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La Jolla Stories

La Jolla Stories

Eureka!: like the Samoa Cookhouse fed the lumberjacks

“This is North County, so let’s not expect cheap,” says my friend Diana. No sticker shock for her. She’s into swanky malls like this one, UTC. Problem: sign says the mall closes at eight, but ...

November 25, 2021
Paru brings specialty tea to La Jolla

Most afternoons, I would be disappointed to make the trek into La Jolla only to find the peninsula sheathed in fog. But on this day, I would welcome the chill, because there’s a new tea ...

November 19, 2021
Creep Catcher gets 45-year-old meeting 14-year-old boy at Ramona's Stater Brothers

On a sunny day in September 2020, a 45-year-old public school teacher drove to the Stater Bros. grocery store on Main Street in Ramona to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy he had ...

Rose Canyon Fault’s annual slip is about 2-3mm per year.

The California Geological Survey released new earthquake fault zone maps in late September – and San Diego-area homeowners may be surprised to learn their property sits atop a fault. A press release from the agency ...

Get out there every day and have fun. Don’t skip school.

Are you originally from San Diego? No but I have lived here for 30 years. I moved here straight out of college just to surf. My girlfriend and I packed up our car and drove ...

October 5, 2021
His Girl Friday: the fastest-talking movie in the world?

I have always loved the word “loquacious.” I also love the word “screwball.” And I especially love when the two come together in screwball comedies. If ever a rash of movies was by definition loquacious, ...

August 18, 2021
La Jolla’s “Street of Dreams”

5850 Camino De La Costa | La Jolla, 92037 Current owner: Madeline Artman | Listing price: $13,595,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 | House size: 5139 Camino de la Costa, which curves along the ...

July 30, 2021
“Scripps Pier is really a welcoming place”

Karl Yoder and Colin O’Niell, both mid 30’s and self-described San Diego “transplants” from the Midwest and East Coast respectively, talk about adjacent Scripps Pier. Laughing the whole time both Yoder and O’Niell talk on ...

July 6, 2021
As New York actress dies, San Diego's e-scooter barons lobby up

The frenzy of electric scooters filling the streets of San Diego has begun to grow anew as the state lifts its last anti-pandemic strictures. Burgeoning too are local lobbyists lining up downtown to grease political ...

June 21, 2021
Chaos at La Jolla sea lion rookery

As the pandemic lockdown lifts, beach-goers have headed to La Jolla Cove en masse - right into the start of sea lion pupping season. And neither signs warning people to stay away from the animals ...

Came close to drowning in La Jolla

“My first experience at Hospitals [La Jolla] was crazy. It’s a reef break. It breaks really aggressively and it’s not forgiving. The learning curve is a little more painful. "Some of the biggest waves I ...

May 18, 2021
La Jolla’s Monkey House

Renowned local architect Edgar Ullrich was lured from his Colorado home a century ago by a prized commission — chief design responsibilities for Casa de Mañana, a luxury resort hotel in La Jolla that eventually ...

May 5, 2021
Sherry cocktail revival

With indoor bars being closed, quarantine could be considered a quasi-Prohibition. How fitting to find myself at the speakeasy Raised by Wolves, where bartender Tony Roehr is prepping their newest cocktail menu. The Uno Ojo, ...

April 22, 2021
Pump House Gang hang

Tom Wolfe! Too freakin’ much! Here? And the pump house gang? Where the heck are they? Tom, John, Nealy, Artie, Pam, Liz, Vicki, Jacki Haddad, Kit, and hey, Jack MacPherson, the crazy instigator of the ...

April 1, 2021
The functional surfboard art of Tim Bessell

My buddy Erik and I do a double take. “Did you see that?” Erik asks? “The Queen of England, on a surfboard?” I turn around. There she is sure enough, and wow! She has her ...

March 31, 2021
Traffic circles safer, but maybe not for bikes

Word on the streets is there's an uptick in confusion between cyclists and motorists at San Diego circular intersections. The disorder is partly due to the newly developed roundabouts and traffic circles throughout the county, ...

Mediterranean masterpiece in La Jolla

The 10,300-square-foot mansion at 308 Vista de la Playa in La Jolla is billed in listing remarks retrieved from Zillow as “a rare legacy property.” Built in 2000, the seven-bedroom, nine-bath residence is described as ...

January 1, 2021
Patching San Diego curbs is only a patch job

In the last 30 days, there were about 210 curb-related reports on our city's Get It Done app. Requests for reapplying red paint on pinkish-hued, faded curbs are a common request. When motorists park within ...

Dance away heartbreak with SIDNĒ

“Not being able to find a waffle with whipped cream after playing a show in Las Vegas. Do your research if you’re ever in Vegas looking to eat a waffle at 1am.” That’s local singer/songwriter/producer ...

San Diego's real census

It’s been a hell of a year, and it’s not over yet. First, in San Diego County as elsewhere in these Divided States, we’ve been treated to a masquerade ball, courtesy of a generous host. ...

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