If you are looking to improve your chess game, one option is to hire a coach to guide your studies.
International Master Cyrus Lakdawala is another local chess teacher who can be contacted through the San Diego Chess Club. He is also a teacher on the Internet Chess Club where he goes by the username “Kawas”. An article from the San Diego Reader from 2007 featured him as well as his student, now a FIDE master, Elliot Liu.
USCF Candidate Master Mario Amodeo offers chess coaching and instruction in San Diego County. More details are available on his website, http://www.chessinstructor.net.