Illustration by Doug Davis

By Cyndi Jones

Editor: This is the fourth in an eight-part series of “My Town” personal essays by New Mobility readers and freelancers.

The weather! That about says it all. It was not why my parents moved to San Diego in 1959, but it certainly is a reason to stay — with a year-round average temperature of 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit. I know I’m spoiled: If it’s warmer than 75, I think it’s hot, and if it’s colder than 65, I know it’s cold. Where could I go that would be more comfortable?

San Diego really is my town. Politically, it operates like the biggest small town in America, with some 1.3 million people living here. It is California’s second largest city, the seventh largest in the United States. But the cit