María José Durán

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Recent Articles

  • Petition to 'protect' sea lions hits 90,000 'yeahs' in 10 days

    Petition to 'protect' sea lions hits 90,000 'yeahs' in 10 days

    When UC San Diego student Skylar Rains started a petition to protect the sea lions at La Jolla Cove, she had no idea it would gather more than 90,000 signatures in less than two weeks. “I’ve been astounded by the amount of support it got, I never expected to get this,” she told La Jolla Light. ...

  • World-famous surf break is also photo shoot hotspot!

    World-famous surf break is also photo shoot hotspot!

    On any given day, the beach walkers who cover the roughly one-mile stretch from Bird Rock Reef to Nicholson Point (aka WindanSea Beach), can witness a number of amateur and professional photographers at work. “One day, I counted 10 photographers photographing families there … and that was more...

  • Doug Manchester builds private golf holes in Country Club area

    Doug Manchester builds private golf holes in Country Club area

    When real estate mogul “Papa” Doug Manchester bought the Copley Estate known as “Foxhill” at 7007 Country Club Drive for $17 million in 2015, he also acquired the adjacent unimproved 25 acres known as “The Reserve,” which came with a development permit for two single-family houses to be built under...

  • Group gives La Jolla Post Office a holiday gift

    Group gives La Jolla Post Office a holiday gift

    Now, four years since the community effort to save the La Jolla Post Office Building at 1140 Wall St., the building and its landscaping are looking pretty tired. Heeding the call to preserve historically-designated sites, the Landmark Group of La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) decided to do something...

  • People in Your Neighborhood: Meet Tresha Souza of So Others May Eat

    People in Your Neighborhood: Meet Tresha Souza of So Others May Eat

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in Your Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Permitters OK Chelsea St. home remodel, review condo project

    Permitters OK Chelsea St. home remodel, review condo project

    La Jolla Development Permit Review committee (DPR) at its Nov. 15 meeting approved plans for the remodeling of a home at 5192 Chelsea St. The project would partially demolish an existing 7,972-square-foot home reducing its size by 1,217 square feet for a 6,755-square-foot gross floor area. The...

  • People in Your Neighborhood: Michael Nance of A Bridge for Kids

    People in Your Neighborhood: Michael Nance of A Bridge for Kids

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light’s “People in Your Neighborhood” series, which shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar, friendly faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile,...

  • Falconers train birds of prey at Torrey Pines Gliderport

    Falconers train birds of prey at Torrey Pines Gliderport

    When David Metzgar, a falconer and biologist first tried parahawking in Nepal, he thought, “It just struck me that Southern California is such an amazing place to fly, as are the foothills of the Himalayas ... so the Torrey Pines Gliderport was the best place to try and teach some birds to fly...

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