Plus a new dog park + Jessop's Clock's new home
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🌳 You’re in for a treet
A jacaranda tree with petals falling to the ground

These petals give new meaning to purple rain.


Photo via @joy_guest

We’re excited to say San Diego has the springtime blues — jacaranda trees are starting to bloom. The city is home to an estimated 12,000 blue jacarandas known for their trumpet-shaped, lavender-blue flowers.

This year, the blooms are right on schedule, as they typically arrive in late spring. Generally, they only last about two months, so you’ll want to catch these flowers before they fall.

🌱 The San Diego roots

Jacaranda mimosifolia are native to South American countries like Argentina and Bolivia, but over time, they’ve petaled their way north. Horticulturalist Kate Sessions is credited for bringing the trees to San Diego in the 1890s, and the jacaranda has even been named San Diego’s official urban tree.

The city is the perfect home for these purple beauties. To flower, they need plenty of sun and a moderate amount of water — but can tolerate some drought periods because they need sandy, well-drained soil. However, they can’t survive in frequent freezing temps.

Jacaranda trees early into their blooms in San Diego.

Jacaranda trees starting to bloom in Bankers Hill.


Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday

👀 Peep the purple

Because jacaranda trees aren’t native to San Diego there are many clusters where city planners placed them. You can branch out and take a tour of the trees and these communities.
  • Bankers Hill — Much of Kate Sessions’ work surrounds Balboa Park, and the neighborhood west of it has many trees spanning from Fir to Walnut streets.
  • Barrio Logan — Jacaranda trees are part of this community’s design, especially along Cesar E. Chavez Parkway.
  • Golden Hill — The neighborhood has many jacarandas, especially in its northern part closest to Balboa Park. This includes Broadway and 25th, 28th, and 30th streets.
  • Little Italy — These purple flowers make this colorful community more vibrant. You’ll find many along India and Columbia streets.
Monday, May 22
  • TECHSPO San Diego 2023 Technology Expo | Monday, May 22 + Tuesday, May 23 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel, 333 W. Harbor Dr. | $17-$697 | This expo brings together developers, brands, marketers, tech providers, designers, and innovators to talk tech.
  • Monday Night Trivia | Monday, May 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Little Italy Food Hall, 550 W. Date St., Ste. B, San Diego | Free | Let’s get quizzical — answer questions, grab food, and win prizes.
  • Blues & Rock Jam | Monday, May 22 | 6-10 p.m. | Aztec Brewing Company, 2330 La Mirada Dr., #300, Vista | Free | Swing along to the rhythm and blues.
Tuesday, May 23
  • Drawing is Seeing | Tuesday, May 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Birdwing Open Air Classroom, 2801 Via De La Valle, Del Mar | Free | This seminar aims to recreate images by drawing them — no experience required.
  • Escondido Farmers Market | Tuesday, May 23 | 2:30-7 p.m. | Heritage Garden Park, Between Grand Avenue + Juniper Street, San Diego | Free | Buy small, local, and fresh at this weekly North County market.
Wednesday, May 24
  • All About Worms | Wednesday, May 24 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas | Free | This workshop covers the basics and benefits of composting with worms.
  • The Brummies | Wednesday, May 24 | 8 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $15 | The Birmingham-born indie rock band takes the stage.
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News Notes

  • We’re so doggone happy to see University Height’s off-leash dog park is getting ready to open — a project locals have been advocating for since 2021. Crews are putting the final touches on the space near Park and El Cajon boulevards, and the opening is “coming very soon.”
Real Estate
  • Living in America’s Finest City is once again getting more expensive. The average sale price of a single-family home in San Diego County was $930,000 in April — a $15,000 increase from March. However, this price is lower than a year prior, when home sales averaged $975,000. (NBC 7)
  • The time has come — the Jessop Street Clock will move to its new, permanent home: the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. This historic clock has had various homes in downtown San Diego since 1907, but most recently, it resided at Horton Plaza until 2019.
  • If you don’t know the benefits of meditation, you can relax. Nonprofit InnerScience committed $10 million to UC San Diego over the next five years to research the practice’s biological and physiological benefits. During the study, 2,000 people will undergo “intensive meditative experiences.” (NBC 7)
San Diegan
  • San Diego resident “Rumblin’” Randy Williams has been around the world. The local traveler visited all 193 countries, and celebrated the “bittersweet” accomplishment after a trip to Turkmenistanbut we understand why he chose to call San Diego home. (ABC 10)
  • $200 welcome bonus — check. Unlimited cash back — check. 0% interest into 2024 — check. This card checks all our boxes.*
The Word
💋 Un Beso, San Diego
Rooftop patio and view from Techo Beso with lounge chairs and pink umbrellas.
This piece of paradise is sky-high. | Photo via Techo Beso and Alexandra Seward
The Gaslamp Quarter has elevated its culinary scene with the addition of Techo Beso, a rooftop restaurant and bar atop the AC Hotel by Marriott.

Techo Beso’s menu and decor draws inspiration from Tulum, Mexico, and its name translates to “rooftop kiss” in Spanish. Guests can expect to find amenities like lounge spaces, a rooftop pool, and party areas with a DJ platform.

Now, for the chef’s kiss. The menu features house-made guacamole, shrimp ceviche, brisket tacos, and churro donut bites. Plus, you’ll be able to sip on hand-crafted drinks like the “Maya Blue” — made with Del Maguey mezcal, house-made lime juice, and blood orange syrup — or the “Yucatan Margarita,” made with butterfly pea tea-infused Fords gin.

The new destination is open Wednesday to Sunday, hours vary by day.
The Wrap
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From the editor
Good morning, San Diego. I’m feeling the Monday slump, so once again, I have a coffee suggestion. Recently, Monica and I met with City Editor Jordan Radach from Sacramento (hello, SACtoday) and took him to Better Buzz in Hillcrest. Here are our recommendations, based on our orders: cold brew with caramel cold foam, an iced honey latte, and the “Best Drink Ever.”
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