Jay Porter and I met up in December so I could interview him about Salsipuedes, the new restaurant he’s opening in Oakland. We wanted to build on the interviews I did with him about The Linkery in 2008 and El Take it Easy in 2010.
As I write this intro, I realize that I’ve known and admired Jay for a solid 6 years now. I’ve loved doing these interviews and I hope we can keep doing them for many years to come.
These interviews are always long, so I’ve broken this one up into two parts. This is part 1, in which we discuss why San Diego couldn’t hold him, what he’s leaving behind, and what he’s taking with him to the Bay Area.
I hope Faulconer, Alvarez, and the rest of city council read this. Entrepreneurs with Jay’s vigor are rare and San Diego was lucky to have him. It’s worth considering ways to make San Diego more appealing to people like him.
I’ll post part 2 as soon as I can transcribe and edit it. Stay tuned…
How do you feel about leaving San Diego?
Pretty great. I’m from San Diego. I will always be from San Diego. It will always be part of who I am. But, in the end, in terms of quality of life, I just wasn’t that stoked on where the city’s going, or more specifically, where the city’s not going.
There isn’t much political will to do simple things to make San Diego a good place to live. Obviously, there are people who care, and people who want to make it great, but there’s not enough happening.
It’s in the DNA of the city. Most of the southern California cities were started as corrupt exercises in expropriating property for private gain, and that creates a tenor that allows the underlying philosophy of the city to become very selfish and focused on taking.