President Donald Trump. To illustrate the responses, a photo of La Jolla’s “Dude Vader” was used. Dressed in his metallic finest, the image features Dude Vader (aka La Jollan Chris Canole) with his hands up. The caption reads: “Dude Vader’s reaction to the disturbance in the force emanating from the White House.”

Bry named Council President Pro Tem

As part of a sweeping change to City Council leadership, La Jollan and District 1 City Council representative Barbara Bry was named Council President Pro Tem by Council President Myrtle Cole. In the position, Bry would lead the Council meetings the Council president cannot attend. Bry replaces Republican Mark Kersey as pro tem.

Cole also removed two other Republicans as heads of committees, naming Democrats to take their places. She replaced Scott Sherman with Georgette Gómez as chair of the Smart Growth Committee, and replaced Lorie Zapf with Chris Ward as chair of the Economic Development Committee.

‘Lincoln’ salute for 2018 Concours d’Elegance

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance car show will return to La Jolla, Saturday, April 7 through Sunday, April 8. This year, organizers have chosen Lincoln as the honored “marquee” for the 14th annual exquisite automobiles exposition. Having started as a small company that supplied Liberty aircraft engines for the Army during World War I, Lincoln has had a deep-rooted evolution to becoming a world-renowned luxury automobile manufacturer. Learn more at

School open houses begin this month

La Jolla’s three public elementary schools: La Jolla, Bird Rock and Torrey Pines, have informational meetings for parents looking to enroll their children for the 2018-2019 year. These meetings are for parents only to provide a look at the campus, get to know the teachers and administration, and have questions answered.

Torrey Pines Elementary: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16; Tuesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, March 8. Sign up at by clicking the “New Family/Parent Tour” link.

Bird Rock Elementary: 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 13; or Tuesday, March 13 in the school auditorium, 5371 La Jolla Hermosa Ave. RSVP not required, but for more details, call (858) 488-0537.

La Jolla Elementary: 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 17 and 31, and Feb. 14 and 28 at 1111 Marine St. RSVP: (858) 454-7196. Registration packets will be available.

Maritime Museum docent training, Jan. 8

Starting the first week of January, the Maritime Museum of San Diego will offer training sessions for potential docents for the series of lectures and ship tours aboard the ferryboat Berkeley. Docents engage with museum visitors, fielding their questions and sharing knowledge to enrich experiences. Training is carried out in a series of lectures, suggested readings and walking tours.

The first is Monday, Jan. 8, but one-on-one training is available for those who cannot attend. Membership in the Maritime Museum is required to be a docent. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, in downtown San Diego. For more information, contact training coordinator Jim Cassidy at (661) 406-0605 or

Volunteer orientation set at Braille Institute

The Braille Institute of San Diego is looking for volunteers and will host an informational orientation for those interested at 2 p.m. Monday Jan. 8 at 4555 Executive Drive. Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Volunteers are needed in the library and technology lab, and as facilities assistants, lunchroom guides, course instructors. RSVP requested: (858) 404-5009.

SANDAG offering smart-growth grants

To incentivize projects that promote smart growth, as well as increase walking, biking and transit usage, SANDAG is calling on local jurisdictions to submit applications for more than $30 million in competitive grants available under its TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP).

Approximately $27 million in smart growth funds and $3.6 million in active transportation funds are available. Up to $1 million from the smart growth funds will be made available for local jurisdictions to complete Climate Action Plans and Complete Streets Policies. Grant applications are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15. SANDAG will hold a pre-proposal workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 11 in the SANDAG Board Room at 401 B St., seventh floor.

Only local cities and the County of San Diego can apply for the funds. Non-profit and community-based organizations may collaborate with them to apply. Learn more at