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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.

http://www.delmartimes.net/news/sd-cm-nc-dmusdbond-20180307-story.html

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.

https://www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us/FMP

Stay involved!

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

Megaflood?

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.

Link to Article

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.

Link to Article

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

Happy Valentine’s Day

Example of old Chevy trucks for sale

Here is some insight on the truck sale, plus a curiosity check on why the West Bistro closed in January, which was very unusual, given who the owners are. Was it an indicator of the local economy?

I hope they don’t mind some blog attention, because the owners look like they are doing great things here:

http://www.westhealth.org/what-we-do/

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

Torrey Pines Paragliding

Those who took in the pro golf and spectacular weather at Torrey Pines today also saw a number of paragliders in the background.  It reminded me of our reader Murph checking out the bluff-front houses:


Here’s how he described his close calls:

During my “formative” flying days (about 3 years ago) I had quite a reputation at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Some of my hair-raising moments included……..

**I was losing lift and trying to make it back to the gliderport, but could not make it so I had to land at Black’s beach. This is rather routine as you just aim for a dry section of sand. Well, as I was rounding a bend and setting up for a final *flare* to land I realized that it was high tide and that particular section of beach did not exist anymore! I landed in 4 feet of water and began a mad panic to unclip my gear before the waves sucked me and my wing back out to sea.

Never have I been so happy to see a middle aged nude guy, as he raced into the surf and held onto my paraglider so I could extricate myself!

**Once while flying over the Torrey Pines Reserve area the wind got too strong and I landed traveling BACKWARDS on the north side of Torrey Pines Rd with my wing draped over a tree. The lifeguards showed up and left when I told them I was uninjured. 15 minutes later I started hearing lots of sirens. They started getting louder and before I knew it there were 4 emergency vehicles there. I told them I was okay so they all left….including a hook and ladder truck that COULD HAVE helped me get my wing out of the tree, but hey…I was alive AND unhurt so no worries here!

** My alternative landing stories also include one where I was trying to fly with the big-boys above Scripps aquarium. In my attempt to make it back to the lift-band along the cliffs I sunk-out and had to land right on La Jolla Shores Dr. Fortunately for me a construction truck not only yielded, but even gave me a ride back to the gliderport!

Luckily I have never hurt myself or anyone else. Torrey Pines is actually a very safe paragliding site……as long as you stay within your comfort zone and fly smart.  The more I fly the more conservative I get. My library of noteworthy “stories” has not expanded in the last couple years.


Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, La Jolla, Local Flavor | 5 comments

#WeAllCount

I got an early start this morning and joined the nationwide annual event of counting our homeless population.  About 50 volunteers met at the Encinitas headquarters of the Community Resource Center on Second Street downtown at 4:00am today.

We split up into teams, and figured we’d be working the beach area.  Instead, everyone was assigned a census tract between Del Mar and Carlsbad in order to provide full coverage.

Our section was in Carmel Valley, and half of our designated area was filled with gated communities so we mostly poked around Pacific Highlands Ranch.

We did see one guy sleeping in his car near the on-going construction, and that was the closest we got to finding anyone who might be homeless.  But I’m glad they include those living in cars because the lack of affordable housing is impacting those who have jobs – but can’t afford to live here.

The goal is to identify how big the problem is, and then work to solve it.  If you’d like to participate, check the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, who has the vision of ending homelessness in the San Diego region:

SD Regional Task Force website

I was 83.28:


Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in About the author, Homeless Cure, Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 5 comments