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    Residents rally to save Prairie-style historic residence in Point Loma slated for demolition
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jun 18, 2019 | 864 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The 1912 Prairie-style residence at 310 Fernando St.
    The 1912 Prairie-style residence at 310 Fernando St.
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    The Prairie-style residence at 310 Fernando St. shown in a photo from 1913.
    The Prairie-style residence at 310 Fernando St. shown in a photo from 1913.
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    A home believed historic by some in the La Playa neighborhood of Point Loma is proposed for demolition and redevelopment, and momentum is building to oppose the plan. The parcel involved is a 1912 Prairie-style residence at 310 Fernando St. Thomas Gaeto of BG Consolidated, LLC in Escondido, has acquired the property and intends to redevelop it. According to Steven Untiedt, an attorney living in La Playa near 310 Fernando St., the 94-year-old couple who had resided there have died and the property was sold. “The developer who bought it from their trust has already demolished the carriage house, and would like to demolish this historic Prairie-style house, built around 1900 to 1912, and build three new houses on the property,” said Untiedt. “He has applied to the City to have this property declared not to be historic.” A Historical Resources Research Report was recently submitted to the City’s Historical Resources Board for the property. But it has not yet been reviewed by staff for completeness, or had a determination made on it, the City said.  Save Our Heritage Organization, the oldest countywide historic preservation organization in California, has recommended that the property be historically designated. “After reviewing the historical report submitted as well as a comprehensive site visit in 2018, Save Our Heritage Organization asserts this residence is highly intact and (historically) significant as an example of the (architectural) style and retains all components of integrity,” said Bruce Coons of Save Our Heritage Organization in a letter to the City. “HRB guidelines state that a resource must embody the distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period or method of construction… 310 San Fernando St. embodies the Prairie-style of architecture and its 20th-century construction techniques. SOHO asserts the residence is significant and merits historical designation.” Coons said the home’s “character-defining features” include: Its two-story form, a low-pitch hip-roof and deep overhanging eaves, partial-width front-entry porch, asymmetrical entry and wood sash windows. “Three hundred and ten San Fernando St. is one of the earlier houses within La Playa that can be seen from historic images,” added Amie Hayes, Save Our Heritage Organization historic resources specialist. “Save Our Heritage Organization believes that, due to the high integrity, this is likely to be reviewed by the Historical Resources Board and, hopefully, will be designated historic.”  Two La Playa residents, Klonie Kunzel, president of La Playa Trail Association, a historical group, and Internet bookseller Charles Lewis Best, are concerned about losing the existing 310 San Fernando St. home. They contend its replacement would be both precedent-setting and community character-changing. “I am very much in favor of having the 1912 Prairie-style home designated historical,” said Kunzel. “This is one of the nicest neighborhoods in America and this is a nice, quiet, secluded, beautiful place. It makes no sense (to tear it down), especially when you don’t know what the developers are going to build. It would destroy the historic character of the neighborhood.” Best concurred. “Many of the neighbors are very adamant about the house not being taken down to build three new homes,” Best said. “There are quite a few homes within two or blocks that are historically designated.” There are five registered historical landmarks within a three-block radius of 310 San Fernando: The Ella Strong Dennison House on San Grogonio and the Thomas Hamilton, Fanning, Judge Cary and Frank Hope homes (all on San Fernando). Despite repeated attempts, the Peninsula Beacon was unable to reach Gaeto for comment.
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    Tails and trails – City Council approves dog-friendly option for Fiesta Island
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jun 17, 2019 | 11027 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Friends and fidos at sunset on Fiesta Island. / Photo by Kathy Miller Gray
    Friends and fidos at sunset on Fiesta Island. / Photo by Kathy Miller Gray
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    Option B for Fiesta Island.
    Option B for Fiesta Island.
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    Audience members practically howled after San Diego City Council voted unanimously June 17 for the more dog-friendly of two options offered for redeveloping Fiesta Island. The Council joined four other previous governmental bodies in selecting dog friendlier Option B over Option A, which was espoused by the non-motorized boating community including kayakers and paddlers. Only the City Planning Commission chose Option A over Option B. Both options were proposed as an amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan to update the land uses and vision for manmade, 470-acre, multi-use Fiesta Island. Option A would have divided the island with a road, which would have reduced access for off-leash dog users, in favor of providing storage and beach access for personal watercraft. Option B keeps the island intact and undivided, while increasing the fenced, off-leash area, which would have been bisected by a road if Option A had been chosen. City staffer Sarah Osborn told Council members both options being considered were meant to “preserve natural resources and improve both water access and road circulation.” She added both options also “formalized much of existing uses on the island.” Public testimony at the Council hearing was stacked heavily in favor of Option B advocated by the Fiesta Island Dog Owners group. Only two people testified in favor of non-motorized more boat-friendly Option A. Kathy Archibald of San Diego Outrigger Canoe Club noted members of the non-motorized boating community who “come in all shapes and sizes and from every demographic just want a place to get to the water.” Kathy Parrish of FIDO countered that Option B would benefit more island users. “Tens of thousands of people use this space free at Fiesta Island 365 days a year from dawn to dusk, rain or shine,” she said. “We don’t need more roads and fences. Don’t pave over paradise.” FIDO president Carolyn Chase read letters for Option B supporters from every City Council district. “This is the most affordable and sustainable plan for most users and most uses,” Chase concluded. Following public testimony, District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell noted both options improved Fiesta Island, “especially the path and the bicycle area around the island making them safer. I’m a strong supporter of keeping Fiesta in its most natural form. I’d like to move certification of the environmental impact report, and amending the Mission Bay Master Plan to include Option B.” District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman reiterated his stance that a non-motorized boat launch and area for personal watercraft would be a better fit at the existing South Shores Boat Launch, which he described as “incredibly underutilized.” District 8 Councilmember Vivian Moreno credited both sides for being passionate, producing photos of dogs that people favoring Option B had emailed her. “I’m the mother of one dog and I take her there to run on the sand and play in the surf and I understand why so many people go there,” she said. “I don’t see the need to destroy the experience of thousands of dogs and their families, and that’s why I’m supporting this motion.”
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    Go Skateboarding Day is June 21 – New book recounts the birth of skate in San Diego
    by LUCIA VITI
    Jun 16, 2019 | 18652 views | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Dave Dominey surf style, Escondido Reservoir. © Lance Smith/Tracker Archive.
    Dave Dominey surf style, Escondido Reservoir. © Lance Smith/Tracker Archive.
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    John O’Malley, Central Arizona Water Project. / Photo by Warren Bolster
    John O’Malley, Central Arizona Water Project. / Photo by Warren Bolster
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    Did you ever wonder what catapulted skateboarding’s popularity into the stratosphere? Does history of a “sport,” born and bred along the coast of Southern California, coincide with your love of surfing? Are you “stoked” to know that skateboarding will be featured in Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, John O’Malley’s new book, “Urethane Revolution: The Birth of Skate-San Diego 1975,” is a must read. The always interesting, sometimes shocking, off-color page-turner dialogues the history of the skateboarding from one of its founding fathers, John O’Malley. Dubbed the “greatest story never told in extreme sports history,” O’Malley retraces his steps as a member of the original Skunkworks crew to creating his own skateparks. Photographs – sure to make everyone reminisce about the good ole’ days – accompany stories from the underground. “One crazy year on the California coast in 1975 a hippie skunkworks, bred in garages and shacks, launched the modern skater movement,” writes O’Malley. Strap in for a wild ride replete with two car chases, two plane crashes, a massive truck bomb, Colombian Narcos, the Mafia, senior White House staff, a gypsy fortuneteller, three straight-up miracles, Jacques Cousteau, big piles of cocaine and naked hippie chicks.” O’Malley details the books title, “Urethane Revolution” beginning with the history behind the urethane. “Around 1973, a guy named Frank Nasworthy discovered these urethane training wheels that were used on beginners’ roller skates,” he notes. “They were grippier than the unforgiving composite clay wheels of the day. Frank bolted them on his skateboard and bingo! Suction-cup traction like no one had ever imagined possible. It’s in that instant that the skateboard went from a toy with feet of clay to a wall-climbing UFO, screaming at warp speed to the 2020 Olympics.” The Revolution follows suit. “The Revolution began when a rift opened in the universe and that centrifugal buzz – heretofore available only through sports like surfing and skiing – came leaking out of the streets,” writes O’Malley. “Adrenaline rushing up your road, serotonin dripping down the drive. And the scales fell from our eyes: Any paved surface could be ridden. And the call went out: The rift has opened, God is great, spread the word.” According to O’Malley, a perfect storm of “ill winds” that began with a historic drought fueled the Revolution. “The drought uncovered insanely fun new skating forms like the reservoirs and drainage ditches while recession-vacant homes had their swimming pools drained and skated,” he pens. “Our eyes spoked an urban landscape lit up with a million new possibilities.” “Urethane Revolution” also showcases La Jolla native Bobby Turner. The innovative craftsman built Turner Summer/Ski slalom skateboards. Still popular today, these boards are constructed along the design vein of surfboards and snow skis. According to O’Malley, Turner’s skateboards “revolutionized” slalom skating boards. O’Malley touts, “The Revolution is over. Skaters won.” And if you need a place to play, check out Robb Field; San Diego’s first skateboard park constructed and operated by the City. Designed with input from the legendary Tony Hawk, the 40,000 square foot concrete park is suitable for all ages and skill levels. Sidling the San Diego River Bike Path at the onset of Ocean Beach, the “street course” features a combination bowl, handrails, ledges, blocks, a pump bump and an octagon volcano. Location: 2525 Bacon St.
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    June 17, 2019
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    Dave Dominy is correct, not Dave Dominey
    Point Loma High celebrates 450 graduates
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Jun 15, 2019 | 7469 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Valedictorian Clara Page and salutatorian Jack Loewer watch as their classmates walk in the processional. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
    Valedictorian Clara Page and salutatorian Jack Loewer watch as their classmates walk in the processional. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
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    Her decorated cap reveals an acceptance to UC San Diego. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
    Her decorated cap reveals an acceptance to UC San Diego. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
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    Graduate Zack Makis did a flip in celebration. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
    Graduate Zack Makis did a flip in celebration. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
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    A graduate forms a heart to family and friends. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
    A graduate forms a heart to family and friends. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
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    This cultural headdress and one necklace are made with U.S. currency. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
    This cultural headdress and one necklace are made with U.S. currency. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
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    The tossing of caps officially ends the ceremony. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
    The tossing of caps officially ends the ceremony. PHOTO BY SCOTT HOPKINS
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    Venerable Pete Ross Stadium couldn't accommodate the masses who spilled onto the field to witness the 94th commencement at Point Loma High School. The Class of 2019, numbering just over 450, viewed itself as supportive of each other. Soon they will scatter far and wide with 90 percent of them, holding over $2 million in scholarships, continuing their education.  Salutatorian Jack Loewer drew laughter during his speech when he turned to his classmates and said, "We were worried about some of you." But they all made it. Any shadows from the hazy sun overhead were vanquished by the smiles of the graduates, their families and friends.
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    After being in relationship with Wilson for seven years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that don’t believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I meant a spell caster called Dr Zuma zuk and I email him, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email: spiritualherbalisthealing@gmail.com or call him 2348105150446

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    Students buy and plant palm tree at Ocean Beach Elementary for Earth Day
    Jun 15, 2019 | 493 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Cyndie Volpone’s fourth grade class, along with groundskeeper Chuck Cardwell, planted a palm tree and flowers at Ocean Beach Elementary. COURTESY PHOTO
    Cyndie Volpone’s fourth grade class, along with groundskeeper Chuck Cardwell, planted a palm tree and flowers at Ocean Beach Elementary. COURTESY PHOTO
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    Ocean Beach Elementary fourth-graders dig holes for a palm tree and flowers. COURTESY PHOTO
    Ocean Beach Elementary fourth-graders dig holes for a palm tree and flowers. COURTESY PHOTO
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    There is a bird of paradise that Cyndie Volpone’s fourth grade class planted about 25 years ago in front of Ocean Beach Elementary on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Her class, at that time, earned money to buy it for Earth Day. It was 12 inches tall when planted. It now reaches to the rooftop of the school building. This year, Volpone took students outside to see it and told them the story behind it. They decided they wanted to save money to buy their own plant for Earth Day. They took it upon themselves and kept track of their earnings. They saved small change for several months totaling in $65. Chuck Cardwell, the OBES groundskeeper, who is an important and respected part of the school community, went out of his way and helped students choose a palm that would flourish in the area. He prepared the area directly next to the giant bird of paradise so the palm could be seen regularly by the kids and they come to and from school each day. Cardwell provided all of the necessary equipment needed and happily guided the kids on how to dig the hole for not only the palm, but for various other small ground cover plants. The students were excited to provide not only beauty to the school, but to the earth as well, along with leaving behind a bit of a legacy for their class (they move onto Dana Middle next year). “They are excited to watch it grow, and know that by the time they graduate from college, it might possibly reach the rooftop as well,” Volpone said. “They made a difference and it was heartwarming.”
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