Summer Edition 2005
Red, White, Blue and You!
By Donis Lovett, Chairperson My appreciation and thanks to the Board members who
supported the dinner with a great deal of time and effort. It is
With red, white and blue balloons and
my pleasure to announce that, as of this printing, the auction
table decorations, flags waving, and ger-
and dinner produced $14,623. I would like to especially
ber daisies in star-lined vases, the stage
thank the following committee members for a job well done.
was set for the Point Loma Association's
All went smoothly because of such a hard working and
celebration of Home and Country.
John Calabotta, with presidential
John and Lisa Calabotta, Dick Lareau, Stuart Hartley, Tracy
grandeur, was the Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Hollingworth, Melanie Nickel, Patti Adams, Lois
for the dinner program. Thanks to Lisa Calabotta for being
Baker, Dwight and Leslie Harrington, Blake Harrington,
the co-chair and overseeing hotel management and the 50/50
Johnna Chaney, Katheryn Rhodes, Klonie Kunzel, Ardetta
Steiner, Jodie Bruhn, Liz Jessop, Noreen Mulliken, Susan
Councilman Greg Cox and County Assessor Greg Smith, Houser, Celeste Trepte, Julia Benedetti, Janine Jacobs, Joe
with their usual charm and flair, presented the awards to the Watkins and all the ladies of the work party.
honorees. Ardetta Steiner was on hand to distribute Garden
And last, but not least, thanks to each and every one of you –
Awards to deserving homeowners.
dressed in your red, white and blue – who came to celebrate
Congratulations are in order to Klonie Kunzel for the Point Loma.
Lighthouse Award and to Hugh Story for the Grand
Beautification Award. Their contributions to the development Dinner Auction a Financial Success
of the Point Loma Association has been outstanding. by Melanie Nickel
Dick Lareau's slide show featured excellence in local architec- The Point Loma Association's Auction Committee, Patti
ture, signage and landscaping, and highlighted PLA projects. Adams, Tracy Morgan Hollingworth and Melanie Nickel
Thanks to Dick Lareau and Stuart Hartley for capturing so announced that the silent auction, a permanent fixture of the
well on film one of the reasons why we all love Point Loma. PLA Annual Dinner, grossed over $10,000 to support com-
munity projects throughout the peninsula.
Chris Cramer presented Lt. Col. Andrew Hewitt with a heart-
warming introduction. Andy enlightened and informed us Over 130 business owners and residents in Point Loma,
with his experience of active duty in the Marine Corps Ocean Beach and Midway business districts generously gave
Intelligence unit in Southern Iraq and Fallujah. The slide over 140 auction donations. Most of the donations of art,
show photos were revealing and forever froze, frame by statuary, gift baskets and certificates from hotels, golf courses,
frame, the sights of war and combat and the faces of family, restaurants, fitness/beauty spas and local attractions were bid
children and hope for freedom. Andy's standing ovation was over their face value.
well deserved. Our thanks go out to the generous business owners and bid-
It must have been the moonglow that added to the magic of ders who made the PLA's Silent Auction a major success.
the evening, or perhaps it was the presence of Frankie Laine, PLA members who are interested in participating in coordi-
guest of Celeste and Gene Trepte. He graciously donated a nating next year's Annual Dinner and Silent Auction are
signed videotape for the auction. What a treasure! encouraged to contact PLA's 2005 President, Patti Adams.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Doors of Distinction
by Ron Brooks and Betty Allman
Patti Adams, 2005-2006 President
We welcome Ron Brooks and Betty Allman as the new Garden Awards
Summertime…and the living
should be easy. What better place
chairs. Thanks to Ardetta Steiner for doing a fabulous job last year.
to enjoy a long leisurely summer
Have you ever driven around the Point and admired all the amazing
day than on the Point Loma
Peninsula? doors that open onto this attractive community we call home?
Summer is also the beginning of From classic to craftsman, to Spanish, to cottage - these inviting portals
the Point Loma Association’s fiscal year. As you do more than hint of the warm hospitality that lies within.
will read in this newsletter, we have completed
some significant milestones this year, and are
looking forward to accomplishing just as much
in the year ahead.
Our Point Loma Foundation is now in place,
which will enable us to undertake considerably
larger projects in support of our Mission
We’re looking forward to increasing our member-
ship in the coming year as another way to fur-
ther our mission. You can help. When you Quintessential Classic on
receive your membership renewal package, look Shadowlawn Street Spanish wrought iron on Curtis Street
for the new category called “gift membership.”
It’s a good way for you to introduce your friends
and family to the benefits of PLA membership.
Our past chair, John Calabotta, has graciously
agreed to spearhead our membership campaign
and committee. John will also stay actively
involved as an officer on the new Foundation
Board, along with Klonie Kunzel and Bill Johnson.
I hope to see you at the Concerts in the park,
out on the Island for the fireworks on the 4th,
down at the Waterfront Market, or maybe on
one of our beautiful bus benches just enjoying Modern Craftsman on Fleetridge Drive
a special summer in Point Loma. Adirondack Americana on Liggett Drive
John Calabotta, past President Would you want this
Thank you for allowing me to in your community?
serve as Chair of the Point Loma
Association for the past two
By Betty Allman &
years. Working with such ener- Ron Brooks
getic and creative people com-
mitted to the betterment of our
It is – right here in Point
community has been extremely satisfying. Loma. Getting out of your
car while parked in front
I’d like to thank past presidents Wayne
Raffesberger and Marty Dine for their guidance
of the Point Loma Post
in helping me understand the nuances of the Office has become an
PLA. I would especially like to recognize Jodie acrobatic exercise.
Bruhn for her effective organizational skills, and
Klonie Kunzel for her constant availability to We counted them. There are 34 newsracks spanning the sidewalk on
provide counsel and insight regarding what is Cañon. The proliferation of newsracks around the community has
good for the community. become a blight. They seem to multiply daily, even in our once beauti-
To acknowledge the legacy of the PLA, I’d like ful Embarcadero.
to share a Chinese Proverb: "One generation
plants the trees; another gets the shade." There
You will be happy to know that representatives from around the city
have been great people before me, and there have formed the Newsrack Ordinance Task Force, a 47-member com-
will be great people after me. Thank you for the mittee tasked to develop clear, enforceable guidelines. We will keep you
privilege to have been a part of the PLA legacy. up to date on the Task Force’s progress.
Silver Gate goes green COMMUNITY
FROM COUNCILMAN CALENDAR
Over the summer, you will start to see changes
MICHAEL ZUCCHET Point Loma Concert Series
along Catalina Boulevard in front of Silver Gate
Dear Point Loma Association, All concerts on Fridays from 6:00 - 8:00
Elementary. p.m. at Point Loma Park, Catalina Blvd.
As you may already know, on May 24, at Varona Street.
2005, the City Council voted to approve a Friends of Silver Gate (FSG), an organization of
July 22 – Sue Palmer and Her Motel
bond issuance in order to pay the cost of dedicated parents and students, spent last year rais- Swing Orchestra
building the first phase of the 46-acre park
at Liberty Station.
ing money for their "Pride of Ownership" cam- July 29 – Lil’ Elmo and the Cosmos
paign to finance new signage, art and landscaping. August 5 – Joe Rathburn’s ISLAND
As a result of this bond issuance, the park August 12 – Big Time Operator!
will be built by the Corky McMillin The campaign got a $6,000 boost from the contrac- August 19 – Rockola
Company in two, rather than three phases, July 4. 9:00 p.m.
and on a much quicker timeline.
tor, Tony George with Point Loma Landscape. It
5th Annual Big Bay Fireworks
was up to FSG to raise $20,000 more to complete Simulcast on My94.1FM from the deck of
I would not have been able to get the
support of my colleagues on the City
the project. They raised $10,400 from fund raisers, the MIDWAY. To send a donation, contact
Council without the tremendous amount of received a $2,000 donation from the Point Loma Sandy Purdon, Event Producer, at
support of the community. Thank you for Association, and a $5,000 donation from the San
the e-mails, letters and phone calls that July 9, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Diego Foundation. PLNU Community Day
you made on behalf of the park.
Live jazz, free food, booths, children’s
No portion of Liberty Station is more The project includes a new sign and artwork games, and fun! See info below.
anticipated than the waterfront park. This depicting silhouettes of children playing at the July 12, 12:00 p.m., Point Loma Cafe
regional asset will include ball fields for Catalina entry, replacing the 55-year-old irrigation Greg Cox speaks at the Point Loma
little leaguers, a pool complex for
swimmers of all ages, numerous places to system, and planting on the slope. Kiwanis Meeting.
sit and enjoy the history of the area, and July 30, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
much more. "The PLA was the catalyst to getting us started on Art in the Park at Plumosa Park
the project,” said Gail E. Zerbe, FSG Site See info below.
Of all the projects at NTC, building this
park has been one of my top priorities. Beautification Committee Chairman and the land- September 18, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
5 4 3 2 1 Celebrate Music!
Once again, thank you for your support scape architect who designed the plan.
Trios of talented local musicians perform
and commitment to building the park at
at the Hervey Point Loma Branch Library.
NTC sooner rather than later. The FSG still needs about $2,500 to finance the
September 25, 11:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Sincerely, project. Zerbe can't wait to get started. "I feel like
First Annual Jazz 88 Ocean Beach
we're doing something to say, 'we're just as great Jazz Festival
on the outside as we are on the inside.'" At the foot of Newport Avenue. For infor-
mation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
News Briefs up at the corner of Dupont and Albion Streets in
the Wooded Area by 7:00 a.m.; you'll be done by
Art in the Park
Don’t miss the 5th annual Point Loma Artists event
Liberty Station Update 8:00 or 8:30. For more information, call Melanie in Plumosa Park on July 30! It’s an outdoor exhibi-
The Marketplace at Liberty Station received final Nickel at 225-8705. tion and sale of fine art created by local artists.
approvals from the Planning Commission, and the Works include watercolors, oils, acrylic, Gyotaku,
PLNU Family Day
West Hotel received final approvals from the City photography, sculpture, and gourd art. A portion of
On Saturday, July 9, Point Loma Nazarene
Council. the sales will support the Ocean Beach Recreation
University invites you to President’s Community Day.
In addition, after nearly 45 years in National City, Center. The exhibition runs from 10-4.
Neighbors are invited to partake in bird walks, free
The Corky McMillin Companies has relocated its Waterfront Market Benefits PLHS
classes, children’s activities, health screening tests,
corporate headquarters to Liberty Station. And just in This summer, remember to buy the best fruits, veg-
food tastings, and campus, historical, and garden
time for the move, Roosevelt Road at Old Gate 3 off etables and flowers at the Point Loma Waterfront
tours from 10:00-3:00 p.m. A free picnic lunch will be
of Rosecrans has been reopened, offering yet one Market at Liberty Station. The bonus -- proceeds
served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the
more access point to the project. from the Market benefit the Point Loma High School
lawn above the Greek Amphitheatre.
Volunteer for America’s Finest City Half Marathon Foundation and Alumni Association.
On Saturday, August 14, come and help fill cups For more information, go to
and hand out water to over 5,000 runners at the www.Ptloma.edu/communityday or call To reach the Point Loma Waterfront Market, enter
Point Loma Association water station. Just show (619) 849-2512. Liberty Station at Farragut off of Rosecrans Street.
Point Loma Peninsula Community North Bay Midway Planning Ocean Beach Ocean Beach Planning
Association Planning Board Redevelopment PAC Advisory Committee Town Council Board
Meets second Meets third Thursday, Meets first Wednesday, Meets first Tuesday, Meets fourth Meets first and third
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Bali Ha’i Restaurant Pt. Loma Library Peninsula Community Peninsula Community OB Recreation Center OB Recreation Center
2230 Shelter Island Dr. 3701 Voltaire Street Service Center Service Center 4726 Santa Monica Ave. 4726 Santa Monica Ave.
Patti Adams, 887-9313 Cynthia Conger, 3740 Sports Arena Blvd. 3740 Sports Arena Blvd. Jere Battan, 515-4400 523-1700
665-3210 Alex Greenwood, Leslie Sanguinetti,
thanks our generous Auction Donors!
Congresswoman Susan Davis Point Loma Shelter Island Pharmacy Susan Moore Diamond, Realtors
Senator Christine Kehoe Susie and Larry Baumann, Bali Hai Barbara Morton, Brigantine
Assemblymember Lori Saldana Mark Wilcox, West Marine Restaurants
County Supervisor Greg Cox Terri DiMattio, Cabrillo Jeff Gruhn, Atlas Environmental
County Assessor Greg Smith National Monument Services
Deputy Mayor Michael Zucchet Rita Campbell Ocean Experience
Richard Wira Pauline Lim Endresen, Realtor Shelter Island Boatyard
San Diego Maritime Museum Bob Sorben, Peninsula Graphics Marina Sailing
John Calabotta, The Lumen Group Gary Gilmore Goldsmith Ullman Sails
Nick and Les Frazee Red's Espresso Gallery Firm Believers
NTC Foundation The Point Restaurant Peninsula Family YMCA
Joseph Wambaugh Jimmy & Kathy DiMatteo Vickie Wright, Fitness Express
Frankie Laine Kathy Jacobus, First American Title J. W. Tumbles Children's Gym
Tony Calabrese Old Venice Restaurant Fuerza
Dr. Barbara Darnell, Shelter Island Noreen Mulliken Mike & Jo Zukovich,
Veterinary Hospital Del Mar Thoroughbred Club San Diego Yoga Studio
Debbie Buchanan, The Escrow Firm Sandy Collins, Realtor Helen H. Hu
Cabrillo Pet Hospital Bay Club Hotel David J. Levy, AG Edwards & Sons
Melita Hein, Fleetridge Travel Evans Hotels Great News
Karen McCarthy, Point Loma Shelter Pointe Hotel Karen Nyman, Karen's
Credit Union Katie & Phil Elsbree, Elsbree House Consignment Gallery
Frank Fera, Realtor Bill Cole, Julian Lodge Patina
Catherine Perez, Con Pane Bakery Corky McMillin Companies Philip Rushing, Sav-Mart Pharmacy
Deu Varley Prowler Sportfishing Tom Fetter & Co.
Allan & Dorothy Lord, Brass Baron Fisherman's Landing Walter Anderson Nursery
Bill Munster H&M Landing Jennifer Soule
Tony & Nancy McCune, Barnes Tennis Center Rosemary Grassi, InterHair
McCune Motors Patti Adams, Realtor Christian Science Reading Room
Dianne Reichardt, Realtor Sandy Purdon, H. P. Purdon & Co. Dog Beach Dog Wash
Ann Walker Paul Hartley III, Realtor Leslie Harrington
Dr. & Mrs. Homer Peabody The Theatre in Old Town Ocean Beach People's Food Store
Stephanie Fimbres, Realtor Zoological Society of San Diego Paul Holtz, Point Loma Camera
Crista Jeremiason Old Town Trolley Tours Point Loma Seafood
Carrie Warren Katheryn Rhodes, laplayaheritage.com Capt. Ann Kinner, Seabreeze Ltd.
Peter Benjamin Thee Bungalow Robert Gelman, Grape Connections
Donis Lovett Chris Cramer, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Cindy and Stephen Rhodes
Michael and Andrea Saad, Caroline Glasner and Lauren Johnson
PLA Awards Grape Connections Building – Robert Gelman received
At the PLA Dinner, Dick Lareau distributed Community the Creative Signage award for the artwork on his building.
Beautification Awards to the following recipients: Rosecrans Median Landscape – A representative for
West Marine Building – Mick Fritzshing, General Manager, Councilman Michael Zucchet accepted the award for the
accepted the award for Architecture and Landscape. City of San Diego.
The Corky McMillin Companies – Walter Heiberg accepted High Tech High and High Tech Middle School – Kay
an award for Architecture and Landscape for their office build- Davis accepted an award for Architecture and Landscape.
ing at Liberty Station. Terry DiMattio, Superindendent of Cabrillo National
Monument, accepted an Architecture Award for the
Assistant Caretaker Quarters at the Point Loma Lighthouse.
From the Treasurer New board members Achievement of San Diego for five
Dee Kettenberg has lived in Point years. "I love helping kids and teachers
By Joe Watkins teach the free enterprise system," she
Loma since 1962. She and her husband
The Point Loma Association is raised three sons here, and she got said. She's interested in the PLA's
pleased to report that we will end the involved with the PTA while her sons function as a neighborhood develop-
fiscal year on June 30 in the black. were in school. ment tool. "I want to look at different
Our operating funds were generated ways of keeping our Village exciting
Each year, on the first Saturday in for people who live here and for those
from three primary sources: member-
ship dues, the annual dinner auction November, Dee hosts the Holiday who visit," she said. "I want to do what
and grants from the county and city. Express Bazaar to raise funds for I can to help and participate."
Total revenue as of May 31, 2005 Camp Oliver, a camp for children in
exceeded $77,000, which made pos- Descanso. "We have about 1200-1500 Free Trees for
sible the following projects and activi- people who come – it's a community Point Loma!
ties: happening," she said, noting that this By Hugh Story
Expanded work of the Beautification year's Bazaar is on November 5th.
Committee under the leadership of
You can get a free 15-gallon tree for
This will be the second time Dee has your home through the City of San
Jodie Bruhn. This committee over-
sees the beautification of many served on the PLA Board. Between Diego’s Urban Forest Department!
areas of the Point, including the terms, she remained active with the
intersection of W. Point Loma Blvd PLA's Beautification Committee. "It's The following species are available:
and Nimitz, the median on Nimitz amazing how much is going on, and Jacaranda, Golden Medallion, African
between Chatsworth and W. Point how much people are committed to the Fern Pine, and Hong Kong Orchid.
Loma Blvd, a number of improved
flower planters on Rosecrans, the community," she said. You must plant the trees in the public
watering of the trees along Cañon right of way – a swath of land from the
Her next project? Spearheading a com-
Street and much, much more. curb line to 15 feet towards your
mittee to encourage local businesses "to
In the coming year, the light up our Village" for the holidays. house, and agree to water the trees
Beautification Committee will according to a schedule that accompa-
expand their project list…be sure to Rita Moller lived in Point Loma for nies the tree.
watch for their signs and the results 25 years after coming here from
of their work. If you are interested, please contact
Copenhagen, Denmark in 1980. She
You have begun to see the rebirth and her late husband Bent S. Moller Karen Davis, Chair of the PLA
of a number of the ground mounted raised two sons, Gens and Hans, here Beautification Committee, at
electrical utility boxes as local area in Point Loma. (619) 222-3055. The PLABC will
artists use them as a canvas for deliver the trees in July.
beautiful artwork. Under the leader- Rita has supported the Wild Animal
ship of Noreen Mulliken, this group
Park, Children's Hospital, and Meals
of volunteers has plans to expand
the conversion of these unsightly on Wheels, and has decided to direct
boxes into works of art that will her attention to the PLA. "I have
improve the charm of the Point always enjoyed the Point Loma area,
Loma Village. and have appreciated the projects of
There were several new additional the PLA," she said.
bus benches and trash cans
installed throughout the Village. Martha Phillips has lived in Point
Watch for even more new bus Loma for the past five years. How she
benches this coming year, thanks to got here is an interesting story. "We
County Supervisor Greg Cox, who moved here from a little town north of
has provided a $15,000 county
grant for this great project.
Boston called Gloucester," she said.
"Many people of Portuguese and Italian
Ten more bus benches!
Grants from the PLA were distrib- descent migrated from Gloucester to John Calabotta is happy to accept a
uted to the Point Loma Concert check for $15,000 from Greg Cox,
Point Loma in the early 1900s…My
Series, the Point Loma Library capi-
husband did the research and felt that County Supervisor, to complete the
tal campaign, and the Silver Gate
elementary improvement project. Point Loma felt like Gloucester. The bus bench project in Point Loma
similarities are amazing." Village. The generous contribution
Thanks for your continued financial
support through your membership will finance ten more bus benches. If
Martha is a mortgage banker, and has you have an idea for a location, call
dues, which are the primary source of
served on the board of Junior Patti Adams at (619) 887-9313.
operational funds for the PLA.
All photos courtesy of Stuart Hartley
Top left to bottom right: Greg Cox swears in the new Executive Board (Bill Klees - Vice Chair; Patti Adams - Chair, Joe Watkins - Treasurer, Leslie Harrington -
Secretary); Klonie Kunzel accepts the Lighthouse Award; Dick Lareau presents the Grand Beautification Award to Hugh Story; Jodie Bruhn with a stack of cer-
tificates and proclamations honoring her four years of service on the PLA board;Terry DiMattio accepts the Architecture award for the Point Loma Lighthouse;
PLA artists Nicole Lovett, Lauren Lovett, Bill Marsh, Margaret Anthony, and Ann Walker with awards for their participation in the Utility Box project; Treasurer
Joe Watkins and new PLA Chair Patti Adams share a smile.
Top left to bottom right: Maureen Sommers with the winning
ticket; Lt. Col. Andrew Hewitt; Les Frazee checks her bid;
Hugh Story with Garden Man; Guest of Honor Frankie Laine
with Celeste Trepte; Johna Chaney, Annie Hartley, and Jane
Howard share a laugh; Leslie and Dwight Harrington with their
son Blake and his fiancee Janine Jacobs; Andy Hewitt, John
Calabotta, and Donis Lovett.
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Officers This issue of the PLA Newsletter is dedicated to Fritz Kunzel, who
Patti Adams, Chair passed away on June 13. He with his wife Klonie were among original
Bill Klees, Vice Chair founders of what was Point Loma Beautiful, and served on the original
Joseph Watkins, Treasurer Board of Directors.
Leslie Harrington, Secretary
Fritz remained an active and dedicated member of the PLA for many
Board of Directors
years. He served as president of the PLA from 1967-1970, and ran the
Larry Bauman T. Morgan Hollingworth projector for Dick Lareau’s slide show for over thirty years.
Peter Benjamin Barbara Morton
Tony Calabrese Noreen Mulliken Our thoughts are with
Dee Kettenburg Melanie Nickel
Klonie Kunzel Larry Pappas
Klonie and family.
Donis Lovett Martha Phillips
Paul McNeil Raymond Simas
Rita Moller Celeste Trepte
Beautification: Karen Davis
Membership: John Calabotta
Architecture: Larry Pappas
Newsletter Editor: Kerri De Rosier Feb. 25, 1933 to June 13, 2005