As many know, February is a time of the year where love takes the front seat! While your romance can shine wherever you are, there is one neighborhood in San Diego that stands out for its incredible dining scene, stunning views, and irresistible atmosphere. Whether you’re surprising your life-long partner with a romantic evening or looking to impress someone new, Little Italy is the neighborhood for the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration with those who mean the most.
Little Italy is known for many attractions, but one of its most enchanting beauties is the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the neighborhood. Immerse yourselves in the stunning views of the city, iconic landmarks, and historical sites at every turn. While strolling through the charming blocks with your partner, bask in the picturesque city landscape by sitting at one of the many piazzas around the neighborhood. Among these, Piazza Della Famiglia stands out as a regional and national favorite for of its panoramic view of the bay and captivating fountain that transports you straight to the heart of Italy.
Choosing the perfect restaurant is crucial in setting the right mood for the remainder of your date night. From fast casual spots to a high-end, lavish meal for two, the neighborhood boasts a diverse array of dining establishments.
Since the 1920s, this neighborhood has been a culinary treasure, with Italian immigrants weaving their rich flavors into the identity of the community. Today, restaurants like Allegro, Mimmo’s, and Bencotto carry forward the legacy, serving dishes passed along from those who came before them while introducing their own modern twist.
However, Little Italy offers more than just Italian dining, restaurants in the neighborhood such as Born and Raised, Cloak and Petal, and Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar offer exquisite food but also an intimate and romantic ambiance, setting the stage for an unforgettable night for just the two of you.
Cap off your date night on a sweet note by treating yourselves to a classic scoop of Bobboi Natural Gelato, a charming gelato shop that offers rotating flavors throughout the year. You can also indulge an Italian pastry from Nonna + Zucchero, where you can find any sweet treat your heart desires, creating the perfect sweet ending to your date night excursion.
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Migrant numbers up in San Diego Sector, encounters with Chinese up 500%
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The U.S. Border Patrol Chief says San Diego is seeing a big jump in the number of Chinese migrants detained at the border, saying the sector is seeing a 500% increase in the numbers compared to the same time last year.
The immigration issue was one of the talking points for chairwoman Nora Vargas’ state of the county address Wednesday.
Chairwoman Vargas mentioned the increase in the number of asylum seekers trying to cross into San Diego and the funding approved to help them, which has since run out.
“Our federal government has an obligation to address this global humanitarian crisis,” said Vargas.
While asylum seekers continue to arrive, the demographics are changing. On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens shared a tweet stating that the San Diego Sector has made over 140,000 apprehensions in the fiscal year.
He says over 20,000 of the migrants are from China, something he says is a more than 500% increase compared to the same time last fiscal year.
To try and find out why, ABC 10News spoke to Natasha Wong, president of the House of China in Balboa Park. Wong shared that friends and family back home say things haven’t recovered since the pandemic.
“I just heard that there are a lot of restrictions still on personal freedoms in China; things haven’t returned to normal,” says Wong.
Wong also runs the Chinese school of San Diego and says the school principal had requests for translators to help at the border.
According to CBP numbers, in the last fiscal year to date, there were just over a thousand Chinese migrants apprehended, compared to the chief’s numbers of over 20,000 in the same time frame, roughly four months.
Concerned about disrespectful behavior at public meetings, San Diego considers civility policy
San Diego officials say concerns about name-calling, interrupting and other disrespectful actions at public meetings have prompted them to begin creating a civility policy that would discourage such behavior.
The policy would prohibit abusive conduct and verbal attacks, especially those that focus on someone’s character or alleged motives. It also would require city officials to listen attentively during public discussions instead of ignoring speakers they disagree with.
Though an initial proposal is aimed only at elected city officials, supporters say their good behavior would set the right tone and example for members of the public to be more civil in their comments.
“As democratically elected officials, we have an obligation to strengthen our democracy by setting an example for respectful, civil debate,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said.
San Diego is following the lead of other local government agencies that have adopted civility policies, including the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, San Diego Unified School District and the cities of Chula Vista and Del Mar.
Despite the county policy, supervisors regularly struggle to rein in disruptions during public comments at their meetings.
City Councilwoman Vivian Moreno said she’s concerned about how growing political polarization is changing the tenor of public meetings.
“Governments across our region have seen an increase in uncivil behavior from public commenters,” she said. “We’ve seen some of this behavior at our own council meetings, where they’ve become a forum for public commenters to shout out racial and anti-Semitic slurs.”
Elliott, Moreno and Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, have agreed to create a proposed civility policy that would be presented to the full City Council for consideration later this year.
But there is disagreement among the three officials about how the policy would be enforced, whom it would apply to and many other details, such as when the council must speak with one voice to soften acrimony.
LaCava wants to eliminate part of Elliott’s initial proposal that would make the civility policy enforceable. Her proposal says council members could not be fined or suspended but could be singled out for criticism and possible censure.
Elliott’s initial plan would apply only to the council, but Moreno said the policy also should apply to the mayor, city attorney and city clerk.
Moreno also wants the policy to apply explicitly to members of the public, within the bounds of the First Amendment.
“That will need to be carefully considered,” she said.
Moreno also criticized a proposal from Elliott saying that once the council has taken a position on an issue, all council members must indicate the majority position when they speak to other organizations.
“This would severely limit council members from expressing constituent concerns with the state and federal government,” said Moreno, who represents the city’s southern neighborhoods. “The neighborhoods that I represent have been on the losing side of many City Council votes. I would think it’s a huge mistake to take away the ability of their council member to effectively advocate for them.”
Elliott, who conceded her proposal should be worded more carefully, said that rule would be limited in scope.
“It does not at all tie your hands in speaking about how you feel personally,” she told Moreno. “Of course you have to speak with your communities and be true to yourself.”
Elliott, Moreno and LaCava are expected to present a proposed policy to the City Council’s Rules Committee in coming months.
Elliott’s proposal is based on a recommended civility policy for government agencies from the National Conflict Resolution Center.
“In my 20 years leading the NCRC, I’ve never seen this level of polarization and division in society,” Steve Dinkin, the center’s president, said during a Jan. 31 Rules Committee hearing. “Increasingly, our political leaders are showing a lack of respect for one another.”
Dinkin said social media and what he called the rural-urban political divide are contributing to the problem.
He said adopting a civility policy doesn’t mean a government agency is criticizing itself.
“Even if you believe in this moment that the City Council is working well with one another and that you are being collaborative, it’s really about the future,” Dinkin said. “Take this moment now to adopt a code so you can preserve the sense of civility and decorum in the City Council for many years to come.”
Councilman Raul Campillo said the city is making the right moves.
“Getting the details right really does matter, but the start of this is strong,” he said. “Communicating outwardly that we, as elected officials and as a government, are dedicated to civil discourse is one of the most important things we can do to reflect the dignity of our communities.”
— La Jolla Light staff contributed to this report. ◆
Winter storm moves out of San Diego County
A winter storm is expected to move out of the region Wednesday but not before it delivered widespread showers in the San Diego area.
As of late afternoon Tuesday, the unsettled atmospheric system, which was expected to linger into midweek, had dropped anywhere from a hundredth of an inch to nearly 1 1/3 inches of rain across San Diego County.
Though the bands of dark clouds were expected to shed less moisture locally than in other Southern California communities to the north, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the San Diego region’s coastal, inland-valley and mountain communities through Wednesday morning. The rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding and debris flows, including landslides, the federal agency reported.
The snow level was expected to fall as low as the 6,000-foot mark — around the elevation of the highest San Diego-area mountain peaks — by Wednesday morning, forecasters said.
Among the local rainfall totals as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS, were 1.31 inches on Palomar Mountain; 0.97 in Lower Oat Flats; 0.91 on Birch Hill; 0.83 at Camp Pendleton; 0.63 in San Marcos; 0.6 in Encinitas; 0.59 in Carlsbad and Point Loma; 0.58 in Oceanside and Rancho Bernardo; 0.55 at Miramar Lake; 0.53 in Escondido; and 0.5 in Mission Valley and National City.
The precipitation tallies also included 0.48 of an inch in Santee; 0.47 on Mount Woodson; 0.43 in Poway; 0.42 in Granite Hills and at Naval Air Station North Island; 0.41 in Bonsall and Fallbrook; 0.4 in Deer Springs and at San Diego International Airport; 0.38 at Lake Wohlford; 0.35 in Mesa Grande and at Ramona Airport; 0.34 in San Onofre; 0.33 in La Mesa and Vista; 0.31 in Pine Hills; and 0.3 in Rincon Springs and Skyline Ranch.
Other rainfall amounts were 0.29 of an inch in Oak Grove; 0.28 in Flinn Springs and Kearny Mesa; 0.27 on Otay Mountain; 0.26 at Cactus County Park; 0.25 in Alpine, Goose Valley and Ramona; 0.22 in Barona and Chula Vista; 0.21 in Valley Center; 0.2 in Echo Dell; 0.19 in Julian; 0.18 in San Diego Country Estates; 0.17 in Descanso, Dulzura and Warner Springs; 0.16 in Santa Ysabel and on Volcan Mountain; 0.07 in Pine Valley; 0.05 on Mount Laguna and in Ranchita; 0.04 at Brown Field; and 0.01 in Campo and at Coyote Creek.
The rains will weaken Wednesday and dwindle away completely by Thursday, with mild temperatures expected through the weekend, according to the weather service. More light rain is in the forecast for the beginning of next workweek.
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