La Jolla News Nuggets: The Estancia resort is sold; coronavirus tests; festive meals; Concours d’Elegance; Following


Estancia La Jolla is sold for 108 million dollars

The historic Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa was sold last week for $ 108 million.

The 210-room hotel at 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road was purchased by the Maryland-based Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, which already owns seven San Diego County properties.

The La Jolla complex was particularly attractive, according to Pebblebrook CFO Ray Martz, given its location near Black’s Beach and a growing life sciences office market nearby that could boost meeting bookings. business.

The Estancia, which was purchased from the Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group, is on a long-term lease with UC San Diego which expires in 2066.

“We really love San Diego, especially the La Jolla submarket,” Martz said. “It’s really impossible to build in La Jolla, so that’s another plus point.”

Because the 10-acre property hasn’t been upgraded for some time, Martz said the company is planning a renovation that will likely begin in late 2022. Upgrades will be made to rooms, dining areas and spaces. public like the swimming pool. . where high-end cabins will be added. Because the project is still in the planning stages, Martz said he couldn’t provide a price estimate. – The Union-Tribune of San Diego

Coronavirus test tent available in the village

A tent on Girard Avenue and Torrey Pines Road offers free coronavirus testing.

(Elisabeth Frausto)

A tent parked on Girard Avenue at the corner of Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla offers free coronavirus testing.

The tent is sponsored by Pacific Beach-based DBL Solutions, and testing is paid for through federal CARES law, according to a site representative.

The location provides a PCR saliva test which is sent to a lab for testing and validation. Results are available by email or text within two to three days, depending on the company.

The tent, which has been in service since October, is typically open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, although on some days it is packed before 3 p.m. to allow samples to get to the lab on time.

DBL Solutions also operates seven other test sites in San Diego County.

Richard Lerner, former president of Scripps Research, dies at 83

Richard Lerner, former director of Scripps Research in La Jolla, died on December 2.

Richard Lerner, former director of Scripps Research in La Jolla, died on December 2.

(File / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Richard Lerner, a biochemist who guided La Jolla’s Scripps Research on its way to becoming an elite center for biomedical science and helped develop Humira, the world’s best-selling therapeutic drug last year, has died of cancer on December 2 at his home in La Jolla. He was 83 years old.

Lerner nearly tripled the institute’s size during his 24 years as president from 1987 to 2011, in part through ties to the pharmaceutical industry that helped produce Humira, which fights rheumatoid arthritis, and Benlysta, a treatment for lupus.

“Richard has had a tremendous influence on science, the institute, and the lives and work of many of us at Scripps Research,” said Peter Schultz, the current president and CEO of the institute, in a communicated. “He was truly a giant, and his vision, leadership and passion for science will be sorely missed. ” – The Union-Tribune of San Diego

Staff at the La Jolla Community Center prepare to deliver meals to isolated seniors for Thanksgiving.

Staff at the La Jolla Community Center prepare to deliver meals to isolated seniors for Thanksgiving.

(Courtesy of La Jolla Community Center)

The La Jolla Community Center delivered 50 meals to isolated seniors for Thanksgiving and plans to repeat deliveries on December 23, before Christmas.

Donations from the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation and Valley Farm Market in La Jolla have assisted in the efforts.

LJCC will also be hosting an in-person holiday celebration at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 10 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. for members and isolated elders of the community. The event will feature live music, a silent auction, raffles, holiday shopping and Girard Gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

La Jolla Community Center is one of 26 nonprofits in the area that have received funding from the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation to provide vacation activities.

For more information visit

Bugatti and the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – dubbed the “sports car of the century” – will be presented at the return of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance motor show in 2022, with more than 150 automobiles from around the world.

“The La Jolla Competition is an incredible weekend of prestigious events. We take great pride in appreciating the exceptional specimens that make up the automotive industry as we know it, ”according to a press release.

The 2020 show was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it moved to the Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine this year.

The 2022 show will take place April 22-24 at Scripps Park, with proceeds from the paid event going to the La Jolla Historical Society and several other local non-profit partners. A series of cars will line up on Coast Boulevard in a free shutter.

Learn more about or (619) 233-5008.

Tickets available for Farmers Insurance Open 2022

Tickets are on sale for the Farmers Insurance Open 2022 Golf Tournament, which returns to the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla from January 26-29.

Daily tickets to the fields cost $ 60 for the full days of Wednesday and Thursday (rounds 1-2), when fans are sure to see all of their favorite players in action before the cup is made. Friday and Saturday will end later, with golf played until sunset on tournament championship days. Tickets for the last two rounds are $ 75 per day.

The Farmers Insurance Open will be held Wednesday through Saturday instead of the usual Thursday through Sunday to avoid a conflict with the NFL conference championship games on Sunday, January 30.

All tickets for the Farmers Insurance Open will be digital. After purchase, fans can load their tickets into their smartphone’s mobile wallet for display when they walk through the tournament gates.

Find out more or buy tickets on

Library with books and toys for children

La Jolla / Riford Library is looking for books, toys and more for the holiday season and picks them up on site at 7555 Draper Ave. and drive to the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center at 7600 Fay Ave. in La Jolla.

Youth Services Librarian Katia Graham said the children’s area could use toys such as Legos, puzzles, wooden toys and / or magnetic tile sets. She also said the children’s section could use “good early reading books because we never seem to get enough of them, as well as popular youth fiction series.”

Toys are not yet allowed in the children’s area but can be picked up when they are.

The La Jolla Music Society organized a book drive from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 19 at Conrad to benefit the Friends of the La Jolla Library, whose proceeds from the bookstore go to the Riford branch.

“Any clean books would be great, although picture books and hardcover fiction books are ideal,” Graham said. “They also accept alternative formats such as audiobooks, CDs, vinyl records, magazines, etc. “

For more information, call the library at (858) 552-1657.

La Jolla Half Marathon on track for December 11

The 40th Annual La Jolla Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, starting at Del Mar Exhibition Center.

The 13.1 mile course, unchanged from previous years, ends at La Jolla Cove, with the final 3.1 miles overlapping the simultaneous La Jolla Shores 5K.

The race, usually held in the spring but canceled in 2020 and postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the main fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, which awards more than $ 200,000 per year to schools and non-profit institutions.

The Kiwanis Club will also be presenting a La Jolla Half Marathon exhibit starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, December 10 at Scripps Park in La Jolla. The free all-day event is an opportunity for half-marathon runners to collect their bibs and registration files. Vendors will sell sports related items.

To register or learn more about the La Jolla Half Marathon and La Jolla Shores 5K, visit

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light ??


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