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NerdWallet, an organization that keeps statistics on metropolitan areas, says that Chula Vista is the 12th best city in the nation in which working parents can raise children. The study was done in conjunction with the publication Business Insider.

The criteria were monthly housing costs, median household income, child-care affordability, quality of schools, and percentage of households with children.

Chula Vista got its high ranking despite high monthly homeowner costs and high cost of child care. In Chula Vista, 77.4 percent of households have children, which was on the high side.

San Diego came in 56th out of 100 metro areas.

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danfogel Aug. 21, 2014 @ 4:48 p.m.

We lived in Chula Vista for a while, in a condo my wife's aunt owned off 4th and F, right next to the park. Actually, our condo backed up to the park. Ironically, when my wife found out she was pregnant with our daughter, we wanted out of condo and ended up buying a house in Encinitas. Of course, that was over 25 yrs ago and Chula Vista wasn't quite the same back then.

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Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2014 @ 8:16 p.m.

danfogel: At least today, a house in Encinitas sounds more conducive to child-raising than a condo in Chula Vista. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 22, 2014 @ 9:31 a.m.

don bauder, to be honest, the child raising part really didn't factor in at that point. We lived on the top floor, in a 2 story condo. I distictly remember thinking that it seemed as if the elevators we used always seemed to be out of order. My wife was pretty adamant that when she was 8 or 9 months pregnant, she was NOT going to be happy if she had to walk up all of those stairs every time the elevator was out. Not to mention taking strollers and diaper bags and such everytime she went out. Also, her aunt had converted a small bedroom downstairs to a den, so that left just the 2 bedrooms upstairs; the master and the babies room. That meant no room for my parents whenever they would come to visit. We had been planning to buy a house sometime in the next couple of years anyway, so it worked out fine. The only thing that changed was that my wife had always wanted to live in Cardiff; she liked the name Cardiff By The Sea. But we weren't able to find anything within our budget in Cardiff, so we ended up "settling" for Encinitas, not too far from Moonlight. I guess it's fair to say that worked out just fine.

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Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2014 @ 9:51 a.m.

danfogel: Think of all the pretty-sounding cities and towns that are hell-holes. Cleveland sounds so comforting. Detroit sounds so continental. You wouldn't want to live in either. Riverside, Toledo, Des Moines, Corpus Christi all sound fetching, but aren't so pleasant.

Contrarily, how about Utah? It's the ugliest state name, but one of the most beautiful states. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:56 a.m.

Perhaps I should expound upon my comment a bit. We spent most of the summer after we graduated in Carmel, officially called Carmel by the Sea. Her aunt owned a place there at that time and she pretty much gave us the run of the place as a graduation present. Obviously, Cardiff is not quite the same as Carmel, but the name Cardiff by the Sea reminded her of that summer in Carmel by the Sea.

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Don Bauder Aug. 23, 2014 @ 7:04 a.m.

danfogel: Then there is Enron by the Sea, which the New York Times dubbed San Diego because of its financial problems early in the current century. That name had long-lasting wallop. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 24, 2014 @ 1:34 p.m.

don bauder, Here's an interesting thought. Without Enron, would Arnie ever have become governor? Perhaps the longest lasting wallop is the 7 years, 1 month and 17 days of Arnie as governor and the trauma he inflicted upon the state, some of which still continues.

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eastlaker Aug. 22, 2014 @ 2:28 a.m.

Well, once the school districts get straightened out, and the bay front is cleaned up, and Chula Vista figures out what they have to do to support the Olympic Training Center (roll it into a college or university?), it is possible it will be a good place to be.

It could be a very good place to be--but we need more "audience participation", i.e., more people who pay attention to local news, good and bad. We need an informed populace who will vote responsibly, and who will pay attention to the fine print.

Years ago, possibly even ten years ago, I said that Chula Vista needed a desalination plant. Now that we are in year three of a drought, maybe more should be done about that. Carlsbad is getting one. The county has been trying to tell us that we who live south of 8, but west of Coronado will end up with the toilet-to-tap project. In a perfect world, that might be fine, but I have read that there are problems with the micro-micro organisms that have the ability to evade the best filters available.

So, I firmly believe that if Chula Vista ends up with the toilet-to-tap project, real estate values will go down. You just can't argue with the "ick" factor. So it might be less expensive for a family to live in Chula Vista, but there might be many people who will not believe the value for money is worth it if they are subject to the toilet-to-tap water, when more upscale areas have more appealing sources of water.

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Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2014 @ 6:43 a.m.

eastlaker: Yes, more places than Chula Vista need a desalination plant. But remember, the establishment thinks that a subsidized stadium for the Chargers and an expansion of the convention center, despite a massive glut of space nationally, are the most important items on the agenda.

To me, those are the real "ick factors.' Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Aug. 22, 2014 @ 9:06 a.m.

eastlaker, you might want to take a look at this: http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/03/06/42632/california-drought-orange-county-taps-sewage-water/
Some of my friends who live in other places in Southern California periodically give me shit for deciding to stay in OC. At least sometimes, it seems as if there a few forward thinking people here, as apposed to some other nearby places.

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Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2014 @ 9:55 a.m.

danfogel: Toilet to tap works. People can forget the ick factor. Best, Don Bauder

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superBee Aug. 22, 2014 @ 9:14 a.m.

Eastlaker, If you are in the Otay Water Districts service area, you should be aware that the OWD is working on plans to take a share of a 100 MGD desalination plant to be built in Rosarito, MX. So, we will have source of desal water as well as share in the Carlsbad plant once that resource is online and distributed via the Water Authority.

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Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2014 @ 9:57 a.m.

superBee: Desal is good So is toilet to tap. Best, Don Bauder

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anniej Sept. 2, 2014 @ 10:29 p.m.

It appears the 'NERDS' at NerdWallet failed to read/or did not receive the news regarding the white collar crime of the Sweetwater School Board in Chula Vista. Then there is the issue that the MAJORITY of schools in the SUHSD are in Program Improvement. Not that it would matter much, the parental population of Sweetwater students are MIA when it comes to important issues like the education of their children in Middle and High School.

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anniej Sept. 2, 2014 @ 10:35 p.m.

The OWD should be cognizant of the fact that we will trust little that the H2O coming from Baja will be safe to drink. Allow me to point you in the direction of the continual sewage problem that spews onto the beaches of IB. I have little trust in any entity (Government) that fails to protect and honor their own citizens - yes, I do realize this will be a private enterprise - HOWEVER WE WILL STILL BE DEALING WITH THE NOTORIOUS GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO.

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