La Jolla Stories

Stay on the Anderson Canyon trail

Watch for beetles, ants, and our friend the Torrey pine

Del Mar Canyon Preserve, sometimes alternatively known as Anderson Canyon, has two of the best elements of San Diego County hikes: stunning views and unique biodiversity. The trail is short and easy, but take time ...

No one believes Mission Beach body surfer

Independent confirmation of sharks

In August of 2015 I headed into the water at Mission Beach for a swim. As I swam out, the waves looked good and a big set was rolling in. I noticed five or six ...

Scripps plagued by vehicular vandalism

Heavy '70s Chevy hit-and-run the latest incident on La Jolla Shores Blvd.

The impact from a hit-and-run collision was so strong that it pushed a 1970s Chevelle, parked on La Jolla Shores Boulevard, onto the sidewalk. Owner Jeff Sevadjian said the incident occurred between 7:05 a.m. and ...

La Jollans pick bones over noisy airspace

Airport authority criticized for giving Congressman Peters bad info

Some residents of La Jolla Shores and Bird Rock say that U.S. Rep. Scott Peters’s undated letter that blames aircraft-noise increases on Montgomery-Gibbs Field is "nonsense." "The [San Diego County Regional] Airport Authority's noise specialists ...

La Jolla Parkway road rage and frustration

"It's technically not a freeway, but people drive like it is."

Residents living on Ardath Road and surrounding residential streets say they are at their wits’ end when it comes to noise produced by vehicles traveling in and out of La Jolla via La Jolla Parkway. ...

Jehovah's Witnesses' withheld info will cost them

Appellate court lets stand prior ruling that penalizes at rate of $4000 daily

The clock is ticking for Jehovah's Witnesses headquarters to turn over documents detailing sexual abuse of children by kingdom elders. For each day they do not, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organizational ...

Short-term vacation rental explosion

“No one wants a clown car house next door.”

Locals in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach who say their neighborhoods are increasingly jammed full of unregulated mini-hotels are right, according to the city treasurer’s annual count of short-term rentals. But other neighborhoods — downtown ...

Navy nerd money built this La Jolla mansion

Completed in 2015, scenic property on La Jolla Scenic Drive has yet to welcome its first resident

This newly constructed home at 6045 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, listing materials boast, is a “spectacular Santa Barbara Coastal Classic custom estate” featuring “unparalleled quality and design” sited on nearly an acre backing open ...

La Jolla earthquake on wheels

Big Shaker simulator lets people try out a magnitude 7.2

On September 27th, Marty Nelson, safety and environmental compliance officer at Southwest Fisheries in La Jolla, gathered his staff, along with faculty from adjacent Scripps Institution of Oceanography, to try out a magnitude 7.2 in ...

The pet-friendly housing problem

"No friends, no music, no smoking — but you can have your dogs here."

A pet-friendly bill hit the governor's desk on September 21. The bill (AB 1137) would mandate that new multi-family housing developments allow tenants to have pets if those developments receive financing through state programs. Former ...

Now, baby boomers will follow Daniel Yankelovich

Pioneer opinion researcher dies in La Jolla at 92

Daniel Yankelovich, the groundbreaking opinion pollster who retired to La Jolla but continued working, died Friday morning (September 22) at 92. The New York Times said that he not only tracked people's car and toothpaste ...

La Jolla lifeguard tower rife with cost overruns

Baby bird, seal-pupping, and bad waste pump blamed for budget surprises

City officials are blaming seal pupping and a baby seagull for a portion of the months-long delay and a near million-dollar cost overrun that plagued construction of a posh new lifeguard station in the city's ...

It can be dangerous in Windansea

Come out when it’s flat and find out where all the rocks are

Name: William Farris Age: 34 Location: Windansea Beach It was a crowded day in Windansea when I caught up to William Farris, on the corner of Neptune and Fern Glen. The San Diegan started surfing ...

Tiny surfboards

Alaias are paipos’ bigger brothers

Paipo boards are small wooden surf craft made to be ridden prone. Alaia boards are paipos’ bigger brothers and can be surfed while standing. While known in Encinitas for building and riding both traditional-style paipos ...

La Jolla movie restaurant tries to get it right, but...

A Lot to be improved

Just as traveling through a snow storm reminds me to appreciate our Southern California sunshine, I’d like to thank The Lot in La Jolla for reminding me to appreciate the times I have dined out ...

Kayak fishing tournament starts midnight Sunday

17 years since sport started here

In just a few years of internet postings by paddle-angler pioneers like Jim Sammons and Dennis Spike hitting the beaches with remarkable catches on an inexpensive plastic boat, the popularity of kayak fishing exploded. The ...

Patient says former Charger molested her

Woman was sedated at UCSD after emergency throat surgery

An unnamed woman has accused a former Chargers player of sexually assaulting her in October of last year while she was under sedation at a UCSD hospital. The 52-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit against ...

Tim Bessell will make you an Andy Warhol surfboard — for $8,000 to $40,000

It started with forgettable film made in La Jolla

Artist Andy Warhol became famous for finding art in things as common as soup cans. While surfboards are not that common, pop art’s crown prince did have a brief brush with the functional art form. ...

The Beyond Burger lives up to its name

Beat the heat with faux-meat

Santa Monica-based fast casual vegetarian chain Veggie Grill rotates their menu with the seasons, highlighting crisper, more refreshing offerings over the summer months. San Diego claims two of their more-than-thirty nationwide locations. About three years ...

Ché Café okay to stay

“It was always lower-level administrators who had an axe to grind.”

Thanks to an intervention by UCSD chancellor Pradeep Kholsa, the Ché Café has been saved. A lease has been signed by members of the Ché Café Collective that will allow the all-ages venue to reopen ...

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