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The Man Shaping San Diego’s Future:

Voice of San Diego

“San Diego’s present and future have changed because of decisions he’s made in the last few months. His rulings handed new Mayor Bob Filner key leverage in his current fight against the tourism industry, effectively killed a $45 million plan to remake Balboa Park’s core and forced the region to devote more attention to global climate change through its transportation blueprint.”


Balboa Park:

Voice of San Diego

UT San Diego

“Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor on Tuesday effectively killed the plan put forth by Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, saying the plan violated city law.”

UT San Diego Article 2

“In an unusually politicized tentative ruling issued last Friday, Judge Timothy Taylor reached “the reluctant conclusion” that the city had abused its discretion. He preliminarily sided with preservationists even while calling them “shortsighted” and lauding the merits of Jacobs’ idea.”


Transportation Plan:

“San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor this week ruled that the plan fails to comply with state environmental laws that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.” Read more at UTSanDiego.

“Opponents of a region-wide plan to coordinate future transportation projects in San Diego County announced Tuesday that the plan’s environmental impact report was rejected by a Superior Court judge.” Read the whole story on Fox5 News.

“Judge Timothy Taylor ruled Sandag didn’t adequately address its plan’s effects on global climate change and didn’t comply with new state regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas levels.”  Read more: IVN San Diego and Voice of San Diego


Film Canister Found atop Mountain

Huffington Post

“The rusty old canister had been buried for 40 years, but there was something about it that caught the eye of Larry Wright, a 69-year-old resident of Oakland, Calif.

Hiking near Milestone Mountain in Sequoia National Park with his son Aaron and grandson, Skyler, Wright came across what appeared to be a film canister buried in the soil on Sept. 8, reports the Los Angeles Times. Inside was a perfectly preserved hand-written note, dated Aug. 17, 1972. In part, it read:

‘Tim Taylor climbed to this peak, Thursday, August 17, 1972. Age 13 years. Anyone finding this note please write.’”



Additional Coverage:


Click here to listen to the interview: Judge Tim Taylor NPR Interview



A hiker in California recently discovered a little piece of history – 12,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was a note left in a rusted can 40 years ago by a Boy Scout who wrote this:

TIM TAYLOR: (Reading) Tim Taylor climbed to this peak, Thursday, August 17, 1972, Age 13 years. Anyone finding this note, please write.

MARTIN: Well, that California hiker did write, and after a call-out in local newspapers last week, they finally tracked down Tim Taylor. He’s a Superior Court judge in San Diego, and he joins us now from his home there. Tim Taylor, thank so much for talking with us.

TAYLOR: It’s great to be with you. It’s been a fun week.

MARTIN: I imagine. So, what do you remember about that day that you left that note so many years ago?

TAYLOR: You know, I woke up that morning, I looked at my maps, saw the lake that we were at, saw this peak that was unnamed, but had an elevation on the topographical map and decided I would climb it. And the fact that it was unnamed was really the attraction of it. And so I did. I got to the top, you could see 100 miles in every direction. I truly felt like I was at the top of the world. And then I remember there was a grasshopper hatch in the meadow at the foot of this lake and I remember catching grasshoppers and then using them as bait and catching, you know, some very hungry trout. One of the best parts of the last week is just, you know, having the opportunity to relive that through hearing from Larry Wright, the fellow who found the note. And he sent me some photographs. And, you know, it’s just as beautiful as I remember it.

MARTIN: So, Larry Wright is the man who found your note. What did you think when you first heard that someone had actually discovered this message you had written so long ago?

TAYLOR: You know, it’s just a boyhood hope that ended up coming true.

MARTIN: Why did you write it?

TAYLOR: It’s hard to remember what was going through my mind. But I guess I was born with a little sense of history and I wanted to, you know, establish that from all that appeared I was the first one to ever be to the top of that peak. I mean, there was no tangible evidence of anyone ever having been there before. And Larry, when I spoke to him earlier this week on the phone, said it still looks like that. Other than the little canister, there was no evidence up there, he said, that anyone had ever been up there in the last 40 years.

MARTIN: So, you were an explorer?

TAYLOR: I guess that’s right.

MARTIN: Tim Taylor – he’s a San Diego Superior Court judge. He left a note on the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a Boy Scout 40 years ago. Tim Taylor, thanks so much for talking with us.

TAYLOR: It has been fun to be with you. Thanks so much.


Los Angeles Times

Excerpt: “Forty years after he left a note on a mountaintop deep in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, asking its finder to write him, Tim Taylor has gotten his wish.

Taylor, who was raised in La Cañada Flintridge, was hiking solo in Sequoia National Park in August 1972 — his Boy Scout troop bivouacked a short distance away — when he put a pencil to a lined sheet of paper: ‘Tim Taylor climbed to this peak, Thursday, August 17, 1972. Age 13 yrs. Anyone finding this note please write.’”
Malibu Times

xcerpt: This month in San Diego, after a six-day court trial, a superior court judge found that several present and former commissioners of the California Coastal Commission had violated the law in their failure to timely and properly report their ex parte contacts (contacts outside of the hearings, which are legal if reported properly) with people who came before the Coastal Commission.