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Seventeen 2013 wins and losses that outdid SD's 2012

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Hard work moved San Diego forward, and, one step back made the city fall short on a big recovery plan in 2013. The enterprising Southen California city that put its growth plan back together had a year that proved the workers able.

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No. 1. Nine stories tall new Central Library opens for public tours on Park Boulevard at K Street. Saturday, September 28th.

The city meets its need for learning space and book shelves. Turner Construction stays hard at work on the over 200 million dollar project through the opening day.

No. 2. First foundation corner works in the new Horton civic plaza in the lot ground on Fourth Avenue, off Broadway, during October.

No. 3. A one in a million gift during the February Valentine's month. Twenty five foot cast bronze Unconditional Surrender statue replaces the old foam sculpture on the waterfront next to midway museum. Seward Johnson's WWII soldier and nurse celebrate victory with a kiss.

No. 4. Friday, December 6th. Registrar of Voters office moves from 5201 Ruffin Road to new building built at 5600 Overland Drive at County Administration Complex. Doors are open.

No. 5. Mayor Bob Filner's service to San Diegans broken off. Resignation on August 23rd, following a settlement on sexual harassment claims, ends his work days at 202 C Street.

No. 6. No more hold ups on convention center expanion project. On October 10th, the California Coastal Commission finally approves the coastal development permit. Big conventions out in San Diego no more.

No. 7. Open space at Mission Trails Regional Park reaches the 10,000 acres line. A 1,750 acre addition in Poway off the Stonebridge Estates comes for March. Another addition, in Summer, covering 2,800 acres in East Elliott just north of Santee's Mast Boulevard, makes big work a real big success in 2013.

No. 8. Plans for a Balboa Park open walkway from Laurel Street at Seventh Ave through the park to the east side Park Boulevard do not last. Plaza de Panama closes to parkers. Workers take two weeks in June repaving the plaza. Walkers get the biggest walkway area originally built in the park.

No. 9. Doors open in Fall for new lease deals on Market Street. At 13th Street corner. Village housing continues its downtown blocks takeover.

No. 10. Sunroad Centrum II grounds excavated and the enterprise lot at the corner of Lightwave Avenue and Kearny Villa Road turned into a hard ground foundation.

No. 11. Deep sands replace crowded beach strip at Moonlight Beach at foot of B Street in Encinitas. Workers that put in the new sand add refreshments and rentals building for the Summer beach visitors.

No. 12. Summer work makes going from the 12th and Imperial transit statiion to America Plaza on a trolley, Blue Line or Orange Line, a shorter lasting way to spend time during work commutes.

High platforms make boarding easier. New track stands strong under new faster Siemens trolley cars.

No. 13. Police work finished on the Harbor Drive block between Kettner Boulevard and Pacific Highway since 1987, Teramar developer puts construction workers to work converting the Spanish Colonial and Classical building into a shopping and dining plaza.

No. 14. Third Avenue bricks and purple flowers make the heart of downtown in Chula Vista more friendly. Locals can smile at the long due new streetscape put in rom the gateway sign to H Street.

No. 15. Scripps Institute of Oceanography workers have ocean observation covered at new monitoring lab perched on a La Jolla Shores cliff.

No. 16. Worldclass Ironman triathletes last the 1,500 meter swim, the 40 kilomter bike ride, and the 10 kilometer run on Mission Bay. Triathlon Club San Diego never shrinks from a challenge.

No. 17. Go Chargers! Philip Rivers proves he is fit to play among the best quarterbacks with his 200th touchdown pass thrown against the Cowboys midseason. His 30,000 yards total positions him securely behind former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees who made 50,000 yards on December 8th during a Sunday Night game against the Carolina Panthers.

Rookie third round draft pick Keenan Allen outdoes John Jefferson and passes 1,000 yards receiving on a 38 yard catch and run against AFC West rival Kansas City. The 27 to 24 win at Qualcomm Stadium in the final game of the season sends Chargers to the playoffs.

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