UPDATED: La Jolla News Nuggets Feb. 26 - March 5; Local family on ‘Family Feud’ video goes viral

Video of La Jolla family on ‘Family Feud’ goes viral

A video of the Circuit family of La Jolla, after their participation on the television game show “Family Feud,” has gone viral with more than 5.3 million views on YouTube when one answer left host Steve Harvey speechless. The Circuit family, whose episode aired Feb. 9 on KUSI, competed on the show in which contestants must guess the most common responses to questions. In Darci’s case, the question was “Name something a doctor might pull out of a person.” Her reply, without a moment’s hesitation — “A gerbil!” Sadly, it was not on the board of common responses. Watch the video at

Village street work to create detours for several weeks

During the La Jolla Village Merchants Association’s Feb. 11 meeting, project representative Vic Salazar and city engineer Brian Wilson cautioned La Jollans to be prepared for extensive detours created by Sewer and Water Group Job 820, which includes work on Coast Boulevard, Cave Street, Exchange Place and Prospect Place that should begin in the coming weeks. Salazar said an “extensive redesign” of the Prospect Place work eliminated installation of an entire pipeline, which he said should reduce the workload.

“We’re going to be in a shallower trench, which will speed the process up, hopefully, creating a little bit less impact on businesses,” Salazar said. “Although the work will not take place on Prospect in the area where the majority of businesses are located. ... there will be a lot of detours through the whole Village. Right now it basically looks like a detour sign on almost every corner through the Village. It’s going to be a mess, and there’s just no way around it.”

Salazar said the work should be complete by the end of April, with any work taking a hiatus a few days before the annual Concours d’Elegance auto show, April 10-12 at La Jolla Cove, and resuming shortly after the event.

According to City Spokesperson Monica Muñoz, construction on Coast Boulevard is anticipated to begin on or around Monday, March 2, from 1241 to 1297 Coast Blvd. at Cave Street. “We anticipate that this portion will be complete by the end of March. After that, the contractor will work from 7819 to 7880 Exchange Place, and from 1210 to 1294 Silverado Street. The contractor anticipates this work will be complete by the end of April. After that, the contractor will work on Prospect Place between Exchange Place and Torrey Pines Road. The contractor will complete as much as possible before the summer construction moratorium begins on May 25. As with any construction project, we never know what will be encountered when a street is excavated. There are many things that could potentially cause delays on the project.”

Muñoz said the work on Prospect Place will have the greatest impact, specifically work at the intersection of Cave, Exchange, and Prospect. “During this work, traffic entering the Village on Prospect will be routed through Coast Boulevard and up Girard Street. During this work Ivanhoe Avenue and Girard will be the best routes for access in and out of the village. We always ask that people exercise patience and good judgment when it comes to travelling through and around construction zones.”

Curb ramp installation and street resurfacing will occur toward the end of November 2015. The contractor is in the process of contacting all businesses that will be affected to address specific concerns before the work begins and will make every effort to accommodate special challenges that may arise, Muñoz said.

City to present undergrounding information March 18 in Shores

Utilities Undergrounding staff has scheduled an informational community meeting for residents living in the 1J Phase 1 and 2 undergrounding block in La Jolla Shores.

The meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Sumner Auditorium, 8622 Kennel Way.

Additional information and noticing will take place in the coming weeks. The community is encouraged to attend to receive additional project information and to provide feedback to staff.

‘Traffic-calming’ Torrey Pines Corridor Project begins

Construction on the first phase of the Torrey Pines Corridor Project — which will provide a series of traffic calming concepts to enhance circulation of vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic — began Feb. 9.

The first phase will involve clearing obstructions, repairing sunken or damaged sidewalks, and constructing new ADA- accessible curb ramps on the north and west sides (ocean sides) of Torrey Pines Road.

Additionally, a new section of sidewalk is being installed on the south and east sides (inland side) of Torrey Pines Road between Roseland Drive and Calle Juela.

Construction is scheduled to take 85 days. During times of heavy work, traffic control and flaggers will divert pedestrians to the bike lane to get around the sidewalk/curb ramps being replaced. There will be two travel lanes in each direction during the work on the north side. Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane during construction along the south side between Roseland Drive and Calle Juela. More at

Stop sign installed on Fay Ave. at West Muirlands

An all-way stop sign was installed on Fay Avenue at West Muirlands Drive behind La Jolla High School in early February, and crosswalks were painted.

Under consideration for more than a year, the stops sign request was originally presented to the La Jolla Traffic & Transportation (T&T) advisory board in January 2014 as a discussion item. In July 2014, residents supporting the stop signs spoke at T&T, citing observations of parents using West Muirlands Drive as a feeder street for La Jolla High School, and students often running across the street to get to school.

A San Diego Traffic & Engineering Division study affirmed that the intersection qualified for a stop sign, primarily based on traffic volumes (20 points is needed to qualify for an all-way stop control; the intersection received 22 points).

“It received the maximum points that could be awarded for the volume of traffic coming out of West Muirlands during the (morning) and (afternoon) peak hours and received most of its qualifying points on the fact that traffic volumes at the intersection were high and the difference between the main and side street volume were pretty similar during peak hours,” the study states.

Fashion Week San Diego coming to La Jolla Sept. 28-Oct. 4

La Jolla Village Merchants Association announced it is partnering with Fashion Week San Diego to bring the event to La Jolla, Sept. 28-Oct. 4. To accommodate the event, LJVMA is proposing closing a portion of Wall Street between Girard and Herschel avenues (site of the new La Plaza La Jolla shopping complex), provided it will not create a major traffic disruption. The partnership will be officially announced during Fashion Week’s spring show, March 14 at Harrah’s Resort in Valley Center. “It’s kind of stamping us as a fashion Village,” LJVMA executive director Sheila Fortune said, noting that organizers are hoping to make this year’s event smaller and more elite. “It’s going to be a ticket that is well sought out.”