I’d like to start by saying I have no intention of running for city council, or any other public office. I’m a lowly journalist with no political aspirations. (That’s my only dig at Marti Emerald for the day.)

As such, I’ll stick to topics that I think you might find newsworthy and interesting and, because I get to blog about anything I want, are of interest to me, too.

Let’s start with one of my favorite local attractions: Balboa Park. I’ve lived in neighborhoods around the park for about seven years. Some people need to be near a large body of water, I need to be near a substantial patch of grass.

Balboa Park is on my mind for a few reasons: I did a story recently for a local community newspaper about a new park guidebook, called Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide to America’s Greatest Urban Park; the big print daily on Tuesday had a story about Mingei International Museum’s desire to improve its curb appeal; the popularity of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit has prompted some creative parking control measures; and I’ve been wondering of what became of the wide-reaching “Parking Management Action Plan” that the city’s Park and Recreation department commissioned and unveiled last year. (It’s that “action” word that makes me think something should be happening, don’t you agree?)

I have a call in to the department to check the status of the parking management plan. Do you have other Balboa Park-related topics you’d like me to explore today? How do you use the park? For jogging, museums, the dog parks or just as another place to take out-of-town relatives?

JENNIFER McENTEE

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