La Jolla News Nuggets: June 25-July 1

La Jolla gets increased lifeguard coverage at WindanSea ... and more

City Budget: More library hours, lifeguard-ranger for La Jolla

The City of San Diego’s $3.2 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 — unanimously approved by the City Council and signed by the mayor June 10 — includes funding for 300 miles of road repair during the next 12 months, and the mayor’s pledge to fix 1,000 miles of San Diego roadway over the next five years.

The budget also increases operating hours at three dozen recreation centers, and brings 8.5 hours of Saturday service to 23 library branches (including La Jolla), restores an office to boost local film production, and increases funding for arts and culture programs.

City Council President and La Jolla resident Sherri Lightner requested the addition of three days of full-time, level II lifeguard coverage at WindanSea Beach, from April 1 to Sept. 30 (a full-time level II lifeguard she requested for four days a week — or 40 hours — was added at WindanSea last year). The new lifeguard, with an ability to write citations, begins July 1. WindanSea is also covered by two to three seasonal, level I lifeguards, during summer.

In addition, Lightner’s request for a supervising park ranger, who will fill in for rangers in La Jolla, as needed, was approved. “This is truly the best budget we have seen in years,” Lightner said. “The Council can take pride in approving a final budget that responsibly restores public safety and neighborhood services, and funds additional infrastructure projects.”

A representative for Lightner’s office said she also requested additional tree trimming, particularly in neighborhoods like La Jolla that have mature trees.

Several La Jolla capital improvement projects also received funding. To view the projects, their costs and expected completion dates, go to, click on “all three volumes of the Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget” at the top of the page, and search for “La Jolla.” — Pat Sherman

Hyatt Regency La Jolla 
at Aventine sells for $92.7M

The 417-room, Michael Graves-designed Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine hotel at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive and the adjacent 28,000-square-foot building at 8930 University Center Lane, sold recently for $92,732,500. The properties were constructed in 1990 on 4.75 acres.

The buyer was W-JMA La Jolla Owner VII LLC, a joint venture of JMA Ventures LLC of San Francisco and Walton Street Capital LLC of Chicago. The acquisition was financed by an $80 million loan from Bank of America. The seller was New Aventine LLC, a joint venture of Strategic Hotels & Resorts and GIC Real Estate Pte Ltd., the Singapore government’s real estate investment arm. — The Daily Transcript

La Jolla family seeks kidney donation and crowdfunding

La Jollan Tim Johnson, part owner of Sushi On the Rock and chef at Zenbu Sushi, and his family are reaching out to the community seeking a potential kidney donor. Johnson is on the waiting list for a cadaver kidney (one from a deceased organ donor), but has been told he will be on that list 
for the next two to four years. Until a donor is found, Johnson must undergo dialysis three times a week for five hours each time.

His wife, Kristy, said a kidney donation from a living person would shorten that process and last longer in her husband’s body, but they do not have any qualified family matches. She added that Tim’s doctors have cleared him

for surgery, should a living donor be found. A gofundme page ( has been set up to cover medical expenses and supplement the Johnsons’ income, as Tim cannot work full-time.

According to the page, Tim went to the doctor in December 2014 with flu symptoms, when it was determined his kidneys were failing — functioning at just 5 percent. Testing and a biopsy showed he had chronic kidney failure due to untreated hypertension (high blood pressure). Tim’s children attended Bird Rock Elementary and now Muirlands Middle School and he became known for his sushi parties as fundraisers for the schools. Those interested in being a donor may call Scripps Green Hospital at (858) 554-4310. —Ashley Mackin

La Jolla High School PTA
 honors parent volunteers

La Jolla High School Parent-Teacher Association presented three of its volunteers — Cal Mann, Beth Penny and Jane Wheeler — with a PTA Honorary Service Award June 5, during the final PTA meeting of the year.

The award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in their community, going above and beyond what is asked of them. The youngest child of each honoree graduated this year with the Class of 2015. — Light Staff

Award-winning volunteer 
finds cause in ‘La Jolla Light’

The 2015 Chancellor’s International Center Volunteer Awards at UC San Diego were given this month and Lynn Jahn, a New Volunteers of the Year honoree, said she found her way to the center after reading an article about it in La Jolla Light.

The Friends of the International Center, which supports foreign students in their education abroad, issued a newsletter spotlighting the honoree. “Shortly after joining the Friends, Lynn learned about our (holiday) stuffed animal project and upon hearing concern that we might not have enough stuffed animals, she took it upon herself to make over 40 adorable animals to insure that all the children of our international participants would receive a special treat from Santa,” it reads. “Lynn thought it would be fun for our participants to learn about another American tradition: decorating home-baked cookies. So Lynn baked more than 200 cookies and provided all the supplies so participants could create Valentine’s Day cookies to eat and share with loved ones.” —Ashley Mackin

La Jolla Inn on Prospect Street on the market for $7.5 million

The 23-room La Jolla Inn at 1110 Prospect St., is listed for sale at $7.5 million. The agent for the property, built in 1965, is Ben Tashakorian (858) 373-3176. — LoopNet reports

County joins pact to fight tuberculosis crossborder

San Diego County, Imperial County, the state of Baja California and two non-profit organizations signed a memorandum last week agreeing to continue working together to prevent the spread of tuberculosis.

“We live in a border region where thousands of people cross back and forth on a daily basis,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, county public health officer. “In order to prevent and control the spread of tuberculosis, we must address this issue together.”

Under the agreement, participants will collaborate to lend each other technical support, ensure that bi-national TB patients receive treatment, and enhance investigations of possible exposures to infected patients.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that most often attack the lungs, but can also attack the kidneys, spine and brain. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal and continue to spread to others.

In Baja California, the TB rate is higher than in all 31 states in Mexico and Mexico City. Imperial County’s TB rate also tops all 58 California counties.

Tuberculosis rates in San Diego County are twice the national rate due to its proximity to Baja. A total of 469 TB cases were reported in 1993 (the highest on record) compared to 220 cases reported in 2014.

Health officials say the decrease has slowed because the disease continues to be present in hard-to-reach populations, such as the homeless, people with substance abuse issues, elderly persons who got infected years ago but are too old for preventive treatment, new immigrants and people who live south of the border but work in the U.S.

In San Diego County, an average of 229 TB cases have been reported in the past five years; 30 percent of those are bi-national patients. —County Reports

Salk Institute offers building tours

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies will provide guided architectural tours that include an introduction about the Institute’s science, 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday at 10010 N. Torrey Pines Road.

There is a requested donation of $15 per person for the tour. Reserve a spot online at Arrive 10 minutes early for free parking. For more information, call Salk Tours at (858) 453-4100, ext. 1287 weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fellow architects like La Jollan Michael B. Wilkes’ photos

La Jolla architect and photographer Michael B. Wilkes, FAIA, received four of the 14 honors in the 2015 American Institute of Architects National Photography Competition May 6 in Atlanta. Wilkes received a third place award for “For Rent, Colorful View Room with Three Chimneys” and three of the 10 honorable mention awards. Wilkes said “Room” captures the power plant smokestacks over a small cottage at Morro Bay. “The AIA competition images range from fine art to humor, found in that photo,” he added. “ ‘The Patriotism of Petroleum’ was a political observation.”