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That’s Not Talmadge, Dammit!

Speaks volumes about th U-T's reporting. San Diegans that dont know what neighborhood they are in is a travesty.

May 25, 2011 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Schools In Rich Neighborhoods Receive More Tax Dollars

Missionacomplished, in the long run its totally irrelevant if the kid is a step behind when going to UCLA for CompSci vs an OC kid. The only factors that make a difference is that it might cost a course more. Its such a non-issue. What is the issue is when parents get so worried about things like that and MAKE it an issue. WE have become overly obsessed with inequality in education that it yields nothing more than disdain between the haves and have nots. Its like saying kids that go to Lincoln High NEVER get into ivy league schools or have the skills to even get into University. With that kind of mentality, we will never find the cure for cancer or doing anything relevant to human society. You are just raising a kid to chase the latest trends for employment. And we wonder why we export engineering jobs? Because it was never en vogue to be an engineer so attendance levels have dropped significantly. That simple.

May 19, 2011 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Old Houses Are Doing Better Than Most

El Cerrito is a great neighborhood. I too recently bought a house and it was built in 1947. Personally having seen all the new and old, I preferred the old.
In my opinion they appear to age better than some of the homes I had seen built in the 70s and 80s. The newer homes built a few years ago, all belong to an HOA, which has its pros and cons. Maybe a I am just sucker for nostalgia, but I think we are going to head back to where we left off before the baby boom. Smaller homes and tighter neighborhoods.

May 18, 2011 at 5:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What’s Good For The Housing Market Is Good For America

For people that are able to afford a home in San Diego, there is growing uncertainty. Not everything thinks they are supposed to own a home anymore and this is a social mindset that I think is starting to take shape.
How much is that house really worth to me over 30 years.
Historically some areas are more affordable now than they were not too long ago, but that really isnt saying much when there is a lot of that and its still too expensive for that demographic.
I believe that people want to save and pay off debt right now.
A 30 year mortgage doesnt sound too appealing when things are so shaky.

May 18, 2011 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Housing Market Just Got Worse

Tom, this is a look at the National housing market....dont you know we live in San Diego where the streets are paved with gold? lol

All kidding aside, its a bumpy road for certain. A few things have played on the numbers. Number of distressed sales, capable borrowers and 'move up' buyers. The latter may not be 'moving' at all these days though.
Another thing is, when I was house hunting, I found the quality of homes for sale lacking. Tons of overpriced fixers and just overpriced inventory period. Its still a pretty ugly picture, but at least we are getting a better idea of how the dust is settling. This is going to be a while though.
To anyone buying a home or looking. Stay diligent and know your market. Real Estate is as local as its ever been.

May 9, 2011 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Building Expectations: Portrait Of Lincoln High School

I forgot to add to my other post. This type of school is what was needed for the future.

If this school produces one individual who will create a difference in the future to their community, then it was all worth it. A civil servant doesnt need to graduate from a prestigious university. The background that someone can have from an area that is considered low income is totally beneficial to helping "their own" understand the differences.

In areas like this, respect is earned, not just given.

April 26, 2011 at 8:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Building Expectations: Portrait Of Lincoln High School

This video only exemplifies the correlation between life at home and in the classroom. Ideally, this school was supposed to inspire, but for kids that have to go home to a reality that is nothing like the new school, it is an oasis and can come off as uninspiring to a certain percentage of students. Survival at home will always be a larger priority than going to school where "worrying" about life at home is a daily occurrence.

April 26, 2011 at 11:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should The City Pay For The Spreckels Pavilion Organist?

Its one thing to cut a program like this and another to come up with a viable alternative to supporting it through another revenue stream.

The question is: Who benefits the most out of this besides the audience? The merchants and museums?

Here is a viable solution: Boost the ticket prices for a "Museum Hopper" ticket which tourists (I would guess) largely pay for by $.50-$1.00 etc. I am certain that projecting ticket sales as well as past revenue from these ticket sales would be more than sufficient with the additional piece of the pie going to the talent.

April 25, 2011 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Surprisingly Walkable Neighborhood

Hi Tom, big fan of "On Ramp". I agree completely. Having lived in NYC most of my life and as I got older living in Europe, it became far clearer how much I missed walking after moving to San Diego and having to commute to work by automobile. I did live in the downtown/gaslamp area for the better part of 6 years when I first got here to SD and adjusted very well to our urban life. When I bought my house, I made sure that I was within a fair walking distance to a trolley stop. I suppose from an outsiders perspective, I had no preconceived notions about urban life in SD. I was more adept to managing "getting around town" by utilizing mass transit, walking and biking in other cities. I am also naive enough to really compare SD to other cities. I have learned that in all my years getting around, most of our time when we are not working is being within close proximity to where we live. This is why walkability is so important in our auto centric culture. I really do think we will head into this direction in San Diego and as the baby boomer generation dwindles, the younger generations will embrace knowing that they have multiple means of transport besides a car.

April 14, 2011 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kids And The Funnies

Wow, I always felt that kids tend to gravitate to not only the household environment, but how parents respond to certain actions (enthusiastic, maybe a back story behind the action). In this case it appears that having some emotional and historic tie to your own current and family backstory has given a certain authenticity to the funnies which your kids might feel more 'attached' to. On a side note, my father was a pressman for the New York Times and has since retired. Growing up with the emergence of the internet and digital content has its pros and cons. To this day for as much as he reads news on the internet, the "feeling" of a newspaper is what he really prefers. But then again, he insists that a vinyl record sounds better than a CD and that a CD sounds too "anti-septic" as he says. haha

March 22, 2011 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )