There have been many, many attempts to close San Diego. The land it occupies is very sought after. Years ago when Jim Jones was the Commandant he made a visit and a local newsperson asked him if the Corps would ever consider giving it up. He gave her a deadpan look and said "You can have it when you can take it from us". I always liked that guy.
We raised 2 boys there and they still live in Oceanside/Carlsbad. We're going out to visit in November and have a cabin on DelMar Beach rented.
I was born near Lejeune, grew up aboard Lejeune, then stationed there myself. I have a love for "down east" NC and a unique history in that area.
I liked my time at Pendleton, definitely loved the weather, but it never had that 'home' feeling that Lejeune and eastern NC has.