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  • Board designates black pioneer's La Jolla home 'historical'

    Board designates black pioneer's La Jolla home 'historical'

    Edgar Coleman was an entrepreneur and an African-American pioneer of La Jolla who worked as a gardener, a janitor and a realtor in his time. "He eventually owned three trucks and was often hired to move old cottages that made land available for the building of the La Valencia Hotel," reads a chapter...

  • Beach Boys’ Mike Love signs new book at Warwick’s

    Beach Boys’ Mike Love signs new book at Warwick’s

    A line of rock ‘n’ roll fans waited outside Warwick’s bookstore Friday, Sept. 23 to meet musician Mike Love and have him sign copies of his new book, “Good Vibrations, My Life as a Beach Boy.” Before the event, La Jolla Light got the chance to spend a few minutes with the singer/songwriter to see...

  • La Jolla Ironwoman overcomes back injury to run 10th triathlon

    La Jolla Ironwoman overcomes back injury to run 10th triathlon

    It was 1982 when La Jollan, then 22-year-old Kathleen McCartney, participated for the first time (and won) an Ironman triathlon. “That was one of the highlights of my life and really set a course for the rest of my life,” she said in an interview with La Jolla Light. Oct. 8, she will participate...

  • La Jolla permitters deny bluff stabilization work, OK home expansion

    La Jolla permitters deny bluff stabilization work, OK home expansion

    With a record attendance of 30 people at its Sept. 13 meeting, the Development Permit Review committee (DPR) denied coastal development and site permits for the bluff stabilization project at 417 Sea Ridge Drive. The project, which was first presented to DPR in August, came back to the committee...

  • Construction Back in La Jolla Shores: Crews to take over the streets until next summer

    Construction Back in La Jolla Shores: Crews to take over the streets until next summer

    San Diego City field engineer Steve Lindsay provided the La Jolla Shores Association board (LJSA) with a schedule of construction work in the area’s public right-of-ways through next summer. Summarizing the situation, board chair Nick LeBeouf said, “The next five or six years in La Jolla Shores...

  • People in the Neighborhood: Meet Susie Grafte of Ooh La La Dance Academy

    People in the Neighborhood: Meet Susie Grafte of Ooh La La Dance Academy

    Editor's Note: Welcome to La Jolla Light's "People in the 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...

  • Back to Work! Community leaders begin tackling unfinished projects

    Back to Work! Community leaders begin tackling unfinished projects

    The start of September means students are back in school, tourists have returned to their hometowns, and San Diegans are at their jobs after summer vacation. For politicians, governing institutions and advisory boards, it's also time to resume community projects left standing. The Light compiled...

  • La Jolla resources flagged for LGTBQ historical context

    La Jolla resources flagged for LGTBQ historical context

    When architect Charles Kaminski moved to La Jolla in 1975, he was introduced to the local gay community from his apartment in the El Pueblo Ribera complex. "(The gay community) was then a handful of people, at least in my circle," he said. The 69-year-old, who was then in his 20s, knew people from...

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