Axios San Diego
February 28, 2024
It's Wednesday (Trade secret: As I write this, it's really Tuesday.)
- Today's weather: Coast — Mostly sunny with light winds and highs in the low 60s. Inland — Sunny with highs near 70; afternoon winds west at 5-10 mph.
Today's newsletter is 918 words — a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: More tax relief for flood victims
Many San Diego flood victims have extra time to file income and property taxes, thanks to relief from the county and federal government.
Why it matters: Local residents and businesses affected by the January storms can continue rebuilding their lives "without the burden of a tax deadline hanging over their shoulders," said the Rev. Shane Harris, who spearheaded efforts to get property taxes deferred.
The latest: San Diego County residents now have until June 17 to file federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, following a push from San Diego lawmakers to delay Tax Day because of the floods.
Driving the news: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday deferred supplemental property tax payments for impacted property owners.
- This assistance generally applies to new homeowners and property owners or those that made recent additions to their property, according to county assessor Jordan Marks.
The fine print: Property tax payments are automatically deferred for residents who apply before the original April 10 deadline.
- The new deadline will be 30 days after residents are done rebuilding their damaged property, which could range from six months to six years, Marks said.
State of play: The county ordinance expands local tax relief efforts following the severe storms that destroyed local businesses and homes.
- Homeowners with more than $10,000 in damage or commercial property owners with 20% or more of their property damaged can apply for reduced property taxes.
- The lower property tax will remain in effect until the property is rebuilt or repaired.
Between the lines: Most flood victims did not have insurance to cover this type of damage, so the money is coming out of pocket to rebuild a safe home without mold, Marks said.
- Plus, getting paid through FEMA relief can be a "long, drawn-out process," he said.
- With more than 2,000 applications expected, Marks encourages families to call his office with questions about whether they qualify.
2. Measuring California's LGBT population
California has a smaller share of adults who identify as LGBT compared to other states, according to a recent analysis from the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA's School of Law.
The big picture: An estimated 5.1% of California adults identify as LGBT, compared to 5.5% nationally, according to a survey that specifically asked whether people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Yes, but: It's difficult to pin down the exact size of the LGBTQ+ population nationwide or in any given state, in part because gold standard data-collection efforts like the decennial census or the American Community Survey lack specific relevant questions, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Kavya Beheraj report.
Zoom in: A larger share of younger California residents self-identify as LGBT than older ones, per the analysis.
- 13.6% of adults ages 18-24 identify as LGBT, compared with 8.1% of ages 25-34, 3.7% of 35-49, 2.5% of 50-64 and 1.6% of 65 or older.
3. The Lineup: Local news for you
👕 The San Diego Wave unveiled new jerseys Tuesday that are now on sale. The primary "Del Sol" jersey is inspired by sunsets on the horizon with an orange, pink and turquoise wavelike pattern. (SD Wave)
Chula Vista and Native American officials on Tuesday unveiled signage for the city's new Kumeyaay Park, which was formerly called Discovery Park and had a statue of Christopher Columbus. (City News Service)
🚨 Hundreds of migrants are being dropped off at San Diego-area transit stations by Border Patrol officers after the county's migrant welcome center closed due to funding struggles. (CalMatters)
4. San Diego's space connection
San Diego has a small but essential role in NASA's next mission to the moon: picking up the astronauts in the Pacific Ocean after they've parachuted down from space.
Why it matters: The Artemis II crew is set to be the first in more than 50 years to fly around the moon in what's considered a test flight for the later Artemis III mission — when the first woman and person of color are set to land on the moon.
A 10-day spaceflight will conclude with a Navy recovery team picking up astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch and Jeremy Hansen when their flight capsule lands in the ocean south of San Diego.
Driving the news: The crew will show off the new test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts from Earth to lunar orbit and back, during a news conference today at Naval Base San Diego.
5. The best live music to see in March
Andy's here with some highlights:
March 2 — Noche de Cumbia at Quartyard — Psychedelic cumbia band Los Shadows shares the bill with fellow National City stars Los Sleepwalkers. $15
March 9 — Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Belly Up — The legendary New Orleans brass band heads to Solana Beach. $45
March 10 — Real Estate at the Observatory — The jangly, aughts-era indie act is out with a new album. $41
March 28 — Dogs in a Pile at Winstons — This up-and-coming New Jersey band is posting up on the West Coast for a bit, and this is the first show of a Winstons residency. $15
🎹 Andy is celebrating Tuesday's news by listening to an unimpeachable album.
🔥 Kate is thinking she might need to scoop up a Wave jersey.
This newsletter was edited by Carly Mallenbaum and copy edited by James Gilzow.