San Diego is home to PRT department eight and has one of the more prominent Protectorate teams in the United States. Thanks to its Wards training school San Diego is home to relatively large Wards team, both a stable group of exemplary members and itinerant or visiting Wards.
The San Diego department lost many members in the wake of the Echidna-incident, both those who lost faith in the Protectorate and those who were transferred to shore up other teams, as San Diego was in a stable position.
Team leader. Declines to attend the Behemoth fight in New Delhi because of his missing team members, having cold feet at the last second.
A large man with shoulderpads that look like the tower-tops of a castle, carrying a heavy tinker-tech cannon. Able to create crenellated walls, extending fifteen up, although needs a large amount of time to set them up. Joins in protecting Pretender.
Team captain who did not attend the Second Brockton Bay event. Unknown power
An eight foot tallcase 53, hunched over because of her overabundance of muscle, with a severe underbite and distorted teeth. Repeatedly passed over for promotions to team leader, largely due to her monstrous nature. Maintains braids that hang to the ground, and carries a shovel, though it isn’t necessary for her earth-manipulation. Leaves the Wards to join the Irregulars.
Able to turn himself into a storm of telekinetic energy, picking up debris and loose items and having it all orbit a central point. Mentored by Gully. Transferred to Chicago to work under Tecton.
The department has a large Wards training center, offering several months of training during the summer. Wards are typically sent there to learn how to fight  It had students like Shadow Stalker and Optics. They get an introduction to cape politics there.
↑The largest 65 cities in the United States host individual departments as of 2012. They are numbered accordingly, in order of decreasing size. [...] 8 San Diego - PRT Master Reference
↑And he couldn’t help but notice the gaps. San Diego, Vegas, Brockton Bay. Three of the more prominent teams in the United States.
Defiant, Dragon and Weaver were among the last to arrive. They joined the unofficial capes who’d filled the void that should have been occupied by the San Diego capes.
“The ships have all arrived,” Chevalier said, breaking the silence, starting his speech. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑I've dropped WoG on it, but San Diego is a Wards training ground. Wards will travel there for the summer for training and troublesome Wards will get sent there in hopes of getting straightened out. There's a high proportion of Wards, both a stable group (of good sorts who are hoped to be good examples) and itinerant or visiting Wards. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑ 4.04.1San Diego, absent. They’d lost too many members, abandoned by those who’d lost faith in the Protectorate, with the remnants cannibalized to support other teams in need. San Diego was more or less stable, so there’d been little pressure to resupply them with new members.
Except that Spire, San Diego’s team leader, hadn’t felt confident walking into the fight. There’d been the human element, the fears, the concerns. He’d had cold feet at the last second, decided not to come. An integral part of their defense, gone, forcing them to adapt. - Excerpt from Interlude 24.x
↑The elevator doors opened for Rime to exit, then shut. The three of us continued up to the roof. Prefab was large, and his armor made him look larger, with shoulderpads that looked like the tower-tops of a castle, each probably weighing twice as much as my entire outfit, equipment included. He carried a heavy cannon, obviously tinker made. - Excerpt from Drone 23.2
↑Prefab was the last to step inside, slowing down as he approached the ramp. I could see light glittering around the edges of the roof, growing more intense over the course of seconds. Ten, fifteen seconds passed, until there was more of the light than there were spaces in between. The light was most intense near the edges.
In a clap of thunder, a rush of wind and a flare of… anti-sparks, crenellated walls appeared, extending fifteen feet up from the lip of the roof’s edge. The sparks, such as they were, were black at their core, surrounded by shadow. They spun in the air before drifting to the ground, where they flickered out of existence.
“Does that block his line of sight? I can make them taller,” Prefab said. - Excerpt from Drone 23.2
↑“Counting coup?” Leister asked. He was the sole subordinate that Vantage had brought along. Rime, by contrast, had brought Usher and Arbiter from her team. Prefab from San Diego had shown up as well. - Excerpt from Drone 23.2
↑“Speak for yourself,” Tecton said, gesturing toward her captives. “Where’s Fisherboy?”
“The captain’s sitting this one out. I’m in charge for this mission.” - Scourge 19.3
↑ 9.09.19.29.39.4The Irregulars Formed of a splinter group of ex-hero Case 53s and others, following the revelations of the Triumvirate’s involvement with Cauldron. The group does mercenary work, with a focus on doing good deeds more than on making money, and retains loose ties to the Protectorate and Wards. [...]
Gully – Once a member of San Diego’s Wards team, Gully was repeatedly passed over for promotions to team leader, largely due to her monstrous nature. Gully is muscular to the point of being grotesque, eight feet tall, but hunched over, with distorted teeth and a severe underbite. She maintains braids that hang to the ground, and carries a shovel, though it isn’t necessary to use her earth-manipulation powers. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Gully – A monstrous parahuman based in San Diego, Gully has an overabundance of muscle, to the point that she hunches over, and a severe underbite. She can manipulate earth. - Cast
↑Scapegoat – A cape hailing from San Diego, Scapegoat wears robes and a goat mask with a circlet. Can accept the wounds of others and transfer them to touched foes, in a somewhat drawn-out process. - Cast
↑Wanton – A member of the Chicago Wards, Wanton can turn himself into a storm of telekinetic energy, picking up debris and loose items and having it all orbit a central point. - Cast
↑ 13.013.1“Tattletale, Undersiders, this is Gully. I’m only as strong as I am because of the data I got from studying her power. There was a time that she looked after two members of my team, when they were based in San Diego. Wanton was one of ’em. If you treat her with anything less than the utmost respect, you won’t get any more cooperation from me. Got it?”
↑a boy and girl each with shortbows and headbands with a bull’s and ram’s horns, and an eight-foot tall hulk of a girl with a muscular physique that had to be power-induced and a shovel broader than I was. - Scourge 19.3
↑In the case of troublesome Wards, it gets doubly difficult because Wards aren't generally moved from city to city, and you have the parents as additional hurdles to negotiate with. Some will get sent to, say, San Diego for the huge Wards training center, and that keeps them busy for a few months while 'boot camping' them, but that's for a summer at best and the kid eventually goes back. In some cases, you just end up with a better trained troublemaker, like we saw with Sophia Hess. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑XV: @WB Are there anything resembling cape-oriented schools/universities on Bet?
Wildbow:San Diego is one case Ward training school [...] San Diego is actually a neat setting. Where Sophia learned to fight, as they sent her there in hopes it would boot-camp straighten her out. Weld likely would've gone there too. - Archived on Spacebattles
↑“There’s more where it came from,” Lookout said. “I went to the training camps for Wards. That’s like, ten percent kids acting like it’s prison and crying in a corner being homesick, twenty percent kids with stars in their eyes being amazed by everything, and seventy percent kids trying to establish a pecking order and murdering each other with words.”
“You were, what, nine?” Cryptid asked. “I can’t imagine you establishing any pecking order.”
“I didn’t say I was one of those seventy percent.”
“Oh, stars in your eyes, of course. You have that all the time.” - Excerpt from Beacon 8.1