News Nuggets: Su Casa Building, Photo Scavenger Hunt, Innovation Night, Golf Tournament Contest, more


The old Su Casa restaurant building is demolished

The building that housed the former Su Casa de La Jolla restaurant at 6738 La Jolla Blvd. was demolished on September 22.

The site had been closed since October 2019, when restaurateurs Moishe and Batia Chernovetzky closed the business after 52 years.

In 2016, the La Jolla Community Planning Association gave approval for the demolition of the building and the construction of a two-story, 7,875-square-foot mixed-use building, a two-story residential building of 3,820 square feet and a 3,086-square-foot three-story residential building with a 15,312 square foot underground parking garage at 6738 La Jolla Blvd. and 350 Playa del Sur.

The Chernovetzkys did not respond to requests for comment.

Two aces of the treasure hunt photo of La Jollan

This pedestal on Coast Boulevard, near Coast Boulevard South, was one of the locations of the La Jolla Light’s photographic treasure hunt.

(La Jolla Light staff)

The La Jolla Light has eagle-eyed readers! After launching our photo scavenger hunt last week of hidden places in La Jolla, two respondents were able to identify the location of all seven photos, and one named six.

Just hours after the treasure hunt photos were posted online, La Jollan James Rudolph identified them all. A few days later, La Jollan Dave Halter followed suit. An honorable mention goes to Chas Dye, who identified six.

The places are: a wall decoration at the Girard Plaza; the lawn of the La Jolla Historical Society; the courtyard of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church; the footbridge of the La Jolla Recreation Center; a wall decoration at Mary’s Catholic Church, Star of the Sea; a pedestal on Coast Boulevard near Coast Boulevard South; and the fountain outside Pacific Sotheby’s on Prospect Street.

La Jolla Cove 10 Mile Relay a ‘huge success’

The 20th edition of the La Jolla Cove 10 Mile Relay “has been a huge success,” said organizer John Heffner.

The Sept. 25 race brought together 667 swimmers, mostly in teams, to navigate the open-water course off La Jolla Shores.

The event raised approximately $40,000 for the American Diabetes Association and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.

La Jolla gets in the festival mood

Hundreds of people attended the San Diego Spirits Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla on September 24-25.

Hundreds of people attended the San Diego Spirits Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla on September 24-25.

(Elisabeth Frausto)

The 13th annual San Diego Spirits Festival poured into La Jolla on September 24-25 at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

The event featured unlimited cocktails and tastes of over 65 spirit brands, as well as entertainment from samba and belly dancers and an 80s band, as well as food from local venues.

The 15th La Jolla Playhouse Innovation Night will take place on October 3

The 15th Annual La Jolla Playhouse Innovation Night kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3, at the Taper Plaza outside the playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive.

The event, co-chaired by Denise Bevers and Tim Scott, will celebrate Honorary President Mary Walshok, a longtime administrator of the theater house.

Innovation Night brings together leaders from San Diego’s biotechnology, life sciences, high tech, clean tech, defense, telecommunications and related industries for an evening at the La Jolla Playhouse.

It supports the playhouse’s new game development and learning and engagement programs.

Innovation Night guests will be treated to an evening of networking, as well as a performance of “Borderless”, created and performed by a team of multidisciplinary artists including Hugo Crosthwaite, Theresa Magario, MALU, Blake McCarty and Pita Zapot. The performance will blend electronic music and classic violin solos with contemporary choreography and traditional dance forms, all set to digitally deconstructed animations based on graphite drawings and murals.

The event will also include a special Innovation Gallery presented by Scripps Research, Stockdale Capital Partners, San Diego State University, IQHQ, UC San Diego, UC San Diego Health, The Impact Collective and others.

For more information, visit

The La Jolla Concours golf tournament is ready for play

The second La Jolla Concours Golf Tournament is coming to town on Monday, October 3, with the tournament, a golf clinic, and contests including putting, chipping, hole-in-one, straightest drive, longest drive and closest to the spindle.

Onsite registration at La Jolla Country Club will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $2,500 for a foursome or $550 for single golfers.

For more information or to register online, visit

La Jolla Music Society president named nonprofit director of the year

Todd Schultz, president and CEO of the La Jolla Music Society

Todd Schultz, president and CEO of the La Jolla Music Society, has been named Nonprofit Director of the Year by the Corporate Directors Forum.

(Ariana Drehsler)

The President and CEO of La Jolla Music Society was named Nonprofit Director of the Year by the Corporate Directors Forum at its annual Director of the Year Awards celebration on September 8.

The Corporate Directors Forum is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to help boards of directors and those who support them be more effective through continuous learning and peer-to-peer networking. Its annual awards recognize San Diego administrators nominated by their board peers for their contributions in various award categories. Schultz was nominated by Music Society board member Susan Hoehn.

“Todd has led La Jolla Music Society for nearly two years through the problems of the pandemic with boundless energy, wisdom, common sense and superb theatrical and musical knowledge,” said Steve Baum, Chairman of the Board of Administration of La Jolla Music Society.

Schultz, who was named president of the Music Society in December 2020, is the second of the organization’s leaders to be honored recently. Artistic director Leah Rosenthal received the Western Arts Alliance 2022 Leadership Award last month.

Jewish Federation donates to La Jolla synagogues

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County concluded its first San Diego Jewish Community Security Institute cohort and announced a donation of $10,000 to each participating synagogue to support their efforts.

Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, and Adat Yeshurun ​​Temple in La Jolla are among the nine synagogues in the cohort.

The Jewish Community Security Institute, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League San Diego, provides high-level tactical and strategic best practices to local Jewish organizations to improve their approach to security.

The nine synagogues develop annual security plans, and the Jewish Federation’s $10,000 grant to each will help implement the plans.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light


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