Princess Diana Musical, Diana, Set for World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse

Diana, the new musical chronicling the life of Princess Diana, will have its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse as part of its 2018-2019 season. Diana is set in 1981 and finds the world ready for a royal wedding—but is the 20-year-old bride ready for what comes after? Following her fairytale union, Princess Diana faces a distant husband, an unmovable monarchy and constant media scrutiny. But her unabashed honesty, modern perspective and gentle compassion galvanizes a nation, even as it threatens the royal family’s hold on England. Diana will feature an eclectic original score, from classical melodies to 1980s-inspired pop and rock music. The piece will join four previously announced plays for the season, including the world premieres of Robert Askins’ The Squirrels, Lindsey Ferrentino’s The Year to Come, Will Power’s Seize the King, as well as the west coast premiere of Martyna Majok’s Queens. LaJollaPlayhouse.org

Coastal Commission approves gates at La Jolla Cove

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) has given the City of San Diego its stamp of approval to install gates on the stairs at La Jolla Cove to prevent sea lions from climbing the stairs and impeding safety access. The gates were suggested by the La Jolla Parks & Beaches advisory group in 2015 and echoed in the 2016 City-contracted Marine Coastal Management Plan, authored by marine mammal expert Doyle Hanan, of Hanan & Associates. Some have questioned whether the gates will be an effective deterrent, given that sea lions have been observed climbing rocks, but the report addresses the benefit to the lifeguards who use the stairs to complete rescues.

LJCF GRANT TO CLEAN UP LA 
JOLLA PARKWAY

The La Jolla Community Foundation (LJCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, has announced a $12,000 grant that will support a yearlong cleanup project along heavily-trafficked La Jolla Parkway. The project, led by I Love a Clean San Diego, is supported by a matching gift from an anonymous donor at the LJCF. La Jolla Parkway is the main thoroughfare for residents and tourists traveling in and out of La Jolla. Given its high usage, the road is in constant need of maintenance to protect the safety of drivers and the surrounding environment. The LJCF grant will support 24 cleanups in 2017 and 2018, led by I Love a Clean San Diego and its partners. I Love a Clean San Diego is partnering with Adopt-A-Highway to facilitate cleanup on La Jolla Parkway. Since the project started, the two organizations have removed 5,000 gallons of litter and 2,000 pounds of large debris from the roadway. SDFoundation.org

Les Misérables graces the stage at LFJCC

Eight La Jolla youth, ranging in age from 9 to 17, took a stand against injustice and hunger in Les Misérables, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS Garfield Theatre, held in January. Throughout its 25-year history, JCompany’s mission has been to use theatre as an educational tool. JCompany has also established a community partnership with Crisis House, an organization that provides humanitarian services to citizens who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, or in a crisis, with a focus on those residing in the East Region of San Diego. SDCJC.org/JC

ESTANCIA LA JOLLA PIONEERS NEW FOOD WASTE DISPOSAL PROCESS

In an effort to divert food waste from local landfills despite the Miramar Greenery’s on-hold composting program, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is enhancing its sustainability efforts by pioneering the city’s only Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) “digester” machine from Totally Green. The La Jolla hotel will gather all food waste from its four dining venues and kitchen to go into the on-property machine, which can “digest” up to 50 pounds of food waste per hour. ORCA’s technology breaks down waste through aerobic digestion – a combination of microorganism solution and recycled biochips – to turn it into earth-friendly water that flows directly into the sewage system. The ORCA machine is equipped with a diversion counter that tracks the amount of waste fed into the machine instead of landfills. Estancia La Jolla anticipates diverting approximately 90,000 pounds of waste per year from local landfills with the assistance of the ORCA. EstanciaLaJolla.com