Carlsbad Grand Promenade

The tunnel under the freeway seems extravagant when people can use the existing Carlsbad Village Drive access. The rest of the project seems simple and relatively inexpensive if the tunnel is left out.  Let’s note that the map above is from 2009 – none of parking structures have happened yet.

The Imagine Carlsbad team will host a monthly Carlsbad Village walkabout and Q & A on Monday, April 19th at 6PM. The first walkabout will focus on the topic of the Grand Promenade and Grand Street Tunnel. Come meet Gary Nessim and Bob Wilkinson on the corner of State and Grand to review the vision and plans for a Village gathering space called the Grand Promenade and the proposed Grand Ave tunnel under the 5 freeway to Pio Pico.

The Grand Promenade was originally presented to the City Council Members in 2009 and has been incorporated into the Village and Barrio Master Plan. There will be a short walk along Grand and a Question-and-Answer opportunity following the walk. The team at Imagine Carlsbad plans to host a monthly walk to address pertinent issues including: Northwest quadrant Civic Center options, Parking, Architectural Style. Looking forward to seeing all interested citizens.

State To Buy Oceanfront Homes?

This idea has to rank a 10 out of 10 on the kooky scale……would homeowners agree? An excerpt:

It’s expensive to fight the sea. It’s expensive not to do so. When property values plummet, so do property taxes. But right now property values here are still high, and State Sen. Ben Allen wants to put that value to use before it’s gone.

That’s why the 43-year-old Democrat has proposed legislation to create a revolving loan program, allowing California counties and communities to purchase vulnerable coastal properties. The goal would then be to rent those properties out, either to the original homeowner or someone else, and use that money to pay off the loan until the property is no longer safe to live in.

Think of it like a city-run Airbnb, where the profits go to making sure nobody is left picking up the full tab when the Pacific comes to collect.

It’s a strategy that’s never been tried at such a large scale, and its implementation would come with plenty of questions, policy experts say. But there’s hope in various parts of the country that the legislation passes, putting to test a buy-to-rent strategy that could offer a more permanent solution to a growing problem.

At its core, Allen’s proposal is a buyout program — a government-subsidized effort to limit the state’s longer-term exposure to sea level rise.

Within the next 30 years, $8 billion to $10 billion of existing property in California is expected to be underwater, according to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. An additional $6 billion to $10 billion will be at risk during high tide.

“The magnitude of the potential impacts mean that the state cannot afford to indefinitely delay taking steps to prepare,” the report warns. “Waiting too long to initiate adaptation efforts likely will make responding effectively more difficult and costly.”

Communities have three options for dealing with that threat: They can defend those properties using sea walls and buffering beaches; they can learn to live with higher waters; or they can retreat and move to higher ground.

The last option is often the least popular, says Julia Stein, a project director at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law.

“That’s just not a conversation that a lot of coastal communities want to have,” she says.

And when the conversation does come up, one of the first questions to arise is cost.

Take Del Mar, a low-lying upscale community north of San Diego. Residents there have been in a years-long fight with the state over the term “managed retreat.” The state wants the city to consider retreating from a particularly vulnerable area. Problem is: The combined market value of the homes in that area is more than $1.5 billion.

Read full article here:


La Jolla Lots, 1979

More from the 1979 series on Channel 8. I love this quote in the article:

“House hunting, today it’s a frustrating, time consuming and often times depressing process,” said Janet. “True, San Diego is the most expensive place to buy a home in all of the Continental United States, but that doesn’t mean only the affluent can buy here.”

Link to Full Article

Here is one of the houses built here – it sold for $4,100,000 in 2018:


Goodbye to the Murph

In the 1980s, one of the first places I lived in San Diego was at the Rancho Mission condos just across the freeway from the Murph. We used to walk to Padres games and and pay a few bucks to sit in the outfield and watch a few innings. For a guy who loved playing baseball all my life, it was a real treat for the games to be so accessible.

In 1988, we went to the Chargers vs. Raiders game the night after our wedding (we were married at the Mission down the street), and later took my young kids to a Chargers game – but vowed I’d never do that again after the cussing/fights.

In 1998, we became Padres season-ticket holders, and we went to the World Series our first year! The playoffs against the Astros and Braves were epic, but we got swept by the Yankees – I did go to Game Three though! I thought man – I hope this happens every year!

I was there when Rickey Henderson got his 3,000th hit in the last game of the 2001 season, which was also Tony Gwynn’s last game. It was such a treasure to see so many of Tony’s games – nobody played like T!

We saw a few concerts there too; the Eagles in 1994 and we took the kids to see two of their favorites – Beyonce and Coldplay too.

Once the Padres moved downtown, I really appreciated the greatness of the Murph. The field-level seats had their own concessions right under the stands so you could go to the bathroom and grab a hot dog & beer without missing more than an half-inning. Try that at Petco Park! Plus the parking was fantastic when you compare it to the nightmare downtown.

I don’t think that I hate Petco…..I just miss the Murph:

The Shops at Robertson Ranch

A reader asked about the grocery store and other retail shops expected at Robertson Ranch.

I spoke to the rep, and he said they have nothing in the works. I said, “Oh, you haven’t broke ground yet?”

He said, “No, we don’t have a commitment from a grocery store yet.”

Hmmmm……price would fix that!


The Bud Plant

A reader commented on the perilous water supply for Southern California and Arizona. While there could be major disruptions from droughts in the future, the City of Carlsbad has taken one step to help:

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the nation. Each day, the plant delivers nearly 50 million gallons (56,000 acre-feet per year (AFY)) of fresh, desalinated water to San Diego County – enough to serve approximately 400,000 people and accounting for about one-third of all water generated in the County.

Located adjacent to the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad, California, the Carlsbad Desalination Plant was developed as a public-private partnership. The project originated in 1998 and launched in 2015 with a purchase agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority. The project has garnered numerous awards for design, implementation and energy efficiency.



Palm Trimming

A local fire this week showed how flammable a palm tree can be when not trimmed:

Cal Fire, Carlsbad FD & Police doing another great job – no homes damaged, and no injuries.  Two other fires were started nearby on the same day, and a homeless woman was arrested for arson.

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