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Recent La Jolla Philanthropy Shows Dedication to Science and Entertainment

Geisel Library in San Diego
Geisel Library. IG photo by @alhoconsultingproyect

Philanthropic pride for community and science is alive and well throughout this San Diego County town as a total of $320 million was recently pledged to entertainment and education.

$220 Million for the Study of ‘Peak’ Athletic Performance

The La Jolla-based Tsai Foundation announced this month that its founders, Joe and Clara Tsai pledged $220 million to launch the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. Six institutions in total cultivated this alliance, whose goal is to study peak performance in athletes.

This advancement includes creating new technologies that will help study and, hopefully, help us understand how to enhance athletic performance in a natural way.

The pledge is the largest known gift for sports-related health and medical research to date.

$10 Million for a New UCSD Amphitheater

Also this month, La Jolla philanthropists Daniel and Phyllis Epstein donated $10 million to construct a 2,850 seat amphitheater. 

The Epstein Family Amphitheater will be the epicenter of the couple’s “Front Door” project. This project will align with a new Blue Line trolley station. (The extended Blue Line makes it easier to travel to and from the UC San Diego campus.)

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the new amphitheater will guide visitors through the music, art, and theater district and to Geisel Library, which is UC San Diego’s most iconic building.

Ultimately, the additions that La Jolla philanthropists are making to San Diego will continue to expand, allowing the county to reap its benefits for generations to come.

Beard Papas is opening in La Jolla

Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs Are Coming to La Jolla!

Beard Papa's in La Jolla
Beard Papa’s is coming to La Jolla. IG photo by @beardpapas

Beard Papa’s is an international chain of “fresh and natural cream puffs,” according to the sign proudly posted on the building of its newest location on Girard Avenue in La Jolla.

The international company was started in 1999 by owner Yuji Hirota in Japan. However, the desert chain has risen into a worldwide sensation. In the last two decades, with over 400 retail locations in 15 cities. 

According to San Diego Eater, the newest of these locations in La Jolla is also the chain’s return to San Diego. The original Beard Papa’s closed with the rest of the food court as part of the Westfield Plaza Bonita.

However, with this new location, Beard Papa’s isn’t taking any chances. This time around the chain has acquired their building, where they can serve their famous cream puffs without depending on the success of neighboring businesses.

The decadent selection of cream puffs that this chain offers will have your mouth watering before you even arrive. This just may rival some of our picks for the best desserts in La Jolla.

The iconic Papa Beard’s cream puffs are confections that include a double layer of choux pastry, topped with crumbled, crispy pie crust. Yet, that is just the beginning. Here is a sample of the different shells you can choose from:

Glazes: Chocolate, strawberry, honey butter, green tea

Toppings: Crushed oreos, toasted marshmallows

Fillings: Whipped cream, custard (vanilla, chocolate, or green tea)

Plus, rumor has it that it will carry a secret flavor exclusive to San Diego!

While the official opening date has yet to get announced, the progress on the build and branding of this location suggests it won’t be long!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hodad's Burgers in San Diego

What’s Your Take on the Eater San Diego Guide to Our Restaurant Scene?

The Easter San Diego Restaurant Guide

The San Diego edition of Eater.com published “An Eater’s Guide to San Diego” by Candice Woo yesterday. They’re calling it an “unofficial, highly opinionated” guide, and they’re right. (You can find the complete article here.)

Candice seems to have her finger on the pulse of the local restaurant scene. She has recently published articles about the new Hot Dog on a Stick food truck in San Diego and the Lefty’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Hoagies & Grill chain’s expansion into the Gaslamp.

And her San Diego guide gives shout-outs to Callie Restaurant (East Village) and Vaga Restaurant (Encinitas)–both of which are arguably restaurants of interest in our food scene. Vaga was opened by Claudette Zepeda, who has competed on television. She was in both Top Chef  and Top Chef Mexico. And Callie is helmed by a chef who cut his teeth working for Daniel Boulud, a world-renowned chef superstar.

The Best Tacos & Burgers

But what about tacos? Candice names TJ Oyster Bar and Tuetano Taqueria as her standout picks. But before you get all hot and bothered because she didn’t mention your favorite taco shop, don’t skip the first sentence she writes about tacos:

“Tacos are king in San Diego, with every local pledging allegiance to their favorite shop and style.”

There’s no way to please 1.4 million people, all with their own opinions on taco shops. (We’ve put our own opinion-drenched hat into the ring for the best Mexican food in San Diego, and we sure didn’t please everybody!)

Burgers? Candice included Hodad’s, so she’s safe on that front. We suppose you can’t include In-N-Out Burger in an Eater best-of roundup, even though Anthony Bourdain once said that In-N-Out was his favorite restaurant in L.A. Here’s the clip of that:

Coffee Lovers Are Fiercely Loyal, Too

Candice could have written an encyclopedia on the best local coffee shops, of which we have something like 850 in San Diego. She chose to highlight shops that roast their own, and we’d like to add Dark Horse to that list. And if you’re looking to find the best coffee in La Jolla, we’ve got you covered on that, too.

San Diego Loves Outdoor Dining

She mentioned Portside Pier and Mitch’s Seafood for outdoor dining. Both are excellent suggestions, and if you’re looking for outdoor dining in La Jolla, try our article about the best restaurants in La Jolla with ocean views.

Candice’s article is a great overview of the San Diego restaurant scene and is a great jumping-off point to explore food. 

And the key thing to remember is that here in San Diego, we’re very loyal to the restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and bars that we love. That’s a great thing! So tell your friends, relatives, and the people you meet on the street to go support your favorites. 

Oh, and the banner photo for this article is from @hodads1904 on IG.

Wonderfront Festival in San Diego

San Diego Wonderfront Festival 2021: Music & Arts

The 2021 Festival currently has a green light! The San Diego Wonderfront Festival 2021 dates are from Nov. 19 – 21, 2021.

The San Diego Wonderfront Festival is popular for many reasons, not the least of which are its amazing location, diverse lineup of famous bands, and out-of-the-ordinary transportation options!

The festival takes place along the waterfront in the downtown area, including the Broadway Port Pier, Ruocco Park, Seaport Village, Embarcadero, and the Marriott Marina. Ticket-holders can travel back and forth via the trolley, land shuttles, the Marietta Boat, and water taxis.

The Marietta Boat, in case you’re wondering, is a floating party with live bands and cocktails. It traditionally gives festival-goers a leisurely ride back and forth between the Broadway Port Pier and the Embarcadero Park South dock.

In 2019, headlining musical acts included Miguel, Ben Harper, Slightly Stoopid, MGMT, Thievery Corporation, Parquet Courts, Pennywise, The Vandals, DJ Z-Trip, Suicidal Tendencies, X, Frankie J, and many, many other bands.

There are typically after parties around town, including a yacht party on the water and famous local venues like the Casbah, The Music Box, and The Oxford Social.

There are also usually all kinds of waterfront excursions to be had, including cocktail cruises and dinner cruises. If you want to do something on the water that doesn’t involve food or alcohol, there are options for you, too. You might be able to rent sailboats, power boats, jet skis, wave runners, and other types of water craft.

There was no Wonderfront Festival in 2020 because of COVID.

#WONDERFRONT Photos 

Here are a few photos of past San Diego Wonderfront Festivals:

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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San Diego Outdoor Activities

San Diego is known as one of the most active, fit, and outdoor living communities in the whole country. When the weather is this nice all the time, who wants to stay stuck inside? Over the year's LaJolla.com has had the privilege of covering some of the best outdoor activities in all of San Diego. Take a look at our favorite articles and let us know in the comments what your favorite activity is or which ones we're missing!

A Kim Kardashian vacation

Kim Kardashian: From Bikini to Formal Gown, She Wears It With Style

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Kim Kardashian in a bikini. Photo by @kimkardashian

Kim Kardashian is known for a lot of things, and her body is certainly one of them. But so is her style. It’s no secret that the Kardashians have a lot of “work” done (meaning plastic surgery), but they also wear expensive, elegant, and sometimes risque clothing. Even though Kim Kardashian has gotten involved with criminal justice reform and has met with the President on the issue, she continues to dress in extravagant and sensual ways. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Here Kim Kardashian is wearing a half bikini lying on the desert sand with a Western-themed style. The photo is from 2008, and Kim is clearly calling back to when she was much younger. The Kardashians know how to take a successful Instagram photo; this one has over 3.5 million likes. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kim Kardashian is no stranger to wearing a bikini. Here she is on a lake boat. Kardashian fits right in on a beach in La Jolla, but she also apparently loves the interior of the country as well. She and her ex-husband Kanye West were known for their retreats to Montana. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pictured here in a bikini in the woods, Kardashian shows that she doesn’t need to be at the beach to wear a swimsuit. It seems that wherever she is, a bikini comes with her. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In Palm Springs, Kardashian wears a bikini in the grass. It doesn’t matter where she is, you can catch her in a swimsuit. While everyone knows her body has a lot of work done, people edify her still. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Finally, this photo gives a glimpse into the Kardashian’s billionaire lifestyle. On the Spanish Steps in Rome, Kardashian looks as elegant as anyone. In a revealing white garment, it is a uniquely Kardashian way to see the sights. 

 

 

 

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Tulsi Gabbard is from Hawaii

Tulsi Gabbard Bikini Photos Cause Quite a Stir

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Tulsi Gabbard in a bikini. Photo from Google Image Search.

Former Presidential candidate and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a veteran from Hawaii. While Gabbard is a surfer who would fit right in on a beach in San Diego, you’ll rarely see her in a bikini. Her style is practical and utilitarian, possibly because she has a political career to think of. Her style represents her tough but pragmatic personality. Sure, Tulsi Gabbard is from Hawaii. She seems laid-back, and no stranger to the beach.  (She also seems to love hats.) So it was only a matter of time before the prying paparazzi snagged some photos of Tulsi Gabbard in a bikini.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is more what you’d expect to see from an image search of the first Hindu member of Congress. (She served as a U.S. Representative from Hawaii from 2013 – 2021.) In this recent Instagram photo, Gabbard sports a hat with an American flag. While she has been quite critical of the United States’ role in wars around the Middle East, Gabbard remains patriotic. Her style here is indicative of her personality, straight-forward and practical. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Again Tulsi Gabbard wears a hat, here with a blouse. While she sometimes wears more formal clothing, she covers her head from the sun with a hat that says Hawaii on it. Gabbard also seems to favor makeup in a modest way, balancing practicality with a relaxed Hawaiian style. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Of course, as a Hawaiian, Gabbard is no stranger to the beach. Here she’s pictured with her husband wearing another hat. In a modest sweatshirt, it gives another perspective on the Congresswoman. Since the representatives in Congress usually have to dress well, Gabbard dresses down on her own time. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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But Gabbard wears a swimsuit once in a while. Here in a bikini, Gabbard doesn’t show her body but wears a large hat to protect her body from the sun. It’s no surprise; she’s from Hawaii!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Finally, here is Gabbard at work in a suit. She dresses conservatively and practically. She is professional in her role as a Congresswoman, but if you take a look you realize that she usually dresses like a laid-back Hawaiian. 

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Kylie Jenner in a bikini

Kylie Jenner’s Risque Fashion: Bikinis & Chic Gear

Kylie Jenner is best known from the hit reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and daughter of Caitlyn and Kris Jenner. She has created the company Kylie Cosmetics. Since her mother Kris Jenner was born in San Diego, the family is familiar with the area having been seen on their show vacationing at La Valencia in downtown La Jolla near the cove, it’s safe to say Kylie is no stranger to wearing a bikini by the beach. With no shortage of chic and elegant clothing, Kylie Jenner is not shy to say the least.

 
 
 
 
 
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You don’t have to look far to find Kylie Jenner in a bikini. Here in her latest photo, Jenner wears a revealing gold bikini. She would be right at home on the beaches of La Jolla. The Jenner-Kardashian family is known for their style and fashion, but also how little clothing they wear on public platforms. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kylie Jenner is photographed here on a private flight in an elegant and surely expensive dress. The family is known for their money and jetset lifestyle. This has never been more clear than in this swanky photo. 

 
 
 
 
 
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By the pool, Jenner is seen in this photo wearing another bikini. Fitting right into the California lifestyle, she always seems to be relaxing somewhere by water with little clothing on. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Combining her sense of high fashion with a bikini, this unique swimsuit Kylie Jenner is wearing on the beach sums up her style well. High-end fashion while showing a lot of skin and her curvy body. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Yet another bikini photo, this time on a yacht, Kylie Jenner shows off her unparalleled lifestyle. People around the world envy the Jenner-Kardashian family for their money, looks, and style. But for now, we’ll keep watching the news to see when she’s back in San Diego! 

 

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Belgian Waffle Ride

The Belgian Waffle Ride is for San Diego Cyclists Not Afraid to Get A Little Dirty

San Diego Waffle Ride map
San Diego Belgian Waffle Ride map

It has been called the most unique cycling event in the U.S.

The Belgian Waffle Ride comes to San Diego once a year, and we have the details!

This year’s Belgian Waffle Ride will take place in San Diego from Friday, July 16th to Sunday, July 18, 2021. And it’s the 10th anniversary of the ride! That’s right, this year marks a decade of cyclists seeing if they stack up to the challenging 131.7-mile course. (At least 50 of those miles are off-road.) 

Additional 2021 dates are:

  • Asheville, North Carolina, Aug. 21
  • Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 25
  • Lawrence, Kansas, Oct. 31

Riders will wind their way through the multi-terrain course, including climbing and water crossings. However, you don’t have to be a “Waffle” rider to participate in this deliciously named cycling challenge. Rather, participants may choose one of three flavors:

  • “Wanna”-These riders are those who “wanna” participate but don’t “wanna” go through the whole course. However, the Wanna cyclists still have 38.5-miles of the course to overcome, with 3.500 feet of climbing and seven off-road sectors. 
  • “Wafer”– Waver riders go through 71.3-miles of the course, with 15 off-road sectors and 6,000 feet of climbing.
  • “Waffle”– These riders cycle through the whole 131.7-mile course.

This year’s Belgian Waffle Ride will be slightly shorter than the last organized ride in 2019 due to the heat. However, riders can expect this year’s course to make up for the reduction in length by being dirtier and more entertaining than ever.

Additionally, this year, the Belgian Waffle Ride will be one part of the Tripel Crown of Gravel for 2021.

You can also register yourself or your team by going to the Belgian Waffel Ride website.

San Diego Outdoor Activities

San Diego is known as one of the most active, fit, and outdoor living communities in the whole country. When the weather is this nice all the time, who wants to stay stuck inside? Over the year's LaJolla.com has had the privilege of covering some of the best outdoor activities in all of San Diego. Take a look at our favorite articles and let us know in the comments what your favorite activity is or which ones we're missing!

Mitt Romney's house in La Jolla

Mitt Romney’s La Jolla Beachfront Home Sold for $23.5 Million

Mitt Romney
Senator Mitt Romney at a staff function. From IG user @senatorromney

It looks like La Jolla is getting a new neighbor. Mitt Romney’s beachfront home is under contract with an escrow of $23.5 million.

The New York Post reports that the home had become notorious after several renovations took place on the property, including a car elevator and the complete rebuilding of a bigger home.

The latter was more of a neighborly dispute, as the bigger house obscured the neighbor’s view of the ocean. (This type of thing can be an issue when ocean views are involved.)

According to the Daily Mail, the property’s original 3-bedroom, 3,000 sqft home was demolished to make way for a 5-bedroom mansion somewhere between 8,100 and 11,000 sqft.  However, what is certain is the massive overhaul and expansion of the home now include a library, a wraparound porch, a spa, and the aforementioned car elevator.  

Some reports speculate as to whether the move was due to personal preference or neighborhood backlash over Romney’s not-so-neighborly construction decisions. 

Either way, insiders revealed the home got recorded as being sold on June 30, 2021, by the San Diego County recorder’s office.

Of course, this house isn’t the only million-dollar beachfront home on the block. Yet, the public nature of the home, the family, the size, and the price make this sale’s national attention understandable. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Who Bought Mitt Romney’s Home in La Jolla?

William and Marisa Rastetter are the couple who bought this mansion. Rastetter is a scientist, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is the chairman of Neurocrine Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company.

Where is Mitt Romney’s La Jolla Home?

Mitt Romney sold the home that he owned at 311 Dunemere Drive. He was located just blocks from the La Jolla Blvd. Rigoberto’s.

Is Mitt Romney a Republican or Democrat?

Mitt Romney, aged 74, is a Republican senator from Utah. He also used to be the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 – 2007 and was a Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2012.

What Other Homes Does Mitt Romney Own?

Senator Romney apparently owns two properties in Utah–one regular home and one ski chalet– along with a vacation home in New Hampshire and a place to stay when he’s in Washington, D.C.

What Is a Car Elevator?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A car elevator is something that Harrison Ford, Britney Spears, and Mitt Romney had in common. A car elevator allows the rich and famous the opportunity to lower cars into basement garages, especially when street parking is at a premium.

Note: The banner photo for this article is from Google Street View.

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Where can I get tickets for the X Games in San Diego?

It’s July 2021. Where Can I Find Tickets to the San Diego X Games?

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Across the San Diego X Games community, bittersweet news rolls into town. Here is the low-down on where you can find tickets to the San Diego X Games in July 2021:

Where can I get San Diego X Games tickets?

The short answer is you can’t, hence the bitter portion of this news.

The good news is that after more than a decade, the X Games are returning to San Diego, California. 

The Sunshine State has a longstanding affinity for the X Games, which passed to the next generation. While the first X Games competition took place in Rhode Island in 1995, the ESPN-sponsored games were California-bound within two years of their conception.

The last time San Diego hosted the X Games was in 2008. California last hosted the X Games in Los Angeles in 2013. 

This year marks the return of the games after going on hiatus for the pandemic. However, despite updated California state guidelines on June 15, 2021, no one will attend their returning year. The announcement likely came as a shock and disappointment to many fans, as the previous X Games in California drew crowds upwards of 200,000 each year.

Yet, due to this decision, you will not be able to find tickets for this event. Although, according to the ESPN Press Room, you can watch the best of the X Games 2021 competitions as they occur from July 14 – 18, 2021, on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN2. 

Moreover, X Games fans will likely need to wait another year after this one as the X Games will move to Tokyo for X Games 2022.

What Can I Look At in the Meanwhile?

Here are a few Instagram posts to whet your whistle:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Los Angeles Sheriff Helicopter

The Billion-Dollar Southern California Drug Bust that Broke the News in July 2021

Antelope Valley Drug Bust
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and ValleyPostNews.com

Here in the LaJolla.com newsroom, we nearly choked on our CBD-infused coffee when we saw the news of the $1.19 billion drug bust that just happened in Southern California.

Well, when we say “drug bust” we actually mean marijuana bust. Which sounds harmless enough, right? After all, marijuana has been legal for recreational use in California since 2018.

Is this going to make us worried about that plant we’re growing on the balcony for personal use?

How much pot was busted?

Let’s put the drug bust into perspective. According to this CBS News report, law enforcement officials busted the perps with nearly 375,000 marijuana plants, plus over 30,000 pounds of weed that was already harvested. That’s more than 16 tons of chronic. And while they were at it, they grabbed 65 vehicles, nearly 200 animals, and close to $30K in cash. Not to mention arresting over 125 people.

That’s a lot of pot.

The word “cartels” was mentioned. 

The mayor of Lancaster, California, said this at a press conference: “We are not talking about mom and pop people selling marijuana that grew in their backyard. This is the cartels.”

Where did this drug bust happen?

The $1.19 billion drug bust was in Antelope Valley, which is the High Desert part of Los Angeles County.

The L.A. County Sheriff said that they’re trying to send a message to the bad guys that their days of operating in the High Desert are over.

When did this drug bust happen?

The pot bust is all over the news right now, here in July of 2021, but the actual bust happened last month. We guess they wanted to take care of some business before making statements to the media.

How did they find all this weed?

Apparently there were complaints from local residents. This is mentioned in that ValleyPostNews.com link we have above.

Do I need to worry about legal weed?

If all of this marijuana talk is making you concerned that you need to stock up on legal weed in legal quantities, please take a deep breath and calmly visit our article about the best dispensaries in San Diego.

P.S. The banner photo of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department helicopter is from IG user @sjs_avphotography

 

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Del Mar races are back

The Del Mar Horse Races Are Open Again: 100% Capacity for Seated Bettors

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The Del Mar racetrack is open for its 2021 season!

…And they’re off!

Race fans will be back in action this summer as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announces the intention to open at 100% capacity for the 2021 season. 

“We are delighted to be able to welcome our fans back to Del Mar,” DMTC president and COO Josh Rubinstein told Del Mar News

Of course, even with opening the season at 100% capacity, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is strictly adhering to the state and county public health guidelines effective June 15, 2021. This latest update means that attendants are still required to wear face coverings unless eating or drinking–if they are unvaccinated.  

Additionally, the race track vows to keep up with state guidelines to ensure their guests are safe and secure while enjoying the races.

Del Mar Racetrack Ticket Information

If you’d like to attend a race this season, you’ll need to reserve your seat through purchased packages. You can make this arrangement either online at https://www.dmtc.com/tickets or by calling 858-792-4242. 

General admission guidelines will be updated on the official website as the season progresses. 

When is the Del Mar Opening Day in 2021?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Del Mar racetrack season launches on July 16th, with opening day. The opening day for any major horse racing club isn’t just about the races themselves; it’s a veritable fashion parade. Everyone dresses up “to the nines,” and you’re likely to see a lot of ladies in fantastic hats.

The hat tradition is often credited to the Kentucky Derby, although you can trace it back to European racing traditions.

Last year, the opening day and hat contest were held virtually, due to Covid.

Is Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2021 Sold Out?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Our sources tell us that the July 16th starting date of the 2021 racing season are sold out. Admission for opening day will be restricted to ticket holders this year.

If you’re not one of the nearly 15,000 lucky ticketholders for opening day, you can still watch the event live via the Racetrack Television Network, or RTN for short. You can find more information about that here: https://www.dmtc.com/racing/live-video 

The photos for this article, unless otherwise credited, are from IG user @delmarracing, the official account of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

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Kayleigh McEnany Owns Her Conservative Style Even In a Bikini

Kayleigh McEnany
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Kayleigh McEnany is the former Press Secretary for the White House during Donald Trump’s term. Now she hosts a show on Fox News. It is no surprise that she is conservative in her wardrobe. McEnany is known for being a feisty Secretary who held staunch defenses of the administration, but of course people also noticed how pretty she is. An almost stereotypical blonde, McEnany doesn’t tend to dress scandalously. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In this photo, McEnany is dressed conservatively at the beach with her husband and baby. While there are plenty of photos of her near the ocean, you’ll rarely see her in a bikini online. Still McEnany radiates energy that would fit right in on the beach in San Diego. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mostly McEnany dresses like she does here. She wears a lot of dresses in varying colors. On the set of her new talk show Outnumbered, she is with other women who wear similar dresses that are both cute and modest.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another photo on the beach, there is no bikini here. Instead both McEnany and her daughter are wearing one-piece bathing suits. True to her conservative politics, McEnany would even cover up on the beaches of La Jolla. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Even when it’s hot out, McEnany wears some pretty modest shorts. Pictured here at the zoo, she sports a surprisingly boyish look. While McEnany is pretty, she doesn’t often flaunt her body. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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True to form, McEnany and her daughter are wearing football jerseys in this home photo. While you’ll never find her in a bikini, McEnany seems to wear more modest and tomboy clothing when she’s not wearing dresses for work. 

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The beach is where you'll find stars like Milana Vayntrub

Milana Vayntrub: From Her Modest TV Commercial Character to Bikinis on the Beach

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A young Milana Vayntrub with a young George Clooney. IG photo by @mintmilana

Milana Vayntrub was born in the Soviet Union to Jewish parents. Her family fled to the United States as refugees, which would lead to Vayntrub’s successful career in the entertainment industry. Beginning with her AT&T ad character, Vayntrub has done a variety of different things.

Throughout the years, her style has evolved while remaining modest and laid-back. Vayntrub has come a long way from the Soviet Union, from her time at University of California, San Diego enjoying the beach in a bikini to her appearances in elegant dresses on the red carpet. 

Seen here at a California house pool, Vayntrub wears a bathing suit while her friend goes for the bikini. Since her time at Beverly Hills High School to UCSD, Vayntrub is familiar with Southern California. 

No stranger to the beach, Vayntrub is seen here again in a bikini. In contrast to the character she played in AT&T ads, Vayntrub is free to dress how she wants. But occasionally she reverts back to a more modest look. 

Vayntrub is in overalls and a top here, looking playful in a professional shoot. While known for playing a variety of characters since the AT&T commercials, many only remember her from these ads. While sometimes she is reminiscent of her AT&T character, she cleans up very well. 

Pictured here at a premiere, Vayntrub wears a dress and heels. Since her career began, she has become much more successful, providing the opportunity to attend fancy events. 

Still, Vayntrub has not lost her sense of humor. Here is a picture of her and a friend in the hot tub eating salads in bikinis during a late night. She’s always been a goofball from her time on TV to the old days of cameos in Good Neighbor Stuff YouTube Videos made by Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett like this one (3 minute mark!)

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Jodi Arias Fashion After Murder: Family Guy Bikini Reference

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Popular animated sitcom Family Guy used bikini photos of Jodi Arias in a recent episode. IG photo by @familyguyfox

Jodi Arias may best be known for killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Claiming self-defense, Arias admitted to stabbing Alexander 27 times and shooting him in the face. She was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013 and sentenced in 2015.

Arias is also known for the way she dresses, which can be scandalous at times. Her character and the way she dresses even made it to Family Guy, where there were jokes made about Arias in a bikini.

Originally from California, Arias has a reputation for the way she looks as well as the crime she committed. 

When Arias was in court for the murder of he boyfriend, she wore glasses and had dark hair. This was a contrast to her usual blonde look without glasses. While it could be coincidence, some have speculated that Arias changed the way she looked to appear more reputable. 

Contrast that with this photo of Arias wearing just a button up shirt. This is what Family Guy was making fun of when they had her in a bikini on the show. It’s unclear when this photo was taken, but some have speculated that it was during the time she was free but on trial. 

This GIF does a good job of detailing the contrast between how Arias looks when she’s in court and how she looks on the outside. There is a significant difference. You could even argue that she looks like a different person. 

Beyond bikinis and risque photos, it is also stunning how many photographs there are of Arias with Alexander. They seemed to travel together frequently. It’s difficult to imagine how the relationship ended up in death. 

Beyond the beaches of California and the desert of Arizona, where Arias murdered her boyfriend, there are photos of Arias in many places. Here she’s spotted in the mountains, camera in hand. Most of the time she appears happy, but we all know now that that wasn’t the case. 

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Cove Fireworks Cancelled : Our Top 4 Firework Recommendations for Locals Seeking A New Spot

Happy 4th of July! 

Due to the recent development at the La Jolla Cove, there will be no firework show there tonight leaving many locals scambling to find a new spot to watch. Luckily, we did our homework this time and got you covered with our top 5 spots that aren’t our beloved La Jolla Cove….

 

Short Drives North & South

1) MISSION BAY
SeaWorld fireworks: SeaWorld San Diego start their firework show at 9:30 tonight. If you’re close enough or in the park, you will be able to hear a patriotic soundtrack to go along with the blasts. Prime viewing of this show can be found away from Seaworld anywhere you can see the bay such as…

  • Kate Sessions Park 
  • Mount Soledad 
  • Bay Ho
  • Crown Point Park
  • Mission Beach
  • Anywhere along the Mission Bay Bike Path 

 

 

2) Del Mar
Del Mar Fairgrounds fireworks: The Del Mar Fair’s annual grand finale is the fireworks on 4th of July. They start popping tonight at 9pm. All can purchase tickets to see them from the fairground themselves but other free viewing points include….

  • Del Mar Beach
  • Solana Beach 
  • Del Mar Plaza 
  • Northside of Crest Canyon Hiking Trails 

 

Towards Downtown 

1) San Diego Harbor
Big Bay Boom: the largest of all firework shows in San Diego begins at 9pm from four barges parked in the harbor. Some areas to consider for watching include …

  • Shelter Island 
  • Harbor front (think near the Midway Museum)  
  • Mission Hills (think anywhere you can see the airport from above) 
  • Spanish Landing 
  • Cesar E Chavez Park 
  • Anywhere along the Harbor Bike Path 

 

 

2) Coronado Island

Glorietta Bay fireworks: From Coronado most should be able to see the Big Bay Boom, but at 9pm there is an independent show from Glorietta Bay, south of the bridge and near the backside of The Del. Most viewers will need to be on the Island to get an upclose and personal show but they should be visible from….

  • National City
  • Chula Vista
  • Stingray Point 
  • Logan Heights

Addison Rae’s Bikini Style Oozes 2021 Southern California Beach Fashion

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Addison Rae seemed to many like an overnight success. The 20-year-old dancer started posting videos on TikTok that got popular very fast. It should be no surprise that she is beautiful. Primarily a social media influencer, Rae trended with a hurtful hashtag that caused her to delete her account on Twitter. She is, however, active on Instagram.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Addison Rae didn’t miss the opportunity to post on Fourth of July in a bikini. It’s easy to picture her on Ocean Beach or La Jolla in San Diego. Although Rae was born in Louisiana, she would fit right in. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rae doesn’t always wear a bikini, though. She also goes to the beach in a one-piece like she did here. While the location was probably somewhere beautiful like Coronado, It just goes to show that you can be a social media influencer and not always show every inch of your body. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you are shown a social media influencer, you’ll probably find some photos by the beach. Addison Rae is seen relaxing by the pool in a pink bikini. The sun is shining and everything is idyllic in this photo. You want to be Addison Rae. Who doesn’t?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another bikini photo, Addison Rae is here in a brown one promoting a product. This is how influencers make most of their money. With a huge audience, people like Rae get paid a lot of money to advertise on their profiles, she is promoting her own brand called Item Beauty. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With makeup done and hair immaculately styled, Addison Rae shows here that she knows how to take a simple Instagram photo. These skills and her beauty are what made her become an overnight success on TikTok. 

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TikTok Trend Reveals How You Say ‘Seal’ in French Worldwide

How do you say ‘seal’ in French?

For many California natives, the answer might simply be the explanation behind saying “Excuse my French!” whenever you are about to curse. (Excusez mon français.)

Yet, for those who don’t know, when tourists are yelling this word while pointing, wide-eyed at these cute sea critters (watch our 4K La Jolla Cove video to see what they’re looking at), they are not cursing at the animal, nor are they indecently excited about seeing them. 

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Photo of a baby seal. IG photo by @ocean.admirer

The word seal, in French, is “phoque.” The baby seal pictured above would be bébé phoque.

If you say it phonetically, you will realize it is a six-letter word that sounds like a four-letter word in English that certainly doesn’t conjure images of the adorable La Jolla seals.

It’s okay to giggle when you get the reasoning behind it. Most English speakers and those who are bilingual find it funny, which is why there is a current TicTok trend and meme explosion infiltrating our social media feeds.

When it comes to different languages, the creative element is vast, and often, those creative connections manifest in the form of humor. 

Thankfully, unlike many other trends, this one is harmless and can be appreciated bilingually, without anyone getting hurt. 

After all, a seal, by any other name, is still a seal, so even they don’t mind.

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Family Nude Beach? Yes, There is a Topless Beach In Southern California Anyone Can Visit

The path to Black's Beach, a nude beach in San Diego
Getting down to Black’s nude beach is a bit of a hike. IG photo by @outside_things_

Yes, you read that right. There is a family nude beach in Southern California.

This topless beach is called Blacks Beach, and it is notoriously difficult to get there. However, once you traverse the steep climbs and rocks that line every entrance into the beach, you will likely have privacy.

The beach itself is gorgeous, boasting an isolated enclosure of an expansive shoreline and cliffs, completely shielding you from the outside world. 

Due to the beauty and freedom of the topless beach, Black’s Beach is also known for its photogenic scenery and great surfing. 

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Black’s Beach is also known for it’s great surfing. IG photo by @jake.isham_

Of course, there is no stipulation prohibiting clothing. Black’s Beach is officially a “clothing optional” sunbathing location. So, if your family wants to experience the hike and the tremendous reward of an isolated beach off the beaten path, you are welcome without feeling exposed.

However, the availability of this beach was not always so easily accessible. Its namesake, the Black family, founded the now public beach. Originally a horse ranch, Black’s Beach started out being private.

When the family sold the property, the lot became subdivided, retaining the name it still holds: Jolla Farms lots. 

After this happened, reportedly, Peter Lusic, Don Roncy, John Light, and Joe Trotter were the first people to surf Black’s Beach in 1959.

So, if you’d like nothing more than to vacation au naturel with your family (from the top anyway,) check out the family nude Beach in Southern California, Black’s Beach.

San Diego Outdoor Activities

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Where I’m Spending $100 Million in June 2021 On a San Diego Real Estate Empire

Here’s the scenario: You wake up one morning and find your long-lost flash drive with 10,000 bitcoin on it, your Mega-Millions lottery ticket ended up a winner, or your app idea was just acquired by Facebook for 1 billion dollars –while you were asleep. Now you’re rich beyond your wildest dreams, and your new financial advisor is telling you to drop $100 million to build your own San Diego real estate portfolio before the 4th of July fireworks grand finale over La Jolla Cove. What would you do? 

$35 Million – A Rancho Santa Fe Estate

Because where else would you throw an annual Great Gatsby themed bash?

Oh, and this estate has a name. It’s “Villa Nafissa,” and the whole thing is almost 40 acres.

There are romantic paths, waterfalls, and a lake. The grounds were inspired by a garden belonging to the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet, whose work can be seen in many of the museums around town.

If you owned this place, you could tell your guests about the 3,000 species of plants. Then you could pick them some fresh fruit off of one of your trees. 

After you’d given a tour of the grounds, you could go swimming…

… or hang out in the 31,000 square feet, 7 bedroom, 9 bathroom house. (5992 Calle Camposeco, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067)

$20 Million – A North County Surf Shack 

It’s right on the coast in Solana Beach and has a built-in Surf Room!

Like… RIGHT on the coast. On a clear day, you can see all the way to La Jolla if you look to the South and San Clemente if you look to the North, what a baller San Diego AirBNB this would be! 

It’s always nicer to make an afternoon snack when you can see the Pacific Ocean while you’re doing it.

Watching the sun set into the ocean every day would never get old.

This place would be a lot of fun. It has room for surfboards, pool tables, mountain bikes, and all kinds of toys!

Talk about beach access! But we still have $45 million we need to spend on San Diego real estate. We can walk down and catch some rays later, yes? (417 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075)

$7 million – For the Neighbors

Ever been down La Jolla Farms road? Who else can say their HOA email list could include Alicia Keys, Ron Berkle? And Grayson LaFrenz? This is EXCLUSIVE. In fact, it took years for someone on the block just to get permits approved so they could build an 18,000 square foot man cave and yoga studio

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It makes you feel kind of sad for people who don’t have breathtaking views, huh?

Welcome to La Jolla Farms. There’s a reason the rich and famous live here.

This place is 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, 6,919 est. sq. ft. Not bad, huh? (9660 Black Gold Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037)

$4 million – For the Party

This property is located just minutes from Garnet Ave. You’d get to enjoy Spring Break at the bars all night…  

and come home to an elevated house with 180 degree views of downtown, Mission Bay, the SeaWorld fireworks, and the Pacific Ocean.

We love it when they go aerial to take photos for the brochures. Also, pools with ocean views are the best.

It’s hard to believe this is only $4 million! (1532 Loring St., San Diego, CA 92109)

$5 million – Over the Bridge

What uber collection of SD real estate comes without a place on Coronado Island?

This 5 bedroom, 5 bath home is located in the Coronado neighborhood knowns as Country Club Estates, in Coronado Village.

It will be nice to entertain San Diego military elites here. How do you like your vodka admiral?

Or honestly just take a shower and change clothes. (730 Alameda Blvd., Coronado, CA 92118)

$2 million – For the History

We’d respect San Diego’s historic roots and get a living historic landmark!

Not only was this designed by famous California architect Cliff May, but it already qualifies for the California Mills Act to lower property taxes in exchange for historically accurate upkeep and maintenance.

This single-story 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch house surrounds a beautiful courtyard.

Classic Spanish style details throughout!

And you have to love the canyon views and the outdoor areas! This home is in Talmadge, which gives great access to all of the San Diego Metro areas, freeways, and SDSU events. (4669 E Talmadge Dr., San Diego, CA 92116)

$7 million –  For the Space

Here, just 30 minutes from San Diego, you can spend time with your livestock on these 352 acres in Ramona! 

You’re going to have livestock, right? You might as well, with 352 acres of land on two contiguous parcels.

Since this is Ramona wine country, you’ll want to entertain in the 8,000 sq. ft. home with 360-degree mountain views.

The property features several small historical homes that are over 130 years old.

And with two barns, a covered riding arena, a breeding facility, a “mare hotel,” a presentation office, a covered bullpen, several pastures, and two wells, this horse stuff could become our new hobby. (20655 Sutherland Dam Rd., Ramona, CA 92065)

$17 million – For the Kids

This has basketball, baseball, tennis, and swimming–all on site with ocean views! The kids can have a whole sports league without leaving home on top of Mount Soledad in La Jolla.

The kids are going to love this space.

You can play baseball, basketball, and tennis.

Go swimming in one of two pools, then come inside and watch a movie.

It’s a 13,532 sq. ft. home on 2.77 acres in La Jolla’s Muirlands Estates, with 6 bedrooms and 8 baths. Plenty of room for sleepovers. (6089 La Jolla Scenic Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037)

$3 million – For the Long Haul

With Oceanside flying up the developer’s list of the next great beachfront communities, let’s get our hands on one of the finest ocean views the community has to offer. We’ll be selling this one for $10 million in 15 years… if we don’t enjoy it forever ourselves.

Every floor of this 3 bedroom, 4 bath, nearly-3,000-sq-ft home has panoramic ocean views.

You’d be right there on the beach!

How is this property still on the market? (718 S. Pacific St., Oceanside, CA 92054)

 

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Scarlett Johansson’s Vacation Fashion: Big Hats, Bikinis, and Sunglasses

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Scarlett Johansson in a bikini on a beach vacation, from IG user @siri_14369

Standing five-foot-three and every bit as beautiful as she is on the silver screen, the Avengers star and indie darling of Lost in Translation wowed beach-goers who were stunned to be standing so close to such a major celebrity. Ladies and gentlemen, Scarlett Johansson was on vacation. From photos quickly snapped by onlookers, it looks like her vacation swag includes bikinis, sunglasses, and smoldering looks. Over her long and distinguished career as a celebrity, she has been known for her chic fashion.

As any reader of this website knows, San Diego is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. La Jolla itself has the Cove, the Shores, Black’s, the Caves, the Strand, and so on. We’re sure Scarlett Johansson in a bikini would be comfortable on many of these beaches, and might even get be able to escape the paparazzi. Here in San Diego, we like to let celebrities blend in and enjoy the laid-back vibes  like the rest of us.

If we were Alicia Keys, we’d invite Scarlett to the Razor House. Maybe we’d ask her what’s up with Black Widow. We’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. 

Not everybody knows this, but Scarlett Johansson was in Home Alone 3 (the least famous movie of that trilogy),  The Horse Whisperer, and Ghost World. In Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation, which came out in 2003, Scarlett and co-star Bill Murray entertained audiences. In Lost in Translation, there’s a scene where she hangs out in bikini briefs. This perhaps is what has inspired people to search for “Scarlett Johansson in a bikini” for all of these years. Some people just have nothing better to do.

The next time you’re on the beach in Del Mar, look around – you might catch a glimpse of Scarlett Johansson on vacation!

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The Billie Eilish Fashion Evolution: Bikini, Baggy Sweaters, Big T-Shirts, and Lingerie

Billie Eilish in a bikini for Vogue

When singer/songwriter Billie Eilish became famous in pop music, she was young and known for her boyish, modest style. But as the years have gone by and she’s gotten older, Eilish has chosen to dress more femininely and, sometimes, scantily clad. There have been mixed reactions to this. Some people are disappointed that Eilish hasn’t continued to dress in baggy sweaters and pants. Others praise her for looking good and becoming a woman. However you feel about the evolution of the performers’ style, Billie Eilish has dressed the way she wanted and, of course, that has changed over the years. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A throwback in a recent photo, Billie Eilish is seen with a baggy sweatshirt, something you’d wear in La Jolla on a winter night. It wouldn’t exactly be cool enough for bikini weather. Eilish was promoting merchandise and wore her trademark sweatshirt, but it’s hard to imagine wearing that anytime but winter. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Many people were surprised by Eilish’s cover photo for Vogue. While it’s quite classy, covering her more than a bikini would, there was still shock and awe. Others praised Eilish for her libertine attitude towards her control of how and when the public sees her body. It was also stylish to many. Reminiscent of cabaret, flappers, and another time, Eilish seemed to fit the style. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Of course beyond the cover were more racy and suggestive photos. In an image of Eilish sprawled sideways across a chair, her body becomes dynamic and artful. They are undoubtedly beautiful photos, but it was new territory for Eilish, who had been known for oversized shirts.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s understandable why people were taken aback by these lingerie photos, Eilish is still only 19 years-old. Yet she showed an interest in tasteful sensual shots and lack of clothing. Here she is in a baggy Playboy t-shirt. It’s a meeting of worlds and a nod to what kind of photos she would take later. The caption says “17 in 17 days.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At only 19, Billie Eilish is carving out a much more mature and womanly image. It is a smart way to transition her career out of kid-singer-songwriter to successful artist. It’s only a matter of time until the paparazzi takes photos of Eilish on the beach in San Diego wearing a bikini. 

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Drinking water

San Diego County Water Authority Says We’re Safe from Drought Through 2045

San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego County Water Authority. IG photo by @otaymark

On Monday, June 21, 2021, the San Diego County Water Authority announced that despite dry conditions, the California county is safe from drought impacts this summer and at least the next two and a half decades of summers to come. 

In the Monday statement, the San Diego County Water Authority said: “No shortages or regional water-use mandates are in the forecast, the result of three decades of strategic investments that create an aquatic safety net for San Diego County’s $253 billion economy and quality of life for 3.3 million residents.”

The statement also revealed that since the 1990s, water usage in the county is down 50%. The efforts have conserved over 1 million acre-feet of water over the past three decades. Plus, the water-saving efforts are continuing to expand, with projects such as: 

  • The locally controlled supply from the Carlsbad desalination plant
  • The conservation-and-transfer agreement that provides water from the Colorado River
  • The city of San Diego’s Pure Water San Diego which predicts the capability to produce 30 million gallons per day of drinking water in the next few years

Water Authority Board Chairman Gary Croucher explains the blocks of building the investment came directly from the efforts of San Diego residents. Croucher cites the resident’s water bill payments, and their water-smart practices have enabled the county to build the coffers up and keep San Diego free from drought-related issues until 2046.

Naturally, Croucher also implores residents to maintain their water-saving methods, including: 

  • Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth 
  • Maintaining irrigation systems
  • Using automatic shut-off nozzles hoses

Ultimately, this announcement alleviates the threat of drought that has always loomed over San Diego summer fun and showcases how community-wide efforts can create extraordinary success.  You can read the full story here

Plans for building

La Jolla Farms Home Development Approved… But Mind Those Ocean Views!

Blacks Beach near La Jolla Farms
Blacks Beach, near La Jolla Farms. IG photo by @aprilacsd

Somebody wants to build an 18,422 sq. ft. house in La Jolla Farms with one above-ground level and two below-ground levels. They want to build it on a lot being used informally by the neighbors for recreational use. 

So they drafted a development proposal for 9872 La Jolla Farms Road, a few doors down from the beloved Razor House.

It looks like they’re going to get their chance to build it.

The La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee met earlier this month and approved the requested permits after discussing planned development in the La Jolla Farms neighborhood.

As Long As You Don’t Mess With Those Ocean Views…

La Jolla officials initially reviewed the project in May. At that time, the request was to develop the site into a guest house with a “man cave.” The plan was to move the shrubs and bushes to give way to a new line of sight which directs towards the ocean. 

You have to be careful when you mess with the ocean views in La Jolla. As recently as December, an ad-hoc committee met to discuss to major issues in La Jolla. One point was that coastal view corridors were getting blocked by residential development. Another problem was that people are planting in the right of way and not maintaining the landscaping. 

All’s Well That Ends Well?

In the end, the approval came with stipulations that the applicant record a straightened southerly view corridor to make perforated fencing for more views, add a garbage bin, and take care of its vegetation and maintenance. This motion passed unanimously.

But one final note of interest: Over the past decade, the projects planned for this property have been approved multiple times but are somehow never built.

The present owner purchased the property after an iteration got approved in 2014 but not completed.

You can read the full story here.

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Jon Rahm, US Open, Torrey Pines 2021

US Open 2021 Winner Jon Rahm Talks About His Love for Torrey Pines

 

US Open 2021 winner Jon Rahm
US Open 2021 winner Jon Rahm. IG photo by @the_final_score_podcast

 

The US Open Championship took place at Torrey Pines on June 21, 2021. Plenty of talented golfers participated, but only one took the title home, Jon Rahm.

Jon Rahm is a professional golfer from Spain, currently ranked 1st in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Raham won this year’s US Open Championship on what was also his first Father’s Day.

Jon Rahm loves San Diego

In his post-championship interview, he shared his deep connection with Torrey Pines. He said, “It’s been my favorite city for a long time; it was my wife’s favorite city before we ever met.” 

While looking back, he also mentioned the PGA Tour Win at Torrey Pines was with his father by his side. “I was really happy my dad was here at that time, and as a father on my first Father’s Day with my dad here to get this one done the way I did.” 

The town also played an important role for him and his wife. “We got engaged here as well. I have a very happy life. I can say I’m extremely happy with the golf course, but this one might steal the show for a couple [of] days.”

“I do love Torrey Pines, and Torrey Pines loves me”

Of his deep and running connection with the place where it all happened, he said. “I do love Torrey Pines, and Torrey Pines loves me.”

Being a father also played an important role in his game as he said, “I really set out myself to be an example for my son that he would be proud of and I’ve done some stuff in the past, in the golf course, that I’m not proud of and I wish I could eliminate, but I’ve accepted it.” 

From this PGA Tour win, along with his life accomplishments, everyone can agree he’s doing a great job.

He’s even having fun on the course during his practice rounds! 

 

The banner photo in this story is from IG user @hookedongolfnfl

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La Jolla Sea Lion Rookery

Will The La Jolla Sea Lion Rookery Be Closed to the Public?

A La Jolla Sea Lion
A La Jolla sea lion. IG photo by @zoogirlsd

Here’s what you need to know: The Sierra Club asked San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria to close the Sea Lion Rookery earlier this week to protect sea lions and their pups. The rookery is on the shoreline next to Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Park.

The mayor’s office replied that they will add additional signage, but they won’t close the rookery.

The Seal Conservancy claims there are around 40,000 harbor seals along the California Coast. The Conservancy also approximates a colony of about 200 seals uses the La Jolla rookery at Casa Beach to rear their young. 

A Little Backstory

The La Jolla Cove seals have become a community staple as they haul out at the beach year-round. 

However, there is a special occurrence in June and October, as the seals rears their young at Casa Beach. Baby seals need space to learn to swim and grow up, which is why a human presence can be extremely dangerous to the Rookery.

Of course, this wouldn’t be controversial, but this portion of Casa Beach is also popular for the summertime fun and development of La Jolla’s human children.

The Children’s Pool in La Jolla is a beach created for the neighborhood kids, surrounded by a wall to protect it from large waves. When La Jolla constructed the Children’s Pool, no one realized they were encroaching on the seal pups until the two offspring species started overlapping in the space. 

This Sierra Club Request Was Prompted by An Accidental Death

Earlier this month, the tragic, accidental death of a seal pup sparked a renewed endeavor for the safety of the animals. Thus, the Sierra Club urged the San Diego Mayor to close the La Jolla Rookery to the public until the birthing season is over. 

NBC 7 San Diego reported earlier this month on a statement City Councilman Joe LaCava made regarding the safety and respect for the area’s nature.

“There are few places where you can be on dry land and watch the seals and sea lions up close in their natural state,” LaCava said. “Being this close has its advantages; it’s a memorable experience for children and adults alike. However, we also have to remember that seals and sea lions are wild animals that deserve their space and our respect.”

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San Diego heatwave

It’s Going to Be Hot! Expect Triple Digit Temperatures this June

Stay hydrated
Stay hydrated, San Diego!

Get ready for a heatwave, San Diego! Well–in the mountains, at least.

The National Weather Station in San Diego predicts that temperatures could creep into the high nineties next week, possibly rising above 100 in the mountains.

The prediction reported by Fox 5 San Diego includes a high of 102 degrees on Tuesday and a scorching high of 103 degrees on Wednesday, June 15th and 16th. 

That’s a far cry from our usual June weather.

(Meanwhile, the weather app on our phones says it’s going to be in the 70s next week, in the more coastal areas of San Diego.)

Safety Warnings

These blistering temperatures will increase the risk of heat-related issues.

Therefore, when it gets hot outside, residents across San Diego County should stay inside air-conditioned homes or areas, when possible, and drink plenty of fluids. Maybe this is just the time to visit your favorite restaurant or go to an air-conditioned art gallery or museum

If you have elderly neighbors or family members, make sure they know to drink plenty of water and stay in a cool environment. 

It is always important to never leave children or animals inside a car, even for a few minutes. In heat like this, especially, the temperature inside cars can rise to fatal levels within a few minutes. 

How to Know If You Have Heatstroke

The NWS San Diego also shared information about heatstroke. If you feel or notice someone with the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.

  • Throbbing headache/Confusion
  • Not sweating despite the heat
  • Red/Hot/Dry Skin
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Rapid/ Strong Pulse
  • May lose consciousness

If you or someone around you is experiencing these dangerous warning signs, after calling 9-1-1, move the person to a cooler place and use cool cloths or a bath to cool them down. Do NOT give them anything to drink.

Additionally, if you are thinking of escaping to the mountains for cooler temperatures, the NWS predicts unusually hot temperatures in elevated areas. Therefore, it is better to stay home in the air conditioning.

For more information or to keep up to date with the latest weather warnings, visit weather.gov/sandiego.

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La Jolla Village

Ribbon Cutting for La Jolla Businesses that Opened During COVID

Sotheby's Plaza on Prospect St. in La Jolla Village
Sotheby’s Plaza on Prospect St. in La Jolla Village. IG photo by @pawatola

When: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 4 p.m.
Where: Sotheby’s Plaza, 111 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037
Snack Factor: Highly Likely
RSVP (required) at (858) 230-2725

Every day, La Jolla and the rest of San Diego experience signs of normality returning to our beautiful California county. The past eighteen months have been difficult for everyone, but small businesses were detrimentally affected by the shutdown and subsequent reopening procedures put in place by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the understanding that the closures were for protecting themselves, their employees, and their customers, there is no doubt the pandemic restrictions were particularly cruel to small businesses worldwide.

Fortunately, though, the world is getting back on track, and that means that residents and patrons can now give small businesses in La Jolla the attention they deserve.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Governor Gavin Newsome has designated June 15, 2021 to be the day California returns to pre-pandemic guidelines.

The La Jolla Village Merchants Association knew this was the perfect time to recognize upwards of thirty businesses that opened in La Jolla since the pandemic started.  As you already know, people love shopping in La Jolla.

The Ribbon Cutting, Grand Re-Opening Event will take place in The Village, starting at 4 p.m.

Banner photo by BommaritoArt.com

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San Diego Loyal SC

San Diego’s Soccer Club Finally Has a Game You Can Attend

San Diego Loyal vs Phoenix Rising

San Diego hasn’t had a soccer team for long, and most of that time has been during a pandemic. But life is finally getting back to normal, and for San Diego Loyal SC soccer fans, this means taking to the stands and cheering your team on in person!

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, San Diego Loyal SC will face off against Phoenix Rising FC at Torero Stadium at 7:30 PM. 

There are two significant aspects of this game that have fans and players alike equally excited:

First, this will be the first game where fans will physically attend since the Covid-19 Pandemic consumed the world in March 2020. This feat is undoubtedly monumental, as it is yet another piece of concrete evidence that the world is indeed returning to normal.

While many people, especially diehard San Diego Loyal SC fans, frequented the games before the pandemic, many had a hard time believing that this would be possible, even a year and a half later. 

Second, the San Diego Loyal SC team has a personal milestone happening on that day, as it is the second anniversary of the team’s formation. 

The team is hosting giveaways, live music, and other festivities to celebrate both of these feats. The celebration will begin before the game starts and will continue after it ends, showcasing the strength and resilience of the San Diego community. 

Tickets for this grand event are on sale now at SDLoyal.com However, if you wish to support your San Diego Loyal SC team but don’t feel comfortable physically attending the game, you can tune in on Antenna TV (69.2) or Azteca 33. 



Photos in this article from @sandiegoloyal

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May 2021 real estate in La Jolla

May 2021 Real Estate Recap: LaJolla.com’s Top 5 Homes Sold within Our Jewel By The Sea

These five homes sold in La Jolla in May 2021, with prices ranging from $3.4 million to over $18 million. Many La Jolla homes sold in May but these are the ones that caught our attention the most. 

#5 – A Modest Property… One Block from the Ocean ($3.4 million)

What does three and a half million dollars buy you these days in South Birdrock? How about 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a decent garage on a cul-de-sac lot located a stone’s throw from the ocean? Oh, and you can stand at the end of your driveway and see the turquoise water of the mighty Pacific on your stroll east to La Jolla Blvd before deciding between Oscars & West End or Beaumonts & LJ Crafted Wines. If anything, the new owner could make this a fabulous La Jolla AirBNB should they decide not to move in full-time. 

Naturally, there will be a modern kitchen with gourmet countertops, upscale appliances, and recessed lighting. The downstairs floors will be opulent, too–maybe a specific type of oak that exists in moderately limited quantities.

You’ll have built-in bookshelves and a working fireplace, a cute lawn with mature landscaping, and all the general amenities of someone who can drop a few million bucks on a house. But the cherry on top is a rooftop lounge with a spectacular ocean view. Not only can you relax after a long day, but you also get to make all of your friends and family members jealous. (356 Bandera St.)

#4 – Modern Architecture with Rooftop Views ($4.7 million)

But what if you can afford to spend closer to $5 million on a house? This is where it really starts to get interesting….

The architectural style of your home becomes more modern–or, as the real estate brochure said, “funky.” And remember that rooftop lounge with a view of the ocean?

At this price point, it starts to look like a place where models come on sunny days to have their pictures taken. This particular home, which closed at $4,793,879, features 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, over 4,000 sq. ft., and an in-ground spa. It’s an entertainer’s dream, as they say on real estate shows. (6052 La Jolla Blvd.)

#3 – Stare at the Ocean from Your Infinity Pool ($6.2 million)

Welcome to Tuscany, by way of La Jolla. That’s not the Mediterranean you see, it’s the Pacific! 

You’ll know you’ve arrived when you have more bathrooms than you do bedrooms. This 6 bedroom, 7 bath home has over 8,000 square feet (that’s the size of more than 9 one-bedroom apartments in San Diego), and it looks like a proper villa with a built-in theatre. 

You don’t have to go up to the roof to see the ocean, either. This home features panoramic views, an infinity pool and spa, dual master suites, a gym, a wine room, two home offices, the finest in kitchen appliances, a guest suite with kitchenette, and a 3-car garage ready to charge your Tesla Model S. (1904 Estrada Way)

#2 – Celebrity Status on a Cliff Over the Ocean ($12.1 million)

When they use helicopter footage in the MLS to show you where your house is–and it’s on a cliff overlooking the ocean–you know you’ve made some savvy investment decisions in your life (and paid some hefty California capital gains taxes).

Here you can see what $12 million can get you in La Jolla in May 2021: How about a secluded property on an ocean bluff right in the heart of La Jolla Village? Hopefully you enjoy open-beam ceilings, because this house has plenty of those.

It also includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, all of the usual gourmet amenities, along with a master suite with ocean views, multiple viewing decks, and a tennis court.  (1555 Coast Walk)

#1 – Which Marvel Movie Are You In? ($18.4 million)

The hottest real estate deal in La Jolla during May 2021 involved a closing price of over $18 million. We’re surprised they even let us see pictures of what it looks like on the inside.

Well, maybe they want to inspire us all to audition for major Marvel movie roles. Did you see the MLS photo of the cars in the garage (er, climate-controlled automobile gallery)? It looks like Robert Downey, Jr., lives here.

They list the architect in the brochure, too, which usually means “expensive.” And do you really want to know what kind of countertops those are? The Realtor simply wrote: “No compromises were made.”

Someone is enjoying privacy and luxury on a level most of us can only dream of. The pictures are fun to look at, though. (6251 La Jolla Scenic Dr. S.)

 

 

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