La Jolla Stories

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 ...

Torrey Pines Road pothole problems never stopped

Case involving injured bicyclist reveals city made patches to no avail

The pothole on Torrey Pines Road that cyclist Jonathan Sammartino struck in March 2015 — sending him over his handlebars head first into the concrete — had been on the city's radar for more than ...

Many rewards at “the Knoll” — Scripps Coastal Reserve

Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean await visitors after a short, easy walk through coastal sage scrub.

The Scripps Coastal Reserve, or ”the Knoll,” offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from coastal bluffs and an easy walk through coastal sage-scrub habitat. Owned by the University of California as part of their ...

When Bill Clinton claimed the couch

Bubba napped with the sharks at Birch Aquarium

A piece of old furniture is getting jettisoned in the Birch Aquarium’s office remodel: the couch Bill Clinton took a nap on in 1997. Clinton gave the UC San Diego commencement address that year, then ...

Have you tried the bone broth?

Unexpected coolness at Farmer & the Seahorse

In the world of nightlife and dining, there are cool scenes and there are bad scenes. There are plenty of weird scenes out there, too. Then, there are the random scenes, the likes of which ...

Mosh for Life

Ché Café hosts a suicide prevention slam dance on Saturday afternoon

“About a year ago I was going through a difficult time, and I found getting information about low-income therapy really difficult,” said Charles Peckham, organizer of this weekend’s Mosh for Life at Ché Café. “I ...

Black’s Beach road closed for repair

Storms, high tides, high surf, and winter swells damaged the emergency access road to Black’s Beach, causing UC San Diego to close the road for repair until March 6. The damage occurred sometime between the ...

Live like Junior Seau

In 1994, the Seaus purchased the home for $2.9 million

Stones and Bowie money bought this one ten years ago.

Burgers and beer, then and now

La Jolla Tap and The Shack

It’s easy to talk about a restaurant’s food. Almost too easy. Sometimes there are better stories to be told if you go a little deeper. In the mid-‘90s, all we wanted was cold Tecate, cheap ...

Romney rips Trump in speech

Was ex-presidential candidate/La Jolla homeowner asked to attack?

Mitt Romney, the losing Republican presidential candidate in 2012, today (March 3), tore into Donald Trump in a speech at the Hinckley Institute in Utah. Romney, who bought a La Jolla home after his 2012 ...

Bicyclist vs. city's pothole

Devastating injury could have been prevented, says lawsuit

March 21, 2015, was a perfect day for a bike ride in La Jolla…until cyclist Jonathan Sammartino struck a two-and-a-half-foot by four-foot pothole on Torrey Pines Road and was thrown from his bike head-first onto ...

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