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San Diego sunset

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 15, 2016


San Diego sunset seen from Pasatiempo Open Space in Del Cerro.

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Water department imposters suspected of Del Cerro residential burglary

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 12, 2011


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Google Street View car hanging out in Del Cerro

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 10, 2010

A Google Street View camera car has been parked in front of a Del Cerro home at night for the past week or so. During the day it’s been roaming the surrounding neighborhood (where I live). Perhaps the driver lives there or maybe is staying with friends. I assume Google is re-shooting the neighborhood with the latest 4th Generation HD-quality cameras.

This morning I had my DSLR because I was coming home from a surfing photo session at the beach, so I pulled over to take a picture (I know, there are already millions of pics in Google Images). I quickly discovered the driver was inside the car preparing to leave and I had to move quickly for my camera.

In this sequence, the driver executed a slightly-illegal u-turn (he’s in a one-way single lane), went back to the end of the island and angled to the other side before crossing the intersection. He did this in order to avoid having to drive straight ahead for a block and legally u-turn into the lane going the opposite direction. Running late or saving energy, I guess.

Pics are clickable for enlargement.

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San Diego Adobe Falls Open Space Park slide show

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 8, 2010

A year ago I published a story called Alvarado Creek and the future of Adobe Falls. It’s a description of San Diego’s Alvarado Creek which runs from the Grossmont area to the west parallel to Interstate 8 until its confluence with the San Diego River in Mission Valley. The creek has been mostly straitjacketed into concrete channels and tunnels, but still runs freely through a bit of untamed land where it tumbles down a series of rocky cascading falls in Del Cerro, just north of San Diego State University. A small portion of the land surrounding the falls is owned by the City of San Diego and is designated Adobe Falls Open Space Park (the rest is owned by SDSU), but the space is not maintained for public use and is rather difficult and hazardous to access.

A few months ago I went back and took a series of additional photographs in order to supplement the story. I thought I’d share them here in case you missed the story. Click on the picture below to see them in a slide show. I hope you’ll enjoy them.


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Del Cerro utilities undergrounding project to begin in July

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 26, 2010

A large City of San Diego project called Del Cerro 7CC in the vicinity of Del Cerro Blvd. at the south end of Madra Ave. will underground approximately 4 miles of overhead lines and 422 private properties. According to Nathan Bruner, the city’s Underground Program Manager, the project will likely begin in July. Trenching will last about a year and another year for cabling and removal of poles.

To the east of Madra Ave., Del Cerro Blvd. is divided by a wide island with only a single lane in each direction, but Mr. Bruner did not know if trenching will cause complete closure of single lane segments. That will be determined by a traffic manager and residents will be be informed in advance. Equipment and supplies staging may be done at the fenced asphalt lot on top of the hill at the Pasatiempo Open Space area (the space has been leased from the city for that purpose, in any event).

Affected residents will be kept updated throughout the project via email and regular mail. Anyone can be added to the email list for regular updates by calling the undergrounding information hotline at 619-533-3841.


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Another power outage scheduled for Navajo area of San Diego

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 22, 2010

SDG&E has announced another planned power outage for the western side of San Carlos near Del Cerro and Lake Murray. Electricity will be shut off at approximately 11:00pm Friday, June 4, 2010 and will stay off for up to 7 hours or longer. SDG&E indicates they need to replace an electrical switch.

Over 1000 residences mostly east of Park Ridge Blvd. and south of Navajo Road & Jackson Drive will be affected. Letters to affected residents were mailed May 21.

The same area had its power cut off last December 5, 2009 starting at 10:30pm in order to replace an electrical switch. Service was not restored until 9am the following morning.

When I called SDG&E’s planned outage number at 800-211-7343 to ask why we’re having to deal with another outage so soon for the same reason, I was told that the previous work was either done incorrectly or else some equipment was defective.

SDG&E’s power outage website is but it appears to lack any information about planned outages.


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Adobe Falls fire in Del Cerro was caused by arsonist

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 19, 2010

Back in November, I reported that the Fire Department told me the fire at Adobe Falls was probably caused by transients. Today, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a man has been charged with arson in the case. Click here for the full story.

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Toxic cleanup near Patrick Henry High School will enter a new phase; end is in sight

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 8, 2010

Del Cerro/San Carlos

The long holding pattern on cleanup of underground contamination discovered below leaky gasoline tanks removed after closing the Union 76 gas station at the corner of Navajo Road and Park Ridge Blvd. in 2002 is showing signs of change. At the time of discovery, soil samples taken from the pit where the storage tanks had been buried for 15 years revealed contamination levels 17 times higher than safety standards allow, according to this March 2009 San Diego Union-Tribune report.

The wells that were drilled into the street to vent and treat extracted fumes and liquid at the small decontamination unit on the station site are still being worked, and part of the athletic field at Patrick Henry High School remains closed, but it now appears progress is being made toward a final solution.

Bernie Rhinerson, Chief District Relations Officer for the San Diego Unified School District, says that the district is getting close to a final legal settlement with Conoco Phillips to pay for the construction cost of the appropriate underground drainage/mitigation system for the field. The current schedule is for the construction contract to be awarded in January 2011 and construction would take 4-6 months. After that there would have to be an establishment period for new turf and the estimate is that the field might be ready for use after September 2011 at the earliest.

Corner station

Wells in roadway

Decontamination equipment on station lot

Looking towards closed area at Patrick Henry High School

Corner of field below gas station

Warning sign


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Adobe Falls open space views

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 6, 2010

Fresh pictures from the area. My digital camera (Nikon D5000) has 720p video, but only manual controls and even on a tripod with vibration control turned on it is impossible to get smooth pans and zooms, so it looks pretty amateurish, but overall some nice shots anyway. Enjoy.

Most of the still photos in the video also in this Flickr slideshow.

March 19, 2010: Back in November, I reported that the Fire Department told me the fire at Adobe Falls was probably caused by transients. The video also has a caption to that effect. Today, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a man was charged with arson in the case. Click here for the full story.

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Pizzeria open for Del Cerro/San Carlos area

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 31, 2010

Mountain Mike’s Pizza is now open for business in the Keil’s shopping mall at Jackson Dr. & Navajo Rd. The restaurant occupies the space that previously held the Navajo Community Service storefront which closed last summer because of the city’s budget problems.

Inside, a high ceiling and brick walls create an inviting atmosphere, with homemade photos hung for decoration. The seating area is divided into two open rooms, each equipped with two large flat-screen TVs tuned to sporting events. There’s a salad bar in front and a nook in back revealing several game machines.

The menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, create your own or gourmet pizzas plus beer & wine. A medium cheese pizza goes for $11.99 ($1.99 each additional topping) or a medium gourmet for $17.49. Delivery charge is $2.


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