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acme
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I live down here in the San Diego area and every so often I try to search around and see what's going on if anything animation wise. I know of a few things that happen here. There are some gaming companies, the Comicon and Spike and Mikes Festival. Other than that does anything else go on? I Remember reading a few years back in the news paper about how San Diego was being looked at as a potential hot spot for the entertainment industry. A sort of smaller sister to Hollywood if you will. While they did not mention any names they did say some animation companies were interested as well. One reason I read for the consideration was cheaper rent while still close to LA. I know rent has been going up. Maybe one figures that the shrinking price difference is not worth the distance? Here we are a few years later and I am curious if there has been any growth (or shrinkage even) down here in animation (industry or events)? Also curious if any one else lives/works in San Diego.

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The recession that followed the DotCom bust, a massive structural state deficit (that would likely be taxed into balance), a Democrat dominated legislature that's proven pretty hostile to businesses of any sort, and predatory torte lawyers preying upon business like starving pirahna, probably all combined to kill any place in California as a desirable place to expand a business when the business climate is substantially friendlier in most other states.

As far as I can tell, deciding to set up a business in California is something of a masochistic decision.

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I was active as a part time Inbetweener in a small studio operating in San Diego starting in 1977. Ten years later, I was Production Manager for that same studio that had big plans for television specials and features. They had the rights to the Sea World characters, and first on the list was a television special on THE BABY SHAMU. All storyboards and animation and bacground layouts were done in La Jolla with a crew of very talented and experience people who came to San Diego for all the above reasons.

At the time, Sea World was owned by Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich Publishing Company, who was intersted in selling Sea World to Anheiser-Busche. Suddenly in the course of one week a series of accidents with whales falling on trainers during shows occurred. The sale was in jeopardy, and all ancillary activities including
the special were stalled.

I was laid off in May of 1988 with the expectation of being recalled once production would resume in July. Come July, the production moved to Vancouver, I was not recalled, and I was left to search for another job that sent me to Las Vegas.

As far as I am able to report, there was a lot of legal rangling and political problems on the production, and once it was finished, it never was aired on CBS as originally planned. Rumors had it that it ran on a local station in Seattle. That was the grand plan for what could have been an animation industry in San Diego that never really had a chance to get off the ground.

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wow, I do remember when the trainer got pinned down. Had no idea all that was going on as a result of the cause and effect. thanks for sharing.

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