It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Joel P. West

Musician,  The Tree Ring,
Live: Golden Hill
Work: Golden Hill
How Long: 3 years

Where did you grow up? What brought you to San Diego?
I grew up in the Oregon rain forest where my father was the director of a summer camp.  It was beautiful, quiet, and miles from any town. I moved to San Diego because, like any teenager, I was sure that anyplace opposite to where I lived would be superior.  I was into skateboarding and music so I fled the rainy farm town where I went high school to attend college in a sunny coastal city.  I didn’t realize that I would end up not really caring about all of the things an outsider thinks that Southern California is and instead finding community with some amazing people that have compelled me to work hard on creative projects.  And the funny thing is, now that I’ve settled in, I watch the weather report anxiously for rainy days and escape to the mountains as often as possible.

Why do you continue to call San Diego home (Besides the Weather)?I call San Diego home in spite of the weather because it’s got big city perks but feels like a small town in a lot of ways.  I can ride my bike anywhere I need to go and I see the same friends all day, all over.  We don’t have a thousand amazing artists, musicians, restaurants, shops or venues, but we have some good ones and they are well-appreciated.  People here are thoughtful and inspire me to do meaningful things and I don’t think that could ever be traded for cooler bars, different scenery, or anything.  The tightly-knit creative community here is supportive rather than competitive and if you want to start something, people will rally behind you.