News and community briefs for La Jolla
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An epic sunset seen at Scripps Pier. / Photo by Don Balch
An epic sunset seen at Scripps Pier. / Photo by Don Balch

If you plan on spending a day shopping at Westfield UTC, prepare to pay a little extra. Starting Jan. 30, shoppers will be charged for parking as a part of Westfield UTC’s new secured parking plan. According to Westfield UTC’s website, the first two hours are free, but after that shoppers are charged $2 for visits lasting 2-3 hours, $4 for visits lasting 3-4 hours, and $6 for visits lasting 4-5 hours. If you plan to spend more than nine hours shopping, expect to be charged the full-day maximum rate of $15. 

In addition to the new charges, Westfield UTC’s plan also includes additional parking options for customers such as a well-lit and secure five-level parking structure, “park assist technology” to help lead drivers directly to the first available open space, a four-lane, drive-up valet service on La Jolla Village Drive (which costs $8 for four hours and $2 per hour after that), and a designated drop-off and pick-up station for Uber vehicles. 

The goal of this new plan is to help alleviate the inconveniences caused by “the hundreds of vehicles left on-site each day by individuals making visits elsewhere in the local neighborhood.”

Parking validations are available for customers of UTC’s Arclight Cinemas, 24-Hour Fitness, and the UTC Ice Sports Center. To learn more information and provide feedback to Westfield UTC, visit


CortexRx Wellness Pharmacy held its grand opening Jan. 16. Located at 7301 Girard St., the pharmacy will offer its customers an alternative to traditional pharmacies while providing high-quality prescription drugs and preventive care services, such as vaccination.

The pharmacy will offer free consultations and samples for its clients. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 858-246-6918 for more information.


A fun and informative presentation about the harbor seal pupping season, and about other ocean wildlife featuring video, slideshow, and lecture, will be presented by an award-winning filmmaker and seal education specialist from 1 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, 7916 Girard Ave.


La Jolla’s annual week-long celebration of all things cetacean will return to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps next month. Whale Fest – held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2-10 – pays homage to the migrating gray whales in Southern California and all their fin-tastic cousins.

Participants can become whale experts, discover local species, learn how to spot whales, get hands-on with bio-facts, meet real Scripps Oceanography scientists who study whales, create cute whale crafts and learn all about whale watching at the aquarium. For more information about the event, visit


La Jolla Shores Association is seeking residents, property owners, or business owners, 18 years of age or more, in the La Jolla Shores area to become active members of the LJSA board. Interested candidates can make their intentions known by the Feb. 13 board meeting, by emailing the association's election committee at the, or go to Elections will be held at the March meeting. 


The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is offering furloughed government employees free general admission passes to any Arts & Ideas and JCompany performances to provide an enjoyable diversion from the stress of the shutdown.

Participants must show government ID at guest services to redeem tickets. Each government employee can claim up to four free general admission passes with a valid government ID. This promotion will run until the furlough/shutdown is over. Upcoming events include Disney’s “Newsies Jr.,” and “Isabella Rossellini Live: Link Link Circus.”

JFS is also providing supplemental groceries including, non-perishables and produce, during special food assistance hours every Tuesday until the shutdown ends. Please bring identification in the form of Federal ID, CAC card, or Contractor ID.


San Diego Audubon Society’s 14th-annual celebration of wetlands – why they matter, how they are threatened, and what you can do to help – will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve, 2055 Pacific Beach Drive.

A celebration of local wetlands, the event gives participants a unique opportunity to experience a reserve that is normally closed to the public because of its fragile habitat. Activities include marsh walks, presentations by local environmental groups and other fun educational projects.

Participants are encouraged to bring rain boots for the marsh walk and be prepared for some muddy fun. Parking may be limited, and spill-over parking will be at Crown Point Park. This is a free family-friendly event, so kids are welcome to join. For questions, email San Diego Audubon's restoration manager at


Fourth annual OB Surf Classic, presented by the Hodad’s Foundation and AWOL Productions, will take place 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 2. This surf contest is for all the local rippers and families in the Ocean Beach community. There will be a variety of divisions for men, women, juniors, groms and a fun family division for longboards and shortboards. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Hodad’s Foundation to encourage more youth sports, summer surf and skate camps.


San Diego’s historic beachfront amusement park was featured on the Jan. 21 episode of ABC’s "The Bachelor.” The episode included an exciting and heartwarming one-on-one date with Colton Underwood, one lucky lady and some surprise guests in the heart of Mission Beach at Belmont Park. The 23rd season of "The Bachelor” stars Underwood, who burst onto the scene during season 14 of "The Bachelorette." The former NFL player made a play for Bachelorette Becca Kufrin's heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. When he showed up to the beaches of Mexico last summer on "Bachelor in Paradise," he was hopeful, but still did not find the one.


A nurse known for his infectious smile and positive energy was hospitalized following a scooter accident in Pacific Beach during the early morning hours of Dec. 10. More than $16,000 has been raised in 26 days by mare than 250 people for Vince Bicomong, a pediatric nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, through a GoFundMe page titled “Good Vibes for Vince.”

"Vince is so full of life, and love," the page reads. "He makes everyone he meets feel so special and loved. His smile lights up a room instantly. He's always smiling, singing and dancing and his vibes are infectious. Vince is a Pediatric Registered Nurse at Rady Children's hospital and the kids and families absolutely adore him, along with all his coworkers. We could never imagine the medical team at Rady's without Vince and his good vibes.”

While his current condition is unknown, the goal of the campaign is to raise $20,000 to help pay for Bicomong’s medical expenses and recovery. To donate to the GoFundMe, visit


The Mission Bay Park Committee Jan. 8 unanimously green-lighted a request by SeaWorld San Diego to build another roller coaster at the marine amusement park, to exceed 100 feet in height and to be named Mako. Scheduled to open in summer 2020, Mako would be the third roller coaster, following the Electric Eel, which opened in 2018, and Tidal Twister, scheduled to open in May 2019, to open at the popular marine park, which is shifting its emphasis away from animal shows to entertainment with thrill rides and other attractions.

“Rides have always been a part of the quintessential SeaWorld experience,” Dan Sehlhorst, SeaWorld project manager told the parks board. “The master plan allows us to have a maximum of four projects between 100 feet and 160 feet in height in the park.” 

Sehlhorst added the new Mako coaster “will have a 143-foot drop, the longest, tallest, fastest dive in California.”

Tidal Twister, a dueling roller coaster, will be its new attraction for this summer. The first of its kind in the world, this unique and horizontal ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean.


San Diego Softball has openings for coed and mens teams for the spring softball season, which begins on Feb. 11. Games are played in various leagues at the Pacific Beach Recreation Center, McEvoy Mission Bay Youth Fields in Pacific Beach, and at Serra Mesa Recreation Center.

Fees include field rental and field preparation, game balls, game and umpire scheduling, postseason play and post season awards (if teams qualify). For information or to sign up a new team, call San Diego Softball at 619-549-2644 or
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