Plus, a Chicano Park founder makes herstory.
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Today's Forecast
70º | Mostly cloudy | 2% chance of rain | Sunrise 5:40 a.m. | Sunset 7:55 p.m. | High tides 12:27 a.m. and 3:03 p.m. | Low tides 8:02 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.
🏙️ You’re a San Diegan now
Our skyline looks expensive, but this view is free.
Our skyline looks expensive, but this view is free. | Photo via Canva
Picture this: You just moved to San Diego, California, and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit back and go to the beach all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for San Diegan 101, our guide to all things San Diego citizenship.

🗳️ The essentials

Voter registration
Make sure you’re eligible and registered to vote, find your polling location, and preview upcoming elections and sample ballots here.

SD Election Day

Get out and vote, San Diego.


Photo via San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Driver’s licenses and vehicle registration
If you already have a valid driver’s license that was issued in another state but are a new San Diego resident in need of a California driver’s license, you will need to complete an application and visit a DMV office.

To register your car in the state of California, you’ll need to fill out the DMV’s Application for Title or Registration (REG 343) and pay the applicable fees. Forms are available online, by mail, or at any local DMV field office.

SD Scripps Memorial La Jolla Hospital

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is one of your options for local health care.


Photo via Scripps Health

🩺 Health care

Establishing yourself with a primary care provider is one of those things you’ll be glad you did when you need one. Reach out to the professionals at Sharp HealthCare, Scripps Health, or UC San Diego Health, to name a few. Pro tip: Websites like DocSpot filter physicians by location, patient reviews, insurance, language, and more.

Home necessities

Thanks for thinking green. For everything you need to know about recycling in San Diego, from where to place your bin to pickup times and accepted materials, check out the city’s website. Also, we’ve got the 411 on the city’s new food and yard waste rules.
Approximately what percentage of people fail their drivers’ exam on the first attempt?

A. 16%
B. 32%
C. 44%
D. 52%
Tuesday, March 28
  • The Flower Fields | Through Sunday, May 14 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Carlsbad Ranch, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad | $12-$23 | It’s Flower Fields season, y’all — with 55-acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, tractor wagon rides, and more.
  • San Diego Restaurant Week | Through Sunday, April 2 | 12 p.m. | Locations vary | Pirces vary | Celebrate the local food scene with special meals, drinks, and deals at 180+ restaurants.
  • Backyard Composting Workshop | Tuesday, Mar. 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Mountain View/Beckwourth Library, 721 San Pasqual St., San Diego | Free | Learn the basics of bins, tools, and maintaining your compost.
  • Civic Youth Orchestra presents 2023 Invitational Orchestra Festival | Tuesday, Mar. 28 | 6-8 p.m. | California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 North Escondido Blvd. | $12 | Performances by five high school orchestras and the Civic Youth Orchestra Symphony.
  • Tosca | Tuesday, Mar. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego | $19-$330 | A dramatic opera filled with romance, crime, and tragedy.
Wednesday, March 29
  • San Diego Gulls vs. Tucson Roadrunners | Wednesday, Mar. 29 | 7 p.m. | Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego | $21-$103 | The local team faces their Arizona rival.
  • Pretty Funny Women | Wednesday, Mar. 29 | 8 p.m. | The Comedy Store, 916 Pearl St., La Jolla | $25 | This all-female show is hosted by Lisa Sundstedt.
Thursday, March 30
  • Nick Thune LIVE! | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 8 p.m. | The American Comedy Co. San Diego, 818 B 6th Ave., San Diego | Free | The actor, musician, and comic brings the funny.
  • Post-Columbian Futurism | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 12-5 p.m. | ICA San Diego/Central, 1439 El Prado, San Diego | Free | This 6,000-sqft exhibition by brothers Jamex and Einar De La Torre’s features newly commissioned pieces.
  • Padres 2023 Opening Day | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 1:10 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $76-$900 | The San Diego Padres swing into a new season and face the Colorado Rockies in their opening series.
Plan ahead with our community events calendar below.
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News Notes
  • 67º | Mostly sunny | 0% chance of rain
  • The warmer spring temps have been nice, but more rain is on the way. The National Weather Service says another storm will move in from the northwest tonight and bring rain and mountain snow through Thursday. Tomorrow will be windy, too, with gusts as high as 20 mph. (National Weather Service)
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 6:42 a.m.
  • Set: 7:06 p.m.
  • Low: 10:59 a.m.
  • High: 2:09 a.m.
  • Water Temperature: 57°
  • San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher revealed on Twitter that he’s seeking treatment for PTSD, childhood trauma, and alcohol abuse — and is therefore ending his campaign for State Senate. Fletcher said he needs to focus on his health, but expects to “come back stronger, more connected, and present.”
  • Let’s go, San Diego. The East Village Association will celebrate the return of Padres baseball with the free, annual Opening Weekend Block Party this Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., along J Street from Seventh to Tenth avenues. Expect live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities, and lots of photo opportunities.
San Diegan
  • Local historian Josephine “Josie” Talamantez — one of the founders of Chicano Park — was recognized for her advocacy and service to the community with a Women Making Herstory award from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. Talamantez also founded the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center and serves as board chair.
  • John “Mac” McLaughlin — the leader who helped anchor the USS Midway as one of the city’s most beloved tourist attractions over the past 20 years — retires tomorrow. The former US Navy rear admiral said he’s proud “that most people in San Diego now feel the USS Midway is part of the city landscape.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • SANDAG is seeking input via this survey to assess how locals use the San Ysidro Transit Center at the US-Mexico border. The hub stands near one of the busiest border crossings in the world, and the agency says it “endures numerous challenges to safety, connectivity, and user experience.”
  • With SDSU Aztecs Men’s Basketball making their mark on March Madness, AleSmith Brewing Company has released a craft beer that pays homage to Tony Gwynn’s time playing basketball at SDSU. The limited edition cans of “Double Up Double IPA” feature Gwynn in his Aztecs gear — artwork created by Ground Floor Murals.
Plan Ahead
  • Black San Diego will host its spring networking event on Thursday, April 13, 6-8 p.m., at The Pool House at Pendry San Diego. Mix and mingle with professionals, entrepreneurs, and local business owners; the first 50 attendees will get one free cocktail and appetizers. Get tickets.
  • Sesame Place San Diego is hiring full-time lifeguards and “Shallow Water Guards” to keep an eye on guests in swimming areas. The theme park provides American Red Cross CPR and Lifeguard certifications to employees at no cost, and offers perks like free access to all SeaWorld Parks. Apply.
  • The spring season is the perfect time to treat yourself. We’re eyeing this six-piece bonbon gift box by Marble & Steel Craft Chocolates. What’s even sweeter? These chocolates are made fresh without preservatives.
🍔 The final burger battle
SD Burger Bracket Finals
It’s the final countdown, SD. | Graphic by 6AM City
Things are heating up in America’s Finest City. All month, SDtoday readers have been very vocal about their favorite local burger restaurants.

Now, the battle is really cookin’: Rocky’s Crown Pub and The Balboa Bar and Grill are going head to head to be crowned the champion of burgers.

See your pick to the finish by voting in our final poll now through 12 p.m. Thursday, March 30.
The Wrap
Monica Garske headshot Today’s Edition By:
From the Editor
Hello, San Diego. I know there’s rain in the forecast soon, but for old time’s sake, let’s reminisce about the absolutely perfect weather we had over the weekend.

It was a great time to be outside, so my daughters and I hit the trail at Lake Murray. We also explored the lakeshore to look at shells, ducks, and birds, and I thought — how lucky are we to have both gorgeous lakes and beaches in SD? We’ve got it good.

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