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Power outage scheduled for parts of Del Cerro and San Carlos on Saturday

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 2, 2009

SDG&E mailed notices on November 19, but just as a reminder or if you missed it, a power outage will occur in the San Carlos/Del Cerro area this Saturday beginning at approximately 10:30pm and may last up to eight hours (or longer if complications develop).

I’m not looking forward to spending a Saturday night without electricity.

According to Karen Bennett, SDG&E’s Planned Outage Coordinator, about 2000 residents will be affected by the routine maintenance project to replace an electrical switch and underground wiring on Park Ridge Blvd. She couldn’t provide details on the affected area but said it extends slightly west but mostly east into San Carlos from Park Ridge Blvd.

Residents have been advised to disconnect sensitive electrical equipment before and during the outage. Assuming that when power resumes it may not immediately be stable, you may want to call their 24-hour contact line to confirm status before reconnecting equipment at 800-211-7343.

Update Dec 6: The power resumed at about 9am, so it was around 10 hours without power for us. This morning the work crew wouldn’t let me take any pictures, saying that someone took pictures at an earlier job and then submitted them to the local news with negative comments about their work. I’ll bet our local politicians wish they could avoid scrutiny for that reason.

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San Carlos/Del Cerro area businesses open and shut

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 1, 2009

There are a few more changes taking place at the Keil’s shopping center at Jackson Drive and Navajo Road (see July’s post on the earlier changes here). Its location at the western edge of San Carlos makes it a draw for quite a few shoppers from the neighboring Del Cerro community as well.

The Navajo Community Service Center and police storefront that closed during the summer are definitely not returning — a Mountain Mike’s Pizza is taking over the storefront that they occupied and looks to create some competition with Tivoli Pizza a few doors down. The Yogurt Works (formerly the San Carlos Creamery) has a “for lease” sign in the window. Lastly, Casey’s Place, a home-grown neighborhood recreation center, is empty and the sign is gone.

Casey's Place is empty


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Good morning in San Diego…

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 2, 2009

Downtown2 Downtown


The large building complex is SDSU (click photos above to enlarge)

…and a nice evening too


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On the San Diego State University (CSU) fee increase

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 25, 2009

It was bad enough that SDSU (CSU) increased the semester fee, reduced course offerings, and imposed furlough days for classes (9 days per year), but their timing made it worse. When the CSU trustees made their decision on July 21, many students had already paid their fall semester fees in good faith. Last week, those already-enrolled students were receiving notice to send in an additional $336. The notice included this tidbit:

CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees. [my emphasis]



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Miramar Air Show

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 3, 2009



The Miramar Air Show opened Friday. The afternoon sky was perfect: clouds drifted in from Tropical Depression OLAF in the Eastern Pacific off Baja but the ceiling was high and the viewing was good and we were shielded from the hot sun.


The show included a Russian MiG-17F, the red “Oracle Challenger,” an F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Patriots L-39 4-ship jet team, an AV-8B Harrier vertical landing and takeoff demo, and the Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets.


Photos and video below (click images to enlarge in a new tab). Watch carefully at the end of the first video, the F/A-18 performed an amazing about-face.

Heavy Cargo











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A way with words

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 25, 2009

Jessica Hagy at Indexed has a cool way to use her index cards (some of us probably have leftovers from our college-day term papers!).



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Protesters slow traffic into UCSD

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 24, 2009

This morning I drove to campus to pick up a book I had reserved (Rivers of Gold: Designing Markets to Allocate Water in California / Brent M. Haddad). It turned out there was a protest against the UC budget cuts in progress, so I took a few photos.

The action was at the Gilman Drive entrance to the campus. This is incoming traffic; I expect the scene will play out in the opposite direction this afternoon when commuters are leaving for the day.

Traffic backed up at the Gilman Drive entrance

Traffic backed up at the Gilman Drive entrance


Picketers cross slowly, a few at a time, to hinder traffic

Picketers cross slowly, a few at a time, to hinder traffic

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About those deadly crashes at Mission Gorge Rd. & SR-125

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 21, 2009

Two fatal automobile accidents in Santee which occurred recently on August 28 and September 20 might draw some attention to the awkward traffic configuration at the terminus of northbound State Route 125 at Mission Gorge Road.

After the first crash, most of the news focused on a stuck accelerator possibly caused by a floormat, and led to a floormat inspection order by Toyota [Sept 29: followed by a recall].

Following yesterday’s crash involving different circumstances, the U-T report ended by mentioning that “Sheriff’s officials will discuss the intersection with Santee officials as well as representatives from the CHP and Caltrans.”

It’s good they’ll be discussing it. Ever since that interchange was set up (and it’s still a work in progress because of the extension of SR-52 to SR-67) it seemed to me, well, messy. In particular, the northbound 125 “exit” to Mission Gorge is disconcerting and confusing (although some might call it straightforward!). As you approach Santee travelling north on 125, the two right-hand lanes exit to westbound 52, while the three high-speed left-hand lanes continue straight…into a dead-end at Mission Gorge Road. I don’t know if the crash investigations will raise this configuration as a factor, but if they do, I’m afraid it’s probably too late to do anything about it.

Later: Santee Officials Look At Ways To Make SR-125 Safer

(Subsequent to the discussions mentioned in the above report about the configuration of the end of freeway, Caltrans has installed rumble strips on the freeway, flashing beacons on the shoulders, an additional “End Freeway” overhead sign, and barricades at Mission Gorge Road across from the end of freeway)

Crash updates:

Jan 28, 2010: Toyota halts sales of eight models in U.S. – due to faulty pedal mechanism they say is unrelated to this crash
Mar 3, 2010: Relatives Of Family Killed In Toyota Crash Files Suit

Bing aerial view of NB125 at Mission Gorge Rd

Bing aerial view of NB125 ending at Mission Gorge Rd

Seen from a nearby hill, looking northeast

Seen from a nearby hill, looking northeast

NB125, the precipice

NB125, the precipice

A long drop to a full stop at Mission Gorge

A long drop to a full stop at Mission Gorge

The view from the bottom

The view from the bottom

Memorial flowers at crash site

Memorial flowers at crash site

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Mary Travers, rest in peace

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 16, 2009

Here is the New York Times obituary.

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Cowles Mountain watering hole?

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 30, 2009

At the popular Cowles Mountain (Cowles pronounced as in “bowls”) staging area at the corner of Golfcrest and Navajo there’s quite a bit of foot traffic (with lots of regulars) heading up and down the mountain every day. I guess that many returning hikers see the Sunburst Square retail area across the street and think about food and refreshment. There is the Cotija Taco shop–a long-time tenant–but not everyone wants a taco or burrito every time and the donut shop probably has a different audience. After seeing the ‘for lease’ sign there at the former Fromex photo shop for quite awhile now, I figure somebody might do well to put in a sandwich/smoothie shop. In addition to the hikers, I think the neighborhood locals would come to avoid driving a fair distance to San Carlos or Grantville/Allied Gardens. Tons of nearby condos and apartments. Plenty of drive-by traffic. Employees from the Jackson/Navajo businesses would probably swing by for lunch or a smoothie. Even the busy parents dropping off their kids at the KinderCare could grab a sandwich for lunch at work. How about it? Cowles Mountain Subs, anyone?

Cowles Mountain staging area

Cowles Mountain staging area

Sunburst Square

Sunburst Square

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