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Historical or perfect for a park?

The big house on the hilly spur of Union Street overlooking Maple Canyon is now called the Truax House, but it should be called the **Edward A. Kavanagh** (also spelled Kavanaugh) **House**. It's original address, in 1912/1913, was 2511 Union; by 1914, the new owner, Kavanagh, used the address 2515 Union ([Historic City Directories][1]). Today you can see on the house's right front pillar the last three house numbers, "513," that were used for the address, "2513 Union," in the last years that anyone lived there. The house was built on a lot that was originally platted out in Pueblo Lot 1135, part of the subsequent Horton's Addition in the 1800s. [Kavanagh petitioned][2] to build the house in in mid-1912; in these same historical minutes the San Diego City Council also approved grading, sidewalks, and curbs for Union Street between Ivy and Laurel. Kavanagh was a wealthy entrepreneur who was one of four men who filed for incorporation of the [Whiting-Mead Commercial Company][3], which became the San Diego branch of a Los Angeles giant in the building industry. Kavanagh sold the house between 1919 and 1920, to an older, wealthy Calexico stock breeder/rancher, Thomas B. Owen. In 1922, the house was the residence of the newly married son of former San Diego Democratic Mayor, James E. Wadham, James E. Wadham, Jr. Mayor Wadham was quite an interesting character but not a particularly brave one, when it came to [standing up to local vigilantes][4]. Mayor Wadham advised activists Emma Goldman and Ben Reitman to leave town, as he couldn't protect them from the vigilantes or the police during protests against San Diego's rather amazing ordinance against any kind of public demonstration. The house still stands, with it's ghosts, and looks in pretty good shape. The inside would be interesting to examine, given that Kavanagh had access to all of the best building materials and modern home conveniences, through his Whiting-Mead company. What a shame to tear it down. [1]: http://www.sandiegoyesterday.com/?tag=city-dire... [2]: http://www.sandiego.gov/digitalarchives/pdf/his... [3]: https://books.google.com/books?id=Vm4UAAAAYAAJ&... [4]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Wadham
— January 13, 2016 1:08 p.m.

Owls and emotions in South Park canyon

"Portions of it are popular among joggers, hikers, and dog-walkers." Well, not really. The 50x100-foot parcel beyond Kipperman's rear property line and chain-link fence is a ravine; it and the other four parcels south of it are buildable with grading, but not easily usable or enjoyed by anyone as of now (except for the 1800-block Granada property owners, who enjoy not having rear neighbors). The unpaved segment of 28th Street, west of the ravine lots and bordering Park land, is what gets the foot traffic (see photo). Like the Granada lots and all other lots in South Park, these five lots were first mapped out in the early 1900s, based on the early San Diego Pueblo Lots offered for sale by the city to investors in the 1800s, after California was granted statehood and San Diego was handed over by Mexico to the US. As usual, early land investors promoted the sale of lots by creating parcel maps that were drawn up without the benefit of a surveyor. All over South Park, there are mapped lots on slopes and ravines. Some are built, some aren't. Some have been declared Open Space by the city (such as along the 1800-block of Bancroft, on Juniper Canyon). Just north of Kipperman, on the other side of Fir, the ravine has a very nice house and outdoor area. I can relate to a Granada resident not wanting the new property owner to build on the lots behind Granada, but it's important to not exaggerate the facts. This isn't about preserving open space or protecting a canyon or owls. There are owls and all sorts of birds and critters in every tree, yard, ravine, and canyon in South Park. The only thing endangered here is the privacy and status quo of the Granada property owners. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2015...
— December 24, 2015 12:42 p.m.

Pacific Beach revolt against Deco Bikes

Ponzi: What is of interest here is the completely untransparent nature of the San Diego government and Deco Bike's interactions with the neighborhood residents/business people. For starters, there was no RFP. Deco Bike got a deal with San Diego's Department of Corporate Partnership (Natasha Collura, Director of Strategic Partnerships). There was no community input, and the City revealed in the Council Exec Summary that marketing of the agreement would occur only **after** the partnership was made. San Diego's Natasha Collura is quoted in "I[nside the Evolving World of Marketing][1]," which states that > While public/private partnerships can > be mutually beneficial, municipalities > face several significant hurdles in > getting programs up and running. Those > include the following: > > Gaining buy-in from government officials and the public > A Reluctance by marketers to use the RFP bidding process > The lack of dedicated staff to manage relationships [1]: http://www.sponsorship.com/iegsr/2014/02/03/Ins... San Diego side-stepped one of these problems, by not bothering to get any buy-in from the public prior to inking an agreement. The problem in Long Beach, NY, appears related to the son-in-law of Long Beach's Assistant Corporation Counsel Noreen Costello. He is Liam Murphy, founder and CEO of Real Change Productions, a marketing firm that has Deco Bike as a client. There was an investigation, but the City Manager said neither Murphy nor Costello would benefit (really?), so it was OK. Well, it didn't turn out OK, evidently. A Long Beach blog, http://www.seabythecity.com, has various stories about Deco Bike's failure, claiming that the company lost a lot of money there before the City terminated the deal. I'd love to know who in Deco Bike knew whom, in San Diego government. The founders of Deco Bike have a few instances of shaky financial histories in Miami.
— July 29, 2015 4:28 p.m.

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