UC Berkeley prepares to slash enrollment after California Supreme Court ruling  [3/4/22]

The court’s decision to reject UC Berkeley’s application for a stay in the case means the school will likely need to shrink its student population before the fall semester begins.

The California Supreme Court has rejected a request from UC Berkeley to pause a lower court order freezing its enrollment — a ruling that will likely force the university to slash its admissions for the next academic year.

The decision by the Supreme Court justices to reject UC Berkeley’s application for a stay in the case means the school will need to shrink its student population from 45,057 to 42,347 by the time fall semester begins. The university’s admissions department has said a mandated reduction in students would result in the loss of more than 3,000 undergraduate seats and 5,100 fewer admissions offers being sent to high school seniors and transfer applicants.

The Supreme Court will not intervene in a Superior Court ruling from August that ordered the school to cap enrollment at 2020-21 levels, which dipped as some students decided to take time off because of the pandemic. That decision stemmed from a fight between UC Berkeley and a neighborhood group called Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods, which has a history of challenging the

The Supreme Court denied the application for a stay and a petition for it to review the case in a 5-2 decision. Justices Goodwin Liu and Joshua Groban dissented, with Liu writing that he would have granted the stay and petition for review because of “the statewide importance of the issues presented.” He also said that the court’s decision shouldn’t seal the fates of thousands of students, suggesting that UC Berkeley renew its request for a stay with the appeals court or reach a settlement with the neighborhood group.

Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman found that school administrators did not properly consider the effects of expanded enrollment on the neighboring city when it submitted an environmental impact report for a construction project on the edge of campus.

The Supreme Court’s decision does not mean the enrollment ruling is guaranteed to stand in the long run. The case is currently being heard by a state appeals court, which also denied the university’s request for a stay, saying that attorneys for UC Berkeley waited months before applying for relief.

UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof called the ruling “devastating news for the thousands of students who have worked so hard for and have earned a seat in our fall 2022 class. Our fight on behalf of every one of these students continues.”

Mogulof said the university will try to reduce the number of new students it turns away, primarily by increasing online enrollment and encouraging incoming students to delay enrollment until January 2023. He said California residents and transfer students from within the California Community College system will be prioritized for fall in-person undergraduate enrollment.

UC Berkeley’s legal battle prompted legislation from state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that would exempt certain campus housing developments from the California Environmental Quality Act. The neighborhood group sued the school under that law, which requires state and local agencies to study the environmental impact of construction projects before approving them.

“It’s tragic that California allows courts and environmental laws to determine how many students UC Berkeley and other public colleges can educate,” Wiener said in a statement. “This ruling directly harms thousands of young people and robs them of so many opportunities. We must never allow this to happen again.”

Past legislation to circumvent CEQA, which housing proponents say has been misused by neighborhood groups to prevent new construction, has run into opposition from environmentalists and some labor groups. But the fight at UC Berkeley has brought the issue back to the forefront just as record numbers of high school students await admissions decisions from the prestigious campus.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said in a tweet that the enrollment ruling is “is against everything we stand for — new pathways to success, attracting tomorrow’s leaders, making college more affordable.”

Phil Ting, who chairs the powerful Assembly Budget Committee, said in a statement that the Legislature is exploring a variety of options to provide relief to UC Berkeley. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon also hinted in a tweet that his office is exploring a policy fix.

California has dedicated funding to expand enrollment by 5,000 full-time students at University of California schools and 10,000 full-time students at the California State University System. Newsom’s latest budget proposals aim to further increase enrollment by the 2026-27 school year.

UC Berkeley plans to begin mailing admissions offers on March 23. The university has said that it would limit those offers to 15,900 applicants if a stay was denied, down from its original allotment of 21,000 admissions offers for the next academic year.

Community Update – Fall 2021  [11/5/21]

UC San Diego Return to Learn

UC San Diego Fall Quarter began on September 20, 2021 with the majority of classes being conducted in person within indoor and outdoor classrooms, with all individuals following the campus masking policy.

Positive case rates on campus have remained consistently low compared to regional and national case rates. As a result, UC San Diego has been able to welcome students on campus.

University operations and safety guidelines are informed by daily data analysis of COVID-19 trends on- and off-campus. Multiple layers of defense are in place to promote health and wellness, in alignment with public health guidelines.

UC San Diego Sustainability Efforts

At UC San Diego, sustainability is part of the institutional DNA imparted to us by Roger Revelle, one of the university’s founders and a pioneer of climate change research. Over the years, we’ve built on that legacy to become one of the nation’s most sustainable universities, earning recognition for our sustainability leadership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, California Higher Education and Sustainability Consortium, Princeton Review, Sierra Club and the International Sustainable Purchasing Council, among others. Making strides towards decreasing our carbon footprint, UC San Diego is on the forefront promoting transit and increasing mobility options for our students, staff and faculty.

Improving Communities

UC San Diego’s community contributions extend beyond its top-tier education, research, healthcare, programs and partnerships. From envisioning new ways to relieve local traffic congestion and increase regional transit use, to partnering with local agencies to improve public services, UC San Diego’s efforts reach far beyond the campus.

The university plays an important role in the economic vitality of the state and contributes significantly to the regional economy (up to $9.3 billion, including $4.3 billion in direct spending), public health, research and innovation, access to exceptional education, and more. One in every 17 jobs in the City of San Diego (62,516 jobs) is linked to the university, which contributes $493.7 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit the UC San Diego Community Benefits webpage for more information about Reducing Traffic Congestion, Improving Public Transit, Supporting City Infrastructure, Amenities and Services, and Capital Investments.

UC San Diego Current Projects

The UC San Diego 2018 Long Range Development Plan guides the physical development of the campus to support the university’s teaching, research and public service mission. Visit plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu for specific project information or contact commplan@ucsd.edu. An interactive campus map illustrating major campus projects is also available at maps.ucsd.edu.

The Marine Conservation and Technology Facility currently under construction, received a generous gift of $6 million form members of the Scripps family. This facility will house the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and will be named the Ted and Jean Scripps Marine Conservation and Technology Facility and is anticipated to be completed spring 2022.

This fall, UC San Diego opened new housing for 2,000 undergraduate students at the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. This, among other transformational enhancements to the campus including the opening of two new UC San Diego Blue Line trolley stations on campus scheduled to open this month, enrich the campus experience. This new route will connect the university to downtown, the border and everything in between. You’re invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line trolley on Sunday, November 21.

To learn more about the campus building program, visit the current projects page to get information on the Epstein Family Amphitheater and Public Realm Improvements. Franklin Antonio Hall, Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion and Parking Structure, La Jolla Village Drive Slope Restoration Project, Marine Conservation and Teaching Facility, Torrey Pines Fire Station, and many more.

Joint Statement re Settlement Agreement  [10/20/21]

The University of California San Diego, the Blackhorse Homeowners Association, and the La Jolla Shores Association have resolved all issues arising from a lawsuit the associations filed in October 2020 regarding the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood project. The settlement agreement represents the community coming together with UC San Diego. To strengthen this new partnership, representatives of the Blackhorse Homeowners Association and the La Jolla Shores Association will join UC San Diego’s Community Advisory Group to ensure continued close collaboration between the University and the community. This resolution represents a win-win for the community, for the University, and for the students, both present and future.

Latest activity in the CEQA case brought against UCSD  [7/11/21]

Click the following link to see the latest activity in the CEQA case brought against UCSD. This proceeds alongside our Settlement Proposal to UCSD.

2021.07.06 Blackhorse v. Regents – Stip and Proposed Order re Case Management and Scheduling

Thank you – Janie Emerson, President LJSA

UCSD Community Group Update  [2/26/21]

UC San Diego COVID-19 Efforts

February 2021: Vaccination Station at RIMAC and Vaccine Update

On Monday, February 8, UC San Diego Health opened a second COVID-19 vaccination station at the RIMAC Center on campus. The new site is a partnership with the County of San Diego to deliver vaccine doses to the community as well as scheduling UC San Diego Health patients and eligible campus employees.  All decisions specific to who is eligible to receive the vaccine and when they will be scheduled are being driven by criteria and guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the County of San Diego, and other health agencies as well as vaccine availability.

UC San Diego Health has administered more vaccines than any other health provider in the state, providing more than 100,000 vaccinations since mid-January, most of which have gone to people in specific categories, such as essential health care workers and people 65 and over.

Despite enormous challenges, UC San Diego is demonstrating its commitment to operational excellence and community service. We are proud of UC San Diego Health’s leadership and our front-line health workers who continue to vaccinate our community during this critical time and who have provided excellent patient care throughout the pandemic. We are also grateful to the many student volunteers who have helped process visitors at the Petco Park Superstation, and to the thousands who have signed up to help at our new RIMAC site. We are optimistic and encouraged that the vaccine is rolling out in our community and nationwide.

COVID-Related News Links

UC San Diego Projects

The UC San Diego 2018 Long Range Development Plan guides the location of instructional, research and campus support facilities. This plan was prepared in response to campus enrollment and population projections. Visit plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu for more project information or contact commplan@ucsd.edu. An interactive campus map illustrating major campus projects is also available at maps.ucsd.edu.

This month’s update highlights the La Jolla Innovation Center, the Design and Innovation Building, the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood and Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations for EV patrons.

Project Under Environmental Review

The La Jolla Innovation Center (LJIC): The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was made available for a 45-day public review period extending from February 5, 2021 to 5 p.m. on March 22, 2021.

Situated on an approximately 0.9-acre property within the University Community Planning Area, south of the UC San Diego main campus on the southwest corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and La Jolla Village Drive, the LJIC project is planned as a new state-of-the-art facility that would house several programs from UC San Diego Health Sciences and UC San Diego Extension to serve students, patients and the larger community. It would include approximately 110,000 square feet of office and educational space, a ground-floor café accessible to the public and 275 parking spaces.

The project is anticipated to be presented to the UC Regents for consideration in mid-2021.

Projects Under Construction

The Design and Innovation Building project is anticipated to open in spring 2021. This project involves the development of a 74,000-square foot facility aimed at encouraging new ideas, products and services that contribute to UC San Diego’s entrepreneurial spirit through increased collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering, Visual Arts, the Design Lab, Cognitive Science, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, the Alumni Association, and other departments.

Located adjacent to the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension (which is scheduled to open in late 2021) and the Pepper Canyon Amphitheater and Public Realm Improvements Project (a 2,850-seat outdoor amphitheater that is currently under construction), the project will serve as a hub for creativity for the entire UC San Diego community.

The Theatre District Living and Leaning Neighborhood (TDLLN) project is under construction and is anticipated to open in the fall of 2023. This project will redevelop an existing parking lot with a mixed-use living and learning community that will provide housing for approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, academic space and a meeting center, below grade parking, dining, retail, open space and outdoor gathering areas.

Located at the at the southwestern edge of the La Jolla West Campus adjacent to the Revelle College Drive entry this project enhances the student experience while furthering social and cultural enrichment for the larger San Diego community.

Smart Signals

As part of a separate project, the university has invested over $4 million and is working with the city to implement “smart signals” along North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla Village Drive and Regents Road. “Smart signals” are adaptive traffic signals that adjust signal timing based on actual traffic demand to reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at UC San Diego

UC San Diego is proud to announce that the campus charging network is available to visitors and to all our campus neighbors with total costs for charging and parking at or below the rates at most other community charging locations. In addition to making EV ownership and charging more affordable and accessible, charging at UC San Diego comes with added environmental benefit.  Every electron dispensed from UC San Diego EV chargers comes from a renewable source, making charging on campus a more sustainable choice than many public and home chargers.

The UC San Diego campus utilizes one of the largest and most diverse networks of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the nation with 260 Level 2 (typical charging) and 4 Direct Current (DC) Fast Chargers and supports more than 2,000 unique EV drivers. Planned projects have the potential to add another 130 Level 2 chargers and up to 24 additional DC Fast Chargers over the next year.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic situation where our focus is to stay safe and socially distance, charging on campus has the additional convenience that allows EV-owners to respond to personal/work matters while seated in their vehicles. Once this pandemic is behind us we invite you to experience and enjoy the many amenities the campus has to offer while your car is charging.

Commuters make up a significant portion of charging activity with demand remaining strong. Charging on campus has the advantage of quicker charging than plugging into a 110-volt outlet at home and avoids the cost of installing home-based high voltage charger. Campus charging also makes EV ownership accessible for the many La Jolla and University City residents that live in multifamily housing or rent their homes.

Learn more about the campus EV program

More at UC San Diego…

Shooting for the Moon UC San Diego alumnae Jessica Meir and Kate Rubins selected to NASA’s Artemis program that aims to land first woman and next man on the moon by 2024

California’s $82 B Economic Engine The University of California is a major contributor to the state’s prosperity, generating $82 billion in economic activity per year and supporting more than half a million jobs, according to an independent economic analysis released this week.

News: ucsdnews.ucsd.edu | Events: calendar.ucsd.edu

UCSD plans to start project despite lawsuit  [12/26/20]

As we come to the end of 2020, things are still proceeding in the UCSD monster TDLLN project.

See the attached article and know that we are continuing with the CEQA suit to modify or stop this project.

To support this ongoing effort on behalf of our Community, please call and send your donations to La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA).

Janie Emerson, President LJSA, 619-318-1278



UCSD Plans to Start Project Despite Lawsuit

5-building development will house 2K students; neighbors opposed sued

By Ashley Mackin-Solomon


Despite an ongoing lawsuit against the project, UC San Diego plans to begin construction on its Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood on Jan. 4, according to a notice dated Dec. 22 from the office of Eric Smith, associate vice chancellor of capital program management.

The development is planned to open in fall 2023 near La Jolla Village Drive and North Torrey Pines Road. It includes five buildings ranging from nine to 21 stories tall and is designed to house 2,000 students. It also includes a conference center, hotel rooms, classrooms, retail and a 1,200-space parking garage underneath.

“Design features include pedestrian and bicycle improvements, a significant amount of open space and outdoor gathering areas,” the notice states.

It also notes that parking availability, street traffic and pedestrian access will be affected during construction.

“Sections of Scholars Drive South and Revelle College Drive will experience reduced lane widths but will maintain two-way traffic during construction,” according to the notice. “Intermittent lane realignments and slow zones will … continue through the spring of 2021. Ridge Walk will be reduced in width during construction. Pedestrian and micromobility travel is encouraged along the alternate pathway on the east side of Galbraith Hall.”

In addition, campus parking Lots P103 and P102 will be closed starting Jan. 4. “The new Scholars parking structure at North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will open over winter break, fully replacing the spaces that will temporarily be offline until the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood parking structure is complete,” the notice states. “Additional parking is also available at the Osler parking structure located at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Osler Lane.”

The UC Board of Regents Finance and Capital Strategies Committee approved the project’s design and environmental impact mitigation in September and approved its budget, scope and external financing in November.

But in the midst of it all, La Jolla planning groups asked that construction be put on hold until the public could review the project in more depth and weigh in.

A lawsuit filed by the La Jolla Shores Association and the homeowners association of the nearby Blackhorse Farms gated community contends that the plans violate the California Environmental Quality Act.

At the time the construction notice was issued, the parties were having “meaningful discussions” intended to find middle ground and settle the case out of court, according to LJSA President Janie Emerson.

She said she was “appalled” that UCSD is moving forward with construction.

“Both parties are supposed to cease any activities relating to the issue and have meaningful conversation,” she said. “We had a good conversation at first; I have no reason to believe the university feels otherwise. But now it’s like the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.”

UCSD associate communications director Leslie Sepuka said the school was unable to comment on litigation.

Emerson said the timing of the construction announcement was “interesting,” coming during the holiday season.

She recalled that in 2017, UCSD released a draft environmental impact report for the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood in early November, putting the 45-day public comment period in the thick of the holiday period.

“There is a pattern here,” she said. “Why don’t they want to talk to the community? They are part of the community. The community existed before they got here. [UCSD] brings wonderful things, but the university is also a burden on infrastructure, climate, etc. … It affects everything around them.”

Mackin-Solomon writes for the U-T Community Press.

NYTimes.com: As Occupancy Dwindles, College Dorms Go Beyond Students  [11/18/20]

Interesting timing as we go into the UC Regents discussion of UCSD’s proposed TDLLN Project this afternoon.  Seems flexibility and creativity are the keys to success and survival in today’s world.


Real estate developers are seeking opportunities to buy student housing from strapped universities and convert them into apartments for white-collar workers:


Letter from LJSA to UC Regents re errors in September meeting minutes

Click link below to read letter LJSA sent to UC President and Regents regarding errors in their September meeting minutes regarding the the TDLLN project:

UC Regents re 9_20 Minutes

Letter to City Government re opposition to UCSD’s request for removal of deed restrictions  [10/25/20]

Mayor Kevin Faulconer

San Diego City Council President Gomez

San Diego City Council President Pro-Tem Bry

San Diego City Council Members J. Campbell, C. Cate, M. Kersey, M. Montgomery, V. Moreno, S. Sherman, & C. Ward

(Sent via Email to all parties)

October 22, 2020

Re: Removal of Deed Restrictions to 510 Acres of land given to UCSD

Dear Mayor, City Council President, City Council President Pro-Tem and City Council Members

The La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) voted at its October Meeting to oppose the request by UCSD to have the Deed Restrictions removed on 510 acres of San Diego City land gifted to the University. These Deed Restrictions were imposed on these land gifts to ensure that this valuable land would be used for University educational purposes.

The University of California was established as a publicly funded university to serve the citizens of California with higher education and important research. In UCSD’s presentation to the Land Use and Housing Committee on September 17th, the description of what the land will be used for strays far from the UC mandate.

The LJSA opposes the lifting of the Deed Restrictions on these 510 acres to include, but not be limited to, the following reasons:

  • The proposed UCSD continued building of retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, conference centers, ballrooms, a state of the art convention center, hotel rooms, condos and residences for retired professors does not serve the University mandate to educate students. Instead, it competes head-to-head with the local economy.
  • SDSU just purchased 160+ acres of land from the City of San Diego for $88 million. SDSU went through exhaustive community forums, a City-wide vote, and extensive protracted negotiations with City entities. The same should be required of UCSD.
  • If the Deed Restrictions are lifted on the 510 acres of land in question, the University can then sell the land for profit and/or long-term lease the land to developers with little to no benefit to the citizens of San Diego.
  • UCSD stated that revenue of $80 million over 20 years would accrue to the City of San Diego if UCSD were to develop this land as they plan (see description above). The benefit to the City comes out to $4 million per year. This is a mere pittance of what 510 acres of prime coastal and view land is worth. This is like stealing much needed revenue from the citizens of San Diego. Revenue that should benefit ALL of San Diego.

For these, and other reasons, LJSA opposes the lifting of the Deed Restrictions on the 510 acres of land gifted to UCSD. No action should be taken on this important matter without a full and robust vetting of this issue by City entities and ALL the citizens of San Diego in Community Forums held city-wide.

We thank you for your attention to this important matter on behalf of the citizens of San Diego.


Janie Emerson, President LJSA


LJSA and homeowners group forced to sue to stop UCSD Project”  [10/19/20]

Please click link below to read the La Jolla Light’s article on this important topic:


We welcome your support – ljsa.org@gmail.com

To Support Opposition to this Project:

Donations needed to support LJSA lawsuit to stop UCSD project. To donate, please mail your check to the La Jolla Shores Association at PO Box 64, La Jolla, CA 92038.  Or contact Janie Emerson at 619-318-1278.

Letter to UC President and Board of Regents from LJCPA re the TDLLN project [9/7/20]:

Here is the letter to the UC President and Board of Regents passed by LJCPA 9/3/20 10-3-3.

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La Jolla Light Letter to Editor:

Community concerns can’t be left out of UCSD’s plans

This letter was addressed to University of California President Michael Drake.

We wish to take a moment to register our opposition to the pending UC San Diego Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood project (formerly Future College L&L Neighborhood).

We had earlier voiced our strong opposition to that Living and Learning project. Now we have come to learn that project has morphed into the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood. Why does UCSD return with basically the same 900,000-square-foot, nine- to 21-story project wrapped in a different package? Do they think this will serve to change our community’s mind in reference to support and approval?

The La Jolla residents have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed a lack of desire for this massive building monstrosity, yet the chancellor and UCSD seem oblivious to our community concerns and input. The university talks repeatedly about being a good citizen of the community, yet repeatedly and, apparently intentionally, chooses to move forward with their original plan, with no regard to our concerns in reference to the impact upon our neighborhood.

What is the purpose of UCSD sending representatives to our La Jolla Shores Association and other local board meetings in order to gain our support, without paying any attention to the local residents’ input? The local community’s, especially the impacted neighborhoods’, input and discussion into these massive construction projects has been limited by not having the requested forum for the entire community. In addition, the Public Records Act requests have, after many months, still not been fully responded to by UCSD.

How can any logical conclusions be reached in the absence of the necessary documents and plans? Also, please let us not forget to mention the need for more realistic traffic mitigation studies to explain to the public how the addition of 2,000 student beds, a 480-seat theater, shops, restaurants, meeting spaces and a transit hub and their vehicles realistically be quietly integrated into our neighborhoods without causing increased traffic, pollution and related noise? Why are you requesting that the quality of our lives and homes be compromised in order to fulfill the greedy sprawl of UCSD?

Dr. Drake, we are certain many of our neighbors share the same concerns we do. We reference the future intentions of UCSD to be a contributor, rather than a detractor, in our community. We are here at a junction whereby UCSD can finally demonstrate their true intentions in reference to the role UCSD wishes to play in our La Jolla community’s future.

We look forward to hearing your replies, hopefully which will take the needs of all parties into consideration.

John Sheridan, La Jolla Shores Association board member

Barbara Sheridan


The UCSD Future College Project (FCLLN) has changed its name to Theater District Living Learning Neighborhood (TDLLN). Same project. Same monster buildings of 9-21 stories and 900,000 gross square feet. Same danger to our traffic, environment, health, and safety.

The UC Board of Regents have not approved this project. UCSD has not answered in full the Public Records Act requests (PRA) filed months ago by both the La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) and by Blackhorse Farms. The environmental document on TDLLN project has yet to be produced and so is not out for public comment.  The next UC Regents Board meeting is mid-September. What is going on here?

This project (TPLLN) has now expanded way beyond 2,000 beds – which I doubt will be needed in this COVID-19 world. Now the project includes a 480 seat theater, meeting roomS, multiple restaurantS, retail space, a major transportation hub, etc., etc., etc.  Read TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, NOISE, POLLUTION!

This is outrageous! In the face of vocal public opposition on this project, UCSD appears to be moving ahead. It is time to tell UCSD STOP! In the City of Berkeley, Save Berkeley Neighborhoods is suing UC Berkeley for its unbridled continued expansion which is destroying their Community.

Now is the time to stand up for our Community.

Stop this NOW! Your letters and comments on this project do make a difference  Write to the new UC President  Michael V. Drake at president@ucop.edu. To do more to fight this monster project contact LJSA at ljsa.org@gmail.com

Janie Emerson

President LJSA

LJSA & Friends would like you to join the fundraising team for Community Opposes UCSD’s Huge Future College Buildings

Click the following link (and then click “read more” to read more about this GoFundMe fundraising effort and to donate:

Community Opposes UCSD’s Huge Future College Buildings

Update from UCSD re FCLLN Expansion:  [6/13/20]

June 2020
UC San Diego COVID-19 Efforts

Message from the Chancellor: Phased Approach to Campus Operations

Over the course of the last two months, UC San Diego has worked swiftly to move as many operations as possible to remote settings. The speed and grace with which faculty and staff were able to pivot complex education, healthcare and business procedures and practices has kept our academic, research and health enterprise moving forward amid great uncertainty.

In May, we brought together a team of UC San Diego clinicians, molecular biologists, technologists, infectious disease experts, bioinformatics specialists, disease modelers, public health experts and others to develop a groundbreaking program called “Return to Learn” to guide our future responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

The initial phase of Return to Learn launched on May 11 to make COVID-19 testing available at no cost to thousands of students living on campus. By testing large numbers of our campus community on a recurring basis, we hope to be able to quickly identify COVID-19 infections on our campus to reduce the risk of a significant outbreak.

The three-week phase included testing undergraduate and graduate students residing on campus during the spring quarter. UC San Diego received national media attention at the launch, and early data indicated that Return to Learn could serve as a model—not only for higher education, but also for cities, counties and states working to fight the spread of coronavirus.

COVID-Related News

Included are a few web links related to UC San Diego’s most recent efforts related to COVID-19:

Commencement 2020

Graduating from one of the top universities in the world is no small feat. In celebration of this achievement, UC San Diego is hosting a Virtual Commencement on June 13, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.  Broadcasts specific to undergraduate colleges, graduate divisions and professional schools will also be streamed on the Commencement 2020 page. Also see Virtual Commencement Uses Creative Ways to Infuse University Tradition with Interactive Fun.

UC San Diego Projects

UC San Diego’s 2018 Long Range Development Plan directs the location of instructional, research and campus support facilities. This plan was prepared in response to campus enrollment and population projections. Visit plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu for more project information or contact commplan@ucsd.edu. An interactive campus map illustrating major campus projects with brief descriptions is also available at maps.ucsd.edu.

As part of the Long Range Development Plan implementation, the university continues to make substantial investments in new academic and housing projects. This month’s update highlights the proposed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood Project and the Design and Innovation Building.

The Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood Project is located on UC San Diego’s west campus adjacent to the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District and north of the Revelle College entrance. Planned on an 11.8-acre site, this vibrant, mixed-use living and learning community will provide residential and administrative space, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate beds, classrooms, an estimated 1,200 underground parking spaces, and meeting and retail space. Building heights will range from 9 to 21 stories, placing the highest points of the buildings furthest from the community edge and orienting the lower scale buildings along the public edge to reduce scale and mass. (Right: Theatre District drop-off area artist rendering of project)

This is primarily a housing project, which provides many benefits by expanding opportunities for students to fully integrate into the academic and social aspects of campus life. Part of the attraction is the community setting and adjacency to on-campus housing as well as being close to academic, research, social support and recreation facilities. The overall goal of the living and learning neighborhoods is to enhance the student experience, cultivate community and support interdisciplinary research. In addition, providing student housing on campus also has the advantages of reducing local traffic and parking demands by decreasing the number of students who commute to and from campus. The project incorporates open spaces, pedestrian paths, sidewalks and other connections into the design, and provides direct connections to the La Jolla Playhouse patrons and other visitors.

For more project information, see responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

The Design and Innovation Building is located on UC San Diego’s west campus adjacent to the new UC San Diego Blue Line trolley, which is slated for operation in late 2021. This will provide additional commute options to and from the UC San Diego campus.  (Right: Artist rendering of project)

The Design and Innovation Building, scheduled to open in the spring of 2021, will be a 74,000-square-foot collaborative facility that encourages new ideas, products and services that contribute to UC San Diego’s entrepreneurial spirit.

More at UC San Diego…

News: ucsdnews.ucsd.edu     Events: calendar.ucsd.edu

Please read the Letters to the Editor in this week’s La Jolla Light for comments regarding the UCSD Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood expansion plans.  They are on page A10 in the following link to the paper:


1/10/19, Thanks from UCSD:

A very Happy New Year to you and wishing you all things wonderful in 2019.

Please see included the January 2019 UC San Diego Community Groups Update for sharing with the La Jolla Shores Community Association and its membership.  As you will see in the January Monthly Update, the UC Regents approved this past November, the UC San Diego 2018 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and certified the LRDP Environmental Impact Report for the La Jolla Campus.

 2018 La Jolla Campus LRDP – http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/campus/proposed/index.html

Final EIR – http://lrdp.ucsd.edu/campus/review/final.html

Community Updates – http://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/planning/community.html#Monthly-Updates

The 2018 LRDP replaces and supersedes the 2004 LRDP as the planning document in force moving forward with the UC San Diego Capital Improvement Program.

We thank you, the La Jolla Shores Association’s board members and community at large for your support of the LRDP and its accompanying EIR that outlines a plan for future growth.

On behalf of the University, Anu and myself, thank you very much for all that you do to help the UC San Diego Community!

Bob Brown

Subject: Student Financial Aid vs Development of Buildings from President of UC Regents