April 5, 2018
Point Loma Community News & Events
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Happy Cinco de Abril
Granted, today is not as famous as Cinco de Mayo, which has real historical significance in Mexico, and for people in this country, seems to be mainly about margaritas and guacamole. 
But April 5th is special, too.
Today is…
Did you know that? Did you savor a breakfast burrito this morning? If not, it’s still early, and there are two more meals ahead.
Here’s a suggestion…
Come on! Why not? National Burrito Day happens just once a year. (Like Guacamole Day. Don’t forget that, in September.)
Next question...
Can you guess what these three Point Loma purveyors of scrumptious food have in common?
They each will be purveying scrumptious food – for free! – during social hour, April 17th, at UPSES Portuguese Hall for our…
PLA Peninsula Community Conversation
Come for the free food, stay for a lively, informative program.
Leaders from Peninsula, Ocean Beach and Midway planning boards, OB Town Council, Ocean Beach MainStreet Association and the Point Loma Association will discuss things that affect all of us.
Find out what each group does. Discover how they work together, sharing concerns, collaborating on solutions, learning from one another and speaking with a unified voice to advocate for our neighborhoods.
Social hour at 5:30pm
Greet friends and neighbors.
Free food!
No Host Bar
Community Organization Displays
Program at 6:45pm
Submit questions that night,
or in advance here!
Fair warning. The newsletter you’re about to read contains multiple mentions of food and dining. We’re not sure why. Maybe we’re just anxious for lunch.
Dockless Bike Follow Up
Last issue we asked your opinion of the fruit salad of rentable bikes mushrooming in our neighborhoods.
(Sorry…mixed metaphor…unappetizing lunch choice.)
As expected, we received a wide range of comments. Here is an unedited sampling.
Great concept but needs regulation. These bikes are littering public areas and being abandoned everywhere. Becoming a real nuisance and eyesore. Regulate their use, or get rid them. (Vince)

I like the bikes, even if they do clog the sidewalks. They are youthful and serve all demographics, once you download the app, and are designed for our weather.

As our tourist season unfolds, these bikes are going to be every tourist's favored mode of transport....lookout's your competition. (Cecil)

I LOVE the bikes! I think having dockless bikes around San Diego for visitors and residents alike is a wonderful idea. I do not understand the opinion that I have heard expressed that they are an annoyance. What's to annoy? They just sit there until someone uses them; then they move on. (Lynn)

No bikes on the water side of Shelter Island! Signs ban them so we can walk. Leaving bikes there confuse tourists who then ride bikes on sidewalks without helmets.
Bad idea. They do not read signs and swear at you if you point out they are illegal there. (Jeslyn)


Someone from the Bicycle Coalition or related organizations have undue influence over the City Council and the Mayor.
The influence is defined as money. I worked for the City in Sr Management for 38 years, and in one capacity obtaining over $1 Billion in HUD grants and State Revolving Loans. I never saw the City turn down and money or advertising money even when they should have.

This is a glaring example of irresponsible behavior by the Council and Mayor. These bikes are a nuisance. I counted 27 Ofo bikes in one city block in Kensington, and saw one bike rider on his own private bike.

They have put bike lanes where nobody rides a bike, eliminating scarce parking and lanes of car traffic. 
My wife and I own 4 bikes, so are not opposed to bikes, and most people I. The coastal areas own their own bikes. I don’t see people riding Ofo and Limebikes, they are just litering our sidewalks by preventing you from parking because you can’t open your car door because of all the bikes in the parkways. They also do not provide helmets. This could be a liability issue for the City. These programs will fail because they are ill conceived. What impact will this have on the legitimate businesses that rent bikes, who also pay property and business taxes? I think I am a member of PLA, I send money every year, and I appreciate your projects, activities, volunteers and the contributions you make to our community. Thank you. (William)
For baby-boomers of a certain age, this issue is reminiscent of the arrival of mopeds and go carts on residential streets in the 1960s.
(Come on, Dad! All the other guys have ‘em.)
Some regulation is required.
Mr. Mayor and City Council members, please address that as soon as you solve the short term housing rental fiasco.
Anyone have the app to rent this?
Want a voice & vote
in our Peninsula Plan?
PCPB Vacancy
The Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) will be holding a special election in April 2018 to fill one (1) vacancy.  The special election is to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of PCPB Board Member, Laura Miller.  The election is to fill and complete the remaining one (1) year on Ms. Miller’s term as a PCPB Board Member.  The election will take place during the regular April 2018 board meeting and PCPB Bylaws state the vote to fill this vacancy will be cast by the Seated Planning Board members.
Requirements for those interested in becoming a Board Member:
Candidates must be 18 years of age.
Candidates must reside, own property, or operate a business within the PCPB boundaries (boundaries map provided at Candidates must have attended one regular PCPB meeting within the previous 12-month term. Attending the candidates forum qualifies for this requirement.
The special election will be held during the April 2018 PCPB Meeting Thursday, April 19, 2018 (6:30pm – 9:00pm), at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library located at 3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107. 
Applications can be downloaded on the PCPB website  under the Elections tab. Email completed applications to: and
The deadline to submit applications for the special election is April 16. 
Where Am I?
Look high, not low.

Kristy’s MVP Sports Bar closed a year ago this week.
After fourteen years, the owners packed up their 30 HDTVs and retired.
(Bet they have a swell man-cave.)
Whether or not you were a fan of Kristy’s, seeing it so forlorn for so long is sad.
Good news!  iSalud!
The popular taco restaurant is expanding their operation in Barrio Logan and opening a new location on Midway Drive in the old sports bar spot.
The New York Times says it’s one of “Five Places to Go in San Diego.”
Decide for yourself. Opening is targeted for June.
PLA Board Members
This week we salute two Directors who are completing 4-year terms on our Board. They are each eligible to renew for another term. (Several years ago the Association revised our bylaws and reduced the term length from 4 years to 2.)
Each of our Directors is a key to our success! We are so grateful to have dedicated volunteers keeping PLA vital and valuable to the Peninsula community.
            Becky Wider                                     Chris Jacobs

Click on the photos to learn more.
Mean Green Team
Do we work hard? Dewey ever!
In February, 2017, the medians in front of Dewey Elementary School were spruced up.
Total Green Landscaping refurbished them. A generous donation from Steve and Lynne Doyle made it possible.
Today vegetation is thriving! That’s a good thing, but the rich soil is inviting for interlopers, aka volunteers, aka weeds.
Last week, thanks to the hard work of Linda, Barb and other members of the Green Team, the plots got groomed for the months ahead. The weeds, of course, will be back.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away…
Mean Green Team?
We don’t need no meanie greenie team.
We’re green, mean and wild!
PLA members are special. PLA Business Member Bartercard knows that, and they have a special offer exclusively for Point Loma Association Business Members!
Bartercard is a business marketplace where over 54,000 cardholders barter-trade over $700 million annually in 9 countries around the globe.

Here’s their deal for PLA Business Members…
One Time Activation Fee - Regularly $795, offered at $295.
Monthly Marketing and Support Fees - Regularly $79, offered at $49.
This will be a month to month program - No Contracts
Stacey Lucas is your local Bartercard representative.
Drop her an email.
Give her a call. 714 422-7722
Or, simply click the Bartercard logo above to connect directly.  
Vintage Crime Stoppers
We like to pretend that this is one of the original Neighborhood Watch signs that Louis Rose tacked up to protect the gentlepeople of Roseville. Looks authentic.

Some light reading… from the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association
Food Critic to Food Creator
Can a theater critic act? Can a movie critic direct? A ballet critic dance? A football writer throw a pass?
Maybe. Who knows? (Who cares, for that matter?) One question that soon may be answered is if a food critic can run a restaurant.
Troy Johnson is food critic and editor for San Diego Magazine. He has announced he wants to open a place in Ocean Beach, “to fill a hole”, but not “compete with any other local spot.”
Is that even possible?
Troy says he wants OBceans to help create the menu, so let him know what you’re hankering for.
Where Am I?
A Clue
I have pets.
Friday, August 17th
The Point Loma Association Presents
Dockless bikes, short term home rentals, recycling centers, condo projects, Kellogg Beach – name a hot topic and social media is all over it. Neighbors asking neighbors, wassup?
And neighbors – after digging extensively for reliable information, interviewing authoritative sources and gathering as complete a picture as possible about “wassup?” – report back to the questioner with a carefully crafted response.
We’re just kidding. Most people simply wing it. They repeat something somebody told them that was overheard by someone and…well, you know where this is going. It’s the old telephone game.

"Wassup at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park?" is a Peninsula hot button right now.
Complex issues with long term solutions and many moving parts don’t play well in social media. But they definitely generate chatter.
Below are chatter samples. We asked representatives of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council to respond to people’s concerns.
We can't include all the SCNPC information in this newsletter.
To read everything,
click here.

These are the highlights...
PLEASE STOP RIGHT NOW (yes, I'm shouting) the decimation of Sunset Cliffs Park!

Please don't plow under any more mature trees or bushes… Why weren't the plans published for public input? How can just a handful of people make such a horrific decision?

Van Dyke and Associates, the professional planners for Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, held numerous well noticed community meetings to gather broad based community input for the master plan.  Publicity…included the press, presentations to community & environmental groups, information booths at street fairs & farmers' markets, flyers in public places…
Girl Scouts distributed notices door to door throughout the Sunset Cliffs Neighborhood. 

“Coming Soon” notices were placed in the park kiosks over the past months at both the northern and Ladera Street entrances. Both the Beacon and Reader carried publicity about this project.

Hundreds of park lovers participated in the planning process which culminated with the master plan which was thoroughly reviewed environmentally and approved by both the San Diego City Council and the California Coastal Commission(2005).
Was the Audubon Society involved in a study of this area before they bulldozed it? I use to see Hawks, Owls and Peregrine Falcons fly over the Park regularly but after phase 1 they are gone! Was there a study done on how massacring the vegetation and taking out all the trees would affect them?
The professional biologists identified about 100 species of birds in the Park.  It is expected that this restoration project will significantly increase the already impressive bird population which thrives in the natural coastal environment. Birds seem to know where native plants live!
The coastal sage scrub ecosystem will provide food and shelter for the more than 20 species of mammals and 10 species of reptiles which have been identified as calling the Park home.

Native plants are plants indigenous to a given area in geologic time. This includes plants that have developed, occur naturally, or existed for many years in an area. Pretty sure the trees that were destroyed had existed for many years in this area, actually for 90 years!
The (plan) calls for gradually replacing high maintenance, aged and/or diseased non-native trees with trees that are more compatible with our coastal environment like Torrey Pines or Coast Live Oak.  After the Eucalyptus long horned bore beetle…reached Sunset Cliffs in the 1980s, the  non-native Eucalypus trees…started showing significant signs of disease. From the '80s onward, the Eucalyptus trees…have been dying.  While some folks may view the removal of the stressed and diseased Eucalyptus trees as sudden, the City has been gradually removing dead Eucalyptus for years. 
Here are a few additional excerpts from the Council’s explanation for wassup. Again, you can read everything here.
The precise plan for this project was professionally developed by Estrada Land Planning, thoroughly reviewed environmentally, and approved by the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council, Peninsula Community Planning Board (2011&2013), San Diego City Council, and California Coastal Commission.
A biologist, archaeologist, paleontologist, and stormwater expert are monitoring the project at all times during construction.   Although the restoration of almost anything seems to look worse before it starts looking better, the end result should be both beautiful and beneficial to the sustainability of the Park.   

Approximately 13 years ago, the SCNPC started a very successful 2 ½ acre native habitat demonstration area just to the south of the Ladera Street parking lot.

This native plant restoration area, which is planted and maintained by dedicated community volunteers, demonstrates the value of coastal sage scrub habitat restoration. Irrigation for new plants was temporary as it will be for the Hillside Improvements Project. The deep rooted native plants are significantly reducing drainage problems both in that area and the cliffs to the west. 

The professional engineering firm of Rick Engineering is in the process of preparing updated drainage information and design for the hillside park.  Fortunately, the same City project manager is coordinating both the Hillside Improvements Project and the Drainage Improvements Project.

Erosion and drainage are hot buttons within the plan to restore Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.
A debate continues on whether the approved project provides enough of a solution or the best solution to keep urban runoff from reaching the ocean and gouging the land along the way.
Dan Dennison, a San Diego native and member of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Committee, has developed master planned communities in four states. Dan also serves on the Ocean Beach Planning Board and the Board of the Point Loma Association. He has written articles about the Park for our newsletters, although his views are not an official PLA position.
Here is a link to Dan’s recent thoughts on the Park project.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council meets at Cabrillo Recreation Center from 6:45-8:15 p.m. on the first Monday of every month (except holidays).  
Shop at Ralphs?
Our local Ralphs on Sports Arena Blvd. is a pretty good food store. Not to be confused with, or compared to, Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery Store in Lake Wobegon, which we’ve never patronized.

But, (imagine Andy Rooney’s voice here) have you ever noticed how the cart return at our Ralphs is not user friendly? 
The layout of the cart racks makes it easy for employees to round up the vehicles, but not convenient for customers to park ‘em.
Some rows have two cart racks, directly across from one another.

Three, racks in a line, if you look at these two rows.

But other rows have zero cart return facilities and a curbing to traverse to reach a rack way over yonder.

And if you park more than a dozen spaces from the storefront, you’re in a cart rack desert.
Target, next door, has cart racks everywhere – as far as the eye can see!
We've often wondered why Ralphs' racks are not more evenly distributed.
“Too heavy!”
That was the answer we got from a cart wrangler. They get frequent complaints. He says they pass them up the chain. Apparently when workers resurfaced the parking lot a few years back, they rearranged the racks.
But they’re too heavy for mere mortals to move.
Admittedly, this inconvenience is way down the list of life’s aggravations. Loud, thumping grocery cart wheels, carts that pull hard left (or right), baggers who proudly cram all our purchases into one reusable bag and hand back the other two, sidewalk clipboard creeps asking if we’re registered to vote – now those are genuine annoyances.
PLA Welcomes
Peninsula Plumbing to the Association
Know what it means to
grab the brass ring?
For many years, carousel riders had a chance to reach out and snatch a brass ring as the merry-go-round spun at dizzying speed. Maybe it was a sign of good luck or skill. The “big prize” for grabbing a brass ring among countless iron loops? Another spin on the carousel.
Once upon a time there were thousands of carousels in North America with brass rings for the grabbing.
But no more. There are just 15. One of them is here in San Diego.
This carousel, built more than a hundred years ago by Herschell-Spillman Company in New York, lives today at Balboa Park. Although it resided in Coronado for a time. Really!
Last year, the Friends of Balboa Park purchased this beautiful historical gem to keep it spinning for generations to come.
If you knew all of that, did you also know about the Point Loma Connection? Click here to learn more!
Your Vote Counts for Cabrillo

The Cabrillo National Monument, our only National Park in San Diego, needs your help and support in obtaining a very generous financial grant.  


We have been accepted into the running for the All-in 4 Change grants offered by Harrah’s Southern California.  Awarding of the grants will be determined by votes cast by you, your friends, family and associates.  


Beginning at 8 AM on Monday, April 9, you will be able to cast your ballot for the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation.  


Your votes will enable us to pursue our goals of bringing the wonders of the Park and our incredible natural environment to disadvantaged youngsters throughout the County who may be unable to travel or have limited access to the resources of the Park.  We are actively developing an Educational Outreach Program to achieve these goals.  This will augment our already active EcoLogik Program and Every Kid in a Park pass.  Funding for all of these programs is the responsibility of the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation which supports and supplements the work of the National Park Service.

What can you do to make this a reality?  On Monday, April 9th or after, cast your vote on-line for Cabrillo National Monument Foundation.


You must be 21 or older to vote and may vote only once.  

Please also visit and Like us on Facebook and at our website.  


Tell your friends and family about this opportunity to support your Park by posting a notice on your own social media sites.  We need your voice, and we need your votes.  Thank you for making this dream a reality.

Where Am I?
The Answer
Of course there is more to the answer than, “where.” There is a story.
In the late 1890s, Albert Dixon, postmaster of Roseville, received a note from his widowed sister-in-law, Idaleen, who wanted to escape Wisconsin. It might have been the winter weather. Or all those cheese heads.
The note said, “Here’s $400. Please build me a Queen Anne Cottage.”
Using sheets of redwood salvaged from a Roseville nail factory, Albert built Idaleen a “cottage” high on a hill in Point Loma.
And there it stands today.
Idaleen’s son, Daniel Hannibal Dixon, married Naomi Rust. Daniel passed away in 1949, and Naomi raised three children in the Dixon house.
The home originally occupied considerable acreage from the crest of the hill to Chatsworth Boulevard.
Over time, parcels were sold. Lesser homes encroached.
Towering Christmas trees Naomi planted with her children died of old age.
She sat, sipping wine, gazing across the Bay, lamenting the changes.

Naomi Rust Dixon passed away in 1984, at age 86.
Her son, Daniel Paul Dixon, inherited the family home, which he loved.
He did not love San Diego, or San Diegans. He loved Paris.
His is a whole other story. A made-for-cinema drama
The Dixon home sits at the top of Dixon Place, a short, two-block road that, long ago, was the family driveway up the hill from Chatsworth. It is a unique cull de sac, anchored by a $400 dollar Queen Anne cottage with a million dollar history.
We gratefully acknowledge columnist Logan Jenkins for providing much of this history. Logan got to know Naomi Dixon when he rented an adjacent, “rumpus room” studio from her in 1969. On January 31, 2000, Logan wrote a wonderful article about it for the Union-Tribune.  The title is, FAMILY GONE, BUT HOUSE IS LIVING HISTORY. If you’re a subscriber, you can access it online in the newspaper’s archives.
About Last Night
We don’t want you to think we are obsessed with the huge finger of light saluting us from across the Bay. We are, but we really don’t want you to think about it.
However, several of our Peninsula correspondents (okay, actually one) confirmed our observation that, last night, the top of the light looked subdued, diminished.
This is how the finger appears on most nights.
This is our artist’s rendering of how it appeared last night. Only the bottom quarter shone brightly.
Was it obscured by a low cloud? Fog? Purple Haze? Collusion? Guess we’ll just have to check it out tonight.
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