Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Romney's neighbors go for broke

Ann Romney appearing before city council on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Ann Romney appearing before city council on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney have been lobbying hard to build a new dream manse by the sea in La Jolla’s tony Barber Tract, going so far as to dispatch Mrs. Romney to appear before the San Diego City Council to complain about sloppy permit-notice-giving that was gumming up the works. “Notice defects can be problematic for transparent government and public participation, two things that Mitt and I strongly support,” she told the council. “I urge you to make sure that stronger protections are put in place in the future so that permits are processed efficiently and correctly and the public is afforded the proper notice and opportunity to be heard.” Her plea parted downtown’s bureaucratic waters, and the teardown project now appears likely to proceed. However, the same may not be said for the Romneys’ beachside community group.

Known as the Barber Tract Neighborhood Association, the group’s solemn motto is “to band together to identify, discuss, and deal effectively with neighborhood concerns.” But all is not the drudgery of the day-to-day planning and zoning issues found in a typical oceanfront residential area. Every July 4th, the association puts together a well-appointed parade, featuring antique cars and nattily dressed, flag-waving vintage residents meandering through the streets of the exclusive residential district, as described by the group’s newsletter, the Barber Tract Times: “We will follow our usual parade route, with patriotic music, through the White Sands of La Jolla’s property, to bring holiday spirit to our lovely retired neighbors. Decorate yourself, your bikes, scooters, skateboards, golf carts and convertibles, we love it all! “

Besides the Romneys, other mega-millionaires ensconced in the tract include the couple’s close friend and fellow Mormon John Miller and his wife and family, owners of the former Cliff Robertson estate just next door to Ann and Mitt. Miller, a partner with Romney’s son Taggart Romney in the lucrative private-equity outfit Solamere Capital, has been busy on a lavish remodel of the historic 1.4-acre beachfront estate.

But even with all that cash floating around the neighborhood, the Barber Tract Association faces uncertain times, warns this month’s newsletter. “The year 2013 has brought some disappointing membership news. For over 15 years our neighborhood has maintained an average of 125 active families in our membership. This year our membership drive yielded 75 families. Unfortunately, the decrease of 50 members leaves us with a short fall in our budget of $1,750.00.

“We are not certain why our membership has fallen off so dramatically,” the newsletter goes on to say. “There have been no complaints forwarded to the President of the association. The dues we all pay annually provide us with the printing cost of the newsletter, the website, the insurance that covers our association, and the events we all enjoy such as: the July 4th Parade, the Annual Brunch, [and] the Holiday Party.”

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
1984 World Series
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Kills Coronavirus dead
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 23, 2020
Volunteer to read to kids
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
QSC model 1400 power amp
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Misc for sale
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 30, 2020
Ad
Previous article

No meat, no waste, no dining in: newly opened The Plot goes express

In the age of isolation, trying a buzzy new restaurant means ordering take out
Next Article

Padres bribe city councilwoman (Moores gets off), Padres and the mob

David Malcom's storied past, Ralph Inzunza's busy lunches, SDSU's football scandal
Comments
5

Such huge problems those people have to worry about. Just raise the price of dues, Barberians. It's called free market pricing. Ask Mitt.

July 3, 2013

Here's a bird's-eye view of the Romney shack. [t's next to the "A" in the pic.] It must be embarrassing for the Romneys to have to live in such a dump. And even worse when all the relatives arrive for a visit, and there's no parking.

None

July 3, 2013

I feel so bad for "those people". Or not.

July 3, 2013

"Vintage residents?" You talkin' about the "lovely retired neighbors" or somebody else?

July 3, 2013

Isn't there some sort of government grant they could apply for, to cover that $1,750 deficit? Multi-millionaires should not have to pay for that out of their own pockets.

July 9, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ann Romney appearing before city council on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Ann Romney appearing before city council on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney have been lobbying hard to build a new dream manse by the sea in La Jolla’s tony Barber Tract, going so far as to dispatch Mrs. Romney to appear before the San Diego City Council to complain about sloppy permit-notice-giving that was gumming up the works. “Notice defects can be problematic for transparent government and public participation, two things that Mitt and I strongly support,” she told the council. “I urge you to make sure that stronger protections are put in place in the future so that permits are processed efficiently and correctly and the public is afforded the proper notice and opportunity to be heard.” Her plea parted downtown’s bureaucratic waters, and the teardown project now appears likely to proceed. However, the same may not be said for the Romneys’ beachside community group.

Known as the Barber Tract Neighborhood Association, the group’s solemn motto is “to band together to identify, discuss, and deal effectively with neighborhood concerns.” But all is not the drudgery of the day-to-day planning and zoning issues found in a typical oceanfront residential area. Every July 4th, the association puts together a well-appointed parade, featuring antique cars and nattily dressed, flag-waving vintage residents meandering through the streets of the exclusive residential district, as described by the group’s newsletter, the Barber Tract Times: “We will follow our usual parade route, with patriotic music, through the White Sands of La Jolla’s property, to bring holiday spirit to our lovely retired neighbors. Decorate yourself, your bikes, scooters, skateboards, golf carts and convertibles, we love it all! “

Besides the Romneys, other mega-millionaires ensconced in the tract include the couple’s close friend and fellow Mormon John Miller and his wife and family, owners of the former Cliff Robertson estate just next door to Ann and Mitt. Miller, a partner with Romney’s son Taggart Romney in the lucrative private-equity outfit Solamere Capital, has been busy on a lavish remodel of the historic 1.4-acre beachfront estate.

But even with all that cash floating around the neighborhood, the Barber Tract Association faces uncertain times, warns this month’s newsletter. “The year 2013 has brought some disappointing membership news. For over 15 years our neighborhood has maintained an average of 125 active families in our membership. This year our membership drive yielded 75 families. Unfortunately, the decrease of 50 members leaves us with a short fall in our budget of $1,750.00.

“We are not certain why our membership has fallen off so dramatically,” the newsletter goes on to say. “There have been no complaints forwarded to the President of the association. The dues we all pay annually provide us with the printing cost of the newsletter, the website, the insurance that covers our association, and the events we all enjoy such as: the July 4th Parade, the Annual Brunch, [and] the Holiday Party.”

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Lexus
San Diego Reader Classified ads
April 6, 2020
Masonry work
San Diego Reader Classified ads
February 6, 2020
La Mesa house
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
2002 Honda vtx1800 - $2700
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 27, 2020
Tacotopia 2020: Tacos vs Burgers
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 30, 2020
Previous article

Health problems other than the virus

Police cadets not safe at Mission Bay
Next Article

Padres bribe city councilwoman (Moores gets off), Padres and the mob

David Malcom's storied past, Ralph Inzunza's busy lunches, SDSU's football scandal
Comments
5

Such huge problems those people have to worry about. Just raise the price of dues, Barberians. It's called free market pricing. Ask Mitt.

July 3, 2013

Here's a bird's-eye view of the Romney shack. [t's next to the "A" in the pic.] It must be embarrassing for the Romneys to have to live in such a dump. And even worse when all the relatives arrive for a visit, and there's no parking.

None

July 3, 2013

I feel so bad for "those people". Or not.

July 3, 2013

"Vintage residents?" You talkin' about the "lovely retired neighbors" or somebody else?

July 3, 2013

Isn't there some sort of government grant they could apply for, to cover that $1,750 deficit? Multi-millionaires should not have to pay for that out of their own pockets.

July 9, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close