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— But several commissioners were concerned about the "ambiguities" over whether San Diego's Development Services Department was required to obtain historic reviews, especially the one by the California Office of Historic Preservation. According to commissioner Mary Shallenberger from Sacramento, "We're not doing anybody any favors by acknowledging there's an ambiguity, saying, 'There's no substantial issue,' and moving on. This issue will be back before us in the future if we don't straighten it out now." Two of the commissioners agreed that weight ought to be given to the San Diego city attorney's "position that there hasn't been proper vetting."

Several other commissioners thought that the issue should be resolved by the parties in San Diego and not by their body. But commissioner Sara Wan of Malibu argued that "dueling forces within the City of San Diego" demanded that "an independent assessment" be sought from the state historic preservation office.

In the end, the commission voted six to five that no substantial issue existed to stop the adaptations to historic buildings in Liberty Station's Marketplace. The minority vote came from five commissioners living outside San Diego County. One might have expected the three San Diegans on the commission to split their votes, reflecting their region's "dueling forces." But joining Ben Haddad in a block vote with the majority were Patrick Kruer of the La Jolla Monarch Group developers and Chula Vista mayor Steve Padilla. Before casting his vote, Mayor Padilla reiterated Haddad's apology to San Francisco.

A drive through the old Naval Training Center today reveals massive construction everywhere. At buildings 27, 28, 29, and 30 a guard prevents entrance into the demolition area. But from the adjacent parking lot one can see that the inside staffs of the I-shapes are being removed. The planned infill will replace the buildings' charming courtyards forever.

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