Bankers Hill, The Park

June 8, 2016

Have you ever wondered what they do to put in the foundation of a residential high rise building? Zephyr Partners as put together this time lapse video of their new community going up in the Bankers Hill area, called The Park. Check it out, they take it from tearing down the old building to its current foundation status.  It’s pretty amazing.  

If you would like to take a look at this amazing project, or any other new construciton give me a call.  I would be happy to tour you.  Rosemary, 619.405.7673,

The Park, Bankers Hill Timelapse from Zephyr Partners on Vimeo.


It is amazing to me that this can happen in a real estate transaction, but it has and can again, if you are not careful as a buyer. Thieves are everywhere even in the realm of a home purchase.  Watch this video from our Fidelity National Title team Alix Kammeyer and Shawn Harris to get the latest scoop on this new wave of thievery hitting the buyers throughout the country.


Songs About and For Fathers from theJOLESgroup on 8tracks Radio.

Being a father is no easy task. It is unfortunate we don’t receive a parenting handbook with each child as they come into the world. :-) However, most parents do the best they can with the knowledge that they have in raising their children. One thing I know for sure. The majority of Dad’s are fierce protectors of their children and they love them deeply, even when they can’t put that love into words. This playlist covers the gamut of all of the ups and downs of being a Father. Enjoy.


Security in your home

If you’ve paid much attention to the tech industry in the last year or two, you know that the IoT (or Internet of Things) is quickly gaining steam. Once a mere concept, it has developed into a rapidly expanding reality through which our WiFi-enabled devices connect and communicate with each other automatically. The general idea is to make our lives safer, more convenient, and more efficient in an unimaginable number of ways.

The implications of the IoT are spread out across just about every facet of society. There are IoT applications meant to assist in humanitarian efforts in developing countries, and others meant to help massive businesses gain even more influence and capability. There are some aimed at helping individuals with personal health and others meant to help hospitals monitor thousands of patients more easily. But among the most popular (or at least buzzworthy) facets of the IoT thus far is the idea of the development of “smart homes.”

This is something you’ve probably heard or read about whether or not it was specifically tied to the IoT. But because the basic idea is for our homes to become better environments through the “intelligence” and connection of devices, the smart home concept certainly belongs in IoT discussions. But what does the IoT really mean for your home, looking toward the near future? No one can say for sure what innovations we’ll see in the coming years, but here are a few ideas on the subject.

Energy Savings

Significant Energy Savings

The idea of saving money on energy costs has been at the forefront of smart home and IoT discussions for some time now. Even a few years ago there was talk that smart home tools could significantly reduce energy usage and save some of the $2,100 the average American household spends on that usage each year. Now, we’re beginning to see some of the devices and systems enabling those savings going mainstream. For instance, there are smart power strips that sense when an electronic device isn’t being used and cut back on “idle currents” (the energy that’s used by electronic devices that are plugged in even when not in use). There are lighting systems that automatically react to residents’ presence, or lack thereof, turning off lights that don’t need to be on. And perhaps most famously, we now even have smart thermostats that can learn our preferences and react to our movements, the weather, and other factors to use only the minimum amount of energy required to optimize the home environment. Altogether these and other innovations stand to make a significant dent in how much we’re used to spending on energy bills.

GPS Monitoring

More than anyone else, parents should probably take note of this one. It doesn’t get quite as much publicity as some other aspects of the IoT, but increased GPS tracking abilities through the incorporation of WiFi to vehicles has several implications for smart homes. To some extent we’re already seeing some of the benefits that could apply to homes in business environments. Companies using the IoT to link vehicles to computer systems are gaining the ability to share real-time data including vehicle diagnostics, GPS tracking, and routing information. Right now, this is of use primarily to company fleet managers overseeing large vehicle fleets. However, the same technology can be used to essentially make a family’s vehicles extensions of the home. We may soon be able to tell where family cars are, whether or not they’re in good shape, and how long they’ll need to get home. This isn’t only useful for parents wanting to keep an eye on children, however; it also has more practical uses. For instance, we may soon reach a point at which your car’s WiFi-enabled system communicates to your home how long it will be before you’re home from work – allowing things like the thermostat or security system to act accordingly.

Improved Home Security

Speaking of security systems, they may just represent the most significant aspects of the IoT as it applies to homes. Already for several years before the IoT was being commonly talked about, we saw home security companies taking steps to design “intelligent” systems that were better equipped to keep homes safe and meet individual homeowners’ needs. Now we’ve seen the same systems grow progressively smarter. It’s actually an interesting aspect of the smart home phenomenon, because one of the big risks of the IoT in general is that people fear their personal information will become vulnerable to digital theft. Indeed, one set of predictions for the IoT’s development in 2016 took the time to acknowledge that IoT companies and devices will be forced to focus on security. On the other hand, IoT devices like those being produced by home security companies exist to improve physical security. That means more monitoring of home environments, more alerts based on things like motion sensors or camera sightings, and an unprecedented amount of control over when and how your home can be locked or unlocked.

As stated previously, we have no way of knowing all the innovations that will take place in IoT industries over the course of the next year or two. But where the home is concerned, these are some of the changes to expect in the near future.

Amanda Cole is a guest writer for  Livin In SD. She is a newcomer to online journalism with an interest in technology and how it can be commonly applied to improve our lives. She lives in New York with her boyfriend and yellow lab, Jack.


San Diego County Calender of Events June 2016

Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at Cruisin’ Grand   June 3
Seven of Escondido’s small-scale wineries will be pouring tastes of their best vintages along with craft beer from Stone Brewing.
5-9pm / Maple Street Plaza, Downtown Escondido
(760) 745-8877 /

San Diego County Fair   June 3-July 4
“Mad About the Fair” Grand-scale tea party featuring the renowned Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, fused with influences from steampunk, cosplay, literature, wacky machinery, and all the fun and magic you have come to expect.
See website for schedule. / Del Mar Fairgrounds
(858) 755-1161 /

Miles 4 Music 5K   June 4
This non-profit was formed by Josh Prout, Music Director for the Lewis Middle School Music Program. Come and join us for this fun, off-road run for the whole family.
8am / Mission Trails Regional Park East Fortuna Staging Area

Brew & Food Festival   June 4
Sample 200+ specialty and seasonal craft beers from more than 70 independent breweries, and taste gastropub-styled dishes from more than 20 of the region’s finest culinary tastemakers.
2-6:30pm / Waterfront Park San Diego: 1600 Pacific Highway

Relay for Life of La Jolla   June 4-5
An annual 24 hour event to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
9am-9am / Muirlands Middle School: 1056 Nautilus Street

Opening Day of Polo   June 5
One of the most highly anticipated events in the area, Opening Day of Polo will showcase the magnificent sport of polo and kick off the 30th Anniversary Season with a large social event supporting local non-profit, San Diego Film Foundation.
12:30-7pm / San Diego Polo Club, Rancho Santa Fe
(858) 481-9217 /

Taste of La Mesa   June 6
Eat your heart out with tastings from many local restaurants!
5-8pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Drive
(619) 465-7700 /

Chef Throwdown   June 9
30 of the best chefs from San Diego and Mexico will present signature hors d’oeuvres or desserts at individual stations.
6pm / Hotel del Coronado

Opt 5k Walk & Craft/Gift Sale   June 11
Event is a fundraiser to support this training program at Grossmont College. Handmade crafts & gifts also available for purchase.
9am / Grossmont College, El Cajon
(619) 644-7000 /

Fido Fest   June 11
Petco Mega Adoption. A wide variety of exhibitors. Great giveaways & fun for the two-legged and four-legged. Discounted vaccinations, microchipping, dog licensing and heartworm & flea preventatives. Obedience, Flyball & a variety of other demonstrations. Live entertainment.
9am-1pm / Town Center Community Park East, Santee
(619) 258-4100 /

Veterans Park Flag Retirement Ceremony   June 11
The Poway Veterans Park Committee in partnership with the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 70; the Veterans of Foreign War; the Elks Lodge; and the American Legion will be hosting an annual flag retirement ceremony.
8:30-10:30am / Veterans Park: 14134 Midland Road, Poway
(858) 668-4400 /

San Marcos Summer Music Fest   June 11
Formerly the Rock, Blues and Barbecue Festival. Food and beverages will be sold at an on-site barbecue. A beer and wine garden will be sponsored by the Friends of San Marcos.
12pm / Walnut Grove Park: 1950 Sycamore Drive
(760) 744-9000 /

Margarita Month Grand Tasting Event   June 11
Enjoy two dozen mini margaritas (included with ticket) crafted by the city’s top bartenders.
1-6pm / Horton Grand Hotel: 311 Island Avenue

Filipino Cultural Day   June 11
A look back at the past presidents and historical achievements of the organization, former beauty pageant winners and candidates in colorful traditional costume show, special performances from local Filipino-American talents, Philippine Folk Dances and Folk Art and delicious Filipino Cuisine.
12pm / Oceanside Public Library: 330 N Coast Hwy

Julian Dance & Back Country BBQ   June 11
The brain-child of the Sons of the American Legion in Julian, it began and has grown as an event to raise funds for Veterans, kids, local schools and other charitable organizations in the community.
2-10pm / Menghini Winery: 1150 Julian Orchard Drive

Taste of Little Italy   June 15
Visitors can stroll through the culinary hub to experience the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind eateries.
5-9pm / Streets of Little Italy
(619) 233-3898 /

San Diego International Boat Show   June 16-19
As the region’s premier summer boating event, the 2016 boat show provides attendees an all-access pass to discover the boating lifestyle and a chance to shop the newest boats and marine accessories.
Thur & Fri 12-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm / Sheraton Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island

City of Santee and Barona Summer Concert Series   June 16-Aug. 25
Thursdays except July 7. Free event. Gourmet food trucks at every event.
6:30-8:30pm / Town Center Community Park East, Santee
(619) 258-4100 /

Wine & A Bite Art Walk   June 17
Stroll the Historic Downtown District, stopping at several venues where you’ll enjoy wine, a bite of gourmet food and a unique art experience at each stop!
5-8pm / South Main Ave., Fallbrook
(760) 728-5845 /

Carlsbad Music Festival’s Village Walk   June 18
Dozens of musicians performing over 60 sets during a 6-hour community celebration of adventurous music in the seaside Village of Carlsbad. Free admission!
4-10pm / Carlsbad Village

Jr Hero Run   June 18
As you make your way through the 2-3K course, you will need to courageously fend off villains with your water gun and recover a stolen coin from the villain fortress.
8am / Liberty Station: 2455 Cushing Rd.
(909) 605-6889 /

Old House Fair   June 18
Free street fair with Exhibitors, Artists & Vendors. Visit 5 historic homes (trolley included) $25. BUONA FORCHETTA PIZZA PARTY, live music on stage, plus SOUTH PARK BREWING Co.’s Boutique Biergarten.
10am-4pm / South Park: Kalmia to Beech Street
(619) 233-6679 /

Fairy Festival   June 18
Enjoy child-friendly live entertainment with San Diego favorites Hullabaloo, along with a Fairyland Market, food and other refreshments.
10am / San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas
(760) 436-3036 x201 /

La Mesa Village Walk   June 18
Business specials/open late, music, art and fun for all! There will be activities for the children such as a puppet show by “Kids on the Block of San Diego” and story telling by some of our volunteer Seniors in the area.
5-9pm / Downtown La Mesa

Brats and Beer on the Bay   June 18-19
The Maritime Museum of San Diego invites you to the Father’s Day celebration aboard the 145’ schooner Californian.
9am-9pm / 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego
(619) 234-9153 /

Antique Engine & Tractor Show   June 18-19
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Celebrating 40 Years in Vista!
9am-4:30pm / Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum: 2040 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista
(760) 941-1791 /

United States Police & Fire Championships   June 18-25
Olympic style event open to law enforcement, fire, prisons, and border protection from across the country competing in San Diego County.
Town & Country Convention Center: 500 Hotel Circle North
(858) 571-9919 /

San Diego International Fringe Festival   June 23-July 3
Artists from across the United States and around the world participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning from theatre, buskers/street performers, cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, poetry, spoken word, puppetry, music, visual art, design & open to any other type of artsy-ness not listed.

Summer Fun on the 101   June 25-26
Live music, free admission to all concerts, raffle with surfboard and other awesome prizes, beer garden for 21+, kids’ art and hula-hoop contest, beach clean up from moonlight to beacons.
Leucadia Roadside Park: 860 N Coast Hwy 101

Taste of Gaslamp   June 26
The Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining, live music, art gallery, and retail options available in our vibrant district.
1-4pm / Downtown San Diego

Daileyfest: San Diego’s Only Outdoor Barre Festival   June 26
Enjoy a signature Dailey Method class, combining the best of Pilates, yoga and ballet barre training, plus our unparalleled focus on alignment— head & heart, soul & spine.
8am / Ruocco Park: 585 Harbor Lane