Young Family Struggles to Stay in San Diego

Jerry and Nydia Jimenez grew up in San Diego, met in high school, and always thought they would settle down here for good, but today they’re considering moving to Riverside County or beyond in order to buy a house suitable for their growing family.

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Welcome to the No on A Podcast, a show that gives voice to a broad coalition opposed to Measure A, also known as the SOS Initiative, on the San Diego County primary election ballot in March 2020. The No on A coalition includes young families, family farmers, firefighters, sheriff deputies, police officers, Riverside commuters, business leaders, affordable home builders, and elected officials on both sides of the political aisle. Measure A is the only measure opposed by the San Diego Democratic Party AND the Republican Party of San Diego County.

On today’s podcast, the latest for No on A, we sit down with Jerry Jimenez, a husband and father of two young boys, to discuss his opposition to Measure A and how difficult it is to afford a home in San Diego.

Jerry and Nydia Jimenez grew up in San Diego, met in high school, and always thought they would settle down here for good, but today they’re considering moving to Riverside County or beyond in order to buy a house suitable for their growing family.

After high school, Mr. Jimenez trained as a plumber, and Mrs. Jimenez became a fashion designer. In 2015, they purchased their first home, a townhouse in Spring Valley. It took them two years of saving for a down payment, but the home was just the right size for the two of them. They were happy to finally have a place of their own.

Then, one-by-one, their kids arrived. With the addition of toys, cribs and baby swings, Diego, 3, and seven-month-old Elias make the Jimenez’s townhome feel small. The family needs a bigger home, but when they checked real estate listings, they were shocked by the prices. They couldn’t find anything in their price range, Mr. Jimenez said.

Now, Mr. Jimenez, 34, is thinking about leaving San Diego County, possibly moving to Riverside County or even out of state. He knows he could afford a nice house and move up the property ladder in another area.

“I definitely don’t want to leave San Diego,” Mr. Jimenez said. “I’m from here and so is my family, but when I look at the house my brother-in-law has in Tennessee, it’s hard to justify what we pay to live here.”

He added: “Measure A makes it more difficult to afford the type of house I’d love to move my family into. Anything that makes it more difficult for new housing to be built is something I’m totally against.”

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