I was very near the spot you described about a month ago, I didn't take any pictures because it was a real gloomy morning. This might indeed be a good spot for some pictures, what concerned me more than the local police (more on that later) were all the power lines. I think that might be your biggest challenge, I'm not saying it can't be done, you'll just have to find a gap in the wires to shoot through. Many places up on this "hill" offer some nice views of approaches and good airport overviews. I've shot pictures from 6th avenue across from Balboa Park, Pacific Highway and Laurel (Solar Turbines building), and most recently, along North Harbor Drive near the Spanish Landing area with no problems or visits from either San Diego Police or the Harbor Police. And yes, at each spot, more than one police car drove by and looked my way, but nobody ever paid me a visit. As far as that "legal" spotting area at Laurel and Harbor, I've been contacted there on two occasions by the Harbor Police. On both occasions I was standing atop the rails on my truck and looking over the perimeter fence for a better vantage. Both times the Harbor Police paid me a visit they were extremely nice, and just made sure I was taking pictures and no more. I told the officer I was there almost every weekend and his reply was, "When we get a call that someone is standing up on his truck taking pictures, we're going to drive by and check it out. Once we see it's just a matter of taking pictures we'll take off." I have read that other thread that mentioned Laurel and Harbor as being the only "legal" place to spot...I don't want to speak on behalf of that photographer (maybe he did have a bad experience with someone in a badge) but I've never been treated unfairly or been told to move on or quit taking pictures. Remember, it's not illegal to take pictures or just enjoy watching planes, you very well might get paid a visit by the local authorities but it's my opinion that once that officer determines you're just taking pictures he'll go on his/her way.