June 7, 2018
Point Loma Community News & Events
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Most weeks we begin with a light-hearted, casual, seasonal item. This is not one of those weeks. Today we have serious, important news. You can tell because we’re introducing it with this ominous shaded preface. However, we promise you a smile, just beyond our top story.
At Liberty Station…
There are three dozen restaurants.
There are ten indoor/outdoor venues
for parties & events.

There is one historic chapel.
North Chapel, built in 1942, is unique.
Thousands of recruits worshipped here before shipping off to war.
The place is sacred to some, significant to many.
To the chapel’s current owners, it is a business. A venue. A prime piece of real estate that is underperforming.
The plaque at the chapel entrance describes, “stained glass windows representing the 41 different training schools on site and one window representing the recruit.” It tells of a chapel open to everyone, offering “different services for all religions.”
At the bottom of the marker are the words, “The Corky McMillin Properties is proud to preserve the history of NTC.”
The division of McMillin that owns North Chapel is Liberty Station Marketplace Investors. They are looking for a long-term tenant.

After June 30th, there will be no more Chapel weddings. No more funerals or sacred celebrations of life. Religious services will cease.

Ponder that for a moment. In twenty-three days, this hallowed ground will be gone, forever.


Last month, Joe Haeussler, Executive Vice President of Liberty Station Marketplace Investors, LLC told PLA, No plans for the property have been finalized, and any new tenant would be for a use that is approved as part of the NTC Precise Plan. The Precise Plan lists several approved uses for the Chapel, including assembly and entertainment, eating and drinking establishments, retail, social service institutions, and office uses.”
In essence that says, the LLC will do anything the plan allows. And, as stated…
Overall, The Corky McMillin Companies’ transformation of NTC to Liberty Station has been successful.
In recognition of a job well done, at our 2016 Point Loma Association Annual Dinner, we gave McMillin Companies our highest honor – the Lighthouse Award.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer made the presentation to Scott McMillin.
We hope, and continue to believe that, within the McMillin Companies are individuals guided by community values and civic responsibility that supersede service to the bottom line.
It is in that spirit that we encourage you to express your thoughts and feelings about the future of North Chapel.
Please be civil and respectful. Writing nothing that you would not say to someone face-to-face is a pretty good rule.
H2 Public Relations represents McMillin. Here is an email contact:  
If you want to write a letter, this is a good address:
Liberty Station Market Investors, LLC
2750 Womble Rd. Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106
If you have a personal story to tell about North Chapel, share it with Senior Vice-President at McMillin Companies, Joe Haeussler.
Joe is on
Facebook and Linked in.
A strong show of community support for keeping NTC Building #208 a chapel forever might touch hearts that could ensure that outcome.
Likewise, a strong declaration of non-support for any tenant conducting commercial business within the sanctuary might make everyone reconsider the current plan.
The “bottom line” that we hope Corky McMillin Companies will honor is the one they etched in granite…
Undecided? Learn more here and here.

Saturday, June 2nd… a perfect evening to gather at Cabrillo National Monument to watch the sun set and the stars shine.

Lots of people did.
And they came to party!
The Jackstraws played…

Beer and wine flowed.
Food followed.

Conversation crescendoed!
(Yes. That’s a word.)
The wine grab sold out!
Silent auction tables hummed.
Cabrillo Under the Stars is an annual fundraiser for the Cabrillo National Monument Association to support educational programs at our (local) National Monument. Rangers and volunteers lead this science outreach to students. Donations are so helpful and very much appreciated!
Do you know about the bunkers?
That question is completely unrelated to the story above, other than it pertains to a part of Point Loma near the monument.
West facing bunkers – dug into the hillside to guard our port during World War I – were outfitted with new guns during WWII. Twice. Each gun required a crew of fifteen! A pretty big deal. However, other than target practice, the big guns were never fired. A good thing.
Want to visit a bunker? This Saturday?
Where Am I?
We are so concerned that you may have no idea where this is that we will name the place in a clue just a few scrolls away. Are we magnanimous or what?!
As always, the big reveal comes at the end of this e-news.
Gordon Walker
On Tuesday morning, May 22nd, members of the Point Loma Association Public Safety Committee met with Gordon Walker, CEO of the San Diego Regional Task Force on Homeless.  Mr. Walker began that role a year ago this month.
Previously, while he was director of the Division of Housing and Community Development for the State of Utah, their homeless population dropped 91% between 2005 and 2015.
The Regional Task Force is the “superstructure” working with multiple agencies, service providers, and levels of government to coordinate response, eliminate duplication and, in essence, get everyone to play well together.
We sense his role comes with some frustrations. But he assured us the local political will strongly supports the efforts.
For an hour, Mr. Walker answered our questions and outlined his plans and goals.
Housing First is key to success, according to Walker, who has championed that approach since 2003.
That is providing permanent homes and support services “without conditions” for homeless people.
He believes in the Coordinated Entry System that streamlines access to precise services addressing individual needs.
That process is called “Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool”, or VI-SPDAT. (The military’s gotta be severely envious of that amazing acronym! Try saying it without spitting.)

To learn more click the box.
However, Mr. Walker feels that – before entering that evaluation process – some street people could be diverted to other services delivering appropriate assistance, faster and at a lower cost.
He is encouraged by the slight dip the recent homeless count. (This week, that count has come under closer scrutiny.)
Walker cautions against hoping for dramatic changes quickly, saying a “stair step down, year after year” will indicate progress.
Following his time working for the state of Utah, and prior to coming to San Diego, Mr. Walker and his wife were missionaries in Germany for the Mormon Church.
We asked his opinion of well-meaning individuals giving money or food to street people. 

Does it help? Is it enabling?
Does it interfere with community services? 

Mr. Walker came down on the side of compassion, saying he would never tell anyone to not do what is in their heart. 
However, he believes the best way to help is donating money and time to organizations equipped to deliver real care. Least effective is to simply hand money to anyone asking. A better approach is to buy a meal, clothing or other tangible items of help.
Our committee remains hopeful that new leadership, coordinated programs and streamlined services will continue to decrease homeless numbers. However, another report card will not come until next year’s census. No benchmarks along the way.  
Next week we meet with Councilmember, Lorie Zapf, to learn about the “Clean and Safe” program which hires homeless people to work in Pacific Beach. Could it expand to Point Loma and Ocean Beach? We’ll see.
Famosa Pump Track

Got kids? Kids got bikes? Do they like riding on the dirt track at Nimitz and Famosa?
When you were young, didn’t your neighborhood (every neighborhood) have an empty lot or two where kids could play – baseball, cops and robbers, Evel Knievel – without being hassled? Is anything as simple now as it was “back in the day”? Sorry. We’re veering off message.
The message is, the Peninsula Community Planning Board will be discussing the fate of that two-wheeler playground at a special meeting on June 14th.
PCPB has an open seat on the Board and will hold a special election at their meeting June 21st at Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library. Deadline to apply is June 18.
Interested? Here is more information.
Affordable housing is scarce. Young adults want to live in a nice place, in a cool neighborhood. If they’re just out of school or settling into a new city, perhaps they’re travelling light – no dining table, no couch. All they need, really, is a room.
Some large homes – really, mansions – are bigger than most families need or can afford. If an owner could rent to multiple tenants that investment property could generate a bundle.
Enter a company called Bungalow. They buy mansions and rent rooms. They’re doing it in the Bay Area, and in Bankers Hill San Diego, and now they’re doing it in Loma Portal.
Bungalow is thrilled. Renters seem happy. Neighbors are concerned. They call the arrangement mini-dorms. In San Diego that description mainly has been applied to dwellings renting rooms to college students – especially near San Diego State University. Last year a judge ruled the City could not regulate room rentals.
But our Association is hearing from some Point Loma residents who fear many of their neighborhood’s single-family homes could soon be occupied by transient tenants with little connection to the community.
“The extra cars parking around the neighborhood are causing problems.  I am receiving calls and emails from neighbors who are quite upset.  I even had a visit from (someone) who grew up in this house and now lives near Plumosa Park.  He, like the others, doesn’t want our neighborhood denigrated.”

PLA contacted Councilmember Lorie's Zapf's office regarding the single room rentals. Their response:

"Our office has asked the Mayor’s office to review all applicable city codes to this new use via City Staff. We are still researching." 

Soon after, we received this response from the Mayor's office:
"We have been made aware a few days ago and are already working to check in on this. I actually meet with a neighbor today who lives directly next door to get more information and confirm the address. We are already looking into this." 

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Meanwhile, in Fleetridge, this is happening.
Residents are chagrinned, believing the new construction violates the Declaration of Restrictions homeowners sign upon purchasing property in that neighborhood.
Here’s the wording…
Architectural Review Committee
Section 2.2 Architectural Control. No new building or major renovation or alteration which changes the exterior dimensions or elevations of an existing structure shall be erected, constructedinstalled or placed upon any Lot until the location and plans of the improvement have been approved in writing by the ARC.
A hearing is scheduled for June 15th in Superior Court downtown.
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Short term vacation rentals continue to flourish.
The Mayor and City Council will revisit regulations next month. Stay tuned.
Green Team Post Memorial Day
Our Mean Green Team preps venues for holiday celebrations and bats clean up after. Here they are at Shelter Island following Memorial Day.
In addition to picking up litter the team weeded and pruned. In other words, a typical day on the road.
Also last month, they joined the big parade…
The Point Loma Association warmly welcomes Westminster Presbyterian Church into our PLA membership.
A church home for generations, Westminster is also appreciated for its park and gardens, its preschool and decades of live performances at the Vanguard Theater.
Next month’s production is…
There’s a lot going on at Westminster!
Go to their home page and read their latest newsletter by clicking this symbol…
Where Am I?
A Clue
Yes. Now you can Google it. But that would be cheating.
Last Call
How much longer will Nati’s be open? Not much. Just hours!
It closes tonight.
There's a new owner.  
After nearly 60 years in Ocean Beach, the popular dining spot will disappear. 
It will become something different. 
Pie shop perhaps?
Months ago, Nati’s owners decided it was time to sell. But they admit they are filled with mixed emotions as the hour approaches.
Thank you for letting Nati’s be a part of your family memories. Whether it’s on a t-shirt, in a photograph, or a story told to friends or family, Nati’s will not be forgotten. We want to thank each and every one of you for the years and decades of patronage. Our customers are as much a part of the Nati’s family as we are.
Fondest regards,
Marilyn Thomas and Dennis Kerr
The restaurant has been packed recently. For regulars, Nati’s was always more than just the food, which was tasty and inexpensive.
Nati’s was “the” place to gather with family and friends, a comfortable spot to celebrate milestones or simply get together because it was Sunday, or even Monday.
Server Francisco and some fans
Over the years, the owners and the servers became part of multi-generations of families.
What comes next for the building or that block of Ocean Beach is a mystery. A new restaurant? Apartments? Condominiums?
Whatever. It won’t be Nati’s.
Got a problem with Bird Scooters?
The posting below on Nextdoor may provide assistance.
And this link from the Ocean Beach Chronicle provides general information about scooters and bikes in San Diego.
Cailee Maestro, Ocean Beach South 
Hello all, While Bird scooters are becoming extremely popular, I know there are a lot of people and businesses who are frustrated by their growing popularity.  I have become a “charger” for Bird Scooters and work with the company to pick up scooters and move them to appropriate “nests”. If you see bird scooters outside your business or home and that annoys you, I can pick them up and move them where they should be. Contact me:
If you’re still uptight, read this. It might help you chill.
Lifelong Learners Discover
Point Loma!

On Tuesday, May 29th, three longtime Point Lomans presented a lecture at UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Then, last Saturday morning, about fifty Osher members and friends toured the Village area of the Point.
The group met at the foot of Talbot Street at La Playa Trail Association’s historical monument marking the site of the Chinese Fishing Village.
People came from San Diego communities and cities beyond. One couple announced they were from Phoenix. (Sorry. No prize for distance travelled.)

After admiring the bay, hearing the history of the location and viewing vintage photos, the walkers divided into four groups and headed out to explore.
Community volunteers led the parade. Klonie Kunzel, Chair of La Playa Trail Association, Eric Duval, President of the Ocean Beach Historical Society, plus Kitty McDaniel and Joanne Hickey provided narration and fielded questions along the way.
Places of historic interest and discussion ranged from Ballast Point, boat building, Louis Rose’s Roseville, the Jennings home, and Cabrillo School.
A popular stop was the Portuguese section of the Village with stories about heritage, Festa, fishing and tuna vessels being “drafted” for service during WWII.

Inaugurated in 1922, the UPSES Chapel was designated a State of California historical building in March of last year.
Comments from the visitors: “beautiful”, “inspirational”, “intimate”, and “really, really tiny”.
The tour ended at Point Loma Assembly with snacks – lemonade, cheese, brownies – provided by Dee Kettenburg and Barbara Franklin.

Membership to the UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is open to anyone fifty and older. (No height requirement.) There is an amazing range of programs! If you qualify, check it out by clicking their logo.
Bellamar Comes to Roseville
Louis Rose Comes to Bellamar
In 1869, after laying out plans for the community of Roseville, Louis Rose built Roseville Hotel and his own family home at the intersection of streets we now call Rosecrans and Byron.
The spot has been marked in various ways over the years.
This week a new plaque appeared on the front of Bellamar, the giant residential/retail development that occupies that location.
Bellamar is huge!  Perhaps the plaque should be bigger.
Don’t try to read it as you drive by. Too dangerous!

The solid brass marker is classy and understated. Maybe something could be done on the cement post to give it a bit more prominence. Pizazz even.

But after months of anticipation, PLA and La Playa Trail Association are just delighted to see the mini-monument attached to its new home.
Glowing Trees
Did you catch the bioluminescent algae show?
Yes, that would be a great name for a rock band.
But this is what we’re talking about…
It happened a few weeks ago along the coast of San Diego. The waves were glowing electric blue. The cause – and this is confusing to us – was a red tide off shore. If you want to unravel that contradiction, click here.
If you want to see some pretty cool video of the bioluminescent show, click the photo above. And if you are curious why we titled this piece, “Glowing Trees”, you’ll want to click here!
The Bay Bridge
No, not that Bay Bridge
This one…
The West Mission Bay Drive Bridge
If you traverse it frequently – on feet or wheels – over time you will see it morph into this…
If you can’t wait several years, see it happen real fast by clicking on the photo above, scrolling down, and watching the “Construction Simulation Video.” Caution: you might need to pop a Dramamine.
We’ll all be able to watch the transformation in real time beginning in July.
Park Talkin'
The City wants to know what you think of our parks. They are holding ten workshops around town asking for ideas and input.
The one in the Peninsula community is June 11th.
Here’s the scoop on the whole series…
From California State Senator Toni Atkins
Once again this year, I am pleased to be leading a drive to provide hundreds of pairs of new socks (and underwear) for our military veterans in San Diego County who are experiencing homelessness.
San Diego's 31st Annual Stand Down will take place June 29th through July 1st. The event, sponsored by Veterans Village of San Diego, gives homeless veterans a chance to rest for several days in a welcoming environment, along with others who have shared experiences. Charitable organizations are on hand to provide comprehensive services to help participants with their various needs.
Our Socks for Stand Down drive runs now through June 18th. If you'd like to donate, you can bring a new pair of socks and/or underwear to
Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library
3701 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107

Where Am I?

The Answer

The Lucy Evans Memorial Garden is at the crest of La Playa overlooking San Diego Bay at the intersection of Lucinda and Golden Park.
Beautiful and open for everyone to enjoy, relax, meditate and rejuvenate, this lot was protected from development many years ago.
The Lucy Evans Lauren Garden is a gift to the community. PLA first featured it in our Summer, 2006 PLA Newsletter in a story by Kerrie DeRosier.
If you visit, be gentle and respectful.
To fully enjoy the view…
Take a few steps to the left, to lose the roof tops…
Peace. Beauty. Yachts. Lots of yachts.
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