Once a sleepy fishing village and Spanish Mission, San Diego has degenerated into forgetful and unfortunate suburb of the Los Angeles "splurb", that is, the suburban sprawl that grew through Orange County and San Diego like a cancer. Sadly, the "Sun Tax" mentality of local employers offers very little in terms of pay and benefits that one needs to reach the San Diego once-high affordability index, which favors only the huge homeless population as well as those who live 20 people to a small house (e.g. Phillipinos, Mexicans etc) as well as the high number of people living on welfare and Section 8 subsidies. In recent years, the high tide of illegal immigration and the bursting housing bubble has reduced San Diego to a has-been border city where all mortgages are under water, crime is high, drugs (esp crystal meth) are everywhere, auto theft is epidemic, while assault and homicide aren't even news. This is merely a few of the wonderful benefits that come from being Tijuana's closest neighbor. The only one thing San Diego had going was The Chargers, which also have become a laughable member of the NFL. The Chargers have never won a Superbowl ... and never will. Meantime, San Diego remains a wonderful place for terrorists to live undetected.
I used to live in San Diego in the early 1980's. After years of spinning my wheels and working my ass off, I finally gave up on the low pay and slave wages and moved to a real city. Thank God I had enough sense to stay out of real estate there, given the housing meltdown and the bankruptcy of a city that can barely stay above water.