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comic con staying put

comic con staying put

– it was a relief to hear comic con will remain in its san diego home through 2015. they’ve negotiated special convention rates at 64 area hotels to address the price gouging that was going on in recent years. the biggest weekend of the year for san diego just got even better.

– busy saturday coming up with taste of north park and the tour de fat bicycle fest at balboa park. seems like there’s a can’t-miss event in the uptown neighborhoods every weekend this time of year.

– tropical weather arrived in san diego this week, about two months behind schedule. whether you’re a fan of it or not, it sure makes for some interesting skies:

– the new walkway near the pier at sio is a big improvement over the drab wall that was there before:

– celebrate the upcoming sd veg week at pizza fusion:

Vegan Drinks Mixer at Pizza Fusion on Wed. Oct. 6th from 6-9 pm. $3 pints of local craft beers, 1/2 price glasses of wine and 1/2 price vegan pizzas. You can also win FREE vegan pizza every week for 1 year (and proceeds benefit the Animal Protection and Rescue League!)

balboa pay-to-park

balboa pay-to-park

– the plan to restore the pedestrian plaza in balboa park seems to have ruffled a few feathers, since it will include a parking garage that pays for its own construction through parking fees (if donations are insufficient). i’m baffled by expectations that parking should be free everywhere – doesn’t it cost money to park at say, horton plaza? free parking will still be available in the big lot at the southern end of the park.

the opposition to reducing the current free reign of vehicles throughout balboa park ignores those who enjoy it for cycling and walking. why shouldn’t these users benefit from a single lane of traffic on coronado cabrillo bridge and a car-free plaza de panama?

routing traffic through the alcazar parking lot and on to the new underground garage behind the organ pavilion is a big improvement over just removing the parking spots in the plaza. this removes traffic entirely from this park area and would create a unique civic gathering area, perfect for small concerts, vendors, etc. and putting the garage underground with park space on top is a win-win design. it’s good to see bold, innovative proposals like this one that aren’t afraid to tick off the car-first crowd.

– coldest san diego summer in 77 years? how about coldest summer ever? so says matt baylow:

June, July, and August’s average monthly temperatures came out to the 25th coldest summer since they have been keeping track in 1851 around here. But the 24 colder summers were all before 1933. Since methods have changed slightly, and hopefully gotten significantly more accurate, it’s entirely possible that this was in fact the coldest summer ever around here.

when you look at the temperature archives, it’s clear there is a systematic difference in values from the early 1900’s, likely due to less accurate equipment. while “coldest summer ever” sums things up pretty well, here’s a few more stats:

  • only 10 out of the past 105 days have had high temps above normal
  • august 28th’s high of 66 degrees was 12 degrees below normal, and one degree below the average low for the date
  • while summer 1999 was the “coldest in 66 years” at the time, we at least salvaged a few beach weekends that year. this summer offered precisely 2 weekend days where temperatures stayed in the mid-70’s at the beach. and let’s not even go into the frigid water temps. well, better luck next year…
hodad’s delay

hodad’s delay

– originally set to open last month, hodad’s on broadway downtown will serve its first burger in september or october now, according to the UT. – the new york times covers the various residential and office projects popping up along the expo light rail line under construction in west LA.  notable quote:

Despite opposition from some neighborhood residents, Alan I. Casden, the chief executive, said greater density was inevitable. “Los Angeles is going to go vertical,” he said. “That’s the only way you can go. There’s no more land.”

meanwhile in san diego, the grantville action group meets thursday to block development near the grantville trolley stop in east mission valley, and caltrans’ report on adding 6 lanes to i-5 in north county is due this month.

– what would you do with that big empty lot on el cajon blvd. in city heights where pearson ford used to be?  developer price charities wants your input (well, kensington’s input, but who’s checking) – from the heart of kensington newsletter:

We have been presented with an opportunity to weigh in on what the Kensington community thinks would be an appropriate and beneficial use of the former Pearson Ford site, which will be developed by the new owners, Price Charities.  This large site is located at Fairmont and El Cajon Avenues, about a 12 minute walk from the Kensington library, and a quick 5 minute drive from Ridgeway and Palisades.  The site is zoned CU-2-4, which allows a mix of heavy commercial and limited industrial uses with residential uses, and is intended to accommodate development with pedestrian orientation and high density residential use.  This zoning allows the most density and the tallest buildings in the Mid-City area. We have been asked to provide our opinion on what goods and services residents of Kensington would like to see provided and would patronize.  The intent, as conveyed to us, is to find uses that would serve the communities of Kensington, Talmadge and City Heights. In response, we are asking that you email us with your ideas and suggestions.  Also tell us what you would not want to see located at that site.  This is a time-sensitive matter, so please respond soon, and send your responses to outreach@HeartofKensington.org or just reply to this email.

here’s one suggestion – a multi-story vietnamese market and community center, serving as the gateway to the new little saigon district.

– san diego’s summer without a summer continued right through the holiday weekend as we tied or set our fourth straight record daily minimum high temperature, and eighth in the past month.

january in june

january in june

as we near the end of yet another cooler-than-normal june in san diego, let’s take a look at just how cool it was:

– the daily high never got above 70 degrees downtown.  that’s only happened four times in san diego history dating back to 1924; we should have about 14 days over 70.

– today’s high of 65 was 9 degrees below normal and tied a record minimum high temperature from 90 years ago.  this was lower than the average high for january (66).  a similar tie occurred on 6/11.  interestingly, this is described as “typical june weather” by local tv weather folks.

– only one out of the past 16 june mean monthly max temperatures has been significantly above normal (more than .3 degrees).  11 junes have been more than .3 degrees below normal.

– spring has been consistently cool too – 11 out of the past 13 mays have had monthly max temps below normal; 15 out of 17 aprils.  these kinds of trends suggest san diego’s spring climate has actually changed for the cooler (just don’t tell john coleman).

of course, compared to the cities sweltering back east we’re in pretty good shape.  but if you moved to san diego with beach weather in mind, that may have to wait until mid-july.