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🚘 The city’s hole-istic plan
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An intersection in La Jolla closed for resurfacing. | Photo via @cityofsandiego
We feel it too — there are a few bumps in the road around San Diego. The city has conducted reports that demonstrate declining street conditions, but efforts are underway to smooth things over and improve road quality.

Getting back on track

Last year, San Diego completed a Street Condition Assessment for the first time since 2016. According to the study’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI), streets were rated as “fair” with a score of 63 out of 100. This is a decline from the “satisfactory” score of 71 in 2016.

The city’s goal: to reach a PCI of 70, which is the industry standard. To do this, the Transportation Department released its Pavement Management Plan (PMP) that outlines road repair goals over the next five years. Key suggestions include:
  • A call for more funding, averaging $188 million annually
  • An effort to maintain streets before repairs are necessary
  • Specific repairs and funding to address “unimproved” streets and alleys
Slurry seal being applied to a street near Balboa Park.

Slurry seal is a cost-effective maintenance treatment.


Photo via @cityofsandiego

A second look

Last week, the Office of the City Auditors released a report on San Diego’s Street Maintenance Program covering the city’s 3,000 miles of streets. The report calls the PMP a “major step forward,” but identifies areas for improvement.

Specifically, the report suggests more frequent street audits so maintenance can be more intentional. It also calls for a more comprehensive funding plan and estimates the city would need $1.9 billion to meet its 10-year street repair goals, but has only identified $645 million in funding.

According to the PMP, road conditions are expected to decline 29% by 2034 — to a PCI of 45 — if anticipated funding levels remain unchanged.

In fiscal year 2024, San Diego allocated $140 million to road repairs and maintenance, $90+ million more than in fiscal year 2023. However, the city is not projected to maintain that level of funding in future years.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Oceanside International Film Festival | Tuesday, Feb. 20-Saturday, Feb. 24 | 4:30 p.m. | Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside | $15-$45 | This five-day fest showcases local and international talent via short and feature films.
  • SDSU Aztecs vs. CSUN Matadors Baseball | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 6 p.m. | Tony Gwynn Stadium, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego | $6 | It’s a California showdown — swing for the fences, Aztecs.
  • Grady Spencer & the Work | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 8:30 p.m. | The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., San Diego | $17 | The Texas-based groove-rock band perform their “Surf’n Slopes Tour.”
Wednesday, Feb. 21
  • Comedy Showcase at the Arcade Room | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 7:30-8:45 p.m. | Coin-Op Game Room, 3926 30th St., San Diego | Free | Laugh, drink, and play games as five comedians perform at this North Park bar.
Thursday, Feb. 22
  • “Mean Girls” Trivia | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6-9 p.m. | Urban MO’s, 308 University Ave., San Diego | $1 | How many for Glen Coco? Drag queen Mariam T hosts this game centered on Lindsay Lohan’s classic film.
  • The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Epstein Family Amphitheater, 9480 Innovation Lane, La Jolla | $20-$65 | Vocalist Belinda Davids — accompanied by a band and dancers — pays tribute to the musical icon’s greatest hits, from “I Will Always Love You” to “I Have Nothing.”
Friday, Feb. 23
  • Full Moon Night Hike | Friday, Feb. 23 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Mission Trails Parking Lot, Bushy Hill Dr., Santee | $22-$27 | Grounded by Nature leads this monthly moonlit hike where you can meet like-minded women and discuss goal setting.
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Skincare essentials that turn up the heat
Say bye-bye to dry skin with our list of skincare products. | Photo provided by Six & Main
Is dry skin making you feel frustrated during these winter months? Don’t worry, our online shop (Six & Main) features hydrating skincare products essential for weathering cold temperatures.

Step into a world of self-care as you explore a curated selection of winter skincare essentials, leaving your skin refreshed and revitalized.

Clean your face with the Purifying Face Wash by Roosevelt Supply Co. With added organic fruit extracts and activated charcoal, you’re sure to clean off the toughest dirt and grime without being harsh on your skin.

Exfoliate your skin using the Las Flores | Mini Hydrate + Brighten Duo, which is a powerful formula by Esteli that gently exfoliates and nourishes, leaving your skin looking and feeling refreshed.

Visibly improve texture, tone, and the look of fine lines and wrinkles with the Repair Hemp & Retinol Face Cream by She Biology, a hemp-strain skincare collection.
News Notes
  • San Diego County is expected to get rain through tomorrow morning, with the heaviest precipitation this afternoon and evening. Most parts of the county are predicted to receive 0.5-0.7 inches of rain, though totals may be higher in some areas. A Flood Watch remains in effect through tomorrow morning. (National Weather Service)
  • Today is the last day to register to vote and receive a mail-in ballot for the March presidential primary election. If you miss the deadline, you can still vote, but you will need to go to the Registrar’s office or visit a voting center — they’re open starting Saturday, Feb. 24 through Tuesday, March 5.
  • The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) has received $35 million from the Homekey program — state funding awarded to create housing for people at risk of homelessness. The grant will allow SDHC to purchase a hotel property at 2087 Hotel Circle S. and rehabilitate it into a 161-unit, extended-stay complex.
  • A new Cali-Baja restaurant is now serving Harbor Island. Rumorosa has opened inside the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina — the first of four new concepts being added during a $100 million renovation. The eatery features 186 seats and bay views, and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • We know the San Diego Zoo is the best, but USA TODAY 10Best wants us to prove it. The wild attraction has been nominated for best zoo by Readers’ Choice 2024. You can vote for it through Monday, March 4, at 9 a.m. — the 10 finalists will be announced on Friday, March 15. (USA TODAY 10Best)
  • The Padres’ Home Opener is over a month away, but you can watch the Friars as soon as this Thursday, Feb. 22. The team released their 2024 Spring Training broadcast schedule. All 25 games will be available via television, radio, or webcast; tickets for home games are also available.
Try This
  • Gearheads, you might want to flock to this. Dodo Bird Donuts in La Jolla will host its inaugural Dodo & Cars Saturday, Feb. 24, 7-11 a.m. The free event — sponsored in part by Ferrari of San Diego — will feature exotic and luxurious rides, plus complimentary donuts and coffee for attendees.
  • What does Xander Bogaerts’ shift to second baseman and Ha-Seong Kim’s potential contract extension mean for the Padres? Go beyond the scoreboard and behind the scenes of the San Diego Padres with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
  • A friendly reminder to book spring + summer vacations (they’re just around the corner). Want beach time? This Hawaiian oceanfront property has two king beds. Prefer the mountains? Book this lakeside chalet in British Columbia. Craving luxury? This tropical cabana in Montecito, CA has an on-site masseuse.*
🧂Shake up your margarita game
The glasses of margaritas at Lionfish, including the Snake Eyes, Passion of the Marg, and Sweet Treat
Lionfish will have three specialty margaritas for National Margarita Day. | Photo via Clique Hospitality
This Thursday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day and we’re shaken with excitement. We rounded up five local spots that have must-try margs, for the “holiday” and beyond.
  • Lionfish — Pendry San Diego’s restaurant offers three specialty margaritas made with Casamigos Tequila, but we’re really curious about the Sweet Treat made with sweetened condensed milk and a graham cracker rim.
  • The Duck Dive — We’ve got our eye on the Pacific Beach restaurant’s “Take Me to Mexico” margarita made with Olmeca Altos Plato Tequila, watermelon, and jalapeno.
  • Barrio Star — This Bankers Hill restaurant has many margaritas, but why not spice things up with a Roasted Jalapeno Blackberry marg?
  • Ponce’s — With two San Diego locations, this restaurant shines with its variety of tequilas and margaritas, including mocktail options.
  • Cafe Coyote — Why settle for one margarita? You can get a flight of five at this Old Town staple.
The Buy
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The Wrap
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Good morning, San Diego. I know National Margarita Day is this week, but if you’re looking for a fruity treat without the alcohol, I recently went to Juice Alchemy in Bankers Hill. There are many different drinks to try, or you can grab an açaí bowl or sandwich if you’re feeling hungry.
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