I’m standing at Albertson’s at the intersection of Pomerado Road and Rancho Bernardo Road. There’s a couple dozen people here waiting to hear about their homes. Some are comparing notes about ways to sneak into their neighborhoods to see if their homes are OK. Police at the intersection here are directing people who need to get medication from their homes to a Holiday Inn on West Bernardo Drive. From there, police are apparently escorting people to their homes.

Robert Martinez is standing here. He hasn’t seen his home yet and he slept in his car in this parking lot last night. He said there was no food available in the neighborhood so he went to McDonald’s in Carmel Mountain and they ran out of food.

“I stayed the night in my car last night. Rough night,” Martinez said.

Martinez said there have been police out here all night, and people have been using every story in the book to try to get in to check on their homes.

Tim Rand and his wife and two kids went to Qualcomm Stadium yesterday. Rand’s 9-year-old old son is autistic, and a special needs worker at Qualcomm helped Rand get a deal on a hotel.

“There’s no way he could sleep there,” Rand said.

Rand is one of those who did manage to sneak in, and was chastised by a policeman for doing so. He said there is a couple of huge eucalyptus tress down in front of his house, and even on their side the roots are taller than he is. He said their home is OK.

KELLY BENNETT

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