La Jolla Stories

Romney's La Jolla teardown not priceless

Lobbying expenses for Dunemere project at least $62,000

Presumably they've got Labor Day off, but demolition and construction crews along a certain well-heeled street in La Jolla have lately been as busy as the inhabitants of the symbolic Mormon beehive. As noted last ...

La Jollans allegedly caught with phony checks

Authorities say they caught the couple in Lake Arrowhead

According to the Alpenhorn News, La Jollan Michael John Baron and his wife, Sharon McCall-Baron, have been charged with manufacturing phony checks, using a computer and software program. The newspaper heard from a sheriff's department ...

Hip-hop U

While much attention has been given to the plight of the Ché Café, the larger Porter’s Pub (550-person capacity) has been proceeding with little fanfare, presenting national artists, often to a packed house. In the ...

Lamb burger at a beer spot

Turns out, La Jolla has a taphouse too

Aside from a Karl Strauss outpost, I wasn't sure there were any reasonable spots to find good draft beer in La Jolla – at least, any reasonably priced spots. So I've never really gone there ...

Name shame

La Jollan continues challenge of changing title of “Christmas” parade

For the past ten years, La Jolla resident Howard Singer has been trying to bring a change to the town’s annual “Christmas Parade.” He doesn’t like the name. Singer spoke out again on August 14, ...

Proposed La Jolla music venue challenged in suit

Tapenade Restaurant charges fraud

La Bastide, a corporation which owns the tony Tapenade Restaurant, has sued the owner of a La Jolla shopping center on which La Jolla Music Society plans to build a $40 million performing arts center. ...

Short shorts in La Jolla

What the tourists and locals wore

I love La Jolla in early August. The weather has yet to reach the sweltering early-September temperatures and the heavy crowds of June and July have thinned out a bit. There is some terrific shopping ...

An oyster education at Herringbone

Playing the happy hour shell game

I never thought much about oysters. If you asked me what makes them different from mussels or clams, I'd probably say they make pearls. I do know what they taste like, but it's rarely happened ...

The effect of Ether

La Jolla Playhouse as surgical theater

Just about every patented discovery has either multiple claimants or someone who got to the patent office too late.

No love

Suspension of La Jolla Tennis Club president results in backlash

Tonight (July 29), the board of La Jolla Tennis Club suspended its former president, Phifer Crute, until January of 2016. She was earlier deposed as president — a post she did not hold long. Crute ...

Sacrificial stands

La Jolla Playhouse stages The Orphan of Zhao

The stylized piece stresses not the gore but the fierce resolve that led to it.

It’s not a bicycle — it’s an ad!

Orange ghost-bikes seen locked up around North County

North County folks from Carlsbad to Cardiff by the Sea may have been wondering what’s up with the bright orange bicycles seen around town. They are just sitting there all day, chained to sign posts. ...

Ché OK ... for now

The Ché Cafe, the music venue and cafe collective at the University of California at San Diego, will remain open until a full hearing can be held. On July 10, a Superior Court Judge issued ...

La Jolla’s “Street of Dreams” leads to a cliffside manse

Current Owners: Peter and Judy Corrente Listing Price: $11,900,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Real estate broker Peter Corrente and his wife Judy, also an agent at the Pacific Sotheby’s brokerage, have been involved in remodeling ...

Puesto: F-ing awesome!

Filet mignon taco among the best tacos ever made — period.

If you go to Puesto, you’re going to do a lot of cursing. Not in a bad way, but along the lines of “This taco is f-ing awesome!” or “This is an f-ing great margarita!” ...

Menacing and comical Journey

Teatro Máscara Mágica offers three angels against a god and his jaguar.

Memo died five years ago. He wants to visit with his living relatives on “the Day of the Dead.” To do so, he must trek through the Underworld, where Mictlantecuhtil, the cruelest of the Aztec ...

Always pressing forward

The La Jolla Symphony concluded its season with Janacek, Haydn, and Ratcliff.

The final concert of the La Jolla Symphony season was a good one. The program included Janacek, Haydn, and a new piece for chorus orchestra, soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and guitar by Cary Ratcliff set to ...

Fizzle for shizzle in La Jolla

City to settle fireworks lawsuit, but too late to plan for display

The city's decision to fight the lawsuits over fireworks at La Jolla Cove has officially backfired. On Tuesday, June 17, city councilmembers were asked to approve doling out $250,000 to the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation ...

Wild simplicity at TBL3

The greatness of the special tasting menu at George's California Modern

“We pride ourselves on not being too stuck up,” explained my server before the first course of TBL3, the exclusive tasting menu at George’s California Modern in La Jolla. “If someone wants plain fish with ...

La Jollan who enslaved maids dies in prison

Sante Kimes and son later convicted for killing and dismembering heiress

It's a chapter of history that wealthy La Jollans — who obtain their legions of domestic servants through a variety of sources, legal and not — would most likely rather forget. In early August of ...

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