La Jolla News Nuggets: Conrad solar panels, art and writing awards, infrastructure comments, more


The Conrad goes solar

The Jolla Music Society this month completed installing an array of solar panels on the roof of its home, the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. With 237 panels generating 425 watts each, the expected monthly energy savings are expected to be 25%, or more than $1.3 million over the next 30 years.

Music Society donors Raffaella and John Belanich and Bebe and Marvin Zigman spearheaded fundraising efforts with major donations to cover the $307,000 installation cost.

Construction of the Conrad was completed in 2019. Although the solar panel was not included in the building’s original design, the infrastructure was designed to facilitate future expansion, according to a press release.

The Conrad is at 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla.

La Jolla students are regional winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Several students from La Jolla schools have been chosen as 2022 regional winners School Art and Writing Awardswhich honors teens in grades 7-12 in 28 art and writing categories.

La Jolla Country Day students Asya Lyubavina and Rachel Yang won Gold Key awards for art. Rachel also won a silver key for art. Gold Key entries are considered for national awards, which will be announced in the spring.

La Jolla Country Day student Elinor Amir-Lobel won a Silver Key award in writing.

In art, Bishop’s School students Annie Fang, Annika Haagensen, Elizabeth Jin, Grace Sun and Ellen Wang took home the Golden Key. Annie, Annika and Aria Lui won the Silver Keys.

Bishop students who won gold keys for writing are Jeremy Feng, Emma Hong, Kasie Leung, Crystal Li, Katelyn Wang, and Shirley Xu. Emma, ​​Crystal, Grace, Katelyn, Shirley, Eli Browne, Emmie Kao, Angelina Kim, Kasie Leung, Sabrina Li, and Alicia Zhou won Silver Keys in Writing.

La Jolla High School student Madeline Sornson won a gold key in writing.

City collects feedback on infrastructure repairs

The City of San Diego is collecting feedback through Monday, Feb. 28 on how it should prioritize infrastructure projects across the city. A poll has been created and can be found at

The survey asks questions such as which projects the community needs most (from water pipes to parks, bike paths and libraries), how participants rate the streets and sidewalks in the community, and more. .

At a recent conference on how the city prioritizes infrastructure projects, Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, said potential projects for funding are noted. The system “invests in our most needy areas, without allocating the same amount of money to all neighborhoods,” he said. “I fight for every infrastructure dollar for District 1, but equity is an important issue.”

He added that the city welcomes feedback “on how we should approach the scoring system, not necessarily individual projects.”

Timken Appoints La Jollan Jeanne Jones to Board of Directors

The Timken Museum of Art has named La Jolla resident Jeanne Jones to its Board of Trustees.

(Courtesy of the Timken Museum of Art)

The board of directors of the Timken Art Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park named philanthropist and cookbook author Jeanne Jones to its ranks.

Jones, a longtime La Jolla resident, has been involved with the Timken for years, including hosting its Orange and Black Gala and raising money for its various community programs.

The new children’s museum includes two La Jollans on board

La Jollan Lynda Forsha has joined the board of the New Children's Museum.

La Jollan Lynda Forsha has joined the board of the New Children’s Museum.

(Courtesy of New Children’s Museum)

The new children’s museum in San Diego recently welcomed 10 new directors to serve on its board, including La Jollans Lynda Forsha and Maryanne Pfister.

Forsha is the director of Art Advisory Services and the executive director of Murals of La Jolla.

La Jolla Presbyterian Church to Host Blood Drive on March 6

La Jolla Presbyterian Church will be holding a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at 7715 Draper Ave. in the Sun House Hall.

Donors must show photo ID, be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in good health. The blood bank recommends having a meal and drinking plenty of fluids before donating. To make an appointment, call (619) 400-8251 or visit

Coast Commission continues to receive feedback on Short Term Rental Order

The California Coastal Commission is still collecting feedback from residents on the City of San Diego’s proposed amendment to regulate the operation of short-term rentals and rental lodging platforms.

The next meeting of the Coastal Commission is Wednesday March 9th. The agenda has not yet been published.

Comments on the STR Order are accepted by email at [email protected].

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla awards $1,000 to global communities

Wally Matranga and Susan Callahan (right), members of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, with Uli Heine of Global Communities

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla members Wally Matranga and Susan Callahan (right) present Global Communities’ Uli Heine with a check for $1,000 on Feb. 18.

(Courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla)

The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla presented a check for $1,000 Feb. 18 to Uli Heine, senior director of engagement for the nonprofit Global Communities.

Global Communities works to implement sustainability and growth programs in communities affected by poverty, disaster and conflict.

The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla awards approximately $200,000 annually to area nonprofits, funded through the club’s annual half marathon.

La Jollans can “fill the trunk” of local firefighters

Local firefighters will take to the streets on Thursday, March 10 for the Burn Institute’s annual Firefighter Boot Drive campaign. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters will be stationed at intersections across San Diego County to collect donations for the institute’s fire and burn prevention education and burn survivor support services. Banners with QR codes will be hung at participating fire stations throughout March for a contactless payment option.

La Jolla area locations will include Station 35, 4285 Eastgate Mall; La Jolla Scenic Drive at Nautilus Street; Torrey Pines Road to Girard Avenue; and Torrey Pines Road at La Jolla Parkway or Torrey Pines at La Jolla Village Drive.

La Jolla Elementary School will hold an information meeting for families

La Jolla Elementary School will host an information meeting for future transitional Universal Kindergarten through fifth grade students at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 on Zoom.

Meeting with Principal Stephanie Hasselbrink will provide information about the school, its academic and enrichment programs, opportunities for parent involvement, UTK/Kindergarten-specific information and more ahead of the 2022 school year -23.

To RSVP, call the LJES office at (619) 605-3300 or email Lisa Schrift at [email protected]

La Jolla Playhouse creator Hal Sadler dies at 91

Hal Sadler, known as the “Mr. San Diego of modernist architecture” and responsible for the La Jolla Playhouse, among other projects, died Jan. 21 at age 91 from complications from a stroke.

His legacy also includes three bank towers on B Street, the San Diego Central Library, and the 2001 expansion of the San Diego Convention Center with its distinctive Sail Pavilion. He was also instrumental in many San Diego Zoo projects, including what is known today as the Dickinson Family Center for Lifelong Learning, Polar Bear Plunge, and Hippo Beach.

Sadler founded Tucker Sadler Architects in 1957 with fellow architect Thomas Tucker and structural engineer Edwin Bennett. — The San Diego Union Tribune

Share of international students at UCSD falls again

The percentage of international students at UC San Diego has dropped for the fourth consecutive year.

New numbers from the Office of the President of the University of California indicate that the 8,159 international students who enrolled at UCSD last fall represented 19.5% of the university’s approximately 42,000 students.

Foreigners represented 19.6% of the student body in 2020, 21% in 2019, 21.3% in 2018 and 21.6% in 2017.

Lawmakers began pushing in the past decade to enroll more students from California after some UC schools began recruiting heavily from foreigners, who pay more than double the tuition , helping campuses balance their budgets.

Last year, the Legislature told UCSD, UCLA and UC Berkeley that they must cut the number of undergraduate students outside of California by about 4%. This will collectively free up 4,500 slots for Californians over the next five years. — The San Diego Union Tribune

Warwick partners with United Way for book drive

Warwick’s Bookshop in La Jolla is in partnership with United Way of San Diego County during a book drive until Thursday, March 31, to commemorate National Reading Day Across America.

Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate new children’s books to promote reading among students across the county. United Way hopes to raise 1,000 books through the drive. The books will be donated to children in need.

Donors can buy books online and choose from a list of recommendations on and in person at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave.

Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information, visit

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light


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