La Jolla Stories

One of La Jolla’s best-kept secrets revealed

A little-known preserve hosts views, critters galore, and a beautiful bridge.

San Diego’s hotel era ended in flames

Who would burn down the grand hotels of North County?

When the Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, Oceanside already had two “grand” hotels, the St. Cloud and the South Pacific. They faced each other, just two city blocks apart, separated by the California Southern ...

Old Hollywood Style in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 30-November 5

In 1986, Chinese archaeologists working at Sanxingdui in Sichuan province excavated two large pits that contained monumental bronze figures of humans and imaginary creatures, throwing the narrative of Chinese history into confusion. This lecture explores ...

Thanks for the inheritance, old people!

Million-dollar embezzlement nets 21 months in slammer

Brian Lee was sentenced late yesterday (October 17) to 21 months in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from a couple in their 80s. They had hired Lee to do their taxes and create ...

Enemies of the estate sale

“When burglars come in, it’s [usually] other family members."

“Dollar-store owners have been stealing our bright orange signs that we spent all night working on,” says Jill K, a retired teacher. “We don’t have them printed like our competitors do.” Jill says the act ...

Seals and people to be together at last?

Time for another lawsuit in the La Jolla Cove Children's Pool saga

For those seal lovers who thought the end of the debate over a rope barrier to protect seals during pupping season at Children's Pool in La Jolla was over, think again. On October 14, Friends ...

Rage against the University

On October 10, attorneys for the Ché Café, UCSD’s student-run music venue and organic-food co-op, will fight an order to vacate the space after 34 years. The directive was delivered in July of this year ...

King Tut Arrives in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 9-October 15

Join the International Bipolar Foundation for a luncheon with Joe Pantoliano, Emmy award–winning actor. After his role in Canvas, Pantoliano was inspired to create a nonprofit dedicated to removing stigma associated with mental illness. The ...

Three for the opera

Get a front-row seat for "opera crazy."

This is a big week for classical music. Let's take a look at what's going down. There are three opera concerts that are going to be pretty good. The first is the continuing Opera Wednesdays ...

The second-priciest home in La Jolla

And the county’s sixth most expensive home currently for sale.

Current Owner: Gary Barber Beds: 6 Baths: 11 Price: $26,950,000 This week’s home, the second-priciest in the already exclusive neighborhood of La Jolla, sits at 6114 Camino de la Costa on an oceanfront lot along ...

Two great things

The schedule is pretty thin this week but there a few highlights.

There are a couple of great things happening this week. On Friday evening, at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal in La Jolla, New York Polyphony will be performing a concert of Thomas Luis de Victoria’s O Quam ...

British invasion in La Jolla?

Hint: it's milkshakes.

San Diego is a fro-yo town. We know this, and we love it. We are a health-conscious people, and the words “fat free” shine like a beacon, drawing in the yoga/gym/triathlon crowd from miles around ...

Ballyhoo

Five days and 100 films. That’s the promise made by this year’s San Diego Film Festival. The festival runs September 24–28, with the lion’s share of the screenings to be held at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp ...

Where's the monster?

Red Planet Respite 's appealing premise falls mostly flat.

GlobalCom Venture Capital’s “first interactive resort on Mars” is still a work in progress. So is the script for Circle Circle dot dot’s slow, spotty tale of corruption and greed in far-away places. The premise ...

Ladies night in La Jolla

Fine dining with a friend at Piatti

My friend Kimberly is the quintessential lady — she dresses with the style and flair of a Mad Men character but speaks her mind (peppered with plenty of colorful words and ideas) like a post-modern ...

Ritual fund

La Jolla synagogue director gets 18 months for embezzlement

Eric Levine, former executive director of La Jolla's Beth El synagogue, was sentenced yesterday (September 19) to 18 months in prison. As executive director from July 2007 to December of last year, Levine oversaw the ...

Culture-war questions

The teens wear “purity rings” and know that “true love waits” until marriage.

Now, this was more than 50 years ago, but maybe times haven’t changed. The wife of one of Mississippi’s largest landowners wanted more culture in education. So, she circulated a petition to have French taught ...

Lunch at Nine-Ten

Perfect pit stop in La Jolla

When I’m in La Jolla, most often to gawk at the seals or check out the latest installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, my number one go-to spot for lunch is Nine-Ten, located at ...

Lies, lies, signature-gatherers lie

Minimum-wage-hike proponents claim they were duped by petition reps

Former California assemblywoman Lori Saldaña held a press conference on Tuesday, September 9, highlighting "hundreds" of San Diego voters officially submitting forms to withdraw their signatures from a signature-gathering effort intended to place the city's ...

September events in San Diego

Top events and things to do in San Diego this week, September 11-September 17

Celebrity impersonator Michael L. Walters portrays comedy icon Dame Edna Everage. Michael has a stamp of approval from Dame Edna’s manager/creator, Barry Humphries. Featuring hydroplanes, offshore boats, superlight tunnels, and many other classes of boat ...

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