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La Jolla News Nuggets Scripps Park Pavilion Environment Committee heroism award, local charitable work, more
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La Jolla News Nuggets Scripps Park Pavilion Environment Committee heroism award, local charitable work, more

Next month, Scripps Park will open a restroom pavilion

Officials at Scripps Park Pavilion say that after years of delays caused by everything from the pandemics to permits, the facility’s January opening is finally possible.

The project, which was initiated in January 2014 is a replacement comfort station at Ellen Browning Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove. The project also included the demolition of an existing comfort station.

The new facility will have more toilets, unisex toiletstalls, showers, storage, and much more.

Construction was initially scheduled for the first half of 2019, with a summer opening in 2021. However, project managers claim that unexpected redesigns of some features have delayed the opening date. Due to construction issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was also a delay.

The project cost is $5.2 million, $3.2 million for construction and the rest for design contingency or environmental permits.

LaCava will chair the City Council Environment Committee

Joe LaCava (City Councilman) has assumed the chairmanship of City Council’s Environment Committee. His District 1 includes La Jolla. The move came after Jennifer Campbell’s departure from the City Council presidency to Sean Elo Rivera.

LaCava was the only member of council who wasn’t in charge of any committee before he was appointed to the Environment Committee.

According to the city: Environment CommitteeThe area of responsibility for the department includes water, stormwater, and parks policy.

Man is awarded the Heroism Award for La Jolla’s ocean rescue

Neil Garrett received the Carnegie Medal for helping to rescue a young girl in La Jolla in 2020.

Neil Garrett was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2020 for his efforts in saving a young girl from La Jolla.

(Courtesy Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

Neil Garrett, Santee, has been awarded the Carnegie Medal after rescuing a 10-year-old girl last year from rough ocean waves at La Jolla Shores.

The Carnegie Medal was established in 1904 and is awarded to individuals who risk their lives to save or attempt to save others. It is North America’s highest honor for civilian heroism.

Recognition comes with a medal or a financial grant.

Garrett saved the girl’s life in May 2020, after her parents had lost their sight. He entered the water to reach the girl.

Garrett hugged her tightly with one arm. He then sidestroked back towards shore but made little progress due to the rough conditions. Jack Barone, a surfer, approached them and placed Garrett on the girl’s surfboard. She was then taken to a hospital.

Garrett expressed his gratitude for the award. I did what I believe most people would’ve done if I was wearing flip-flops at the beach that day,” Garrett said. La Jolla Light.Jack Barone and God are the ones I want to thank for my heroic efforts. Without them, I believe that all of my heroic efforts would have been futile.

Newcomers Club donates warm clothes, money and other items to charity

The La Jolla Newcomers Club has concluded its fall charity campaign for One Warm Coat. This national organization provides warm clothing to people in need through partnerships with local agencies.

Shoreline Community Services, located in Pacific Beach, was selected by the club to serve people in PB and La Jolla. Mimi Sells (coordinator of the Newcomers Club campaign) delivered approximately 50 bags of warm weather wear to Shoreline Director Carynblanton. The club also made a donation of $750 to the One Warm Coat National organization.

The Newcomers Club welcomes new members. The Newcomers Club is open to all who have moved to La Jollas, 92037 ZIP code within the past three years. For more details, visit

Local volunteers help to collect food and toys

Alex Cockrell helps out as the La Jolla chapter of the National League of Young Men supported a toy and food collection.

Alex Cockrell assists in the support of the Angel Tree Toy and Food Collection by the La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men on Dec. 12.

(Courtesy Sharon Jones

The National League of Young Men La Jolla Chapter spent December 12 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center San Diego supporting the Angel Tree Toy and Food Collection.

Families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to celebrate the holidays can receive presents, food, and comfort through the campaign.

Volunteers from La Jolla made food boxes, recycled cardboard boxes, and took out trash. They also helped to arrange books for donation.

Visit www.National League of Young Men for more information nationalleagueofyoungmen.orgSend an email [email protected].

After a water leak, Sammy’s restaurant in La Jolla is reopened

Sammys Food + Wine opened its La Jolla restaurant Dec. 17, after it was closed since Oct. 26, due to water damage from an upstairs leak.

According to Sara Wacker, the leak occurred approximately two months after the restaurant had undergone a remodel, which included an updated patio.

We are happy to be open for the holidays, even though it is not ideal, Sami Ladeki, founder, stated in a statement.

Salk scientists discover how anxiety affects breathing

Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla) discovered the reason why breathing rate increases dramatically when someone is anxious or hurt. They discovered a neural network within the brain that coordinates breathing rhythm and feelings of fear and pain.

These findings could lead the development of an opioid to prevent opioid-induced breathing depression, which is disrupted breathing that leads to overdose deaths.

The study was published Dec. 17 NeuronThe Salk study focused on neurons in the brain that process fear and the emotional experience pain. It also included neurons in the region that generates the breathing rhythm. According to the study, neurons interact with each other, making it easier to breathe faster when we feel pain or anxiety.

Ebola Evolution: La Jolla residents’ new book compares Ebola and COVID-19

Dr. Michael Oldstone, a La Jolla resident, was the Viral-Immunobiology Laboratory leader at Scripps Research. He has written Ebolas evolution: Turning despair to deliverance: A Roadmap for COVID-19.

Madeleine Rose Oldstone co-authored the book. It details the origins of Ebola, its multiple outbreaks, and compares the fight against it with the current battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ebolas Evolution is now available

Shores Association to hold March board election; forms due January 8

Five seats will be up for election in March 9th’s La Jolla Shores Associations board elections. Five members terms are ending.

Current members, as well as anyone else interested, are allowed to run for reelection.

To be eligible to vote, candidates must submit the required forms, including the registration form, by Saturday Jan. 8. For more information, please visit

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