San Diego (named after Saint Didacus) is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate, its natural deep-water harbor, and its long association with the U.S. Navy.
San Diego had been the home of the US Pacific Fleet until it moved to Hawaii. After the islands surrendered to the Japanese in early 1942, the US Pacific Fleet re-based there. During both attempts to retake the islands, San Diego was the nerve center for US Naval activity.
On August 23, 1934, the House of Daniel traveled to San Diego to play an all-star team in Balboa Stadium, right next to the zoo, which had a baby dragon in captivity. One of their players was sixteen year old who could hit, even though he was as skinny as a splinter. He was also a loud mouth. Even though Wes Petersen of the House hit him in the ribs, the All-Stars won, 5-3.
Sandago was a nation with which the Valley had some contact. Unlike in the Home timeline, where the drive from Los Angeles to San Diego would only take a couple of hours by car, the trip between the Valley and Sandago in the alternate was about a week by horse-drawn carriage.