6 San Diego Uptown News | Feb. 18-Mar. 3, 2011
OPINION Letters to the Editor
A big kudos to 'House Calls'
columnist Community Voices
Balboa Park Plaza de Panama, Circulation and Parking Structure Project
Michael Kelly, President of the Committee of One Hundred The Committee of One Hundred
supports the goal of reclaiming the public spaces of Balboa Park’s Pla- za de Panama, west El Prado, Plaza de California, and Esplanade from the automobile. Dr. Irwin Jacobs’ vision for restoring the heart of Bal- boa Park will be a wonderful gift to the people for the 2015 Centennial. Construction of the proposed
bypass bridge, however, is not in keeping with the historic designa- tion of Balboa Park as a National Register Historic District. Pursuit of this bypass plan will result in pro- tracted delays, excessive costs, and the likelihood the proposal will be
Dearest Beloved Family, Friends and Community,
On Jan. 26, my beautiful precious daughter, Fawn Breeze Lofton, a contributing writer of Gay San Diego, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her colon. This news created shock and trauma for all of us and has trickled down and been felt by many who love Fawn. Fawn is a being of light and all those who have felt
the purity of her heart and the joy and the grace of who she is, know she truly is a gift to the world. I know Fawn will get through this challenge and receive answers and life–changing gifts on every level: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. As to why this incident came into her life. With all of your positive thoughts, seeing Fawn as her vibrant, healthy, joyous and victorious self, we will get through this with more strength, belief and power.
Her surgery to have the tumor removed is scheduled on Wednesday Feb. 9 3:00 pm at Sharp Memorial Hospital. We ask that she be held in your deepest prayers for a most complete healthy positive recovery.
Fawn will not be able to cover her living expenses for some time, rent, utilities, bills, herbs and supplements. There is strength and power in numbers and when many come together the burden on one is not so overwhelming and big changes can take place.
I am putting together a “Fantastic Fawn Fund” for donations and contributions, if you feel in your heart that this is appropriate for you. This is a difficult request to ask, but I feel called to reach out.
If you are so called to contribute, please make checks payable to Fawn Lofton, mail to:
5142 Cape May Ave. San Diego, Ca 92107
Please include your e-mail address, so she may respond to you. We thank you for every level of support!
In gratitude and appreciation, Sunshine Lofton
Business Improvement Association
rejected by the City’s Historical Re- sources Board, the State Office of Historic Preservation, and the Na- tional Park Service. The Commit- tee of One Hundred believes there is a better way to achieve these same goals without changes to the Cabrillo Bridge, the canyons, or the historic views of our dream city. The City of San Diego should
close the Cabrillo Bridge to traf- fic, adding it to the reclaimed pub- lic space. Returning the Cabrillo Bridge to pedestrians will remove any need for a bypass bridge; ve- hicular traffic will enter and leave the Central Mesa from the east
side. Traffic turnarounds for pas- senger drop-off and frequent tram service across the bridge will make it easier than it is now to get to the theatre, museums, and events from the west. We support the proposed three-
level parking structure, topped with green space at ground level, as a satisfactory solution for close- in parking. It can also address concerns for handicapped and valet parking. Innovative public transportation choices for getting people to and from Balboa Park will reduce the need for parking spaces. A well-designed, well-managed
tram system is critical to the suc- cess of any plan to remove traffic and parking lots from the public spaces that we hope to reclaim. Re- liable and convenient trams to and from their destinations will make peripheral parking practical for employees, volunteers, and Park visitors. Funds not used for a by- pass bridge could be redirected to extend the new tram system to bus stops and parking lots. All this can be completed for the 2015 Centennial celebration.
Thank you, Uptown News and Michael Good for the story about the book “Burlingame: the Tract of Character, 1912-1929” by Donald Covington (“House Calls: A brief history of the Burlingame neighbor- hood,” Jan. 9 edition of Uptown). The North Park Historical Society, a local all-volunteer nonprofit, is proud to have reprinted this charming book with the permission of the Covington family. In addition to details about the architecture and early history of 30 homes in this designated histori- cal district, the book has 22 sketches by the author, who was a Professor of Design in the Art Department of San Diego State University for many years. On March 12, start- ing at 9:30 a.m., the North Park Historical Society will conduct a guided walking tour using the Covington book, which is available at The Grove (3010 Juniper St.) and Vintage Religion (3821 32nd St.) as well as Amazon. com. The tour will cost $5.00 per person and books will be available for $15.00 each or can be purchased in advance at the locations mentioned. Visit our website at north- parkhistory.org
for a sign-up sheet and details on the upcoming tour and our other events and projects.
Katherine Hon Secretary, North Park His- torical Society
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