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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A couple of local celebrities received pardons yesterday:

Mr. Trump commuted the sentence of William T. Walters, a wealthy sports gambler. A jury convicted Mr. Walters in 2017 on charges related to his role in an insider-trading scheme, and he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Mr. Walters hired Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer John M. Dowd in 2018, after he stopped representing Mr. Trump, The New York Times reported this week. Mr. Dowd bragged to Mr. Walters and others that he could help them receive a pardon because of his close relationship with the president.

Mr. Dowd had also said that Mr. Trump would look favorably upon those who had been investigated by federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, an office that the president has long viewed as hostile to him and that has been involved in other investigations touching on him and his allies, according to two people briefed on the matter. Mr. Walters has paid Mr. Dowd tens of thousands of dollars to represent him, the people said.

Coincidentally, Billy’s home in Carlsbad that has been for sale since 2010 was finally marked pending last week.  If it closes, it will be the highest sale (by 2x) in Carlsbad history!


For some reason, the Duke received a pardon too, even though Wiki reports that he got out of jail in 2013.  His bribery case was legendary:



Leaving California

The headline for this article is California Loses Hundreds of Thousands of Residents in 2020:

Link to Article

But it sounded far-fetched to me, so I checked the actual press release:

We didn’t lose ‘hundreds of thousands’, which would be at least 200,000 by definition.

We did add 156,600 net new babies – more people to inherit homes later!

The population of San Diego is what matters to us. Further down in the press release they said that the San Diego gain ‘depended mainly on natural increase as the source of population growth’. It means older people are leaving, and they are being replaced by the kids!

Link to CA Press Release

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