You’ve seen the traffic cones — repairs are a part of life in San Diego, but the city is hoping to fixthat. As part of his “2023 State of the City Address,” Mayor Todd Gloria announced the city has approved funding to crackdown on necessary repairs to public infrastructure like sidewalks, roads, and traffic lights.
Time to rebuild
Last year, Gloria announced his “Ready To Rebuild” initiative that promised more repairs down the road. This added funding to the Financial Year 2023 budget to help the city transition out of the pandemic and target neglected projects including:
$77 million to repair and resurface roads.
$8 million to fix traffic lights, mend sidewalks and curbs, and remove graffiti and weeds.
$4.1 million for additional street sweeping.
$8.8 million to prepare for a major stormwater system overhaul.
Pump the brakes, why do roads get so much more funding than sidewalks? Owners have the responsibility to fix sidewalks directly outside of their properties. The city’s “50/50 Cost Sharing Program” aims to defray prices, but in his speech, Gloria committed to easing regulations preventing sidewalk repairs and making them more affordable for property owners.
San Diego is a big city, but it’s committed to making repairs quickly. In November 2022, amendments were made to the “Street Preservation Ordinance” to ensure public and private entities make necessary repairs to roads — like filling holes or resurfacing — in a timely fashion.
As the city continues making improvements, equity is a top priority. Officials will work to adhere to the “Build Better SD” initiative that helps underserved communities receive better amenities through repairs or by adding infrastructure like sidewalks where they’re lacking.
What’s happening now?
After major storms impacted San Diego this month, the city has been busy filling additional potholes left on streets. The city is always responsible for these repairs, but in this case, staffing was increased to address a backlog of 1,600 pothole reports so crews could ramp up daily repairs.
Locals can help by reporting potential projects on the Get It Done app, by calling (619) 527-7500, or by using the city’s services website to submit a repair request.
Disney’s Frozen | Through Sunday, Jan. 29 | Times vary | Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego | $39-$139 | Do you want to build a snowman? Disney’s Broadway musical takes the downtown stage.
Blues in the Night at North Coast Repertory Theatre | Through Sunday, Feb. 5 | 8 p.m. | North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach | $57-$68 | A musical experience featuring a cast of talented singers performing 26 jazz songs spanning every emotion — from heartbreak to humor.
San Diego Psychic and Healing Arts Fair | Saturday, Jan. 21 + Sunday, Jan. 22 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Marina Village Conference Center, Baja Room 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego | Free | Learn about energy healing — and get your tarot, astrology, or chakra reading.
1001 Fritters: Food in the Arabian Nights | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego | Free | Internationally-known food writer Charles Perry discusses the mysterious treats of Arabian Nights.
Sunday, Jan. 22
Chinese New Year Celebration | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 3-5 p.m. | Bamboo Garden Wellness Center, 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Ste. A30, San Diego | Free | Celebrate the new year with refreshments and energy healing.
Depths of Wikipedia Live | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 6 p.m. | Mic Drop Comedy, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego | $25 | "@depthsofwikipedia” creator Annie Rauwerda takes you through a journey of the site’s most interesting corners.
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The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for very high tidestodaythrough Monday morning at San Diego County beaches. This corresponds with the King Tides arriving this weekend. 🌊(National Weather Service)
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 6:49 a.m.
Set: 5:09 p.m.
Low: 1:15 a.m. + 2:51 p.m.
High: 7:33 a.m. + 9:21 p.m.
Water Temperature: 58°
County officials are collecting data to estimate flood and rain damage that occurred Dec. 29, 2022-Jan. 17, 2023. Locals whose properties or businesses were impacted by recent storms can complete the damage survey form — results may allow the county to qualify for disaster assistance funding. ☔
Oceanside City Council approved the Ocean Creek project — a mixed-use, transit-focused complex with 295 housing units to be built at Crouch Street and South Oceanside Boulevard. The development will include 30 affordable housing units and 3,000 sqft of commercial space. It’s expected to be completed in 2025 or 2026. 🏢 (The Coast News Group)
Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad has a sweet, little addition. The Mini Donut Company is now open and serving its tiny specialty treats. This is the company’s third location; find it at other local food halls like Liberty Public Market and outside Little Italy Food Hall. 🍩
$51.3 million. That’s how much debt was erased thanks to the California Arrearage Payment Program. Specifically, this funding zapped away overdue SDG&E bills incurred by ~113,000 customers between March 4, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, helping relieve financial burdens caused by the pandemic. ⚡ (Times of San Diego)
January 18 was declared Meals on Wheels Day in San Diego County to acknowledge the organization that helps feed thousands of locals thanks to its 3,400+ volunteers. The news coincided with the opening of the organization’s new offices in Norman Park Senior Center in Chula Vista. 📆
A small aircraft made quite the splash on South Carlsbad State Beach when it made an emergency landing yesterday morning. The plane was being used to train new pilots, and avoided all pedestrians when it landed in the sands during high tides. Three people were aboard — all were unharmed. 🛬 (NBC 7)
The Lunar New Year is upon us, and the San Diego Public Library is offering programs for families to celebrate. County libraries will offer lion dances, story times, festivals, and crafts to observe the occasion. Its website also offers book recommendations to understand different traditions and ring in the new year. 📚
OK, campers, rise and shine. Groundhog Day is right around the corner, and it’s got us thinking about what day in San Diego history we’d like to do over and over. Let us know yours and you may appear in a future newsletter. 💬
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A dozen large white eggs for $6.99 in San Diego. | Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday
Are you scrambling to find eggs? You’re not alone. Many grocery stores are out of stock, and if they have eggs, the price tag might shock you.
Based on averages from the USDA, a dozen large, grade AA, white eggs in Southern California costs $6.59-$6.70, but some prices have gone higher in San Diego County — up to $10. This compares to a state average of $2.73 on Jan. 20, 2022, exactly one year ago.
The shortage can be attributed to national supply issues stemming from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) — aka bird flu — that resulted in the loss of millions of egg-laying hens. But, if the shortage has you ready to crack, you can:
Editor’s pick: Happy Friday, San Diego. Did you know that today is National Cheese Lover’s Day? I know it’s a fake holiday, but it’s also the excuse I need to indulge in a cheesy treat.
San Diego has taught me that there are endless ways to add cheese to your diet. For cheese overload, I like The Melt, which has locations in downtown and La Jolla. I’ve also loved getting cheese wheel pasta at Monello in Little Italy and drinking teas with salted cheese from Happy Lemon (trust me, don’t knock it until you try it).
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Wave hello to King Tides this weekend.
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