La Jolla Stories

Booze denied for La Jolla block party

"Everyone on the street signed a petiiton in favor of it."

For three years, families living on Belloc Court, a cul-de-sac with 16 houses east of Mt. Soledad, held an August block party with the city's blessing. But this year, the neighbors' attempt to get a ...

Eat your torta

Overdoing it at Oscar's in Baja La Jolla

"Where are we?” I really want to know. Lord knows I’ve bounced by here often enough in the #30 bus. Mike and his lady Rachel and me and a dozen other people are sitting on ...

Mo and Jo coast-walk from Oregon to Mexico

Foot-in-sand, hoof-to-bluff, and face-to-face with an otter

A 1972 state proposition mandated a public walking path spanning the California coast, but to this day the trail has not been finished. To raise awareness of the need for improvements, marine scientists and trail ...

Rage against Trans-Pacific Partnership and Scott Peters

Protesters say trade bill is "going to be NAFTA on steroids"

A handful of activists gathered outside the La Jolla offices of Representative Scott Peters on Monday morning (August 1), flying a 25-foot inflatable blimp and demonstrating their disapproval of Peters's stance in support of the ...

Trolley line to roll through La Jolla condo complex

"The price that's been offered is not what I'm going to lose."

La Jolla Colony residents and owners are upset over the looming loss of land, serenity, and the old-growth trees that shelter them from the I-5 freeway — up the hill on the western edge of ...

Among the rarest of pines and heaviest of hummingbirds on Razor Point Trail

This short hike has sandstone badlands, a gorge, a sweeping coastline, and the namesake Torrey Pines.

The Razor Point Trail in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve meanders through high-quality southern maritime chaparral habitat, offering stunning glimpses of the Pacific Ocean before ending at an outlook. The Razor Point Trail offers many ...

104 feet of direct ocean frontage

La Jolla estate on Sea Ridge Drive

Beds: 5 Baths: 6 Current Owner: Tami Okuma/301 Sea Ridge Drive Trust List Price: $10,800,000 How about an “oceanfront paradise boasting 104 feet of direct ocean frontage” on a “premium” La Jolla bluff-top lot? The ...

Strollers, botanizers, and runners on Broken Hill Trail

Emerge from the chaparral to spectacular ocean views

The Broken Hill Trail is the longest and one of the most scenic trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, winding through a thicket of chaparral until the trail opens up to reveal spectacular ocean ...

These leopards don't bite

They don’t eat us, but we do eat them.

Someone hollering “Shark!” at the beach is akin to a person yelling “Fire!” in a theater. Folks react whether or not they see a fin rising out of the water or smoke filling the room. ...

Real estate bubble still popping

Jeffrey Lubin, who said investors could get 17 percent a year, files for bankruptcy

Once high-flying hard-money lender Jeffrey Lubin has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy. His wife Barbara joined in the filing. Her given address was on Hidden Valley Road in La Jolla, in a home worth ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

He who would steal from a dog

Older surfer type rips off humane society collections box, gets away on bike

On June 24 at 2:47 p.m., a Caucasian male walked into My Sister’s Closet resale and consignment clothing store in La Jolla and stole the cash donation box earmarked for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. ...

If this place vanished off the face of the Earth…

Not enough value at Leña Craft Mexican

In the past, I’ve relied upon summing up any restaurant’s worth with a single question: Would I eat here again? I’ve considered that a foolproof barometer, an easy either/or situation for whether I could recommend ...

Opposition remains for La Jolla Jewish center plan

The ball's been rolling for nearly 14 years

A 2002 Reader article detailed Hillel of San Diego's attempt to build a new facility adjacent to UCSD. In 2011, the Reader revisited the issue. Almost five years later, the project still has not advanced ...

The ruby sea dragon

From Perth to La Jolla

It washed up on a Perth beach nearly a hundred years ago and had been stashed away in Western Australia Museum’s collection from 1919 until recently, when scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography obtained and ...

Live life in a modern sculpture

The residence took four years to design and build

Current Owner: Stefan Lemperle Beds: 4 Baths: 4 List Price: $8,795,000 La Jolla’s Lemperle Glass House, a 2007-built modern contemporary home is described in listing materials as “warm modern luxury redefined” and named after owner ...

Real estate fraudsters stole more than $30 million

Coronado, check...La Jolla, check...Del Mar, check...

Coronado businessman Courtland Gettel and Arizona lawyer Jeffrey Greenberg pleaded guilty this week to pulling off a real estate scam that took in $30 million. They took out big loans against expensive homes in La ...

Where to take the cousin

Duke’s La Jolla, family friendly and slightly upscale

Living in San Diego, I get a lot of out-of-town visitors, so there’s a need for places that are nice but casual with decent food and an atmosphere that pushes the San Diego dream. Some ...

Life-changing gelato

Bobboi brings the flavor

My wife hosted a bridal shower recently and told me to take my son and go away for a few hours. We decided to go up to the La Jolla Cove area. It was still ...

A whale of a house

Full barbecue service area? Do go on

Current Owner: Chenago Family Trust Beds: 5 Baths: 6 List Price: $15,950,000 Advertising remarks for the estate at 8410 Whale Watch Way, situated on a hillside about a half-mile from La Jolla Shores, begin with ...

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