SAN DIEGO ROUND-UP—Year-end wrap-up articles are a common theme for nationwide scribes. San Diego media is no different. The following is a mixed bag of what was covered locally in 2012, including this blog’s own opinion of the top stories of the year.
(selected at random rather than top stories)
--Lots O' Democrats got elected this year, including Mayor Bob Filner. Not only that, but Filner has a majority Democratic City Council, and San Diego has one more Democrat in Congress.
--Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park got an ok from the City Council for a controversial makeover.
--The purchase of the Padres.
-- Prison realignment was the state’s response to a court order requiring less crowded prisons.
--The suicide of Junior Seau.
--The shutdown of San Onofre because of a radiation leak caused concern for public safety as well as summer brownouts.
--Poway's school bonds, or capital appreciation bonds
--A Desalination plant was approved for Carlsbad amidst controversy.
-- Developer Doug Manchester's purchase of the San Diego Union Tribune.
-- Epic Fourth of July Fireworks flameout that made San Diego number one on the worldwide laughingstock chart for a day or two.
MOST POPULAR VOICE OF SAN DIEGO STORIES.
--Where Borrowing $105 Million Will Cost $1 Billion.
--A Creative Borrowing Boom: Poway Not Alone in High-Interest Financing.
--Doug Manchester: San Diego's Cheerleader in Chief.
--Where San Diego’s Poorest Live: Map, Aug. 6.
--Hundreds of Kids Arrested on an Unproven [Curfew] Hunch.
--The Three Words That Made Pensions Untouchable.
--The Teachers Union Gets Tough, and Isolated, Feb. 6.
--Duke to Newt: I've Got Your Back
--The Tragic and Fascinating Life of Carl DeMaio.
--The Mayoral Candidate Scorecard.
CITY BEAT’S MOST READ STORIES OF 2012.
-- #PIPA is the New #SOPA
--Balboa Park water fight was a tragedy of the commons
--Knitting Guy given 10 days to remove stop sign flowers
--Chad Michaels is out to take reality TV with a bang (and a tuck)
--Pop-culture trends that are not invited back to 2012
--Raped behind bars
--Ridiculed and ostracized, rollerbladers hit new strides
--Carl DeMaio A to Z
--Facing closure, the Ché Café calls for help
As far as year-end wrap-ups, the UT-San Diego offered its top 12 most popular real estate stories of 2012.
--Banks send mixed messages on mortgage deal
--New housing scam emerges in California
--Do homebuyers stand a chance in tight market?
--Phil Mickelson's Rancho Santa Fe home for sale
--Top 10 most improved ZIPs in San Diego County
--Shipping container as a home? It's possible
--Time-honored tax break may end for homeowners
--Bank-owned home's trash 'deposited' at BofA
--Do real estate search sites miss accuracy mark?
--Will county home prices rise this year?
--Encinitas broker was 'AzScam' convict
--Why people walk away from home loans
NBC 7 SAN DIEGO.
Here are the highlights of the 2012 year in local politics according to NBC 7 San Diego:
--Snapdragon Snafu: name change at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.
--Nathan Fletcher leaving the GOP.
--Jerry Sanders’ Candid Remarks about Carl DeMaio.
--Bob Filner’s Bike Race Challenge.
--Laura Duffy’s Expensive Apology.
--Politicized Potholes: Never has a hole in the ground become so charged. Potholes --“Did the dog eat your homework, Bob?” The question was posed to Bob Filner during a pre-primary debate.
--#FilnerEverywhere: Bob Filner suddenly -- sometimes miraculously -- began appearing at local events.
PHOTOS OF THE YEAR.
New York Times annual Year in Pictures post is online:
PILLAR TO POST.
Not to be left out of the mix, here are this blog’s two-cents worth from the cheap seats.
--Republican’s Snub Nathan Fletcher. Domino’s begin to fall.
--Voters Rule. San Diego’s political establishment rocked by voters.
--Return of Bob Filner. Democrats Take Over Mayor’s Office/Council
--Was DeMaio Damaged by Lilypondgate?
--Peters Beats Bilbray for Congressional Seat
--Sale of San Diego Padres Completed
--Legacy of Jerry Sanders
--Junior Seau Suicide
--San Diego Chargers Water Torture Season
--San Diego Library Coverage
--Death of Redevelopment Dollars. I guess North Park’s (and other neighborhood’s redevelopment miracles) wasn’t good enough for State bureaucrats to notice.