Editor's Note: Last week, we ran a story about the reasons for leaving San Diego.After you, our readers, reacted, we thought it only fair for a born-and-raised Southern Californian to opine on what it means to stay.My issue is with them telling the greater internet-o-sphere what they think it’s like to be a Californian after living here for what equates to about a minute of their lives. The fact that we’re in a serious drought and global warming is, like, super-real? Maybe we’ll get another El Niño in the spring, but probably not. We bring people from all around the world to work, study, and live here.In my readings, I’ve found that most of these disenchanted folks have similar gripes, so here’s my counter to each. We’re known for our sunshine; that’s kind of our schtick. California has been a state for 166 years, and apparently no one has actually grown up here? What I’ve noticed is that a lot of out-of-towners tend to gravitate towards other people also not from here.All this said, the San Diego area still has a lot to offer.Downtown is mix of modern and old Mission-style architecture, pleasant but nondescript with a nice waterfront area dominated by hospitality activities.These writers are, of course, entitled to their feelings and have had their own experiences that confirm their beliefs. The only difference is that it’s not a necessity six months out of the year like it is in whatever wintry hellscape you come from.Maybe they really had a rough go of it here; it’s hard starting over in a new place. It’s possible to wear them from about mid-December through February, and that’s about it.
She works on improving system responses to sexual assault in such areas as college/university, incarcerated populations, and workplace.Balboa Park just to the north is an urban treasure.San Diego Bay and Mission Bay offer excellent boating and water recreation, and Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are nationally famous.There's a story that I've encountered time and time again in California media that never fails to irk me as a lifelong Southern Californian: “I moved to So Cal from Wherever, USA, and now I’m leaving, and here’s all the reasons why.” *throws laptop across room* As someone who was born and raised in Southern California (raised in Chino, moved to San Diego to attend SDSU, and never left), I feel especially protective of my home.I’ve traveled a lot, and because of this, I can truly appreciate how lucky I was to be born in a place with incredible weather, food, and diversity.So when I see my fellow writers knock my birthplace, it tends to, let’s say, unnerve me.