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Stories by Jimi Olsen

The improvement of Sunset Cliffs

This aerial map shows the planned trail alignment for the Hillside Improvement Project at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The exhibit was used during the planning phase to illustrate the general goals and vision for the ...

Bulldozers move in to Sunset Cliffs

Construction has begun in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park on Phase 2 of the “Hillside Improvement Project,” a component of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park master plan. Heavy equipment has moved in to the park to ...

Ladera Street stairs closed. Too dangerous.

On February 13th, San Diego city officials closed the beach access stairway at the western end of Ladera Street. An adjacent bluff failure that landed at the base of the stairway is the cause of ...

Sunset Cliffs crumble

Surfers reported a large bluff collapse at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park two days prior to these photos taken on December 6th. The beach sand below Point Loma Nazarene University that is frequented by students and ...

Sunset Cliff edge road repair

City of San Diego work crews began repairs today (January 17) on a sinkhole in the 1000 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The hole has been a concern of the neighborhood and the Sunset Cliffs ...

Rescued at Sunset Cliffs

On October 23rd at approximately 5 p.m., lifeguards, fire-rescue personnel, and paramedics answered a call at the Ladera Street parking lot in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Seven emergency vehicles, one boat, and a jet ski ...

Sunset Cliffs crackup no laughing matter

San Diego's coastal bluffs are showing the effects of El Niño rains. National Weather Service data shows season to date rain totals for Lindbergh Field at 5.87 inches, or 141 percent of normal. Because of ...

Broken-board Tuesday

Dec. 8, 2015 Overnight TV news reports that high surf has broken railings on the O.B. Pier and the pier is closed. The Point Loma buoy is at 7+ feet at 14 seconds at 7 ...

Villa Surf recedes to the earth

Work has begun at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park to rehabilitate the former site of "the Dixon estate," a reputed party palace for decades, even after Dan Dixon stopped residing there in the '60s (according to ...

Lobster season log, day 1

The first Wednesday in October (October 7 this year) marks the opening day of the commercial lobster season in California. In the weeks and months prior, permit holders are busy building traps, mending lines, and ...

No rain, but…flash flood at Sunset Cliffs?

Mid-afternoon on March 31, water flowed over the edge of Sunset Cliffs onto an area beach for at least two hours. There has been no rain in the area since March 1, according to the ...

As Sunset Cliffs crumble into the sea...

In the early morning hours of March 15, the southernmost beach access point in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park failed. The dawn patrol surfers were met with a drastically altered bluff face. Overnight, the bottom eight ...

Better than Disneyland, man

For the second a day in a row, a little after high noon on January 25, San Diego lifeguards and fire rescue personnel rescued a surfer at Sunset Cliffs. Moderately large surf (over head high) ...

Torrey pines infested — 100 trees doomed

Pinus torreyana (aka Torrey pines) are among the rarest pine trees in the world. They occur naturally only on Santa Rosa Island (west of Ventura) and here in San Diego at Torrey Pines State Natural ...

December 9, 2014
Can't you smell that smell?

This morning, November 4, a little after 7:00, firefighters, San Diego police, and SDG&E crews responded to a gas leak on the southwest corner of Abbott Street and Satatoga Avenue. Between 30 and 50 workers ...

November 4, 2014
Los Peñasquitos Lagoon mouth full again

The entrance of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon has silted shut again. The recent high winter surf along with high spring tides moved in a large sand bar and the lagoon is no longer emptying into ...

March 17, 2014
Road failure in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

The February 28–March 1 storm caused the failure of runoff-control curbing on the Loop Road at Point Loma Nazarene University. Uncontained, the rainwater scoured away the road bed under the west side of the road. ...

Bluff gives way at Sunset Cliffs overnight

This morning, July 11, a beach at Sunset Cliffs displayed a reminder of the dangers of being too near the bluffs. Many of our county beaches are backed by sandstone cliffs. While they add a ...

Illicit activity spurs work on Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

The mayor, the San Diego City Park and Rec. Department, along with San Diego police, the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Rec. Council, and park users and neighbors have come together to address park safety and ...

Cave rave at Sunset Cliffs attracts about 100 partiers

On Memorial Day, May 27, at 8:30 a.m., San Diego police responded to a citizen’s call at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Early-morning surfers were surprised to find a low-tide rave taking place in a sea ...

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon reopened to ocean tides

At 7:00 this morning, California State Parks personnel began the process of opening the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon in Del Mar. On hand are Natural Resources personnel as well as heavy-equipment operators, lifeguards, and maintenance crews. ...

May 13, 2013
Jim “Mouse” Robb Day declared by San Diego City Council

In the quiet neighborhood of Azure Vista (now more widely known as Sunset Cliffs) a happening went down on April 27. It was quite a scene, attended by cats with names such as Lizard, Tar, ...

Sewage Leak at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Over the Memorial Day weekend, park visitors to the hillside section of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park found one of trails closed, with yellow caution tape and signs that indicated a sewage leak had occurred. The ...

Black and Blue

The City of San Diego announced new refuse-collection schedules on July 7. According to a press release, “The redesigned routes require drivers to work four 10-hour shifts each week, which will save the City $4.4 ...

$3000 Worth of Bench

The San Diego City Parks and Recreation Department has installed the first of 15 ipe wood benches at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The new bench is located just south of the foot of Hill Street ...

It's Alive!

“April showers bring May flowers.” San Diego's climate does not usually follow that popular adage. This year at Torrey Pines State Reserve, though, it's true. A walk of the Guy Fleming trail loop on May ...

Big Jetty O.K.

Since repairs to the Mission Bay Channel jetties began (a 350-ton crane capacity derrick barge and at least one support vessel have been at work there off and on since October), the enormous mound of ...

January 9, 2010
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