La Jolla Stories

Legal battle on La Jolla Shores

Lawsuits float in after city's approval of 8518-square-foot project

Earlier this month, La Jolla Shores resident and attorney Bernie Segal filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of San Diego violated the California Environmental Quality Act and ignored building codes when it approved a ...

Au revoir to noir

It's all Café La Rue now, but a fitting tribute to Paris

I went here before the Paris massacre. Now I’m glad I did. Because it makes you remember what it is you love about the French. Like, Paris, and the café life they gave the world. ...

La Jolla moneyman Indiana-bound

K2 Capital honcho Brian Kandefer gets 121 months in the clink

Brian Kandefer, whose loan modification scam was based in La Jolla, has been sentenced to 121 months in prison in Northern Indiana. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. Kandefer was a co-owner ...

Smokin’ big

Under the bun, a big patty, an avalanche of blue-cheese crumbles, and glistening tongues of bacon.

You feel a little awestruck just walking around here. This is Scripps, maybe the biggest concentration of brainpower west of Harvard Square. Everyone has to have a PhD to even get in the door, seems ...

What’s wrong with kelp?

With a growth rate equal to bamboo at up to two feet per day, kelp forests along California’s coast have been harvested since World War I. The first large industrial uses of kelp were for ...

King of Costco looks to offload Bird Rock mansion

Complete with secluded sandy beach

Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Current Owners: Sinegal Family Asking Price: $16,900,000 This week, what sellers’ agents describe as “La Jolla’s premier ocean front residence” and its “spectacular views of Windansea Beach and ‘Big Rock’ surf ...

Beach brawl, La Jolla style

"We each have the fundamental right to develop our property..."

Over the course of the past five years, La Jolla Shores property owner Bob Whitney has fought against neighbors and the La Jolla Community Planning Association to demolish two single-story units located on Avenida La ...

Whisknladle arranges a meeting between margarita and negroni

Tortugas all the way down

For Adam Lockridge, bar director at Whisknladle, it’s turtles all the way down — at least, that’s how his guests will feel when they get their first sip of the Tortuga… Original to Whisknladle, this ...

Serve up the suffering

The Trip's inventive, clever Three Sisters takes it to a new place — Torrey Mesa

In Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1900), Lieutenant Vershinin wonders what the world will be like in 200 years. I wonder if Chekhov could imagine that, 115 years after it opened, a company would mount his ...

50th anniversary of Sealab II

Down deep in a La Jolla underwater canyon

Fifty years ago off the coast of La Jolla, the U.S. Navy performed experiments to find out how long humans could live underwater. The Sealab project had three vessels, the first of which was sunk ...

Interpretation of death and healing

Healing Wars anchors the Without Walls Festival with the most heavy of subjects

In her multimodal piece, choreographer Liz Lerman explores the resilience of humanity amidst the fog of war. Part modern dance, part dramatic performance, and part installation art, the interactive piece tells the stories of soldiers ...

J. Douglass Jennings Jr. faces disbarment

State bar believes serious charges against La Jolla attorney

The California State Bar Court has declared that J. Douglass Jennings Jr. is ineligible to practice law because he is facing disbarment. The court found him culpable of of nine counts of failing to avoid ...

The Lot brings luxury cinema to La Jolla Village

“It’s 100 percent about social interaction.”

“Today, you can watch a movie in a ton of different places,” acknowledges Adolfo Fastlicht, owner of the LOT, a new premium entertainment and dining venue on La Jolla’s Fay Avenue. “Many people don’t mind ...

Last Call: La Cage Aux Folles and Without Walls Festival

Two events must close this Sunday, plus a tribute to Arthur Wagner, giant of local theater

La Cage Aux Folles at San Diego Musical Theatre. You have until Sunday, says our guest reviewer Jon Reimer, to “throw on a wig, put on your best pair of heels, and head on down ...

Talking walls

La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival steps outside for a "three-day arts party"

The La Jolla Playhouse’s popular Without Walls Festival begins Friday, October 9 and runs through October 11. That’s 22 events in three days, and all are “site-specific.” “The Playhouse has four theaters,” says artistic director ...

Odds-on favorite for the most scenic hike in San Diego

Thank Guy Fleming for this hike among Torrey pines

Follow the trail as it winds through old groves of Torrey pines and opens up to wonderful ocean views.

La Jolla Banker bought ticket to perdition

She took bribes, kickbacks to issue bad loans

Amalia Martinez, head of Small Business Administration lending at the now-defunct La Jolla Bank, pleaded guilty today, September 25th, to conspiracy to misapply bank funds. Martinez admitted that she and other senior bank officials accepted ...

The soul force of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

Successful world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse gives a hero his due

Roll the credits! Bayard Rustin (1912–1987) performed on Broadway with Paul Robeson in John Henry. As a student, his rich tenor sang blues and gospel in nightclubs to make ends meet. An exceptional athlete, he ...

Tribute to Arthur Wagner by Jefferson Mays

UCSD's indefatigable champion of the theater has passed away

Arthur Wagner, indefatigable champion of the theater, passed away yesterday morning. He was 92. I asked Jefferson Mays, one of his most devoted and accomplished students — and Tony Award-winner for I Am My Own ...

Astra's ex and a drunken text

Breaking up is hard to do...unless you get a song out of it

“Over the past two and a half years,” says Astra Kelly, “in the midst of a serious musical reinvention and a shifting of life focus, I have started — and not completed — three new ...

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