La Jolla News Nuggets: Sept. 3-9

Next ‘McMansion’ meeting July 10, Copy Cove feted by State Assembly, AB 57 advances to governor ... and more

La Jolla jeweler Karl Winchell convicted of 10 felonies

On Friday, Aug. 28, a jury convicted longtime La Jolla Jeweler Karl Winchell of 10 felony counts — nine for fraudulent appropriation/embezzlement and one for grand theft. The jury also found cause to add a “white collar crime enhancement” charge, “which means that the defendant committed two or more related felonies involving fraud and embezzlement resulting in a loss of more than $100,000,” said Cari Philpott, a deputy district attorney in the economic crimes division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. The trial lasted four weeks, with the jury spending one week on deliberations. Winchell is scheduled for sentencing 9 a.m. Oct. 9 in Department 15 of San Diego Superior Court, 220 W. Broadway. Philpott said Winchell faces a maximum possible sentence of nine years and four months in state prison, and will also be ordered to pay restitution to his victims. To read previous La Jolla Light coverage of the case, visit or click here.

—Pat Sherman

Cell tower installation bill advances to governor’s desk

California Assembly Bill 57, which would give wireless communications companies near carte blanche authority to install new cell phone antennas and related equipment in excess of La Jolla’s 30-foot height limit — without public notice or chance for appeal — passed the Senate Aug. 31 and is currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. The bill, heavily opposed by some La Jollans, also removes much of a city or local government’s regulatory authority over such installations. Comments can be submitted to Gov. Brown at or for more information, read the Light’s previous coverage of this issue at

—Pat Sherman

‘McMansion’ meeting rescheduled for Sept. 10

The next meeting of the La Jolla Community Planning Association’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Residential Single-Family Zoning — which is working toward a solution for what some view as a proliferation of homes that are too large and dense for their lots (“McMansions”) — has been moved from Sept. 7 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Rec Center, 615 Prospect St., to accommodate Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah. For more information, visit or

—Pat Sherman

Sheriff’s DUI Stops set for Labor Day weekend

The Sheriff’s Department will step up efforts to stop impaired drivers from hitting the road with increased DUI patrols across the county through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

“There is no excuse for impaired driving,” said San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore. “The Sheriff’s Department has a zero tolerance policy. You will go to jail if our deputies catch you drinking and driving.”

If you do drink, be sure to have a designated driver ready or call a taxi. Here are some sober rider options:

MTS (Bus and Trolley):

NCTD (Bus and Coaster/Sprinter):

Especially during the holidays, be aware of San Diego County’s “Social Host” ordinance. Anyone caught serving alcohol to a minor will be arrested and booked into jail. Citizens can report underage drinking to the Sheriff’s Department by calling the non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. Learn more about responsibilities of a “Social Host” at

The Tides apartment complex sells for $8.55 million

LJ Tides, LLC has purchased a 30-unit apartment building known as The Tides for $8.55 million, according to brokerage company Colliers International. The seller of the property at 7431 La Jolla Blvd. was Zwack Trust et al, represented by Colliers’ Peter Scepanovic, Corey McHenry and Victor Krebs.

Brokers said the property was built in 1968 and has been under the same local family ownership for the past 47 years. The buyer plans to renovate and reposition the property, which is located near La Jolla’s Marine Street and WindanSea beaches. — San Diego Business Journal

Letter carriers to pick up old eyeglasses Sept. 4

Jeepers creepers! Lions Clubs want La Jollans’ old peepers — and the U.S. Postal Service is lending a helping hand.

On Friday, Sept. 4, Postal Service letter carriers will team up with Lions Clubs International for the 15th annual Recycle for Sight eyeglass collection. By leaving unneeded eyeglasses, sunglasses, reading or children’s glasses in a plastic bag by the mailbox, residents will be helping needy patients around the world who desperately need corrective or protective lenses.

Lions Clubs volunteers will sterilize, calibrate and distribute the donations. Those who receive no mail on Friday will have their donation picked up the next time their carrier has mail to deliver. Over the past 14 years, letter carriers have collected more than 180,000 pairs of donated glasses.

UCSD Health names Patty Maysent interim CEO

Patty Maysent, M.P.H., M.B.A., has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer of UC San Diego Health, bringing to the role more than 25 years of executive experience in hospital leadership and health services management.

As interim CEO, Maysent will move UCSD Health, the region’s only academic health system, forward in its efforts to redefine health care delivery and ensure continued success with its tripartite mission of delivering outstanding patient care, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.

Maysent replaces CEO Paul Viviano, who led UC San Diego Health as CEO for the past three years. Viviano is joining the administration of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. A national search for a permanent CEO at UC San Diego Health is underway.

“We are excited that Patty Maysent has accepted the dynamic role as interim CEO of UC San Diego Health,” said David Brenner, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. “Her solid record of performance has helped elevate UCSD Health’s levels of innovation, accountability and efficiency. She has also accelerated efforts to create strategic affiliations with other key health care providers in California.”

Maysent joined UCSD Health in 2012 as Chief of Staff to Viviano, and in 2013 became Chief Strategy Officer. In these capacities, Maysent has been leading growth efforts through new programs and partnerships with local health systems and community physicians.

UC San Diego cancer researchers receive new grant awards

Four UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers have been selected to receive the newly established National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award. The multi-million dollar awards fund new projects that have an unusual potential in cancer research over seven years.

The recipients are Kun-Liang Guan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, who will receive $5.9 million for his work with mTORC1 and Hippo pathways in cell growth and cancer; Tannishtha Reya, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Medicine, who was awarded $6.3 million for her project on molecular strategies for early detection and targeting of cancer; and Jin Zhang, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmacology, who will receive $6.5 million to evaluate live-cell activity architecture in cancer. The funding amount for Michael Karin, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology, is pending. Karin is studying the role of immunosuppressive B cells in the development of cancer and its treatment.

“Cancer research is moving at an accelerated pace but there are still many unanswered questions that our team is trying to answer through innovative science,” said Scott Lippman, M.D., director of Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. “The NCI Outstanding Investigator Award provides important additional resources that will help us realize scientific discoveries best accomplished at a comprehensive cancer center.”

NCI anticipates funding approximately 60 Outstanding Investigator Awards. The grant program was developed to provide researchers with substantial time and resources to break new ground or extend previous discoveries that advance biomedical, behavioral or clinical cancer research.

School district issues transportation safety tips

With the new school year beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the San Diego Unified School District and National Safe Kids Campaign remind parents of the following guidelines to safely get children to school.

When walking to school:

• Pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 5-14.

• To avoid injury never let children under age 10 cross the street alone, teach children to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings, choose the safest route between home and school and practice walking it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.

• Remind kids to cross streets only in crosswalks, never enter streets from between parked cars or from behind shrubbery; always look both ways before crossing the street; walk, don’t run, across intersections; a flashing “walk” signal does not automatically mean it’s safe to cross; use the same route every day and avoid shortcuts; don’t speak to strangers, if a stranger approaches, tell a trusted adult such as a parent or teacher.

When riding the bus:

• More than 11,000 district students take the bus each day. Although bus travel is one of the safest ways to get to and from school, injuries can still occur, and most of them take place when children are getting on or off the bus.

• Arrive at the bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled stop, stay out of the street and don’t horseplay while waiting, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or off, remain seated and keep head and arms inside the bus at all times, do not shout or distract the driver, do not walk in the driver’s “blind spot” (the area from the front of the bus to about 12 feet in front of the bus).

When riding bicycles:

• Bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the car.

• To make sure kids are safe when riding bicycles to school check with your principal to make sure bicycles are allowed (some schools do not allow them); obey rules of the road, the rules are the same for all vehicles, including bicycles; stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride in the same direction as traffic; know and use appropriate hand signals; choose the safest route between home and school and practice it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.

• Always wear a helmet. State law requires it, and failure to wear one could result in a traffic citation. More importantly, helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.

When driving:

• Always use child safety seats and safety belts correctly when driving or riding in a car; arrive early — especially the first few weeks of school — and use the school’s designated student drop-off and pick-up zone; do not double park or make U-turns in front of the school (Police officers are issuing citations for traffic violations and there is no warning or grace period); children should enter and leave the car on its curbside; never text while driving — it’s the law.

• It is important for parents to remember to always set a good example for children, whether walking, riding or driving.

La Jolla High offers cheer camp

La Jolla High School Junior Cheer Camp will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Muirlands Middle School field, 1056 Nautilus St. $35 donation fee due by Sept. 12. Camp includes T-shirt, pom poms and game performance. E-mail for more information and permission slips.

Mission Beach volleyball tourney to benefit charities

More than 60 years ago, the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club began fundraising events for charities and members started with volleyball. Keeping to tradition, the club will once again put on a world-class four-person volleyball event “where you can put your toes in the sand and have a drink in your hand,” 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Mariners Point, Mission Beach.

Players must be age 21 or older. Cost, entry forms and divisions are posted at

There will be a beer garden and barbecue for teams on the roster. Spectators are welcome and food and drinks will be available to purchase. Monies raised go to various OMBAC charities.

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