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?

Marco Li Mandri

President of New City America,  Executive Director of the Little Italy Association,
Live: Kensington
Work: Little Italy
How Long: Since 1995. However, I am native San Diegan.

Where did you grow up?

I am a native San Diegan and went to public schools from Kindergarten through getting a BA at UCSD.

Why do you continue to call San Diego home (Besides the Weather)?

My wife Laura and our five kids, plus my and her family are all here. The San Diego/Tijuana region has tremendous potential but has never lived up to anywhere near the City it could become. We have consistently underestimated the people of this region and their desire to become a major urban area. Little Italy is one of the best examples of managed urban neighborhood redevelopment in California – and it happened here in San Diego. The weather is nice, but I actually prefer the weather in the Bay Area to San Diego.