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San Diego Unified looks to move away from standardized math testing

The San Unified School District is looking to change up the way it tests math skills — reducing the reliance on standardized testing and potentially setting up more students for success.

The district says that it has been working for years to fix the way it teaches math. Back in 2019, it surveyed students and found that many couldn’t explain concepts or what their answers meant. The survey also indicated that certain groups of students were succeeding while others were doing worse, the La Jolla Light reported

One option to address those issues would be a move away from standardized math testing and toward new tests that lack multiple-choice questions and require students to write out their answers.

This new districtwide math test asks students to explain how they’re using math formulas and concepts. That’s a step away from simple computation, which math instructional coordinator Alexandra Martinez says doesn’t help students when they graduate.

“This narrow focus really resulted in an overemphasis on procedural skills at the expense of being able to apply creative solutions to solve real-world problems,” she said.

Additionally, the reliance on standardized testing also means that certain demographics, including low-income students or those with disabilities, do worse than their peers. One reason why comes down to access to resources such as summer programs or tutoring.

The new testing system doesn’t just measure correct answers, either. It also scores a student’s knowledge and application of math concepts, as well as their ability to explain their reasoning.

While, on its own, the new tests likely won’t bring better math results, they could provide teachers with more detail on what knowledge students hold so they can tailor lessons to those needs.

“An assessment itself is not going to close the gap,” said Wendy Ranck-Buhr, an instructional support officer for San Diego Unified. “It’s to show opportunities for teaching, where teachers can give more targeted feedback for students.”

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

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Rise in catalytic converter thefts from vehicles hitting La Jolla

La Jolla is reportedly seeing a rise in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles parked along driveways and streets in the neighborhood.

The costly crime saw a spike earlier in 2021 in the North County area. However, La Jolla has recently begun to see a rise in thefts of catalytic converters, which are devices that control vehicle emissions by converting pollutants into less-toxic substances.

La Jolla resident John Beaver said a friend of his had two catalytic converters stolen from a pair of Toyota Prius cars parked on Draper Avenue, the La Jolla Light reported.

Beaver said another friend who owns a Prius had their catalytic converter stolen, too.

“I started hearing these stories in the last few months,” he told the Light. “I know it’s not just in La Jolla, but I don’t know how widespread it is. Wherever there is a suspected concentration of Priuses, that’s where the thieves are going.”

According to Brian Henry of La Jolla Family Auto Service, the precious metals within a catalytic converter can fetch about $500 a piece if recycled. In the past six months, Henry said that his auto shop has seen catalytic converter replacements triple.

Toyota Prius vehicles are particularly susceptible to the thefts since their components are easily accessible. However, they aren’t the only vehicles at risk.

Back in September, another La Jolla resident, Melaynie Patterson, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that a converter was stolen from her Honda Element — parked in front of her La Jolla apartment — on Sept. 1.

Local law enforcement agencies this year have formed an informal task force to gather statistics and potential leads on catalytic converter thefts.

According to reports, there were more than 1,000 converter thefts in 2021. That’s a major increase from the 393 in 2020.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

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La Jolla Veterans Hospital

Federal Bill Could Rename La Jolla VA Hospital After Fallen Area Soldier

A Veterans Affairs medical center in La Jolla could be renamed to honor an area soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

According to this article, a bill to rename the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center after Capt. Jennifer Moreno passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Army Capt. Jennifer Moreno
Army Capt. Jennifer Moreno. Photo via Associated Press.

Capt. Moreno, 25, was a U.S. Army nurse killed in Afghanistan in 2013 while she was serving with special operations forces in the Kandahar region.

“Although this effort does not make up for all the appreciation women veterans and service members are still owed, it’s my great hope that renaming the San Diego VA Medical Center after a distinguished local woman veteran inspires similar recognition across the country,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, who announced the bill’s passage.

The bill is bipartisan in nature, having been co-sponsored by all 53 members of the California delegation — both Democrats and Republicans.

Moreno, who is from Logan Heights, graduated from San Diego High School in 2006. She went on to attend the University of San Francisco, where she studied nursing and earned her Army commission. In 2013, she volunteered to serve in Afghanistan as a cultural support team member alongside the Joint Special Operations Command and the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Moreno was killed in action on Oct. 6 2013, in a special operations raid in Kandahar. During the assault, Moreno rushed in to offer aid to soldiers wounded after an improvised explosive device went off. She was killed when a second IED detonated.

She is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.

“The more we learned, the more people we interviewed, it was just remarkable to me how much she impacted their lives,” said Karin Brennan, an Army veteran from Carlsbad who led a panel of local veterans that picked Moreno’s name for the medical center.

In addition, the bill also recommends that the VA name a prominent place after San Diego resident and Navy Capt. Kathleen Bruyere, who was a driving force in shaping the military’s policy on sexual discrimination. She died in 2020 and is buried at Miramar National Cemetery.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

La Jolla past & present

See How Much La Jolla Has Changed — and Stayed the Same — in 60 Years

A new local news profile has examined how much La Jolla has changed since the 1960s — but also how much “the jewel” of San Diego has stayed the same.

The five-minute news report, titled “La Jolla Then & Now,” takes a dive into the city’s recent history. According to CBS 8 San Diego, the city is still known for being a compelling mix of new and old.

For example, local historian Carol Olten, who moved to La Jolla in 1965, says that the opening of UC San Diego during the decade changed the neighborhood for the better.

“With the coming of the university — I mean we got all the intellectual people, the Town and Gown people and that changed the community and changed the community for the better,” Olten said.

Of course, the opening of the university came with downsides, including traffic. An archived news clip shows that traffic congestion in the area has been bad for decades.

The clip also takes viewers on a journey across some local landmarks, including the Windansea shack, which was built by surfers in 1946 and is now an official historical landmark, and Harry’s Coffee Shop, which has been in the same location for at least six decades.

Although many thing haven’t changed about the crown jewel of San Diego, some things have, such as the price of real estate. The news report interviewed a local realtor who sold an ocean-view lot for $380,000 in 1979. More than 40 years later, half of that lot sold for $5.1 million.

The realtor, Maxine Gellens, said that the housing market is so hot because La Jolla has everything a buyer would want.

“I don’t have to go out of La Jolla to do anything. Whether it be my hair, groceries, doctor, dentist, everything is here… and the view!” she said.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

 

NBA player Tobias Harris is building a house in La Jolla

Board unanimously approves plan to build La Jolla home for NBA player

A plan to build a home in La Jolla for professional basketball player Tobias Harris and his fiancée was unanimously approved this week.

The plan for the home went before the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee meeting for preliminary feedback in November. At the PRC meeting on Nov. 15, the board voted to approve it, the La Jolla Light reported on Wednesday.

Harris, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, purchased a vacant 5.4-acre lot on Senn Way two years ago. Back in November 2020, he proposed to his fiancée Jasmine Winton on the site.

The project proposal calls for both coastal and site development permits to allow the construction of a two-story, 18,436-square-foot house, as well as a detached gym, pool, and outdoor basket court.

Architect Mehdi Rafaty said that there are plans to add new landscaping to the construction to soften the appearance. Additionally, he added that the home would be set back far enough from the surrounding residences so that “most of the neighbors are not going to see the house.”

These new plans address the board’s biggest concerns with the project, which centered on the view of the home from the street.

“It’s always nice when we can work together on projects so they can turn out well for the owner and for the area,” said PRC trustee Janie Emerson.

Harris, 29, is a forward for the NBA’s 76ers and signed a $180 million contract with the team in 2019. His buzzy marriage proposal in 2020 involved a giant carpet of rose petals shaped like a heart, as well as a decorated gazebo, dinner settings, and more.

“When I’m done with basketball and retired, I’m going to be waking up every day in La Jolla and enjoying my family,” Harris told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

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Cannabist San Diego holding ‘Danksgiving Countdown’ event with deals, tacos, and live wrestling

Local dispensary Cannabist San Diego will be holding an event featuring live professional wrestling, comedy, free tacos, and deals on a variety of products this weekend.

The Danksgiving Countdown event will take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. Cannabist San Diego is the closest dispensary to La Jolla.

In partnership with Luchador and The Canna Pro Wrestling Show, there will be live professional wrestling featuring a colorful cast of wrestlers.

Alongside the wrestling event, the event will feature comedy by Dante Chang of The Laugh Factory and commentary by Medicinal Mike. Dos Bandidos Taco will also be onsite from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with free tacos and aguas frescas for customers.

Cannabist San Diego will also be offering a variety of deals at the event, including 30% off the entire store all day Saturday. If you can’t make it, there will also be a buy-one-get-one-for-a-dollar (BOGO $1) promotion on Luchador-brand gummies the entire weekend.

The dispensary also says there will be additional deals and giveaways during the event.

Valet parking for “Danksgiving Countdown” will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Cannabist San Diego is located at 4645 De Soto St., San Diego, California.

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Irwin, Joan Jacobs to donate up to $100 million to Salk Institute for new science center

A local philanthropic couple will donate up to $100 million to the La Jolla-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies to help it build a major new science and technology center.

Irwin and Joan Jacobs — who are well-known for donating to health, science, and the arts throughout San Diego County — will donate $1 for every $2 earned by the scientific institute through June 30, the La Jolla Light reported Friday.

The gift would represent the largest donation in the history of the Salk Institute, and it represents the centerpiece of a $500 million fundraising campaign aimed at expanding the institute’s campus.

In addition, the fundraising campaign will also expand research into spheres like camera, aging, neurodegenerative diseases, and plant biology.

The Jacobses’ $100 million gift is just the latest in a long line of donations. The couple is estimated to have given more than $700 million in charitable contributions throughout San Diego County, including a $100 million donation in 2002 to the San Diego Symphony and a $110 million donation to support the engineering school at UC San Diego.

In addition, the couple has close ties to the Salk Institute. Irwin Jacob, 88, has been a member of the institute’s board of trustees since 2004. He became chairman in 2006 and spent a decade in that role, though he still currently sits on the board.

“Joan and I continue to expand our family tradition of supporting effective nonprofit institutions with the potential to positively impact many lives,” said Irwin, who co-founded San Diego chip company Qualcomm.

The Salk Institute needs to raise at least $250 million to build the Center for Science and Technology. The planned facility will be a 100,000-square-foot building, and construction could kick off next fall.

The institute was founded by Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first vaccine to fight polio in the 1950s. It conducts basic science but has also deepened its research into areas such as therapeutic drugs and ways to combat climate change.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

We have also covered the Salk Institute in Biotech Companies in San Diego and An Architecture Enthusiast’s Itinerary for La Jolla.

 

Ghost ship off La Jolla

‘Ghost ship’ off La Jolla coast raises concerns among residents, despite being legal

A sailboat anchored off the coast of La Jolla has been called a “ghost ship” by some residents, though officials say the vessel and its occupant are there legally.

The boat is located about a half-mile off the coast in the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve. It was first spotted on Oct. 11 by residents of the Bird Rock and Lower Hermosa neighborhood, the La Jolla Light reported this week.

Since then, the boat has been unmoving for at least four weeks. One resident told the La Jolla Light that she saw a person drop off the boat and depart in a dinghy. She added that she hasn’t seen the person return.

Other local residents alerted the San Diego Police Department, who said that they are not involved in the investigation.

Monica Munoz, a spokesperson for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, confirmed to the La Jolla Light that the boat is anchored in a marine protected area. However, she shot down concerned that the vessel was abandoned or that the owner was breaking marine protection regulations.

“It’s not [abandoned],” Muñoz told the Light. “It’s not a ghost ship. It’s inhabited by the owner, who is not violating any laws.”

Although California regulations can restrict certain activities to protect marine resources, one public information officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Steve Gonzalez, said that the boat isn’t doing anything illegal.

“If the boat is in the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve, anchoring is allowed and there is no limit for how long they may stay there,” Gonzalez said.

However, some residents still express concern over the vessel. Resident Don Schmidt, for example, says there’s no light on the boat at night, which places it at risk of being hit by another ship.

Additionally, he wondered if the sailboat’s presence could create an “open season to live on boats in a marine reserve.”

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

 

Windansea Beach in La Jolla

San Diego City Council to Hear Objection to Belvedere Project at Windansea Beach

The San Diego City Council is slated to hear an appeal from opponents of a belvedere construction project at Windansea Beach on Nov. 16.

The project in its current form calls for both coastal development and site development permits for a public-private endeavor that would include construction of a belvedere — or gazebo — on Neptune near Rosemont Street, the La Jolla Light reported Tuesday.

That proposed belvedere is said to be a replacement of a previous structure believed to have been torn down in an “act of vandalism” in the 1980s. The new structure would be similar to others lining the La Jolla coast. It would be about 9 feet tall, 10 feet long and 6 feet wide, and will feature historically accurate wood.

Although the concept, which first began circulating in 2018, was approved by permit review committees and planning associations, there has been some public opposition to the project. That includes the Preserve Windansea Beach Association, which includes local homeowners and others who want to “visit Windansea shoreline and beach to recreate and enjoy its open, unobstructed vistas and epic sunsets.”

The belvedere, according to the Preserve Windansea Beach Association, is an “unnecessary” structure. The group also takes issue with the city staff’s determination that the project would have no environmental impact.

After hearing the opposition, Friends of Windansea — which is funding the project — has made minor changes to the structure. Those changes include addressing safety concerns by removing some of the slats surrounding its base, a modification addressing concerns about the ability to see if someone is inside the belvedere.

In addition to the belvedere, the project would also continue the construction of post-and-chain barriers and new benches and trash bins.

Jim Neri, a landscape architect and member of Friends of Windansea, said the project was more focused on protecting the slopes with the new barriers. He also said that local belvederes in La Jolla are “iconic” and “part of our community fabric that has been torn.”

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

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La Jolla High School

SDUSD Walks Back Plans to Close Schools on Nov. 12 After Parent Pushback

School will be optional on Friday, Nov. 12 for students in the San Diego Unified School District, which stepped back plans to close schools on that day following criticism.

The district made the announcement on Nov. 5, a day after interim Superintendent Lamont Jackson said that staff members were planning to ask the school board to approve Nov. 12 as a mental health day off for students and employees, the La Jolla Light reported over the weekend.

The news that Nov. 12 could be a day off for the district prompted concerns and criticism from parents. Some parents said trying to find last-minute child care could do more harm to their families’ mental health than good.

In an email to parents on Nov. 5, Jackson said that “we’ve heard from many families that appreciated the opportunity to focus on mental health and wellness. Others expressed concerns about their ability to find adequate child care solutions on such short notice.”

“After careful consideration,” Jackson wrote. “We have decided to keep our classrooms open next Friday. All students will be welcome at school on Nov. 12.”

However, any students who take Nov. 12 off will have their absence marked as excused, Jackson added.

If students do take that Friday off, it will create a four-day weekend since SDUSD schools will already be closed for Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11.

District officials described the day off recommendation as a way for families and teachers to cope with the stress of returning to in-person learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, some parents balked at the idea and questioned the actual reasoning behind the day off. For example, one person posted to social media what appeared to be a message from a district staff member stating that staffing shortages were the main reason for the closure.

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

Note: The banner photo of La Jolla High School for this article is courtesy of VoiceOfSanDiego.org.

La Jolla Real Estate: 1330 Inspiration Dr.

$13.5 Million La Jolla Real Estate Hits the Market

Shopping for a new high-end property in La Jolla? Here’s one: 1330 Inspiration Drive, La Jolla.

This property is located in Muirlands, a La Jolla neighborhood named for someone named Harold James Muir (not the naturalist John Muir). Muirlands is a neighborhood of around 1,000 homes is famed for its stately mansions, ocean views, and towering pine and eucalyptus trees.

The Mediterranean-style showpiece property epitomizes the type of estate found in the neighborhood. The trophy home highlights the Pacific Ocean, La Jolla Village, and the La Jolla Country Club. In 1990 when built, the estate’s design was intended to function as both a living family home and a venue for larger-scale formal events.

With two staircases, towering ceilings, and a double door entry, the mansion dazzles in European-influenced décor. The acre-sized property contains seven attached garage spaces and a standalone bonus structure that you could use for additional parking or a variety of other purposes.

The expansive, 40,000 square feet property has a backyard with a flat lawn, a swimming pool, and a front yard with arched wrought iron and glass doors leading to a courtyard. Furthermore, the two-story mansion has a livable interior area of 12,017 square feet with five bedrooms and eleven bathrooms.

The main suite, accessed via stairways or an elevator, takes full advantage of La Jolla’s natural beauty, allowing residents to look into the horizon, bask in the sun’s warmth, or relax under the clear, blue sky.

If you want to view the property in person, you’ll have to abide by certain rules, such as washing your hands (or using hand sanitizer) immediately upon entry, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and not touching anything.

Read more about it on Forbes.

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American Pizza MFG La Jolla

La Jolla pizzeria owner harassed by vehicles displaying disparaging remarks

The La Jolla ‘Take ‘n’ bake pizza sucks’ car in La Jolla. Photo courtesy of La Jolla Light.

A La Jolla pizza shop owner says he’s being harassed by a car and plane that are displaying derogatory comments targeting his business.

The Mercedes SUV which is covered in decals that say “Take ‘n’ bake pizza sucks,” is often parked outside the pizzeria, American Manufacturing Pizza, the La Jolla Light reported. Additionally, a plane has also been spotted overhead flying a banner that says “Just say no to take ‘n’ bake pizza.”

This auto, a Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, starts in the $160,000 price range.

Andrew Melone, who owns the pizzeria located at 7402 La Jolla Blvd, says he began noticing disparaging comments against his business in October 2020.

American Manufacturing Pizza opened its doors in July of that year. It offers pizzas that are assembled in-store and baked by customers at home.

A social media thread about the disparaging remarks had more than 200 comments as of Nov. 1. Some believe that the person behind the derogatory messages is La Jolla resident Ace Rogers. Rogers denied any involvement when approached by the La Jolla Light.

At first, Melone said, the comments were less aggressive, with one person writing a series of posts critical about American Pizza Manufacturing and Melone.

“It started passively in the beginning,” Melone told the Light. “It took us a few weeks to get those down. These were all personal about me and things that aren’t true about our business model.”

Eventually, signs with messages supporting other local pizzerias began appearing, and somebody started to park a car in a space in front of the location. More recently, the vehicle with the “Take ‘n’ bake pizza sucks” decals showed up.

“This is being done with impunity because nothing has been done,” Melone said.

Melone, who has yet to file a police report or take legal action, says he’s chiefly concerned about other businesses in the area being targeted by the culprits. He says he wants the person responsible to “leave us alone.”

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

La Jolla Bike Path

100 People Showed Up to Participate in a La Jolla Bike Path Cleanup

For those that use the Fay Avenue/La Jolla Bike Path–whether it’s to avoid riding their bike in heavier car traffic, to walk their dog, or to just enjoy the outdoors–maintenance of the trails is greatly appreciated. 

The La Jolla Light reported that around 100 volunteers showed up on a recent Saturday in October, despite a light drizzle. Armed with rakes, shovels, snow shovels, gloves, and trash bins, the volunteers focused their efforts on both the bike path and nearby Starkey Mini Park (6673 Draper Ave.), and they attacked overgrowth and dry brush with gusto.

Some of the volunteers who rolled up their sleeves this October included Joe LaCava, a member of San Diego City Council, and James Rudolph, the La Jolla Town Council President, the Light reported.

The La Jolla Bike Path runs from the intersection of Fay Ave. and Nautilus St. on one end to Camino De La Costa on the other end (cyclists often continue on down La Jolla Hermosa Ave.). If you were commuting by bicycle, your alternatives often place you in heavy traffic or roads without bike lanes. Not all of the bike path is paved, but the ground is smooth enough that even a road bike should be able to navigate it without difficulty. (In other words, you don’t need a mountain bike for it.)

Who is behind this type of volunteer effort? Typically, the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and La Jolla Parks & Beaches are involved in the organization and execution of events like this. To find out how you can get involved in the beautification of public areas in La Jolla, email lajollaparksandbeaches@gmail.com.

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Cannabist San Diego Halloween party

Cannabist San Diego is Throwing a Halloween Party this Sunday, Oct. 31st

Cannabist San Diego, the local cannabis dispensary for you if you live in La Jolla and the surrounding communities, wants to give you something awesome to do during the afternoon this Halloween.

Join them Sunday, October 31st, from noon to 4 p.m., for a variety of entertainment and deals; there will be a DJ, an ice cream truck, a costume contest, and terrifyingly delightful discounts. The address is 4645 De Soto St.

Mauricio Marquez, who goes by DJ Reefa TRC, will be scratching records from 1 to 4 pm to keep your spirits up and moving. And the Sweet Treats Ice Cream Truck will be at the event from noon to 4 p.m.

What is Halloween without a costume contest? Snap a picture of yourself in costume during the event, post it to Instagram or Facebook, and tag @Cann.California2.0 to be entered. If you’re not on social media, you can send your photo via email – just ask one of the dispensary staff members how to do that. Prizes include a gift card to the best dispensary in San Diego (Cannabist San Diego, of course!), alongside other prizes.

There will be a 30% store-wide discount and lots of buy-one-get-one-for-a-dollar specials.

Cannabist San Diego sells a variety of THC and CBD products. If you can’t make it to the Halloween celebration, their hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

COVID-19

La Jolla Scientists Forge Onwards in the Quest for a Complete Coronavirus Vaccine

The La Jolla Institute for Immunology was awarded $2.6 million as part of a wider project to create protective vaccines against past, present, and future coronaviruses.

Biotech researchers from San Diego to Boston are working feverishly to make the pan-coronavirus vaccine prospect a reality, and they have recently received some significant assistance. Erica Ollmann Saphire, the La Jolla Institute for Immunology’s President and Chief Executive, was awarded a three-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine, which would protect against all coronaviruses — past, present, and future.

Saphire is part of a broader project led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, involving researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston University. Scientists in Boston are looking for immunological responses that could help them fend against a wide range of coronaviruses. The subjects in their research focus on patients who have gotten vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.

To make the method work, researchers must find elements of the viral surface that do not vary from one strain of coronavirus to the next and train the immune system to target them. In line with this, the vaccine’s design will get handled by Saphire’s team. Her team has worked out how to make a coronavirus spike protein that closely resembles the form of the spike on the actual virus, which latches onto cells and allows the virus to slip inside.

This research is important since the shape is everything for proteins. Each of our cells contains millions of proteins that fold into complex 3D structures, similar to origami. Each protein’s structure determines its functions, and even little alterations can affect how or if it works.

Many other researchers are pursuing the same objective. Within a 10-minute drive from Saphire’s lab, Scripps Research scientists are also working on a pan-coronavirus vaccine collaborating with the Gates Foundation.

As more scientists come full force to ward off the next pandemic, the world hopes to see the light at the end of this dark tunnel sooner rather than later.

 

Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla

Tragedy at UCSD: Student Falls from Dorm Window

According to San Diego County officials, an 18-year-old UC San Diego student died early on October 23 after falling out of a bathroom window in a dormitory on the La Jolla campus, one of seven undergraduate residential campuses at UCSD.

According to the county medical examiner’s office, the student was last seen alive on October 22, 2021, at a party on the eighth floor.

According to the report, a campus officer entered the room after receiving a noise complaint and witnessed the student entering the bathroom. Witnesses saw the student fall from the bathroom window to the ground below a short time later, about 11:45 p.m.

The student was brought to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, pronounced dead after being diagnosed with multiple injuries.

The death occurred this weekend while the institution was hosting its annual homecoming celebration.

As of writing, the UCSD campus police are still investigating the case. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the student.

Note: The banner photo in this article is courtesy of Scripps.org

Is the Orange County oil spill washing up on La Jolla beaches?

Is the O.C. Oil Spill to Blame for the Tarballs on the La Jolla Beaches?

Is the Orange County oil spill washing up on La Jolla beaches?

More than two weeks after a damaged pipeline spilled at least 25,000 gallons of crude oil off the coast of Orange County, reports and images of tarballs on La Jolla beaches began to surface on October 18.

Tarballs had been sighted as far south as Del Mar in the days since officials initially reported the spill on October 2 off the coast of Huntington Beach. However, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, part of UC San Diego, reported last week that daily drone surveys and water samples had detected no trace of oil in the waters around La Jolla.

Many residents, however, disagree, citing tarball sightings with accompanying photos as substantiation. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Stanton shares this view as he believes there is an association between the tarballs and the oil spill. 

In fact, one of our staff stepped on a slick tarball while walking on the beach north of Scripps Pier over the weekend. 

What is a tarball?

How are tarballs made? When heavier components of an oil spill stay in the water, and the slick is ripped apart by winds and waves, tarballs emerge. Then, they can be pushed onto beaches by winds and currents.  Natural seeps, or sites where oil slowly oozes out of the ground above petroleum reservoirs, can also produce tarballs.

Lihini Aluwihare, a chemical oceanographer at Scripps, says tarballs are usually analyzed to see if they are from an oil spill or naturally occurring.

Despite this, local beaches are open, and there is no risk to public health, according to the Southern California Spill Response.

What do you do if you come across a tarball on the beach?

Experts, however, warn anyone who comes across tarballs on local beaches not to touch them or any oil but to email tarballreports@wildlife.ca.gov for clean-up teams.

According to Southern California Spill Response, this sort of oil includes hazardous chemicals, and if skin contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water or baby oil. On the other hand, you should not use solvents, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, and similar materials on the skin.

When will the oil spill be cleaned up completely?

Even though authorities are constantly working to ensure that everything gets cleaned up, there is no estimated time frame for when the beach would be considered clean.

The banner photo in this article is from BommaritoArt.com – art prints coming soon!

Attend Howl O Scream 2021 at Sea World

C’mon in, slip off your skin, and rattle around in your bones during Howl-O-Scream 2021 at Sea World! The long-awaited frightful thrills and chills at SeaWorld in San Diego are back for their 20th year, transforming the peaceful park you once loved into something truly horrific for Halloween. Hundreds of creatures wandering fright zones and lurking in haunted houses have awoken with the arrival of nightfall: Are you brave enough to face them?  

When it comes to Halloween events in San Diego, Howl-O-Scream is a spectacularly spook-splattered fright fest. So, whatever kind of eerie thrills and chills you’re into for Halloween, Howl-O-Scream 2021 at Sea World is sure to give you a hair-raising good time!

Haunted Houses and Terror-Tories

Howl-O-Scream is back with even more terrifying attractions, featuring ALL-NEW haunts, such as Simon’s Slaughterhouse, The Death Water Bayou, three NEW terror-tories and 6 new screechingly good scare zones! Giggle at gruesome ghouls and let your spine tingle with sensationally spooky attractions at SeaWorld San Diego this Halloween! Read on for some of the frightfully fiendish features in store for you this year.

The Death Water Bayou

The Death Water Bayou sends unwitting victims deep into a mysterious and terrifying backwoods bayou. Will you be able to make it out alive, or will you succumb to the Bayou’s dark legends? Buy your tickets to find out!

The horror never ends in the murky mires of the Bayou. With gruesome gravestones, wicked swamp witches and vicious voodoo dolls, you’ll have to screw your courage to the sticking point to enter this sinister swamp. Oh, and keep sharp, because you never know when the hands of the cursed will grab out for you to save them from their eternal despair!

The Nightmare Experiment

If it sounds nefarious, it is! Set in a seriously creepy laboratory setting, the dubious “Doctor” is waiting to eat you. Ehem, we meant, “meet” you. This is an escape room-esque fright feature that is sure to put your spook meter on tilt. Just remember, when you check in with The Doctor a the Nightmare Experiment – you may never check out!

The Simon’s Slaughterhouse

Simon says, “SCREAM!” Visit Simon the Butcher in his menacing slaughterhouse featuring grisly mazes and horrors galore. Try to navigate your way through bloody meat twisting from the ceiling, and be prepared to be aghast at the gore awaiting you. Simon’s Slaughterhouse is not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to brave the butcher’s blades, you’re sure to have a terrifyingly good time.

6 Scare Zones & 4 Roaming Haunts

There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and no holds barred when it comes to howling haunts and blood-curdling scare zones. SeaWorld has outdone themselves this Halloween with roving freaks, misfit villains, creepy clowns and all manner of wicked characters waiting to scare you out of your skin. With 6 Scare Zones and 4 Haunting sites, everyone in the family can get their fill of tingly terrors.

Don’t Forget the Rides

If you’ve never ridden the Manta, Electric Eel or Journey to Atlantis at night – then you’re missing out. SeaWorld is world-renowned for its thrilling rides and roller coasters. And flying at the speed of a bat under a full moon at Halloween time makes their rides all the more devilishly delightful!

But Wait! There’s More!

If getting the bejeebers scared out of you isn’t really your scene, Howl-O-Scream can offer a milder side to celebrating Halloween this year. SeaWorld provides more tame entertainment in the form of adult cocktails. So, get a wicked witches brew, a restless spirit and enjoy your creepy cocktails while shopping in SeaWorld’s sinister gift shop. There you will find all manner of ghoulishly good souvenirs and gifts to help you remember the horrifically happy time you spent and Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San Diego.

Ticket and Theme Park Details

What is better than this spooky SeaWorld Halloween adventure this October? NOTHING, obviously.  So, get into the Halloween mood and attend Howl-O-Scream 2021 at SeaWorld!

The Halloween horrors and events start nightly at 7:00 p.m. You can enter the park starting at 6:00 p.m. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event running from September 17 to October 31, and you can get your Howl-O-Scream tickets starting at $44.99/each at your preferred date and time. Be sure to book your tickets for SeaWorld San Diego now, as prices for Howl-O-Scream go up after October 21st.

  • Address: 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Phone: (619) 222-4732
  • Park Hours: Mon – Fri 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sat – Sun 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Eclectic Americana On Display This Sunday At Spanish Landing

Looking for a fun, free, and family-friendly activity this Sunday? Love car shows? Like oddball design?

On Sunday, some of the quirkiest cars America has ever manufactured will be on display thanks to the San Diego Studebaker Club at Spanish Landing Park for their 10th Annual Cool Classic Car Show. 

When: 8am – 2pm this Sunday 10-17-2021

Where: Spanish Landing West, off Harbor Drive 

It is a free event and all ages are welcome. Considering Spanish Landing’s proximity to the boardwalk that circles the harbor, this is a great stop before you go for a run, walk, bike, or rollerblade around the water. 

If you know cars, you have surely heard of the now-defunct brand Studebaker. Founded by 5 brothers from Germany in the early 1800’s crafting wooden wagons for farming, the US military, and explorers taking on the Oregon Trail, Studebaker is the only company that successfully transitioned from all wooden wagons into motor vehicles until declaring bankruptcy and closing for good in 1966. Fun fact, Studebaker sold electric-powered cars before 1915! 

Automobile Photograph - 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk by Dave Koontz

When: 8am – 2pm this Sunday 10-17-2021

Where: Spanish Landing West, off Harbor Drive 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Jolla pumpkin patch

Halloween Pumpkins Come and Go, but La Jolla Pumpkins Steal the Show

Need a “coffin” break this Halloween? La Jolla has a lot to offer, so come out and show your grin! 

When it comes to entertaining Halloween festivities, the beautiful La Jolla region is no exception. The place is generally beautifully adorned and has many smaller local activities around fall and the Halloween holiday perfect for the entire family. Whether you enjoy haunted houses, zombie treks, or dressing up as a pirate on a ship at sea, San Diego has plenty of options to make your Halloween especially frightful. Treat yourself to a pumpkin, goody bags, storytime, film viewing, beverages, and more, whether you are dressed up or not.

Related article: Where to find the best pumpkin patch in San Diego

Hallloween at Sea World in San Diego

Happy Pumpkin Day, Jack O’lanterns All the Way!

Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch, located at 6710 La Jolla Blvd., is open every day through Sunday, Oct. 31. They sell pumpkins, decorating kits, carving tools, and costumes. Inflatable play areas and games such as pumpkin bowling are also featured.

Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch is fantastic for a day trip for the fall season. This well-known neighborhood haunt is a one-stop destination for all your Halloween needs. Choose your pumpkins, take a hayride, and work your way through the scary maze. And you may also see the farm animals before heading to a Halloween store that has all of the costumes and decorations you will ever need!

October Event Schedule

The pumpkin patch is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Plus, there are plenty more spooky and not-so-spooky Halloween events happing throughout October!

You do not have to worry about your safety as multiple COVID-19 safety precautions are in place, including mask regulations, social distancing, and the installation of hand sanitizer stations around.

A scientist in a lab doing research

A La Jolla Scientist Was Just Awarded the Nobel Prize

Add Dr. Patapoutian to the list of La Jollans who have made an impact on the world.

He and another scientist received the Nobel Prize award in medicine for their research on how the human body experiences temperature and touch, findings that could lead to potential treatment for pain and perhaps heart disease.

Dr. Ardem Patapoutian

The Nobel Committee spoke with NBC 7 San Diego, explaining that Ardem Patapoutian, 53, a professor of neuroscience at Scripps Research in La Jolla and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientist, was chosen to utilize pressure-sensitive cells to create a group of receptors that react to mechanical stimuli in the skin and internal organs. 

In this research, Patapoutian found that two ion channels are required for human senses and affect other physiological processes such as blood pressure and bladder control. Patapoutian’s revelation sparked a flurry of studies from his and other organizations revealing that the Piezo2 ion channel is critical for touch perception. Furthermore, Piezo2 has demonstrated a fundamental part in the crucial body position and motion known as proprioception.

Dr. Patapoutian On What it Felt Like to Receive the Call

In this short interview with the Nobel Prize website, Dr. Patapoutian describes what it felt like to receive the phone call that told him he won.

Dr. David Julius

Alongside Ardem Patapoutian is David Julius, 66, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, recognized for discovering a heat-sensitive sensor in nerve endings utilizing capsaicin, a chemical found in chili peppers. Because pain has a psychological component, recognizing its reaction in the body is not always sufficient to alleviate it. Nonetheless, the findings of Drs. Julius and Patapoutian will aid the medical community in better treating pain.

Dr. Patapoutian and Dr. Julius solved one of life’s greatest mysteries: how do humans experience temperature and pressure? This finding truly reveals one of nature’s secrets. Understanding how human bodies perceive these changes is critical because scientists can then target those molecules. It is as if humans discovered a puzzle and now know the exact pieces that will fit perfectly. It is vital to survival. Therefore it is a huge and life-changing breakthrough. The Nobel Prize is a tremendous honor for these accomplishments.

Press Conference with Dr. Patapoutian

Watch the press conference with Dr. Patapoutian, in which he talks about being awarded the Nobel Prize.

There's an oil spill off the Huntington Beach pier

Devastating Oil Spill Off Southern California Coast

The grand finale of the Huntington Beach air show was cancelled Sunday because of a gigantic oil spill off the coast of Orange County.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there’s an oil slick that has so far dumped over 120,000 gallons of oil into the coastal waters off Orange County. It seems likely that there’s a pipeline leak somewhere causing the spill.

Everybody from the local lifeguards to the U.S. Coast Guard are involved trying to clean up the oil spill in Orange County today. Locals are urged not to approach any wildlife, whether they appear to be impacted by the oil spill or not.

Initial reports on Sunday have stated that the oil spill off the California coast seems to be about 13 square miles, and officials have urged locals to avoid Newport Beach and Huntington Beach today.

Teams are desperately trying to prevent the oil spill from reaching the Huntington Beach Wetlands or the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

The Huntington Beach air show, also called The Great Pacific Air Show, was cancelled so that the city could focus on helping with cleanup efforts for the spill, along with the Coast Guard and various California state agencies.

Early Sunday, the Orange County Supervisor told local news media that there was still oil leaking from a broken pipeline off the coast of Orange County, California. The leak is said to be about five miles off the beach.

The mayor of Huntington Beach is calling this oil spill an ecological disaster. Officials are warning locals that the oil spill is toxic, which is why they should stay off the beach and avoid touching wildlife. Social media streams are buzzing with saddened — and outraged — locals concerned for the ecological ramifications of this oil spill.

Will the oil spill effect San Diego beaches? It may be too early to tell yet. However, many birds and fish in Orange County have already been killed.

La Jolla Cove 10 mile relay

La Jolla Cove 10-Mile Relay Brought 652 Swimmers to the Beach

Last Sunday, 652 swimmers met at La Jolla Cove at 7 o’clock in the morning. 

Why wouldn’t they linger in their warm beds instead? They were raising money and awareness for two causes: the American Diabetes Association and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.

In support of these foundations, swimmers synchronized 133 teams and 20 solo participants for a 10-mile relay swim. During the relay, each team member or solo swimmer would swim in one-mile increments.

Each lap consisted of starting from the Shores, swimming to the Cove, and then swimming back.

According to John Heffner, the fundraiser’s organizer, the donations from the 2021 race will likely exceed the $32,000 raised in 2019. While the final numbers are still being tallied, expectations are high for a hallmark event in donations and participation.

This year was the tenth of its kind. The La Jolla 10-mile relay fundraiser started in 2010 and continued annually until Covid-19 sank the possibility of a decadal race for that year. 

Fortunately, this wonderful community event has broken through the surface of the depths again to benefit neighbors struggling with diabetes and children who are learning to swim.

Additionally, the event is already scheduled for next year, on September 25, 2022. So, if you missed this year, or you just want to ensure your team gets on the roster early, keep an eye out for registration to open up on the La Jolla Cove 10 Mile Relay website

For now, the website offers pictures of the event and the results dating back to the relay’s initial event eleven years ago.

Eucalyptus trees on the UCSD campus

Another Eucalyptus Tree Falls at UCSD, Totals a Student’s Car

This isn’t the first time a tree has fallen on the UCSD campus and caused damage. 

In 2017, a UCSD eucalyptus tree fell on a Friday afternoon in January and smashed several cars. In the fall of 2013, a branch from a tree injured a pregnant woman and a man when it fell.

And this week, a eucalyptus tree in a UCSD parking lot near Mesa housing fell and damaged four cars, one of which had just been purchased by a student.

  • Nextdoor post about UCSD tree falling

A student named Seungchul Lee wrote on the popular Nextdoor app:

“Hi neighbors, I’m an incoming graduate student from South Korea. I’d say disaster happened… my car is literally broken. I just bought a car a week ago. I exchanged [the] old one for this one and I was kind of reviewing my insurance because it doesn’t have comprehensive coverage.

“Then it happened. I called the insurance company and received [the information that] I have to pay in full by myself. UCSD says it is under investigation and if it’s not their negligence, they won’t compensate for it.

“There are 4 cars broken and can you guys tell me what I should do now?”

The tree fell Tuesday morning, Sept. 28.

Tony Hawk, San Diego native

New Tony Hawk Restaurant in San Diego to Open Early Next Year

Tony Hawk, one of San Diego’s beloved local celebrities (he’s on our list of celebrities who are from here and also celebrities who live here, is no stranger to entrepreneurial endeavors. Mr. Hawk has previously invested in a few local businesses throughout the years. Now, he is teaming up with Chef Andrew Bachelier and christening a restaurant with his famous name. 

This new restaurant, tentatively named Chick N’ Hawk, is also an ode to the legendary skateboarder’s favorite Looney Toons character, Foghorn Leghorn. 

While poultry, specifically the soon-to-be-famous fried chicken sandwich, is the main attraction, the restaurant will also feature seafood and seasonal produce.

Before becoming the founding chef of a restaurant called Campfire, Chef Bachelier was formally a chef at the Carlsbad restaurant called Jeune Et Jolie

Hawk and Bachelier formed a friendship over their love of skateboarding and food. When the pandemic hit, forcing the restaurant Bachelier worked at to switch to a focus on takeout, Bachelier (like so many of us during the pandemic) re-examined his priorities and left the restaurant. 

Soon after, Bachelier and Hawk got together and discussed their mutual desire to incorporate fried chicken into their next endeavor. So, they hit the road, traveling around the country, trying some of the most famous fried chicken sandwiches around. 

However, with a stroke of luck, the pair found the perfect location for their new restaurant in Encinitas. They will incorporate produce from North County farms and raw seafood dishes into their original idea.

Now, the restaurant is taking over where Fulano’s Mexican Cafe used to be, at 145 Leucadia Boulevard, Encinitas, CA. Currently, the 1,500-square-foot, free-standing restaurant is undergoing renovation to spread its wings and ready itself for success from both food and atmosphere.

Hawk and Bachelier plan to open the restaurant in early 2022. You can read the full story on Eater San Diego.

The banner photo for this article is courtesy of TonyHawk.com

A Pacific Southwest Airlines airliner similar to the one that crashed

On This Day in History: Carnage in the Skies Over San Diego!

Forty-three years ago today, two planes collided in the air space over North Park. The aftermath was devastating.

September 25th is a sad day in California history. 

In 1978, September 25th fell on a Monday. Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 182 collided midair with a private Cessna.

Witnesses described the “screaming nosedive” of the airliner and the ensuing “inferno” of homes engulfed in flames. Large chunks of shrapnel also fell from the sky. In the end, 153 people were dead.

The tragedy was accidental, and all pilots involved followed orders and directives right up to the crash. The only issue, yet nothing illegal, was that the private jet had a “hood” that impeded the pilot’s vision.

From the radio transmission log to Los Angeles Air Control,  Cessna 172 thought PSA 182 was behind them, when in fact, the commercial airliner was right in front and above them, descending rapidly. 

Due to the hood and small size of the private jet, both airliners were in a visually challenging situation. Plus, the fact that Cessna 172 veered slightly to the east, off-course, was the culmination that created the perfect storm.

The unfortunate nature of this situation had devastating consequences. PSA 182 eventually hit Cessna 172 during its descent. The fireball that ensued due to the gas tank igniting killed everyone onboard near-instantaneously. Then, the debris from the two planes crashed in the middle of a North Park, destroying 22 homes and killing seven people on the ground.

While this is a horrific tragedy, it is important to remember events that had a profound and devastating effect on our community, especially in local history. After all, the events of that day, resulting from a few minutes of error, have helped shape the aviation safety and California communities we experience today. 

Note: Banner photo courtesy of Jon Proctor via Wikipedia. It’s a Boeing 727-214, Pacific Southwest Airlines, similar to the one that crashed on this day in history.

La Jolla Village parking

Paid Parking in La Jolla Village Remains a Contentious Issue

Should paid parking be implemented in La Jolla Village? This remains a hot-button issue, and it’s in the news agin.

There’s a reason free parking is such a big deal in the game of Monopoly: It’s such a rare find. Along the same lines, paid parking in La Jolla Village is a contentious issue for locals, business owners, and other interested parties. 

Those who oppose paid parking say it’s divisive and exclusionary. They argue that the diversity of the La Jolla community varies in many ways, including financially. If the city imposes another arbitrary cost, they will seriously impede the way people get around the city. 

Without charging for parking, everyone can enjoy the vast array of entertainment and retail options available throughout the city without the cost. However, if paid parking becomes mandatory, many people will no longer have that freedom.

Both sides of the debate have petitioned vehemently, and on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, there was to be a panel forum discussion. It was here that La Jolla citizens would hear both sides in a formal public capacity. 

However, the panel was sabotaged last Sunday when during an announcement, The La Jolla Town Council said it “decided to withdraw its participation.” The following day, the La Jolla Village Merchants Association seconded Council’s decision.

The cancelations ended both participation and sponsorship, which caused the entire panel to get put on hold.

Fortunately, after the news, Community Planning Association President Diane Kane insisted this is not a cancellation. Rather, the panel is getting postponed to another yet undecided date.

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UC San Diego campus

Police Hope CCTV Footage of BB Gun Shooters will Lead to Arrest

Alleged UCSD BB Gun Shooters
Photo courtesy of UC San Diego Police

Do you recognize either of these men?

UC San Diego Police released campus CCTV images of suspects in an aggravated assault on August 28, 2021, at about 3:20 p.m.

According to ABC 10News San Diego, both suspects are white males, in their late teens to early 20s, riding black e-bikes and wearing black helmets and goggles. The main suspect was wearing white shoes while his accomplice was wearing black shoes.

The alleged BB gun shooter wore a light blue jacket with a grey hooded sweatshirt underneath, black pants, and white shoes.

The second suspect is wanted for questioning. No one saw him with a weapon or doing anything except associating with the shooter.

The two suspects came from North Torrey Pines Road at Muir Lane, to the intersection of Hopkins and Voight drive, NBC 7San Diego reported.

At this intersection, the alleged gunman drew his weapon, a light-colored BB gun, and fired at a victim. The suspected gunman hit the victim multiple times before the suspects turned west, returning to North Torrey Pines Road from Muir Lane.

Both suspects are still at large, and police need help from the public to bring them to justice and figure out what happened that August afternoon.

If you recognize either of these men or believe you have information about the case, investigators urge you to call UC San Diego Police Department Detectives at (858) 534-4357 or send an email to detective@ucsd.edu.

 

The Deepak Chopra La Jolla home that just sold

See Pics of the $5.65 Million La Jolla Ocean View Mansion Deepak Chopra Just Sold

Deepak Chopra, the famous author and self-help guru, recently sold his multi-million dollar home in La Jolla. Chopra owned the home for 28 years but quickly sold the property within the same month he listed it.

Photos courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

The alternative medicine advocate listed his beautiful home for $5.5 million and accepted an offer for $5.65 million dollars. With today’s sellers market, Chopra was able to make a steep profit after paying $2.2 million for the home back in 1993. 

The property reflects a modern coastal design style with spiral staircase and curved decks. The La Jolla home sits just a mile away from the water. Offering the California dream, all three levels have windows that face the ocean.

Inside, the architecture continues to reflect a modern look with an open floor plan, with the living room and dining area divided by a dual-sided fireplace. The property is 5,836 square feet and holds 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Not only that, but it offers the addition of a media room, family room, and office.

It’s no wonder the award-winning author lived in the home for so many years.

Deepak Chopra rose to fame after being featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and bought his spacious home the same year. Chopra has now written over 90 books, many of them in reference to spirituality and meditation.

The sale of this home surely reflects the end of an era for Chopra.

Visit our La Jolla real estate section for more information about the local market and properties currently for sale.

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Unmanned vessel - USB Catbus - in San Diego Harbor

Here Are the Details About the Mystery Vessel in San Diego Bay this Week

UFOs have littered the skies for decades with only grainy pictures, tall tales, and conspiracies as evidence of their existence.

However, their mysterious aquatic counterpart, the USV (Unmanned Service Vessel), is an entirely different story.

For the USV spotted in San Diego Bay on Monday, there are plenty of crystal clear pictures, reliable accounts of sightings, and even the confirmation of the Pentagon. (More impressive is the DOD released the information on this type of vessel back in January, and it has yet to get redacted.)

Many residents and visitors of San Diego Harbor have seen this mysterious vessel first-hand. 

The USV spent the past week tooling around San Diego Harbor toward San Clemente Island. Since it’s a surface vessel, it doesn’t dive underneath the water. This makes it easier to spot when it moves past the shoreline, allowing onlookers the opportunity to photograph the vessel.

What most know about the vessel is that its name is USV CATBUS. It is unmanned but equipped with large solar panels, antennas, radar, and a special maritime camera. 

This high-tech catamaran-without-a-sail may also have a FLIR ball, which measures the moisture to ensure the vessel doesn’t get swamped out there.

There is speculation that the increase in USV testing is part of a mission related to Afghanistan, but that is not confirmed. Having a USV capable of deploying missiles or conducting surveillance with a remote crew is undoubtedly an asset to the US Navy, wherever it gets deployed. 

For now, USV CATBUS and other USVs will continue to use San Diego and the Pacific Ocean for training purposes. 

About the name Catbus: This may be a nod to a character in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro...

Note: The Banner photo in this article is courtesy of Twitter user @cjr1321