La Jolla News Nuggets: Bonfires on the Beach, “Looting the Village,” Lifeguard Trials, Nierenberg Awards, and More

San Diego proposal would explicitly ban wooden bonfires on the beach outside of city circles

San Diego officials are moving forward with a proposal to explicitly prohibit wood-burning bonfires on city beaches unless such fires are within designated city circles. The proposal would rewrite a vague section of the municipal code covering beach fires. Under the proposal, the only fires permitted outside designated circles would be propane fueled.

Although the city code can be strictly interpreted as already prohibiting fires outside of city-designated circles, city officials say it’s important to update the code for clarity and because traffic lights antlers have been allowed outside these circles for many years.

City officials recently rejected a compromise proposed by bonfire companies to tighten regulations, but continue to allow makeshift fires outside of city circles.

Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, first proposed the update in May and hopes to present it to council for approval in October, according to his staff. — The San Diego Union Tribune

The merchants’ association plans to change its name to “Piller le village”

The Jolla Village Merchants Association is considering changing the name of its Halloween event known as “Village Looting” after receiving a complaint from a representative of a local Native American tribe, according to the LJVMA’s executive director, Jodi Rudick. The issue was discussed at the LJVMA’s Marketing Committee meeting on August 23.

Those in favor of a change argued that the name Pillage the Village did not immediately suggest a deception event and said that if the name offends anyone, it should be reconsidered.

Opponents argued that the event was always called Village Looting without any complaints from the community.

The committee did not render a decision and continued discussion until the full board meeting, which begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14 at the La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave.

Upcoming lifeguard trials in September and October

Interested in becoming a lifeguard? The San Diego Fire and Rescue Department will hold tryouts Sept. 22-24 and Oct. 20-22 at Ventura Cove in Mission Bay. Trials must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

Bay and ocean lifeguards perform rescues, administer first aid, warn swimmers of dangerous water conditions, enforce beach regulations and ordinances, clean and maintain lifeguard equipment, operate boats rescue vehicles and emergency vehicles, provide information to the public, maintain records, prepare reports and perform other assigned duties.

Pay starts at $20.41 per hour. To get an interview, candidates must be able to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes.

For more information, call (619) 221-8844 or visit

Scripps Oceanography awards Nierenberg Prize to atmospheric scientist Warren Washington

Warren Washington (center) receives the Nierenberg Prize from Nicolas Nierenberg (son of the late Professor William Nierenberg, after whom the prize is named) and Margaret Leinen, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

(Courtesy of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in La Jolla has awarded pioneering atmospheric scientist Warren Washington the 2021 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. Washington is an internationally renowned scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research who has specialized in climate research — specifically climate modeling — for more than five decades.

The Nierenberg Prize includes a bronze medal and $25,000. Previous recipients include biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry; former astronaut and NASA administrator Charles Bolden; filmmaker David Attenborough; and primatologist Jane Goodall, among others.

Washington is considered as one of the first developers of groundbreaking atmospheric computer models in the early 1960s. He was selected to receive the Nierenberg Prize in 2021, but a formal event to honor this achievement has been postponed to July this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCSD will resume two-year housing guarantees for undergraduates

UC San Diego said it would broadly reinstate the two-year on-campus housing guarantee that was available to new undergraduates before the COVID-19 pandemic caused its housing stock to shrink. by the university.

The offer will be phased in and will take full effect in the fall of 2023 when the La Jolla campus opens a new village that can accommodate approximately 2,000 students.

The reinstated guarantee will be primarily for freshmen and sophomores to help them acclimate to university life and avoid the highly competitive and expensive off-campus private housing market. But other undergraduates will also have access, depending on the offer.

Many students have been on waiting lists this summer trying to secure on-campus housing for the fall.

UCSD expects to enroll up to 18,022 students when the fall term begins on Monday, September 19, which would be a record high. — The San Diego Union Tribune

La Jolla/Riford Library wraps up summer reading program with book launch

Matt de la Peña launches his new book,

Matt de la Peña launches his new book, “Patchwork,” August 26 during the La Jolla/Riford Library Summer Reading Program finale.

(Courtesy of Katia Graham)

Matt de la Peña, best-selling author and Newbery Medalist, launched his new children’s book, “Patchwork,” August 26 during the finale of the La Jolla/Riford Library Summer Reading Program, in partnership with the Warwick Bookstore in La Jolla.

The story celebrates the complexity and uniqueness of each child. De la Peña discussed his inspiration, read “Patchwork” aloud, answered questions and signed copies. Asked about the main takeaways, he replied, “Enjoy the trip.”

The book is illustrated by Corinna Luyken.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light

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