Monday, May 20th, Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 pm, Steak Fry 6:00 pm San Diego Yacht Club
Tuesday, May 28th, Annual Youth Appreciation Breakfast, 7:00 am San Diego Yacht Club
Tuesday, June 4th, Breakfast Meeting, Speaker to be announced, 7:00 am San Diego Yacht Club
Run Silent. Run Deep. That 1958 movie classic about the submarine service in WW II brought to the attention of many people the trials, tribulations, and dangers of life on board a submerged boat. Today’s submarine force is the pride of the US Navy. 70 of these invisible defenders circle the globe to protect, defend and secure lives of American citizens and our allies. The Mission Areas of the submarine force include strategic deterrence, strike warfare, special operations, and intelligence gathering.
This morning, we had the honor to hear from Captain Chris Cavanaugh, the Commander of Submarine Squadron 11, based here in San Diego at Ballast Point. Captain Cavanaugh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has received masters degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Catholic University of America. During his 26 year year career, he has served on four submarines, including command of the USS Albuquerque (SSN 706). He has also spent time serving under the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Naval Personnel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Captain Cavanaugh recently deployed to Argentina as Commander, Task Group 46 to lead the search and rescue efforts for a missing Argentinian submarine, ARA San Juan. On November 15, 2017, the ARA San Juan went missing somewhere off the eastern coast of Argentina. The Argentine Navy began to search on the 16th, and the Argentine government request assistance from the US on November 17th. A multi-national group from Argentina, UK, US, Chile and Russia provided assistance in the search efforts. Captain Cavanaugh led the group (except Russia) to coordinate the search efforts. By early January 2018, the search was called off. “While the effort failed to find the lost submarine, there were many valuable lessons learned through the mission,” he told us. Eventually, the submarine was found, providing additional evidence the boat was likely lost to a battery fire and explosion on November 15, 2017.
Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, the submarine service has approximately 10% of the US Navy manpower (21,000 people). Their home ports include six US cities, one US territory and three foreign countries. In San Diego, currently five Los Angeles Class fast attack submarines are assigned. Over the next several years, that number is scheduled to increase to eight or nine boats. Historically, San Diego has been home port for as many as 22 submarines, but with the physical growth of the size of submarines, and the specially required servicing of the boats, that number is no longer practical.
Submarine Squadron 11 includes the unique floating dry-dock ARCO Floating Dry-Dock and the Undersea Rescue Command (see the discussion above about the ARA San Juan). Submarine Squadron 11 Command is also a key component of the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative. This is a cooperative effort between the US Navy and the navies of Peru and Chile. Each year, Squadron 11 interfaces with a diesel submarine and crew from Peru or Chili, to improve the overall operations of both services. This year, Chile will be sending a diesel submarine to San Diego to partake in this Initiative.
Captain Cavanaugh was asked about quality of submarine services of other nations. He believes the Unites States Navy still has the best overall submarine service. He also believes that the Russian navy is close in quality, but lacking in capacity. While the Chinese navy is building capacity quickly, they fall behind in quality. “No matter how you look at it, we need to be vigilant in our pursuit of quality in the submarine service and continue to maintain our overall capacity,” he told us. From what we see today, we should all be proud of Captain Cavanaugh, the US Navy’s submarine fleet and the 21,000 other people serving on board and onshore in the submarine force!
May 14th – Speaker – Commodore Chris Cavanaugh, USN, commander of Submarine Squadron 11 at Ballast Point
May 20th – Board Meeting at 5:00 pm, Steak Fry at 6:00 pm
May 28th – Youth Appreciation Day, 7:00 am, SDYC
From his early days at Pasadena City College, to his Bachelor’s degree from CSU Long Beach, to his radio gigs and first job in television news, Bob Lawrence credits his passion for journalism, good timing and good luck for his professional career. “I was a news writer, news producer, news anchor and news reporter,” he shared with us. “And then, because of my time in the Air Force Reserves, I got the chance to be the military reporter for Channel 10, here in San Diego.” Bob created a 41 year career in the news business. He has reported on some of the biggest and most dangerous news events of those times. Whether he was following our military in the First Gulf War in Kuwait. Or, tracking the Marines from Camp Pendleton as they prepared for duty in Afganistan. And, again, when those Marines returned home with combat wounds and faced the Veterans’ Affairs Hospitals for treatment. Bob was out front, involved and reporting back for San Diego Channel 10 News.
When Bob wasn’t wearing a helmet, or desert cammo, he was reporting on wildfires, national political conventions and the Northridge earthquake. “One of my most vivid memories was January 17th, 1994. I was the morning anchor for Channel 10 News. I was listening to KNX News Radio on my way to work, when the station suddenly went off the air. That was unheard of! About 10 minutes later, they came back on the report a massive earthquake had struck the San Fernando Valley.” As Bob told the story we were enthralled by his passion for the news and reporting it. “I arrived at the station and took control of the production from my anchor’s chair. We set aside all other news items that morning and on live television, I directed the reports from our sister station in LA and brought the news directly to San Diego citizens while it was happening. This was not something we practiced. But, it was something that needed to be done that morning.”
This past weekend, Bob took part in the Honor Flight that took 83 veterans from WWII and the Korean War back to Washington DC to visit the monuments that were constructed in their honor. “It was an amazing trip. 83 strangers got on the plane Friday morning. 83 best friends got off it Sunday afternoon. The stories, the memories, the tears and the laughs were non-stop. As a guardian, my job was to make sure my veteran was cared for throughout the trip. When we returned on Sunday afternoon, the reception at Lindbergh Field was just over the top. I will never forget it.” Bob told us.
Bob was an early supporter of the effort to bring the USS Midway from mothball in Bremerton to San Diego tourist attraction. He shared, “The USS Midway is the fifth most visited museum in the United States. It is a living, breathing piece of history. I am so proud to be part of the Board of Directors (Bob is Secretary of the Board).” Even though Bob retired from the news business, he remains active with the military community of San Diego. From his Channel 10 Bio during his working days, Bob said…”My greatest accomplishment was that I might make a difference in someone’s life. It was something I strived to achieve each and every day…” I think it is clear, Bob made a difference in the lives of many people and we are all better for his work. Thanks for visiting with us this morning, Bob Lawrence!
May 7th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, speaker will be Bob Lawrence the former tv journalist and community activist
May 28th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Youth Appreciation Day!
Bruce and Gail Denham started San Diego Bay Adventures eight years ago. Located at 1880 Harbor Island Drive, near the Marina Cortez Dock, SD Bay Adventures offers jet ski, paddle board, kayak and other marine equipment for rent. They also offer an amazing 2 hour tour of historic and military sites located along the bay. Their tour became so popular with the young sailors assigned to the carrier fleet that a formal relationship with the Navy developed. Bob offered these words about his first adventure on a carrier, “In 2015, the USS Ronald Reagan was in port. They were offering a ship tour and cruise to a large number of local VIP’s. I was approached by the Navy and asked if I would like to partake in the cruise and offer my tour observations during the trip. We were invited up to the flight operations center and I was given the microphone. I was able to tell the 4,000 guests and the 5,000 crew members all I had learned about the historic and military sites in San Diego Bay. It was a real thrill for me.”
Bruce has also arranged for a fleet of special designed jet skis (red, white and blue coloring and flag carrying) to act as escorts for the carriers as they return from deployment. “It is just another way we can salute our servicemen and women. We even got a chance to be on the evening news with our adventures!” SD Bay Adventures also offers special bay rides/parade on Memorial Day and the 4th of July to celebrate our service people and to recognize our fallen heroes. Bruce and Gail are proud to support the active service and veteran military service people in San Diego.
Their newest venture is the Patriots Half-Marathon. Bruce is seeking City approval of a route to hold the first annual Patriots Half-Marathon. He is working with the City planners to create a route that would start at the Cabrillo Monument and work its way through Point Loma to Harbor Island and then finish in Liberty Station. “There are lots of hoops and hurdles to work through, but I am pushing hard to get this done,” he told us. “I want to support the Warrior Foundation, Freedom Station project. The first project, a series of apartments for wounded warriors transitioning into civilian lives, has been a great success. Now it is time for a second facility!” Bruce has received support from the Boy Scouts to assist with volunteers. He has a number of local supporters, from the Peninsula Community Planning Board to radio station AM 760. “I just need to find the right date and the right route to get everyone on board!” If you are interested in volunteering, supporting or sponsoring part of this venture with Bruce, please contact him at bruce@PatriotsHalf.com.
The Point Loma Optimist Club salutes Bruce and Gail for all their efforts and thanks them for stopping by this morning to share their story!
April 26th, Friday, the 2nd Annual Golden OptimisTiki Luau will begin at 5:00pm at the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island. Last chance for tickets and raffle tickets. Visit: https://pointlomaoptimist.ejoinme.org/GoldenOptimisTiki2019
April 30th, Tuesday, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am, SDYC. Speaker will be Bruce Denham from San Diego Bay Adventures and the Patriot Half Marathon.
May 28th, Tuesday, Youth Appreciation Day Breakfast, 7:00 am SDYC. Be there to support and acknowledge the great youth of the Point.
Brandi Cropper is the T-AO Program Manager at General Dynamics NASSCO. She is responsible for program performance, identifying and managing risks, guiding technical, schedule and cost decisions to resolution and the primary interface with the T-AO Navy Customer at GD NASSCO.
Brandi received a BA in Business Management from USD, where she also participated in the NROTC program. Upon graduating, she enlisted in the US Navy for 2 years, then went to work for Northrup Grumman. In 2015, she moved to NASSCO and got involved with the T-AO Program. The T-AO is a Fleet Replenishment Oiler. It is over 700 feet long and 32 feet wide. The primary mission of the T-AO is to deliver liquid cargo to ships at sea. It’s secondary mission is to deliver solid goods. The service life of the T-AO is 40 years and they are being scheduled to take the place of the Navy’s current Fleet Replenishment Oilers, which have now over 30 years of service.
General Dynamics NASSCO is a San Diego headquartered company, employing over 4,000 people here in town. Their ship building and ship maintenance facilities service both the US Military and commercial ship owners. NASSCO has ship building in San Diego, Bath Iron Works (MA) and Electric Boat (CN) and repair facilities in San Diego, Norfolk (VA), Mayport (FA), and Bremerton (WA).
The T-AO project started with a two year design process. NASSCO has over 300 ship designers and architects here in San Diego. The NASSCO program completes the ship design, before construction starts. The construction schedule for the T-AO calls for 18 months in the ship yard, followed by 6 months of sea trials before delivery to the Navy. There are six T-AO’s contracted for with NASSCO. Two more are scheduled to be contracted by FY2020. In total, the Navy has plans for 20 of these ships to be built.
The Point Loma Optimists want to thank Brandi Cropper for visiting with us this morning. Based on the number of question she answered, our members thoroughly enjoyed her presentation.
April 15th, Board Meeting at 5:00 pm at the SDYC, Steak Fry at 6:00 pm, also at SDYC
April 26th, 5:00 pm at the Bali Hai, 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau! Fun, food and tropical drinks. Silent Auction, Polynesian Entertainment, Market and good times for all. Get you tickets NOW! Simply go to: OptimisTiki Luau and order your tickets.
May 28th, Youth Appreciation Breakfast at 7:00 am, at the SDYC. Get this on your calendar now!
Gary Nelson Correia is the CEO and CCO (Chief Creative Officer) for GNC Woodworks. Gary is a Point Loma native, a graduate of Point Loma High School and SDSU. While more publicly known for his CPA Tax Planning business, Gary is really a closet tree hugger. He has been found hoarding exotic wood species in his yard and work shop. Gary is also a Tree Whisperer. He discovers the inner beauty and strength of his wood selections and brings out their amazing character in his creations. Gary is a member of the Point Loma Optimist Club. He gave us some insights into his secret passion of woodworking this morning and shared with us his latest creation, an original Correia Ukulele.
Gary spent 12 years with Taylor Guitars as their finance officer. During this time, he discovered his interest in woodworking and musical instruments. He would spend all his extra time walking the different departments of Taylor Guitar’s manufacturing facility in El Cajon. He would talk with the craftsmen about their specific jobs and how, when they all worked together, they created some of the best guitars made in the world. Gary started collecting Taylor Guitars and after retiring from the daily grind, decided he wanted to do more … he wanted to build an instrument.
“I started taking woodworking classes at Palomar College. They actually have one of the best woodworking programs in all of Southern California,” he told us. “The more classes I took, the more interested I got!” He caught the bug! He was hooked. He decided to take the next step and build his own Ukulele. “It is truly a labor of love. The work is very time consuming, detailed, and intricate. It requires a lot of patience and practice, practice, practice.” When all the jigs were used, and all the sand was worn off the sandpaper, the end result was this beautiful piece of art.
I’m not sure too many others have the time, patience or talent that Gary has exhibited. But, I can say, we all marveled at his final product and greatly appreciated the time he shared with us this morning to explain the process of building an instrument. Thanks Gary!
April 9th – 7:00 am Breakfast Meeting at SDYC, speaker to be announced
April 15th – 5:00 pm Board Meeting at SDYC; 6:00 pm Steak Fry at SDYC
April 26th – 2nd Annual Golden OptimisTiki, 5:00 pm at the Bali Hai, Shelter Island, Event includes Polynesian Luau, entertainment, silent auction, market place and a paddle raise to support Point Loma Schools Get Your Tickets HERE !
Jesse Sikorski has been a member of the Point Loma Optimist Club since 2017. He is a financial advisor with the investment firm, Edward Jones. Jesse graduated from John Hopkins University and enjoys traveling, sports and family time. As a side bar, and for a bit of entertainment, ask Jesse his opinions on the medical system in third world countries!
As an intro to his discussion on the economy in general, Jesse told us, “I see my job as helping investors filter through all the noise.” In today’s world of instant information, we are constantly bombarded with new information, new numbers and new “trends”. Jesse sees emotion as one of the biggest reasons investors make mistakes. “When the talking heads claim the sky is falling, some people will rush into decisions that ultimately cost them more than if they had waited for more information,” he said. He gave the following example, if you invested in the S&P 20 years ago, left your dividends and profits in the account, you would have received an average annual return of 7.4%. The average investor got a return of 2.6% over the last 20 years. Why? Because their decisions were guided by emotions and they sold when they should have bought or bought when they should have sold. If you include inflation factors into these numbers, the average investor made less than 1% annual return, while the S&P investor made almost 5%.
Jesse reviewed the strength and length of the current economic expansion. He discussed unemployment and wage numbers. He reviewed the history and current state of the P/E ratios. We looked at charts gauging manufacturing momentum, commodities and inflation. He spent time discussing the Fed and interest rates, with a focus on yield curves and inverted yield curves. All of this information was used to come back to investment strategies about diversification and lifestyle planning. The end result and conclusion by Jesse is “yes, there will be another recession. The big question is when and what will be the tipping factor that starts it?”
Having a good investment advisor is a smart way to help guide you through the noise. An investment advisor can help you with your short term and long term investment goals. They can work with you to keep your portfolio diversified and risk appropriate. We appreciate the time, information and insights Jesse offered to our club members. Including, his advice on medical systems in third world countries!
April 15th – Board Meeting at 5:00 pm SDYC, Steak Fry at 6:00 pm SDYC
April 26th – 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau, 5:00 pm at the Bali Hai restaurant, Shelter Island GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! JUST CLICK HERE
May 28th – Youth Appreciation Day Breakfast, 7:00 am, SDYC
His name was Albert Goodwill Spalding. He was a Hall of Fame baseball player, club manager and executive in the early years of professional baseball. He holds the
all time career winning percentage for pitchers at 79.5%. He had a career 2.14 ERA and led the league in wins 6 times in 8 years. He is also credited with starting the trend of wearing a baseball glove in the field.
Mr. Spalding then moved into business world and started a sporting goods store, which led to manufacturing and distributing sporting goods. He became a publisher and founded the “Baseball Guide”, the most widely read baseball publication of the time.
Eric DuVall, president of the Ocean Beach Historical Society shared this information with us on Tuesday morning. While much of this part of Albert Spalding’s life is known to baseball fans throughout the world, what Eric shared with us was about the life of Albert Spalding after the baseball … in Point Loma!
In 1900, Albert Spalding moved to Point Loma to continue his membership and support of the Theosophical Society. Albert’s wife, Elizabeth was good friends with the Theosophical Society president Katherine Tingley. Albert built a grand home, in the Lomaland area of Point Loma. He mirrored the architecture of the Theosophical Society campus and became an active supporter and sponsor of the group.
Mr. Spalding also continued his business interests and philanthropical interests in San Diego. He joined with George Marston to purchase the Presidio of San Diego and developed an historic park around the property, eventually donating it to the City of San Diego. Mr. Spalding was the driving force behind the development of a paved road, known as Point Loma Boulevard, from downtown San Diego to Point Loma and Ocean Beach. He also helped organize the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which brought much attention to San Diego and helped with the creation of Balboa Park.
Albert Goodwill Spalding died in San Diego at the age of 65 years and 51 weeks, after residing here but for 15 years. His baseball legacy will be known far and wide, but his place in Point Loma and San Diego history are just as important. Maybe more so for those of us who have the pleasure of living in Point Loma.
Monday, March 18th: 5:00 pm Board Meeting; 6:00 pm Evening Event (both at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern on Harbor Drive)
Tuesday March 26th: 7:00 am Breakfast Meeting at the San Diego Yacht Club
Friday, April 26th: 5:00 – 11:00 pm, 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau, Bali Hai restaurant, tickets available HERE
This morning, fellow Optimist Dan Williams and members of his committee treated us to the annual Optimist Oratorical Contest at our breakfast meeting. Wow! We saw a ton of talent in the 5 contestants who each spoke for 5 to 6 minutes on this year’s challenging nation-wide theme, “Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?” The students were extremely poised and well prepared … bringing school, religion, sports, friendships, quotes and a myriad of life experiences into their presentations. “Well done” to these winners, their families and teachers for such a terrific job this year.
March 12th, Oratorical Contest, 7:00 am, San Diego Yacht Club
March 18th. 5:00 pm Board Meeting; 6:00 pm Evening Event
April 26th, 5:00 – 11:00 pm, 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau, Bali Hai restaurant, tickets available HERE
Today: Barry Scott was inducted into the Point Loma Optimist Club this morning. Barry is a semi-retired musician and Point Loma resident. He was sponsored by Bill Fiedler. Welcome Barry!
The La Playa Trail is the oldest recognized trading trail in the western United States! From Ballast Point to Mission Bay, the trail’s history goes back thousands of years and was started by our own native American Kumeyaay Tribe. Today, the La Playa Trail Association is charged with maintenance and education of the trail’s history. This morning, Kitty McDaniel and Eric DuVall, visited with the PL Optimist Club to educate our members on the history of the trail and its significance in the “recent” development of San Diego.
Eric is a local kid who grew up in Ocean Beach and Point Loma. He is the current president of the Ocean Beach Historical Society and a member of the La Playa Trails Association. Eric is also the co-author of the “Images of America, Point Loma” book, a fascinating look at the history and growth of the Point Loma community. Kitty McDaniel grew up in Pacific Beach taught school for the SD Unified School District for 30 years. She has 30 years of experience with the Pacific Beach and La Jolla Historical Societies and is currently on the boards for the Ocean Beach Historical Society and the La Playa Trail Association. Kitty also contributed to the “Images of America, Point Loma” book. Together, they presented a brief history of the La Playa Trail and the growth of the Point Loma community.
The recent history of the La Playa Trail begins with Richard Henry Dana, who first set foot in Point Loma in 1834. Dana spent much of his early days in Point Loma curing and trading in animal hides. His 1840 book, “Two Years Before the Mast”, became a major source of information about California and the first recorded information about the La Playa Trading Trail. During the mid to late 1800’s, the La Playa Trail was often used to allow Point Loma residents and visitors to gain access to the many beaches on the eastern side of the peninsula.
In 1866, Louis Rose, a local business man in San Diego’s Old Town, purchased a considerable amount of land in Point Loma and laid out a town he called Roseville. It was Louis’ goal, that the growth of San Diego would take place in and around Roseville. However, Alonso Horton was busy laying out a New Town San Diego across the bay. And, it was this New Town of Horton’s that eventually grew and prospered as the new San Diego downtown.
Other note-able families from the early days of Point Loma include Fran Jennings, a lawyer, businessman and the Sheriff of San Diego in the late 1800’s. Katherine Tingley, who in 1900 brought the Theosophical Society headquarters from New York to Point Loma. A widely published author and peace activist, her headquarters facilities are today n the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. The Kettenburg family came to Point Loma in 1912 and established a world class boat building business. In 1915, a 305 mile road race gathered over 50,000 spectators as world class automobile racers took over Point Loma. In 1923, the Naval Training Center opened in Point Loma. And, in 1934, the first trail markers for the La Playa trail were erected. These tidbits about the history of Point Loma and the La Playa Trail and many more, are presented in the “Images of America, Point Loma” book. Available at fine book stores and the Morena Blvd Costco!
March 5th, next breakfast meeting, SDYC, 7:00 am, speaker to be announced
March 12th, Annual Oratorical Contest, SDYC, 7:00 am, Don’t miss this great event!
March 18th, Board Meeting, 5:00 pm and Evening Event, 6:00 pm, location to be announced
April 26th, 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau, Bali Hai restaurant, 5:00 – 11:00pm, Tickets available HERE
Elyse Lowe is a native San Diegan and a Point Loma High Pointer! She is a 15 year employee of the City of San Diego and currently serves as the Director of Development Services. She oversees a staff of 500 and a $75 million annual budget. She told us, “I am an advocate for transit focused development. I want to see San Diego grow its housing stock. Yes, I am a pro-growth democrat!”
The State of California Department of Finance has projected a housing deficit in the San Diego Region of 200,000 units by 2035. According to Elyse, the City needs to find ways to make housing production more cost efficient and easier to process for approval of permits. “Did you know that the City of San Diego issues almost 55,000 building permits each year. Granted, a majority of them are for simple things like replacing water heaters or windows. We also provide over 160,000 inspection visits each year for these permits. Our goal is to simplify this process!” The City has embarked upon an aggressive, online permit processing program. By the end of February 2020, the City hope to move the vast majority of these administerial permits to the online process. “You will be able to get your permits online, from your home or office and schedule your inspections as well. This will move things along much faster.”
The other focus is to streamline the “Granny Flats” approval process. The cost of getting a granny flat permit used to be almost $100,000! The City has reduced that cost down to about $25,000 and that may go even lower when the City of Encinitas uploads their three, free, granny flat architectural plans! Granny flats, or accessory units are available in most single family residential neighborhoods. But, they can not be used for short term rental units. By law, a granny flat, if rented, must be rented for a minimum of 30 days.
“Parking is one of the most misunderstood issues in development today,” Elyse told us. In high-rise buildings a parking space can come with a 30 year capitalized cost in excess of $100,000! When you consider a car may be used to park at home, park at work, park at play and park on the street, the City is over-parked. So for new development, Elyse said, “We are going to get creative about using the existing parking in this City.” She believes if we can reduce new parking requirements we can ease the cost of development and provide incentives for more housing production.
Thank you, Elyse, for visiting with us this morning. We are all looking forward to your positive changes for housing!