La Jolla Stories

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 ...

Former Chipotle co-CEO to revamp La Jolla home

Remodel to Barber Tract home will increase home by 4000 square feet.

Former Chipotle co-CEO Montgomery Moran, who stepped down from his role in the burrito chain in December 2016, looks to add 4000 square feet on to his La Jolla home at 7348 Vista Del Mar ...

Top female researchers claim old boys network at Salk Institute — updated

Two of the three full time professors say they are continuously overlooked

San Diego's Salk Institute has long been regarded as a bastion for scientific advancements. Two longtime researchers say those advancements do not apply to gender rights and equal pay for the institute's female scientists. In ...

Two dolphins jumped straight at us

Scripps more of challenge than P.B.

Name: Jay Mrjenovich Age: 29 From: Mission Valley Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Four years ago, Jay Mryenovich moved from Chicago to San Diego so that he could live by the ocean. He then started surfing. ...

Is this bánh mì five times better?

You pay for the sandwich, and you pay for the view

I don’t normally valet park when I go to lunch on a weekday (or ever, really). But June gloom had ended, the sun was out, and a sandwich with a side of ocean view sounded ...

Famous Greek speakers sell Bird Rock cliff home

Rolls-Royce convertible included

Villa de Fuego y Agua, or “the house of fire and water,” is the moniker bestowed upon a blufftop estate in southern La Jolla’s Bird Rock neighborhood. “Soaring high above the sea and sailing into ...

Wait — UCSD planning for 45,000

5,500 new dorm beds crowd La Jolla, University City

People who live around the UCSD campus — both in University City and in La Jolla — say the coming addition of more than 5,500 dorm beds came as an unpleasant surprise. "They tell you ...

Where are Mike Doyle, Mike Hynson, Skip Frye, Joe Roper,Chris O'Rourke, Chris Godfrey, Larry Gordon, Tom Bessell now?

San Diego surfers of future past

Just prior to the advent of the pro surfing tour in the mid 1970s there was a group of San Diego-based surfers who set the pace for the sport. They helped dictate everything from how ...

Trump’s Bahamas ambassador-designate escapes judgement

Manchester and his proto-bank dodge bad debt

Awaiting Senate confirmation as the nation's next ambassador to the Bahamas, known for its tax-sheltering proclivities, Doug Manchester, ex-publisher of the Union-Tribune and million-dollar donor to president Donald Trump's January inaugural festivities, can boast a ...

Gaggenau appliances on La Jolla's Coast Walk

Former Price Club competitor keeps putting on market — with no success

Listing materials for the blufftop La Jolla estate at 1585 Coast Walk promise to deliver “without a doubt, one of the best waterfront homes in La Jolla.” Built in 1986 and designed by celebrated local ...

Bitter La Jolla divorce burns hotter

Dianne York-Goldman in court for 39th time

One-time La Jolla socialites Dianne York-Goldman and Dr. Mitchel Goldman were divorced in 2009, but the dissonant music lingers on. In October of 2008, Pennsylvania-based Avidas Pharmaceuticals announced a new anti-aging product, Vitaphenol Complex. It ...

Safe healthcare investment turned out to be shaky student debt

La Jolla's MWM promised couple eight percent a year

William M. Malloy III, who says his fortune goes back to the early 1800s, has been sued in federal court for his alleged role in a Ponzi scheme that is rocking the state of Oregon. ...

Topped with a twang

He plops a slice of swiss cheese on top. It sits stiffly, then folds over in the heat.

You can hear his laugh from all the way out in the corridor. It sounds like he’s having some rip-roaring conversation with Jimmy Kimmel and a live audience. This is Ernest. He’s the chef here ...

Surprise! James Y. Lee banned from securities industry

He doesn't show up for hearing; he's in prison.

On May 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission banned James Y. Lee, formerly of La Jolla, from the securities industry. Lee didn't show up for the hearing. One reason: he is in Taft Correctional Institution ...

Exotic woods and full slabs of onyx

Just know that the previous owner illegally imported three Romanian AK-47s

Beds: 7 Baths: 7 Current Owner: Harry Rady Asking Price: $11,800,000 The estate offered for sale at 6001 La Jolla Scenic Drive South boasts “almost two acres of lush tropical grounds and an expansive residence ...

Lost control of car on Pearl Street and slammed into White Sands

Dead victim helped to create San Diego Aerospace Hall of Fame

The family of a 96-year-old man who was hit and killed by a runaway car that crashed into his room as he slept in his bed at an assisted living facility in October 2016 has ...

Lack of bottles

Napa wine, straight from the barrel

A couple of years ago, while researching San Diego urban wineries, I interviewed Lowell Jooste. He’d moved here a while back from South Africa, where his family has been in the wine business for four ...

La Jolla office building goes condo

Permanently protected ocean view, brand new, unit 402

The “premiere [sic] limited edition penthouse” at 1020 Prospect Street in La Jolla promises buyers a “one-of-kind property” that “has been meticulously designed and curated for discerning home collectors.” The penthouse suite, or Unit 402, ...

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