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Category Archive: ‘Local Flavor’

Rich Vs. Everyone Else

Daytrip sent in this link to ZH, and it typifies what we’ll probably see up and down the coast and rich people battle it out with everyone else who is left.  The wackos will be the most obvious on the front lines in the beginning, but eventually there could be a real revolution by regular people who are sick of the divide. The comment section is as important as the actual advertisement:

P.S. Government and law enforcement won’t be getting in front of this – there will need to be some violent clashes before any attention is put on this topic.

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor, The Future | 1 comment

Fourth of July Photography

Happy Birthday Mom! Thanks daytrip for sending in these helpful tips:

The Fourth of July is here, which means it’s almost time for fireworks. The beautiful arrays of color bursting in the sky are breathtaking to behold IRL, but a challenge to capture in all their glory in a photograph. That is, unless you know the right way to shoot ’em.

Ahead, seven tips to keep in mind when taking photos with your phone.

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 0 comments

School Bonds

It’s that time again – more school bonds! In an area like Carmel Valley where there is already Mello-Roos bonds on the books, it feels like doubling up – you may want to get involved!

A recent survey showed that voter sentiments have not changed significantly on a potential Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) bond in November 2018 to address facilities needs.

At the school board’s Feb. 28 meeting Adam Sonenshein, vice president of FM3 Research and Associates, reported that support for a bond is right at the 55 percent necessary to pass, 10 points below where the measure tested in 2016.

The Carlsbad Unified School District – which is still paying for the last bond issue of $198 million through 2035 – is considering more bonds too:

Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) has provided an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment to students in our community since 1958. Our world-class elementary, middle and high schools improve our quality of life and protect the value of our homes.

We are proud of the education that our district provides, but some of our schools were built more than 50 years ago and don’t have the modern classrooms, science labs or instructional technology that local students need. Our older schools need upgrades to meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools.

In order to succeed in college and careers, local students need to be skilled in the use of today’s technologies and have a solid background in science, math, engineering and technology. Local schools need to be updated to ensure that school buildings, science labs, technology and facilities can continue to support high achievement.

State funding for school improvements is limited. In order to maintain high-quality education in local schools, the CUSD Board of Trustees is considering placing a bond measure on an upcoming ballot to generate up to $328 million for facility repairs and updates.

Stay involved!

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 1 comment


We know earthquakes are a threat – what else should we consider when making real estate decisions?  Hat tip to daytrip for sending this in:

In December 1861, as a California drought was wearing into its fifth year, farmers on the West Coast were all asking for one thing for Christmas: rain. And boy did they get it.

For 43 days rain and snow fell across the state, causing rivers to surge their banks, turning the 300-mile long, 20-mile-wide Central Valley into an ice-cold inland sea. LA got 66 inches. So deep were Sacramento’s floodwaters that the capital had to be relocated to San Francisco. With a quarter of the economy underwater the state was forced into bankruptcy. Thousands of people died. It was the most violent flooding California had ever seen, and no storms have come close to topping it since.

Soil cores and climate models tell scientists that megafloods like this one have happened about once every 200 years. Which, if you’re doing the math, means the state is due.

That’s not the bad news. The bad news is that by the middle of the century, a megaflood could be striking California every couple of decades.

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Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 3 comments

Higher Density in Coastal California

There’s an outdated view circulating around that California urban areas are lower density than those of the Northeast Corridor, according to New Geography, but a comparison of Census data shows coastal California suburbs more than double Northeast suburbs in density.

New Geography compared “Coastal California” hubs Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose to the Northeast Corridor which runs from Washington, D.C., through Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, Providence, and Boston. The analysis shows urban core population density in coastal California is at least 60% higher than urban Northeast populations while suburban density more than doubles that of Northeast areas.

New Geography’s Wendell Cox writes:

Given the already elevated level of density, proposals to cram more people into already settled areas of California could worsen the quality of life. California’s high urban densities are accompanied by the worst traffic congestion in the nation and some of the worst in the world. With plans in place and more proposals to increase densities, this can only get worse.

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 1 comment

San Diego History

This is a brief history of the growth of San Diego from a sleepy mission village to a major agricultural and shipping center. Credit for this transformation goes to two men, Alonzo Horton and Frank Kimball, and an unheralded railroad, the California Southern. The construction of this railroad poured millions of dollars into San Diego and led to a vast population expansion as men came to work on the line. National City, just south of San Diego, experienced immediate growth as terminal of the line and home of the railroad yard, shipping wharf and machine shops. The California Southern proved a pivotal pawn in the breakup of the Southern Pacific monopoly in California by the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe railroad.

The subsequent rate war between the two giants led to a tremendous real estate and population boom in Southern California in the 1880s. The California Southern, with its link to a transnational railroad, proved crucial to the transformation of San Diego from a farming community to a small city of emerging industry and mercantile expansion. Unfortunately the hopes of the citizens of San Diego to create a port to rival San Francisco were not realized. Los Angeles grew even more quickly, and San Diego never reached the prominence for which it dreamed.

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor, Local Government | 1 comment