La Jolla Stories

Four hours to find the shutoff valve?!

Business owner sues city for $48,941 water bill

It took four hours for City of San Diego Public Utilities Department workers to respond to a water-line break at a La Jolla business in September 2014. During that four-hour window, amid numerous calls and ...

Unafraid of death, in fear of pain

Lawsuit nudges support for End of Life Option Act

A lawsuit filed in a San Diego court last week seeks confirmation of the belief that existing state law and the constitution of California provide legal cover for doctors who assist terminally ill patients in ...

Ride wild surf movies at San Diego Surf Film Fest 4

It appears as if the San Diego Surf Film Festival has hit a happy reef. The annual event has become so popular that, after three years of calling Bird’s Surf Shed their home base, SDFF ...

Strawberries, jazz, and a woman in the moon

Thursday | 21 A brief survey of silent sci-fi films from 1898 through 1929, followed by a screening of Fritz Lang’s 1929 sci-fi flick (with excellent science). The library’s silent-film ensemble will provide the live ...

Hillary's big fat San Diego payday

Billionaire Democrat's Qualcomm forks over $335,000 for a single speech

With the purchase of the city's daily newspaper by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing — owner of the Los Angeles Times — San Diego may be fast on its way to becoming a frequent campaign stop for ...

Sorry, the retaining wall won't be pretty

La Jolla Planning Association displeased with renderings…but it doesn't matter

A city project to rebuild a collapsing retaining wall along Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla will proceed, no matter how much the La Jolla Planning Association apparently dislikes the renderings. Two members of the ...

Is jazz the new rock?

The Akiko Tsuruga, Graham Dechter, and Jeff Hamilton Trio may think so...

Is jazz the new rock? Yes and no. Some of jazz culture will forever remain mired in the 1950s, which the industry will support by design not unlike radio’s ultracautious love for tried-and-true music like ...

Texas-sized b.s.

Alfred Louis "Bobby" Vassallo pleads guilty to fraud

Alfred Louis "Bobby" Vassallo, former La Jollan and inveterate name-dropper, has confessed to wire fraud and will be sentenced August 24. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Santa Ana in April. The Texan blew ...

Bacon, crawfish, and mimosas (not at the same time)

San Diego's tastiest events from May 7-13

Thursday | 7 Four days of live music with over 85 musical acts on six stages and 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana. Cajun and zydeco performers include BeauSoleil, Michael Doucet, the Euphoria Brass ...

La Jolla fabulist earns what he deserves

James Yiu Lee claimed he had PhD, JD, and MBA — now he has 78 months behind bars

James Yiu Lee, a La Jolla resident, was sentenced yesterday (May 4) to 78 months in prison for defrauding investors of $10.5 million through online trading. Lee told potential clients that he was a certified ...

Billions of dirty ore dollars

Dormant radioactive uranium mine key to Blue brothers' future fortune

Called the Grants Uranium District, a dusty stretch of New Mexico's San Juan Basin near Gallup has the potential to make billions of dollars for a wealthy La Jolla family and its heirs. But first ...

Largest shark in La Jolla

The return of the prehistoric-looking sevengill sharks to La Jolla Cove can be safely witnessed by humans. Sevengill sharks migrate to the cove every spring and can be seen by swimmers and divers in water ...

High on the chai

Rock Bottom's chocolaty-spicy dessert-like beer

Vanilla, coffee, chilies…they’ve all had their time in the sun and their time in the fermenter as en vogue beer additives. Some were pretty obvious go-withs, while others (like, say, scorpion peppers and breakfast cereal) ...

SeaWorld releases 22 rescued and potty-trained pups into La Jolla Cove

Statement from SeaWorld Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation Lindsey Lyon: "When SeaWorld was called upon to rescue over 650 marine mammals from Southern California beaches this year — including over 400 sea lions, far more than ...

House poor, data rich

Numbers indicate San Diegans pay more for shelter than all metro areas

In the fourth quarter of last year, the median home price in San Diego hit $430,000 — 59 percent higher than the 2009 bottom but still below the $500,000 peak of 2005. Kelly Cunningham, economist ...

Boom purveyors' pollution in light of day

Though it's not obvious, local waters get fireworked over, reports indicate

San Diego has had 111 fireworks events since 2011, when the state water-quality control board began requiring permits — not including SeaWorld's maximum of 150 a year, which are counted under a different permit. Most ...

La Jolla’s Catania restaurant rolls out Italiano beers

Uncharted territory

“Everybody’s doing the local beer thing, so we’re going another direction.” This was my introduction to the beer menu at Catania, the coastal Italian spinoff of the restaurant group comprising Whisknladle and Prepkitchen. Despite this ...

Samples at the Symphony

The weekend is booked with classical music

The San Diego Symphony is offering a pay-what-you-want sampling of next year's season. The orchestra will be performing sections of the 2015-2016 season. There will be an open bar. I mean, the bar will be ...

What did the bacteria say to the cigarette?

"Don't make me get aggressive" — study finds that smoke strengthens bad bugs

Researchers at UC San Diego and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found a population whose health actually improves when exposed to cigarette smoke: deadly, antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly ...

Look your recommendation in the eye

Taco-eating guy digs into high brow with a little help from the server

When some food- and wine-loving college friends visited La Jolla recently and asked for restaurant recommendations, this whole I Write About Feasts thing meant I really needed to be on point. This would be no ...

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