La Jolla Stories

Man and sons skate from Oceanside pier to Ocean Beach pier

"How cool would that be?"

A Carlsbad man and his three kids skateboarded from the Oceanside Pier to the Ocean Beach Pier on December 30, making it his fifth pier-to-pier skate and his youngest boy's first. “It was a solid ...

Best driving shortcuts for 2019

Kearny Villa to Ruffin as alternative to I-15

On Oct. 9, 1975, the Reader published a story on driving shortcuts. It was written by then cabbie Ray Lilly and contained 14 San Diego shortcuts when gas went for about $.57 per gallon. In ...

Come down and learn, but don’t get in the way

Skimboarding during colder months

Mira Mesa resident Derek Young heads out to “The Wall” in La Jolla to skimboard during the colder months. “The Wall,” also known as Wipeout Beach, has a great sider that pushes in the winter,” ...

Torrey Pines Road – "so damn dangerous"

Unintended effects of flashing yellow lights

Visitors to La Jolla Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Torrey Pines Road a couple blocks northeast of La Jolla Parkway put their lives in danger when they park across the street, say a nursing home ...

Beer's still cheap in La Jolla

Rock Bottom has been doing this twenty years

I hit Rock Bottom on a Wednesday night — the one that’s been succeeding at the brewpub thing on La Jolla Village Drive for 20 years this year. The official name is Rock Bottom Restaurant ...

UPDATED – Opposition remains for La Jolla Jewish center plan

The ball's been rolling for nearly 14 years

UPDATE On November 9, Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled in favor of Hillel of San Diego (http://hillelsd.org/hillel-wins-lawsuit-over-glickman-center/) and the City of San Diego, upholding the right to begin construction of the Beverly and Joseph ...

San Diego's last ocean front lots

32 empty spaces left – from Oceanside to Imperial Beach

Thirty-six years ago, the Reader surveyed the San Diego County coastline in search of any remaining vacant, buildable land along the coast. In January of 1982, we found a scant 79 parcels of land remaining, ...

Beauty as well as bread

Artful pastries, chewable loaves, and a killer breakfast sandwich

The name Tartine lends about as much excitement as you’ll ever see attached to the word Bakery. San Francisco’s premier artisanal bread and pastry shop, Tartine Bakery has captured the food world’s imagination with a ...

Divers who want to see meet at La Jolla Shores

Why use a Secchi Disk

Snorkeling is usually a shallow water endeavor where you see the bottom while you breathe. Freedivers drop to depth, usually to hunt or forage. To get the best use of time below the surface, freediving ...

Bodysurfs with dolphins at Torrey Pines

Beats backgammon

Last summer in August of 2017, my wife and I were sitting under an umbrella at Torrey Pines State Beach playing backgammon when I noticed a commotion in the water. Straight out from us were ...

Robert Venturi's columns tucked behind La Jolla bungalow

Museum of Contemporary Art ready to demolish them

The columns of the colonnade behind the bungalow are strangely out of place, with the words ‘Contemporary Art’ in red letters jumping out from the white woodwork. Is it a Jeff Koons piece? Well no, ...

CPR at Marine St. beach

Mission Bay High student becomes unwitting hero

The following was an entry in a young people's writing contest by Charles Hasse, a 16-year-old from Mission Bay High School. The contest entries were published in the Dec. 13, 1984 Reader. I ran down ...

Photos of stingrays and eating 'em

Hundreds seen from the sky above La Jolla

On the morning of August 7, Ravean Aaron took a photo of a pod of dolphins swim through “hundreds of” stingrays from the sky above Black’s Beach. “I recently received my pilot's license and have ...

What was that smell near Scripps?

The underwater canyon burps

On Wednesday August 1, I caught a whiff of rotten eggs. Facilities workers at Scripps and Birch Aquarium checked gas lines to verify that it wasn’t methane. After about half an hour, Scripps employees spread ...

Mayor Faulconer's short-term rental idea — pro and con

Ocean Beach will show up in blue T-shirts

At the July 16 city council meeting, the usual sea of green (pro-vacation rental) and red (anti-vacation rental) t-shirts will be joined by blue representing Ocean Beach. The Ocean Beach town council has chartered a ...

Coastal creatures captured

Citizen scientists help Snapshot Cal Coast

For the Snapshot Cal Coast, June 13-20, San Diego, a small contingent hit the beach at Scripps Coastal Reserve and another group scoured Sunset Cliffs on a bioblitz. Isabelle Kay of UC San Diego Natural ...

Nakedly yourself at Black's Beach

Why most nude sunbathers are male

For the record, I’m not a nudist. I feel too fat, am too vain; and in my mind, way too hairy. Besides, like most Americans, I’ve got a secret puritan lurking deep inside my liberal ...

Angry PB residents don’t like mayor’s plan

But the state may nullify any rules

A meeting turned testy Wednesday night as leaders of three different groups vied for the support of the Pacific Beach Planning Group on their concerns with and opposition to the new plan for short term ...

What Windansea surfers said about Tom Wolfe

This was 1973, eight years after his visit and story

The following story appeared in the July 19, 1973 Reader. Tom Wolfe died a week ago, May 14, in New York City. Beach People say old surfers never die. They dry up like some sunbaked ...

Thank the waves

Surfer turned sushi chef shreds at his secret spot

“Would love awesome anything but esp sushi,” read the text. L.A. friends had come to see Carlsbad’s Flower Fields and wanted to meet for dinner in La Jolla. I can rattle off a list of ...

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