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Point Loma: from Madame Tingley to modern-day cavemen

Occupied caves, Sunset Cliffs trash, Liberty Public Market, Maureen O'Connor mansion, The Rock, S.D. Yacht Club, Richard Henry Dana, Portuguese fishermen, Lomaland, gun batteries, lighthouse

Fort Rosecrans, 1910. The peninsula is open to attack from the harbor and ocean side.
Fort Rosecrans, 1910. The peninsula is open to attack from the harbor and ocean side.
  • “Man, please don’t call the news”

  • Three young men were rousted from a den along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard Tuesday morning after pictures of the elaborate cave surfaced on social media earlier in the week. Multiple reports have been made to the city throughout the year regarding the safety and legality of the cave at Sunset Cliffs and Osprey Street. Yet it wasn’t until after it was shared on social media, that most the community became aware.
  • By Delinda Lombardo, May 20, 2019
"The guy I was renting from had to move his mother-in-law in."
  • Sunset Cliffs Not So Natural Park

  • “I walk the park at least 4 times a week and during a recent walk I was very upset to see three men with backpack sprayers walking in a line spraying the hillside,”
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Jan. 15, 2019
Sunset Cliffs hillside. "The herbicide, Ranger Pro, is a post emergence, systemic herbicide with no residual soil activity."
  • Sunset Cliffs passes Fiesta Island as dirtiest beach

  • Analyzing nearly 188,000 pieces of trash picked up by volunteers at beach cleanups over the past year, the groups found that volunteers at the cliffs recovered an average of 5.67 pounds of trash, compared to 0.42 pounds at La Jolla Shores, the region's cleanest beach.
  • By Dave Rice, May 18, 2017
The groups have found a steadily decreasing amount of plastic bags.
  • Small businesses lead roster at Liberty Public Market

  • The under-construction Liberty Public Market announced its vendors on July 23rd, with an event showcasing an assortment of food purveyors specializing in foods ranging from lobster rolls to a natural meats butcher shop.
  • By Ian Anderson, July 25, 2015
  • Political mansion’s historic tale of woe

  • The prominent house on Point Loma’s San Elijo Street — just up the hill from the former twin mansions of ex-mayor Maureen O'Connor and her sibling Mauvorneen — was once owned by Kim Fletcher, the financial mogul who oversaw the ruin of HomeFed Bank during the great financial blowout of the 1980s.
  • By Matt Potter, July 7, 2014
  • The Rock Church clogs up Loma Portal

  • "In July 2007, everything changed," said the narrator on the video. "The Rock Church came to our community, not as a friendly neighborhood church but a mega-church of over 15,000 people. Cars and people everywhere."
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Sept. 7, 2010
  • The Mudhens Move to Talbot Street

  • For the San Diego Yacht Club, there’s been no year like 1934. Founded in 1886, the club expanded its racing schedule in ’34, admitted its first woman “flag” member, Viola Sommermeyer, and watched the dredging of a 200-foot, 20-foot deep channel off La Playa.
  • By Jeff Smith, Oct. 4, 2001
San Diego Yacht Club, 1935. At first, the clubhouse was “situated over water and required trekking over mud for access.”
  • When Richard Henry Dana returned

  • On the 22nd of August, 1859, the little steamer Senator called at San Diego with passengers from Los Angeles. It rounded the point under the lighthouse and entered the harbor’s narrow channel at about 8:00 on a hot blue morning. Its destination was the new wharf, on the site of the present-day sportfishing piers, near Shelter Island, but it stopped in the stream to accommodate one important passenger who wished to be rowed ashore on Point Loma to revisit an old haunt.
  • By Joe Applegate, Nov. 21, 1990
  • Tunaville times

  • Thousands of dollars’ worth of floral arrangements filled the sanctuary of St. Agnes Church in Point Loma. Below the statue of Our Lady of Fatima were anchors and nautical wheels made of blue and white carnations. Floral replicas of tuna vessels were laid beneath Our Lady of Good Voyages, whose plaster arms held the infant Jesus and a tuna clipper.
  • By Sue Garson, March 31, 1988
Normandy Seafood Co. "No trip begins on a Friday, because it’s bad luck. When we weren’t catching enough fish, the men concocted a brew of burning herbs and weeds and carried it around the boat to get rid of the evil spirits."
  • The little world that almost was

  • The cypress trees remain. So do the eucalyptus, pine, and the groves of pepper trees. They are living memorials to the vision and industry of a group of people who turned a dusty, chaparral-covered section of Point Loma into a utopian wonderland. Of the fantastic architecture, the eccentric, ornate residences and glass-domed structures which crowned the ridge of the peninsula, only a spare few examples can be seen today.
  • By Merton Gaudette, April 20, 1978
Lomaland, c. 1905
  • The gun emplacements of Point Loma

  • The need for harbor defense on Pt. Loma is obvious in light of its strategic situation. The peninsula is open to attack from both the harbor and ocean side; the crucial defense position of North Island could be quickly easily crippled. The harbor area fortifications were erected as a matter of national defense policy; the fact that San Diego was never attacked was merely historical good fortune.
  • By Michelle Lequin, April 28, 1977
  • The 1891 lighthouse and the 1912 one

  • Our man Downen evidently has been slowly phased out of his lighthouse-keeping duties by automation. A fog sensor device is now used to trigger the fog horns automatically when visibility is less than 3/4 nautical miles (a nautical mile is 1/8 more than a land mile). Two go horns powered with 120 volts, sound in unison at 30-second intervals for three seconds.
  • By Charlene Zilius, Dec. 13, 1973
Such a life, I sighed, thinking of spending the day with my easel poised near the cliffs, or walking endlessly along the tidepools.
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Fort Rosecrans, 1910. The peninsula is open to attack from the harbor and ocean side.
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  • “Man, please don’t call the news”

  • Three young men were rousted from a den along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard Tuesday morning after pictures of the elaborate cave surfaced on social media earlier in the week. Multiple reports have been made to the city throughout the year regarding the safety and legality of the cave at Sunset Cliffs and Osprey Street. Yet it wasn’t until after it was shared on social media, that most the community became aware.
  • By Delinda Lombardo, May 20, 2019
"The guy I was renting from had to move his mother-in-law in."
  • Sunset Cliffs Not So Natural Park

  • “I walk the park at least 4 times a week and during a recent walk I was very upset to see three men with backpack sprayers walking in a line spraying the hillside,”
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Jan. 15, 2019
Sunset Cliffs hillside. "The herbicide, Ranger Pro, is a post emergence, systemic herbicide with no residual soil activity."
  • Sunset Cliffs passes Fiesta Island as dirtiest beach

  • Analyzing nearly 188,000 pieces of trash picked up by volunteers at beach cleanups over the past year, the groups found that volunteers at the cliffs recovered an average of 5.67 pounds of trash, compared to 0.42 pounds at La Jolla Shores, the region's cleanest beach.
  • By Dave Rice, May 18, 2017
The groups have found a steadily decreasing amount of plastic bags.
  • Small businesses lead roster at Liberty Public Market

  • The under-construction Liberty Public Market announced its vendors on July 23rd, with an event showcasing an assortment of food purveyors specializing in foods ranging from lobster rolls to a natural meats butcher shop.
  • By Ian Anderson, July 25, 2015
  • Political mansion’s historic tale of woe

  • The prominent house on Point Loma’s San Elijo Street — just up the hill from the former twin mansions of ex-mayor Maureen O'Connor and her sibling Mauvorneen — was once owned by Kim Fletcher, the financial mogul who oversaw the ruin of HomeFed Bank during the great financial blowout of the 1980s.
  • By Matt Potter, July 7, 2014
  • The Rock Church clogs up Loma Portal

  • "In July 2007, everything changed," said the narrator on the video. "The Rock Church came to our community, not as a friendly neighborhood church but a mega-church of over 15,000 people. Cars and people everywhere."
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Sept. 7, 2010
  • The Mudhens Move to Talbot Street

  • For the San Diego Yacht Club, there’s been no year like 1934. Founded in 1886, the club expanded its racing schedule in ’34, admitted its first woman “flag” member, Viola Sommermeyer, and watched the dredging of a 200-foot, 20-foot deep channel off La Playa.
  • By Jeff Smith, Oct. 4, 2001
San Diego Yacht Club, 1935. At first, the clubhouse was “situated over water and required trekking over mud for access.”
  • When Richard Henry Dana returned

  • On the 22nd of August, 1859, the little steamer Senator called at San Diego with passengers from Los Angeles. It rounded the point under the lighthouse and entered the harbor’s narrow channel at about 8:00 on a hot blue morning. Its destination was the new wharf, on the site of the present-day sportfishing piers, near Shelter Island, but it stopped in the stream to accommodate one important passenger who wished to be rowed ashore on Point Loma to revisit an old haunt.
  • By Joe Applegate, Nov. 21, 1990
  • Tunaville times

  • Thousands of dollars’ worth of floral arrangements filled the sanctuary of St. Agnes Church in Point Loma. Below the statue of Our Lady of Fatima were anchors and nautical wheels made of blue and white carnations. Floral replicas of tuna vessels were laid beneath Our Lady of Good Voyages, whose plaster arms held the infant Jesus and a tuna clipper.
  • By Sue Garson, March 31, 1988
Normandy Seafood Co. "No trip begins on a Friday, because it’s bad luck. When we weren’t catching enough fish, the men concocted a brew of burning herbs and weeds and carried it around the boat to get rid of the evil spirits."
  • The little world that almost was

  • The cypress trees remain. So do the eucalyptus, pine, and the groves of pepper trees. They are living memorials to the vision and industry of a group of people who turned a dusty, chaparral-covered section of Point Loma into a utopian wonderland. Of the fantastic architecture, the eccentric, ornate residences and glass-domed structures which crowned the ridge of the peninsula, only a spare few examples can be seen today.
  • By Merton Gaudette, April 20, 1978
Lomaland, c. 1905
  • The gun emplacements of Point Loma

  • The need for harbor defense on Pt. Loma is obvious in light of its strategic situation. The peninsula is open to attack from both the harbor and ocean side; the crucial defense position of North Island could be quickly easily crippled. The harbor area fortifications were erected as a matter of national defense policy; the fact that San Diego was never attacked was merely historical good fortune.
  • By Michelle Lequin, April 28, 1977
  • The 1891 lighthouse and the 1912 one

  • Our man Downen evidently has been slowly phased out of his lighthouse-keeping duties by automation. A fog sensor device is now used to trigger the fog horns automatically when visibility is less than 3/4 nautical miles (a nautical mile is 1/8 more than a land mile). Two go horns powered with 120 volts, sound in unison at 30-second intervals for three seconds.
  • By Charlene Zilius, Dec. 13, 1973
Such a life, I sighed, thinking of spending the day with my easel poised near the cliffs, or walking endlessly along the tidepools.
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