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What Do You Think About San Diego’s Future?

Evening Edition

Aired 4/15/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Kyle Ruddick, Founder/Director, One Day on Earth

Jodi Cilley, Founder, Film Consortium San Diego


What do you think the future holds for San Diego?

A video project hopes to give us a glimpse into the future showing us both the promise and the problems facing our city.

KPBS and the producers of the documentary One Day on Earth are teaming up for One Day in San Diego, a 24-hour filming event on April 26 that encourages people all across San Diego to pick up a camera and film a story about the city's future.

The idea is to examine San Diego's future through a lens, said Jodi Cilley founder of the San Diego Film Consortium and a producer of the film project.

"So on April 26, people across the city are going to pick up cameras and film stories, visuals and images that they associate with the concept of the future of San Diego," Cilley said. "Interviews, time-lapse, events, things happening that day in their life that tap into this project and connect with that idea.”

People in 10 other U.S. cities will be doing the same thing on that same day. They'll all then upload their footage to be archived online and some content will be selected to appear in a documentary that will air later this year on PBS stations across the country, including KPBS.

The project is a localized version of the global crowd-sourced documentary, One Day On Earth. Kyle Ruddick, founder of the project, said he wanted to explore the concept on a smaller scale.

"So many things are happening on a local level, and people in our community were already starting to do local events," he said.

Ruddick said each video uploaded to the website will be geo-tagged and placed on a citywide map.

"We're building a community here where everyone's going to see what everyone did in this project," he said.

Producers like Ruddick and Cilley will then select content from San Diego (and the 10 other cities) for a documentary series. The final product will air on PBS stations across the country.

To get you started, community members have been sharing their thoughts on San Diego's future. Scroll through our Tumblr account and hear why San Diegans love their city and what concerns they have about its future. Anyone who is interested in participating is encouraged to attend a meeting April 25 at Platt College.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

The future of America's largest Cow Town is bleak, very, very bleak.

We are the only top 10 city in the United States with a Republican mayor, and "coincidentally" arts and culture venues that have been long-standing institutions for many decades are now starting to fold.

Our largest media outlet is a national joke, a journalistically jaundiced piece of garbage that doesn’t even blink an eye at being profoundly partisan and catering to the interests of the far right wing.

I guess the future looks bright if you are whacked-out tea party loonie who hates art, hates culture, hates diversity, loves perks for big developers, and if you think Papa Manchester seems like a "cool guy" who shares your vision of a city.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2014 at 11:31 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

But look on the bright side Cow Town, California - at least we have a fantabulous 100th anniversary centennial to celebrate what little cutlure and diversity remains.

Oh wait.

Oh yeah, that's messed up too.



Well, LA and SF have some exciting stuff happening.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2014 at 11:36 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Ok, wait I thought of something else.

At least Cow Town, California is at the forefront of animal rights by condemning SeaWorld for imprisoning orcas and forcing them to perform circus trick at whim for screaming crowds.


Sorry again :-(

Our city officials encourage this, and our former city officials now in Sacramento made the bill that could have corrected this "stall".

I'm really trying to find something nice, but let's face it. San Diego is not in a good place right now.

It's tea party USA.

Maybe Donald Trump will move here to be closer to his fans.

He can erect a big seafront mansion next to Willard.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

At least we have a cartoonish giant statue of a woman being sexually assaulted by a sailor that was paid for by right wing activists on our bayfront.

How many other cities can say THAT?


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Tarryn Mento, KPBS Staff | April 15, 2014 at 12:22 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Hey Peking_Duck_SD,

Thanks for weighing in! If you'd like to share your thoughts via video or photo, we'd be happy to add it to our Tumblr: If you have any questions about participating, please contact me at

And I should mention that similar events are taking place in LA ( and SF (, too.

Thanks again for commenting!

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2014 at 12:40 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Hmm let me think about that one. I hate coming across so negative, but it seems like a lot of negative things are happening in SD these days.

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aztec69 | April 15, 2014 at 4:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Myfamily came to San Diego when the railroad came in from AZ back in the 1880s. Since then and three generations later we've seen it all, good and bad. The city today is not the the one I remember my grand parents or parents talking about when I was a kid, and it certainly not the one I remember growing up in.
Physically it's changed a lot, like most cities. Demographically it's changed from a city of 330,000, mostly whites and blacks when I was born, to a city of 1.6 million from all over the world. It used to have many small jewels that made it a special place to live. Today it has three; La Jolla, Balboa Park, and the "new" downtown; all of which serve very different constituencies and all of which are carefully natured by various self-interest groups. Still, the city has the sun, the ocean and the beaches (for those who can afford or find a parking space) and they make it special. Recently the city has focused on economic issues and potholes, and that seems a good summary of the development of the city. If you look at the origins of Old Town, what it became, and how it has been reborn, you can see that San Diego has never really known what it was or where it was going. That's still true. I've had a great two-thirds of a century watching San Diego grow and prosper. Although I've been all over the world in the past fifty years I can still say, loudly and clearly, that there is no place like home; and San Diego was and always will be home for those lucky enough to have lived here.

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Missionaccomplished | April 17, 2014 at 9:17 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

@QUACKSTER, I don't know. She doesn't look like she's RESISTING his kiss, if you ask me.

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MightyJoe | April 17, 2014 at 10:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

@Peking: So a statue celebrating the military and end of WWII offends you but you rant about the evils of a mayor who was elected to replace the former Democrat who ACTUALLY sexually assaulted multiple women. Not biased at all, are you?

As for the project to film a day in San Diego... Awesome idea! This is a great city with so much going for it and I can't wait to see how this turns out.

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JeanMarc | April 17, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Don't do it Peking! Some crazy stalker might try to find you

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DonWood | April 18, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

The rich will get richer and the poor will either leave or live under local bridges. Housing prices and rents will keep going up until no one with less than $1 million will be able to live here. Rich immigrants from places like New York, Connecticut and Washing DC will follow Mitt Romney here. If you're not rich, you'll be able to get jobs as hotel staff, tourism attraction workers or house maids, but you'll have to live in the canyons. Local politicians will continue to sell their souls and zoning rights to the building industry and rich hotel owners. San Diego will remain what it's always been, a Navy town and a tourist trap that fleeces visitors. Existing lower and middle income neighborhoods will be "gentrified" in the name of "smart growth". Eventually they will build a wall and gates around the city to keep out the riff-raff who can't afford a ticket.

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JeanMarc | April 21, 2014 at 8:36 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow, DonWood, I better become rich or I will have to live in a canyon! Thanks for the heads up buddy!

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sdreefer21 | April 28, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I see a convention center expansion and a new stadium. Then another round of blaming cops and firefighters by the ut for having a pension. Then the articles will shift to blaming the city employees for a lack of funds that were mysteriously appropriated for said projects. Then a series of pay cuts, pay freezes, and not hiring enough employees to keep up with retirements. Possibly a ballot initiative and another recall/special election.

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