La Jolla News Nuggets: Christmas Parade, monkey pox, UCSF news, opioid treatment, more

Fundraising begins for 2022 La Jolla Christmas Parade

Fundraising is currently underway for the 66th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday, whose theme will be “Grand Ole Christmas – Celebrating the History of La Jolla” and will trade in The Village on Sunday, December 4.

The free event includes the show itself, with visits to Santa Claus before and after, all funded by tax-deductible donations.

“Organizing the annual Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival is a year-round effort that requires ever-increasing funds to obtain permit for special events in San Diego (barricades, lockouts, trash, sweepers, rentals, tables, portable toilets), and police,” said Anne Kerr. Bash, Chair of Christmas Parade, “Traffic Monitoring and Other Costs Required.” “We hope to raise enough funds to provide stipends for each of the marching bands.”

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A monkeypox emergency declared in SD County

San Diego County followed the state’s lead this week by declaring a state of emergency in response to an increase in monkeypox cases in an effort to boost vaccination efforts.

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on August 1 in the state. The county followed suit the next day.

The announcement enables emergency medical services personnel to administer the FDA-approved monkeypox vaccines, similar to the recently enacted legal mandate for pharmacists to administer the vaccines.

“This will also allow us to strengthen vaccination prevention, education and treatment initiatives in our county and will help our county be able to prioritize more resources such as vaccines as they become available,” San Diego County Superintendent Nathan Fletcher said August 2.

As of August 1, a total of 824 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in California — the second highest of any state, after 1,390 in New York — while the nationwide total was 5,811, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .

There were 46 cases in San Diego County as of August 2.

Monkeypox generally spreads through skin-to-skin contact, resulting in infectious rashes and scales, although respiratory secretions and body fluids exchanged during things like sexual contact can also lead to transmission, according to the CDC.

Symptoms include new blisters, blisters, rash, fever and fatigue. There is no specific treatment. Health officials say the vaccine can prevent infection if it is given before or shortly after exposure to the virus.

San Diego County residents can receive information about monkeypox via text messages. To register to receive messages about the impact of monkeypox in the area as well as details about available services, text “COSD monkeypox” to 468-311. City News and La Jolla Lite service

Colin Collar Smith to lead the new UCSF Office of Performance and Events

UCSD has appointed Colin Collar Smith as Executive Director of the newly created Office of Campus Performance and Events, led by the Student Affairs Division.

Collar Smith—who also served as a lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Francisco—was most recently executive producer for Moonlight Stage Productions, a cultural arts program at Vista.

In her new role, which she began on July 25, Collar Smith will raise and oversee an annual array of events offered through the university’s ArtPower program, the Office of Campus Events, and The Loft. She will also lead programming for the new Epstein Family Amphitheater, a 2,650-seat outdoor venue due to open in the fall that will offer a variety of performances, lectures, large-scale concerts, concerts, film screenings and more.

Kollar Smith will work with partners such as Jordan Peimer, who currently leads ArtPower’s public programs and residencies. This year his role is expanding to become Artistic Director of Planning and Communication, which will include continuing to organize ArtPower events as well as helping to develop engagement programs for the Stuart Collection, the university’s public arts group, along with its director, Jessica Berlanga Taylor.

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla has announced that marine and marine engineering firm Glosten has been selected as the marine engineer for the new California coastal research vessel.

The vessel will have a first-of-its-kind hybrid hydrogen propulsion system, enabling zero-emissions operations.

Glosten, a consulting firm for marine, electrical, production and ocean engineers, will provide the preliminary design, contract and detailed design of the vessel, which will be managed by SIO.

California lawmakers allocated $35 million last summer to design and build the ship. It will serve as a platform for education and research dedicated to understanding the California coast and the effects of climate change on the coastal ecosystem.

The basic design is expected to take a year. After the design is approved by the Coast Guard, the more detailed design and construction is expected to take an additional three years.

The new vessel will replace the research vessel (R/V) Robert Gordon Sproul, which has served thousands of UCLA students in 42 years but is nearing the end of its operational life.

SIO has worked with Glosten before, initially over 60 years ago designing the floating instrument platform, known as FLIP. Glosten also participated in a $60 million renovation of the R/V Roger Revelle, Scripps’ largest ship.

SIO research vessels are stationed and maintained at the university’s Nimitz Marine Facility at Point Loma.

UCSD projects have been nominated for the Circulate San Diego Awards

The Ridge Walk at UCSD is among several university projects nominated for the Circulate San Diego 2022 Momentum Awards.

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Several UCSD projects are among the nominees for Circulate San Diego’s 2022 Momentum Awards, which recognize projects in the San Diego area that create mobility options. This year’s awards include a special category to highlight the impact of the UCSD Blue Line trolley extension on the region.

The North Torrey Pines neighborhood is nominated for UCLA Living and Learning, the Better Bikeways Initiative, Triton Commuter Club, Ridge Walk Improvements, and partners with Cubic’s ITS teams for integrated mobility.

Prize winners will be announced Wednesday, September 14, at the San Diego Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park.

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Scripps Memorial La Jolla awarded $120,000 for an opioid treatment program

Scripps Memorial La Jolla Hospital has received $120,000 in grant funding through the California Bridge Behavioral Health Navigator Program, which supports statewide emergency departments in their efforts to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders and concurrent mental health conditions.

Scripps will use the new funding to hire or maintain substance abuse counselors in the emergency department, educate health care providers about drug-assisted treatment and build an environment that welcomes detection of drug abuse and provides prompt treatment. The state program will also provide Scripps with access to materials, training, and technical assistance for doctors, nurses, and others.

MAT uses medications such as buprenorphine along with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat opioid addiction. In 2021, the MAT program at Scripps Hospitals helped achieve a nearly five-fold increase in the number of patients prescribed medication intended to combat opioid use disorder.

San Diego Festival of Spirits returns in September and moves to La Jolla

The 13th San Diego Spirits Festival will move to La Jolla on Saturday and Sunday September 24-25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

The festival will offer unlimited cocktails from over 60 brands, live music and entertainment, access to MCASD exhibitions and more. It will take place on multiple levels from the newly renovated main museum site at 700 Prospect St.

Festival hours will be 3-7pm on September 24 and 1-5pm on September 25. Tickets $85 and up. For more information visit

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