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Category Archive: ‘Local Flavor’
For those who are thinking, “This is only their third video, and he’s already taking a back seat” – I’m not retiring, just trying to properly utilize the talent!
We featured the grand opening of the new Arterro homes in SE Carlsbad – here are details about the rest of the development from the LCTS website:
The retail project will include a Vons Lifestyle grocery store, 24 Hour Fitness, Petco, Stein Mart, and other soft-good apparel and drugstore tenants. The project site is designed to allow for a gas station with car wash at the main entrance off Rancho Santa Fe Road, retail space, restaurant space and financial pads for banks.
Local residents had something to say about it on Facebook, which lit up like a Christmas tree with over 100 comments. A few samples:
1. Those stores surprise me it’s such a classy area I thought it was going to be more like the Forum.
2. I thought it was supposed to be upscale like Del Mar Heights.
3. OMG – that sucks. They blew it. Look how successful the Forum was. We need upscale.
4. Don’t forget the gas station and car wash…it’s gonna be lovely. Not. Imagine the traffic.
5. We have no one to blame for the lack of movie theater but our neighbors. During the public input phase of the development people bitched about NOT wanting a movie theater. Well, instead you get a Steinmart. What the heck is Steinmart anyway?
6. Everyone here should contact the developer and let them know what you were expecting and how disappointed you are! You start out nice and then if no response, the wrath of the La Costa Moms!!
7. I at least hope they put in a local restaurant/bar!! Maybe steinmart will look better with beer glasses on!
8. Jeremy wants this: http://www.steinmart.com/alan-flusser…/cat-25-catid-101…
9. I had to look up Stein Mart to find out what it was…I clicked on “Ladies”…this was the second item of clothing on the 1st page. We’re in trouble ladies.
10. Snazzy is the only word that comes to mind. They have an entire section devoted to velour http://www.steinmart.com/ladies/velour/cat-25-catid-20040
11. That will be a total bummer, I was expecting good food, a movie theater and good clothing shops. Especially since SEH has produced NOTHING!! Shoot was really looking forward to it:((((
12. I grew up with a Steinmart – It’s very much like a Marshalls (but cheaper).
The main website does have a public-outreach section for those who want to express their views on the LCTS project:
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Hat tip to JT for sending this in from C&RB:
Shifts In San Diego’s Private Club Market Highlighted
More “forward-thinking, contemporary” management approaches that involve “running [clubs] with a little more business sense” reflect movement away from “your father’s country club,” notes a special report that includes insights from GMs of The Farms GC, La Jolla CC and The Santaluz Club.
While there are indications that business is beginning to turn for the better at many of the 20 private clubs in San Diego County, a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune noted, it has become clear that even the most established and stable clubs in the region are “remaking themselves by necessity to adapt to a complicated lifestyle” and a buyer’s market.
In a year that saw Escondido Country Club shutter its doors after 46 years and 51-year-old StoneRidge Country Club in Poway, Calif. get foreclosed upon and purchased off the auction block, other clubs in the county are still running on a razor-thin financial edge, the Union-Tribune reported, and those on the best footing are still taking note of how they need to change to succeed in the future.
An excerpt on the Encina power plant from the ut:
CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad City Council approved a landmark deal Tuesday that officials said will help solve the region’s energy needs while ridding coastal North County of a notorious eyesore: the 60-year-old Encina Power Station.
The agreement allows NRG Energy to replace Encina and its 400-foot cooling tower with a more environmentally-friendly and less conspicuous 90-foot-tall “peaker” plant, and requires NRG to tear Encina down when the new plant opens sometime in 2017.
City officials said the deal, which came together quickly during the last few months, was prompted primarily by the unexpected retirement last June of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which had supplied much of the region’s power.
Read full article here:
Yellen was confirmed last night to be the next Fed chief, which should be calming news for mortgage rates. But they haven’t changed much anyway since the Fed announced the $10B taper on December 18th.
30-Year Fixed Rate:
December 12: 4.42%
January 7: 4.62%
Just the mentioning of the taper caused rates to pop up 1/2% in one week at the end of June, so losing only 1/4% after the actual taper should mean a fairly steady road ahead.
Another benefit for the Fed this year is that the volume of MBS has dropped dramatically, so they could spend less without much, if any, effect. With rates in the mid-4% range, the refinance market has had its head caved in, and mortgage apps are at a 13-year low:
Mortgage rates should stay reasonable for now, but the market doesn’t really get cooking until next month. Hopefully we’ll be coming off a big Chargers victory in the Super Bowl! It could happen – Manning always chokes, and New England has a lot of injuries!
Here’s how a computer simulation figured the winner:
I did an AccuScore simulation of the playoffs and BOOM. Your San Diego Chargers are winning the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/mT87xLSZbh
— *Hall of Fame* (@HOFSportsTalk) January 3, 2014
Former Yankees infielder and long-time broadcaster Jerry Coleman passed away on Sunday at the age of 89. The Padres, for whom he called games since 1972, confirmed his passing.
“The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Jerry Coleman,” said the team in a statement. “We send our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Coleman family, including his wife, Maggie, his children and grandchildren. On behalf of Padres’ fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a Marine who was truly an American hero as well as a great man, a great friend and a great Padre.”
In parts of nine seasons with the Yankees (1949-57), Coleman hit .263 with 16 home runs and 22 stolen bases while helping the team to four World Series titles.
After retiring, Coleman broadcast games for CBS from 1960-62, the Yankees from 1963-69, the Angels from 1970-71, and the Padres from 1972-present. He was given the Ford C. Frick Award in 2005 for broadcasting excellence and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.
Coleman served in both World War II and the Korean War, receiving several military medals. He is the only MLB player to see combat in two wars.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Hat tip to JH for sending this in from the Heritage Foundation:
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges against 46-year-old Ocean Beach, California, resident Juvencio Adame for “defacement, damage and destruction” of public property in excess of $400. Felony charges can result in significant prison time.
His “crime”? Trimming shrubbery next to his home.
What would possess Adame to do such a thing?
Adame told neighbors that the overgrown shrubbery, which is technically on public land, became a haven for homeless people who slept under it and littered the area. Thus, he engaged in self-help—clearly not a malicious act.
To be sure, citizens pay to maintain public property, so it’s appropriate to fine those who damage it. But charging someone with a felony under these circumstances?
Read full story here:
From our friends at Fidelity Title regarding all property types in SD County. Signs of some slowdown currently but the San Diego market still looks fairly healthy, considering how hot the frenzy was earlier in the year: