I had a great week-long visit to San Diego’s fifth City Council district, which hugs Interstate 15, stretching from Scripps Ranch north to the San Pasqual Valley. I spent that week getting to know the issues the district faces and at the end of it, took those concerns to Mark Kersey, the lone candidate who will become that area’s City Council representative later this year.
I drove more than 300 miles. I hit a lot of potholes. I met interesting, smart people who care about where they live.
I learned that folks in Rancho Bernardo are still concerned about the threat of wildfire in their neighborhood, which burned in 2007. I met a Scripps Ranch volunteer who worries about the state of broken storm drains in his neighborhood. And I spent time on a dairy farm in the rural San Pasqual Valley, where a couple of farmers wonder why the city has blocked off a road that emergency vehicles could use.
I also soaked in what was just a great glimpse of local neighborhoods where I’d never spent much time before. I dropped by the Bernardo Winery one day, hoping to find the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society’s building open (it had just closed). But the winery’s grounds were a stunning break from the sameness of many RB streets.