Sept 16th, 5:00 pm Board Meeting, SDYC; 6:00 pm Steak Fry, SDYC
Sept 24th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting, SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Sept 30th, 6:00 pm, Annual Installation Dinner, Bali Hai, Hawaiian attire, $20pp (see Tom Lewis for reservations)
In 1941, six service agencies got together to create and support the launch of the United Service Organization (USO). This new group was formed to provide morale support and recreational services to the members of the US military services. The founding partners, YMCA, YWCA, Catholic Community Charities, Jewish Welfare Board, Salvation Army and Travelers Aid Society, provided financial support and partnership relations to the new USO. They continue to provide partnering opportunities and support volunteerism, two critical roles in the USO success.
September 10, 2018 was the opening date of the new Headquarters office of USO San Diego. This facility can be found at 2790 Truxton Road, Suite 110, in Liberty Station (right here in Point Loma!). The facility is open 365 days a year and provides services to 8,000 military personnel and their dependents EVERY MONTH! Ashley Camac is the Executive Director of USO San Diego. She came to the USO with an extensive background in military family programming. “According to the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), there are 140,000 active duty personnel in San Diego County. That means over 300,000 potential customers for USO San Diego services, when you add in dependents!” Ashley told us. “In the last year, USO San Diego documented 282,000 unique instances of services, we served over 32,000 meals, we booked over 52,000 hours of volunteer service and provided over 7,200 toys to dependents of military personnel during the holidays.”
But, that is just the beginning! Every Monday, USO San Diego welcomes 700-900 new recruits to the airport heading to MCRD, the Marine Boot Camp in San Diego. USO San Diego is first introduced to the incoming recruits for all branches joining out of San Diego at their location inside the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Kearney Mesa, where they are processed for enlistment or induction into the armed services. Then, just to keep things interesting, on Tuesday, USO San Diego welcomes back 700-900 recently graduated recruits at the airport, back from leave and on to Camp Pendelton for their infantry training programs. “Tuesday nights we serve a free dinner to military personnel and their dependents at Liberty Station Park. We average around 500 people, adults and children, for dinner, every week. Local service groups and individual volunteer to serve the dinners. It is a great event and very welcomed by our clients,” Ashley said. “Thanksgiving dinner is another very busy day. We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Peninsula YMCA for this Thanksgiving.” USO San Diego also offers a free food pantry for service members and their families. Food products are donated by local providers on a regular basis. These products are displayed in the Pantry at the Liberty Station office. They are available to their clients, free of charge.
Military families live in many communities throughout San Diego County. To make sure they are meeting the needs of these families, USO San Diego has a mobile service program. “We have one USO office on wheels right now. We hope to add a second vehicle in the near future,” according to Ashley. “The mobile office can bring services to our clients. It is important for us to reach out and let military families know we are here to assist them.” Programs are another big part of USO San Diego. Reaching out to teen dependents, military spouses, and Military Kids Club are but a few of the programs offered. “We offer programs for the service members, their spouses and their children. We help them find their way into the military, help manage their lives while they are in the military and then offer them assistance as they transition out of the military. We feel the service they provide to our country, should be met with the services we can provide to assist them and their families with the challenges of the military life.” We could not agree more! Thank you Ashley for sharing with us the work of the USO. We are grateful for all you do.
Sept 3, 2019; Members Only Breakfast Meeting; 7:00 am SDYC
Sept 10, 2019; Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC; Speaker to be announced
Sept 16, 2019; Board Meeting, 5:00 pm SDYC, Steak Fry, 6:00 pm, SDYC
Sept 24, 2019; Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Sept 30, 2019: 65th Annual Installation Dinner; 6:00 pm at Bali Hai, $20pp
“Do you know the #1 cause of death in the United States, for adults under the age of 50?” asked William (Bill) Perno, a retired San Diego County Deputy Sheriff and Community Organizer for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY). “Drug overdose. Drug overdoses are killing approximately 192 people per day and the majority of those deaths are caused by Opioid overdoses. That is one lethal drug overdose every 7 1/2 minutes!” Bill Perno is also the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist for SAY. SAY San Diego is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the whole child, whole family and whole community. Their goal is to provide healthier and safer communities. Established in 1971, SAY touches the lives of more than 50,000 individuals annually. SAY works with school districts, county health services, law enforcement, foster care and juvenile detention facilities. For more information on SAY and their programs, please visit their website HERE.
Bill Perno was visiting with the Optimist Club this morning to share some startling facts about the synthetic Opioid crisis. Mexican drug cartels are the leading source of synthetic Opioids. “Follow the money,” Bill told us. “One kilogram of Fentanyl costs the drug cartels $32,000. It is regularly available from foreign chemical manufacturers. One kilogram of Fentanyl will make one million pressed pills. Each pill sells for $20 or more. Making that kilogram of drugs worth $20 million in pills. Follow the money.” Readily available on the internet are press pill machines and fake die stamps. So with $1,000 investment in equipment and $32,000 for the kilogram of Fentanyl, you can create $20 million in profit.
Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. It is 100 times stronger than morphine. But with a little different process in the lab, you can create Carfentanil, a synthetic Opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine. On average, 50 mg of heroin will cause a fatal overdose, and 1 to 2 mg of Fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose. While only 20 micrograms of Carfentanil can be fatal. Your are playing Russian Roulette every time you take a pill laced with Carfentanil or even Fentanyl, because the cutting or mixing process of making the pressed pills is so imprecise, there is no way of knowing how much of the synthetic Opioid you are ingesting. Fentanyl has been added to many drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, counterfeit pain medications, “spice” (synthetic cannabinoids), counterfeit Xanax, Ritalin and Adderall pills, MDMA (Ecstasy) and others.
Bill shares these facts with anyone who will listen. He has given more than 350 presentations to community groups, school districts, students, teachers, parents, health care providers and policy makers. He also provides synthetic drug training to law enforcement agencies and organizations throughout California and many other states. “Please, manage the safety and security of your prescription drugs. Do not share prescription drugs. Do not take a prescription drug if you do not know for certain that the source is from an actual pharmacy. The counterfeit pills with Fentanyl can look like a pharmaceutical drug. If you are finished with your prescription drugs and have pills left over, take them back. The DEA organizes regular drop off days for left over prescription drugs. The police and sheriff stations have safe drop off boxes. Do not leave them around your home.” Bill also told us about Narcan, the Opioid reversal medication, available at local pharmacies. “This is a special treatment for an overdosing individual. It is good for 90 minutes. So make sure the individual gets medical treatment after the administering of Narcan, because the effects do wear off.”
Well Bill, I can tell you that your presentation will not be wearing off on any of us! Thank you for a terrifying look at today’s biggest killer and arming us with enough information to alert our friends and neighbors to the grave dangers we all face. And, thank you to SAY for taking this message to our youth and their families. The Point Loma Optimist Club joins with SAY to serve and protect our local youth.
August 19th, 5:00 pm, Board Meeting at the SDYC, 6:00 pm Steak Fry at the SDYC
August 27th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC
With many of our expert joke tellers off on summer trips, we encouraged one of our guests in attendance, CAPT Charlie MacVean, USN (Ret), to tell some submarine related sea stories in the “Entertainment” portion of today’s program. He got some great laughs AND a strong round of applause. We will have to get him back for more.
Some additional help retrieving flags was rendered this past weekend by the son of Optimist J. C. Agajanian. He dutifully tallied the count of 144 flags, and was rewarded with a pit stop at Baskin-Robbins for his hard work.
We received a very nice thank you letter from “Outside the Lens” for our club’s recent donation in support of their “Cameras in the Classroom” program at Dewey Elementary, and for their “Youth Council Photo Workshops” for local high school students.
Thanks to member Doug Cleary inviting an esteemed legal colleague, Anne Rudolph, to be our guest speaker today, we were educated in many of the do’s and don’ts of estate planning. Ms. Rudolph delivered a terrific, concise, easily understood, and very helpful discussion that emphasized three major points: Prepare, Communicate, and be Realistic (especially with family members). As she pointed out, Preparation is not only important for beneficiaries, but also for the person who wants to know how their wishes will be implemented while they still have their full faculties. Communications with those to be making future decisions are best if they are clear and specific, especially when dividing tangible property or when specifying Advanced Healthcare Directives to one’s doctor. Realistic approaches are needed in establishing/reviewing estates for law changes, family situations, trustee/executor selections, health care solutions, and a minefield of many other challenges. It’s obvious that it’s best to call in an expert (and early) when it comes to estate planning. Many of us left the meeting with “homework” from the many lessons learned today. Thank you, Ms. Rudolph!
August 13th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC
August 19th, 5:00 pm, Board Meeting at the SDYC, 6:00 pm Steak Fry at the SDYC
August 27th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC
We officially said “Welcome Aboard!” today to new member Jason Milosh, Executive Director of the Peninsula YMCA.
The slate of next year’s Board of Directors was announced at the meeting. Thank you to everyone previously serving in these positions, and congratulations to the following Optimists who will be guiding our club in the upcoming fiscal year starting in October:
- President: Jeff Fischbeck
- 1st Vice President: Chris Jacobs
- 2nd Vice President: Gary Correia
- 3rd Vice President: Randy Rolfe
- Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Dennison
- 2nd Year Board Members: Collin Clifford, Jesse Sikorski
- 1st Year Board Members: Barry Rogers, Art Curran, Doug Cleary, J.C. Agajanian
- Immediate Past President: Steve Doyle
- Senior Past President: Jim Seman
Member Doug Cleary volunteered himself as this week’s guest speaker, on a very difficult topic. His presentation was “Sexual Harassment Law in California After the #MeToo Movement — The Law Has Changed.” He explained some of the differences between relevant Federal and California law as well as some recent changes, using an actual case study (with fictitious names) to make his points. We were left with the reaffirmation that this is a complex legal area and one that we should all strive to avoid. Thank you, Doug, for your presentation.
Ryan Adams joined the PLOC this morning. Ryan is a 7 year Point Loma resident and was drawn to the Club because of the flags along Rosecrans! Ryan is a commercial pilot flying FedEx packages across the country. Welcome to the Club Ryan!
Breakfast meetings are in store for August 6th and 13th. Speakers will be announced next week. First VP Jeff Fischbeck will be leading the next two breakfast meetings, as Pres. Steve takes a family vacation.
August 19th will bring a Board Meeting at 5:00 pm and Steak Fry dinner at 6:00 pm. All meeting to be held at the SDYC. We look forward to all members joining us at these great get-togethers!
The PLOC was pleased to welcome Ms. Claudine Van Gonka, the Public Relations Manager for the San Diego Blood Bank to our weekly breakfast meeting. “Saving lives with quality blood services in partnership with the community, is the Mission of our non-profit group”, Claudine informed us. The San Diego Blood Bank was established in 1950. It provides blood services to San Diego and Imperial Counties as the San Diego Blood Bank. In Los Angeles and Orange County it is known as the Southern California Blood Bank. What are blood services? According to Claudine blood services include blood collection, component preparation, platelet collection, plasma collection, designated donation services and a reference laboratory.
In fiscal year 2018, the Blood Bank received over 130,000 donations, made over 2,000 mobile visits and worked with a $45 million budget. They also are involved with other life saving programs. “We also have a Mother’s Milk Bank. Where lactating mothers, with excess breast milk, can provide mother’s milk to children in the NICU at UCSD Hospital. And, we are participating in the NIH “All of Us Research Program”. The NIH is collecting 1 million genetic samples, from all corners of the country. Their goal is to gather data to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivery precision medicine,” Claudine said.
For 50 years, the San Diego Blood Bank was known for its headquarters building on Upas Street, in Hillcrest. Today, the Blood Bank has six fixed locations (El Cajon, Escondido, Sabre Springs, Vista, Carmel Valley and San Diego. They also have 10 fully equipped mobile units available for on-site blood drives. “All our blood service donors are volunteers. We can provide them with some juice and snacks, but we do not pay for blood. We also accept donations of money and volunteer efforts,” she told us. “A unique fact about the San Diego Blood Bank … we were first in getting blood supplies to New York after 9-11. Our relations with the military and our outpouring of volunteer blood donations, allowed us to take 380 pints of blood to New York on September 12th.”
Thank you, Claudine. We learned a lot about the San Diego Blood Bank today, and we will drag (kicking and screaming) some our members to your San Diego office to make that volunteer donation!
July 30, 2019, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, guest speaker is Claudin Von Gonka, from the San Diego Blood Bank
The Peninsula Family YMCA was chartered in 1970. Located at 4390 Valeta Street, next to Correia Junior High, the Y is open to the community and providing service to over 8,000 community residents each year. Jason Milosh is the new Director of the Peninsula YMCA. He stopped by for breakfast and to give us an update on what is new at the Y.
Jason is a transplanted New Englander. He came to San Diego in 1997 and decided to stay. He started at the Y as a fitness instructor worked his way up to become the director. His goal is to help develop the local youth by training them in healthy living and social responsibility. “Our Y has over 270 children in our childcare program, and we have over 300 children in our summer camp programs,” he said. “With 250 volunteers and 140 staff members, we are very busy !”
The current structure for the Y was built in 1977. It is undersized and showing its age. In 2005, the Board of the Y decided to begin a capital campaign to rebuild the facility. The new Y will allow them to serve thousands more people with improved effectiveness. Multiple parking areas, exercise studios, meeting rooms, modern locker rooms, a central courtyard and rooftop deck are just some of the new additions.
The Y serves the whole community. Their members are as young as 5 months and as old as 96 years. Inclusivity is not just word, it is way of life around the Y. “It is important that everyone feels welcome and part of our family at the Y,” Jason told us. Thanks Jason. We are proud to be supporters of the Peninsula Family YMCA and to welcome you, as a new member of our Point Loma Optimist Club!
July 15th – Annual Golf Tournament at River Walk Golf Course, Noon check in and lunch, 1:00 shotgun start. Awards ceremony and Steak Fry at 6:00 pm, SDYC. Scheduled Board Meeting continued until August 19th.
July 23rd – Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Speaker will be Jason Milosh from the Peninsula YMCA
July 3oth – Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Speaker will be Claudine Von Gonka from the San Diego Blood Bank
Outside the Lens is a San Diego based organization that provides photography and digital media programming to youth and the community. Their Mission is simple, to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and the world. They target underserved and at-risk youths in grades K-12 throughout San Diego County in coordination with local schools. But their reach is much greater as they also work with educators in Columbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Africa and Mexico.
Lucy Eagleson, the Program Director for Outside the Lens, visited with the Optimists this morning to share her passion for photography, digital media and children. Lucy was born and raised in Escondido, CA. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and her Master of Fine Arts in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She also spent three years living and volunteering at an orphanage in Bosnia-Herzegovina. “I bring film and digital arts into the classroom,” she said. “Our programs help children find a voice, share a story and make a difference. We work with children from Dewey Elementary School and High Tech High here in Point Loma. It is a very rewarding program and I have had the privilege to be involved with Outside the Lens for the past five years.”
Outside the Lens is a 501(c)3 organization. Founded in 2001, they have delivered their curriculum to over 16,000 children in weekly classes, after school programs, summer sessions, workshops and teacher trainings. Children get to tell their stories using photography, video and other digital media forms. They are guided by writers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, artists and teachers. They learn valuable life skills such as problem solving, collaborative thinking, use of technology, perspective and communication skills. They explore early photographic methods and cutting edge digital media programs. They share their stories, their thoughts and their dreams in ways that give them hope and confidence.
“Our programs include, Camera in the Classroom, where photography and video means are used to help explain complex subjects. Cameras in the Community allows students to show and share their views of life where they live. Cameras Cross Cultures allows students in different geographic regions to share their cultures and traditions,” Lucy told us. The goal of Outside the Lens is to help the student to understand their own identity, their family relationships, their community relationships, their environment and their world. It is a big goal and a worthy one.
The Point Loma Optimist Club is proud to be a supporter of Outside the Lens and we thank Lucy for sharing more about this wonderful group with us this morning.
July 2nd, 7:00 am; Breakfast meeting at SDYC, Speaker to be announced
July 9th, 7:00 am; Breakfast meeting at SDYC, Speaker to be announced
July 15th, Noon, Annual PLOC Golf Tournament, River Walk Golf Course, get your foursome organized NOW! 6:00 pm, Steak Fry and Awards Banquet, SDYC
The Board of Directors met last Monday night and we approved a $1,000 donation to the Outside the Lens. They provide camera equipment and training to Point Loma elementary school and high school students. We also approved a $1,000 donation to the Point Loma High School Cheer Boosters for new uniforms. They helped us with merchandise sales and logistics at the OptimisTiki Luau. Thanks to Vince Glorioso and his Youth Works Committee for their fast action in reviewing these applications and getting them to the Board in time for approval!
This morning, the Point Loma Optimist Club welcomed a long time Point Loma resident as our newest member. Rodney Eales Joined the Club this morning. Membership Committee Chair, Tom Lewis presided over the induction. Member Bert Barkley recruited Mr. Eales. And, President Steve Doyle provided Rodney with his official membership badge and a plaque recognizing his membership. Welcome Rodney, we hope you enjoy a long and fruitful membership with the Club!
The quintessential Renaissance Man, he writes, he builds, he creates, he teaches and he visualizes opportunities. Neil Senturia has done all these things, and many more. “I guess I started my career as a writer for Hollywood,” he told us. “I did some writing for M*A*S*H, Alice and Tony Randall, but it is such a strange place, I knew I wouldn’t last there.” In 1980, Neil moved into the financial services and real estate syndication business. “But, I wanted more and needed more, so in 1985, I started developing and building condominiums, office projects and hotels. That was a fun! I built about 2 million square feet over 10 years!” Then Neil put his mind to entrepreneurial efforts in technology. “Remember, this was 1995 and the Internet was just starting. Email was new and exciting. I got together with some friends and we came up with the idea for an Internet kiosk in airports. You know, check your emails between flights! We called the company Atcom.” The idea was good, but Neil soon realized his costs were out of line with his profits. A young technician working for Neil suggested he take the technology and offer it to hotels. “You never know where a great idea will come from,” he reminisced. “But it taught me a great lesson, listen to all the ideas presented. You never know when a really good one will come along.” And with that change of direction, Neil’s company grew quickly and was sold for a nice profit. The entrepreneurial spirit was on fire!
Neil has started multiple technology companies since Atcom. Some of these companies he has sold. Some he still owns. And one in particular failed, Digital News Co. “I learned more from that failure, than from most of my successes. I also pivoted off that failure to become a consultant!” he shared. “But being a good consultant is not as easy as it sounds. So a friend of mine told me I needed to write a book. Thus was born, “I’m There For You Baby …The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Universe“. What that book did was not make me a great consultant, it got me started into another career as an author, writer, and blogger.” Then the writer gig got Neil into teaching and mentoring. He became involved with Defy Ventures, a program designed to teach inmates how to take control of their lives after prison. He started teaching at SDSU. Then he picked up a job writing a column in the Business section of the San Diego Union Tribune. And, just so he doesn’t get bored, Neil still runs Blackbird Ventures, a company he started in 2005 to invest in new technology start-ups. The Renaissance Man never sleeps!
“I’m There For You Baby” is now in its 3rd update. “I think I have learned some things in my life,” he said. “If I could pass a couple of them along, they would be… #1 Return every phone call or email. You never know when one of those communications will provide you with a golden opportunity. #2. Networking is a profession, be good at it. It is rare someone will accomplish great thing all by themselves. A network provides you with contacts to people who can help you grow. And #3. Go to all those events and meetings you get invited to. Especially the ones that don’t seem to mean anything to you. It makes you available again, to great ideas, contacts and who knows, maybe even the love of your life!” Neil has not slowed down. He is full of life. He is constantly thinking about new opportunities and new ideas. We could use a few more like Neil Senturia!
Thank you Neil, for sharing a small piece of your world with us this morning. We are glad to have added you to our network!
June 17th, 5:00 pm, Board Meeting at the SDYC, 6:00 pm Steak Fry at the SDYC
June 25th, 7:00 am, Breakfast Meeting at the SDYC, Speaker is Neil Senturia, columnist for the UT Business section
July 15th, Noon – 5:00 pm, Annual Golf Tournament, River Walk Golf Club; 6:00 pm Awards program and Steak Fry at SDYC. Get your foursomes together!
So you spent 12 years of your business career focused on “the Largest Private Waterfront Development on the West Coast” (according to Market Insider, October 30, 2018), and all you got to show for it is a great big hole in the ground? So what gives???
Well, for that answer we went to the man himself, Perry Dealy! Perry is President and CEO of Dealy Development. He is a Marine/Vietnam veteran who holds a masters degree in Architecture with Urban Planning/Design Emphasis from North Carolina State University / UNC Chapel Hill. He also has 44 years of real estate experience and is the Development Manager for the Manchester Pacific Gateway project. “For 11 years, this project suffered through one lawsuit after another. We had to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, before we were able to put the legal challenges behind us. Now, it is on to construction!” he told us.
Construction will include, seven new buildings on eight city blocks. The first building is the 372,00 sf U.S. Navy San Diego Headquarters. This building is currently at its eighth floor of steel framing and is scheduled to be completed by October 2020. When completed, the Navy will relocate from their current building (circa 1920) at the northwest corner of the property. After moving into their new space, the old building will come down, to make way for a new 1.9 acre park. Remaining buildings include 888,000 sf of class A office space; 1,400 rooms of hotel(s); 275,000 sf of retail, restaurants, entertainment and cultural space; 3,000 subterranean parking; and, 3.6 acres of plazas, paseo and open space.
“I would love to tell you we will immediately be constructing the rest of the property, but that schedule will depend on financing partners and tenants,” Perry said. “We will be working on the site development for the $1.6 billion project, including demolition work, underground parking, street frontage, the Navy office building, utilities and utility relocations, in the interim.”
One of the unique aspects to the property is the ownership and approvals. The Federal Government owns the property. They offered to lease the property to private parties, in return for the development of their new headquarters office building. Doug Manchester was selected by the Navy and began the process to develop the site in 2005. Soon after the lawsuits started. Challenges were made to the approvals by the City of San Diego, the Coastal Commission and the Federal government. All of which failed, but cost the project extensively in time and money.
For a glimpse of the future Manchester Pacific Gateway project CLICK HERE.
Perry Dealy has hands-on experience in all aspects of real estate development. He is a licensed architect, general contractor, and fiduciary representative. He brings a broad set of skills that have been crucial to his success in strategic planning, acquisitions and development. We look forward to seeing more “steel in the air” as the Manchester Pacific Gateway continues to come out of the “big hole in the ground”. Thanks for sharing with us this morning, Perry!
- June 11th, Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am at SDYC, developer Perry Dealy will be the guest speaker
- June 17th, Board Meeting @ 5:00 pm SDYC, Steak Fry @ 6:00 pm SDYC
- July 15th, Annual Gold Tournament at River Walk GC, Lunch at noon, Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm, get your foursomes together now!
- Bruce Denham reports progress with the Patriot Half Marathon permitting. One more permit to get, from the Port Authority. Anyone who can help Bruce please reach out and let him know… bruce@Patriots Half.com
- The Club made a grant presentation at the Ocean Beach Elementary School’s Volunteers and Community Partners Breakfast on June 5th. The money will be used to create an outdoor Reading Garden for the children. Club Vice Presidents, Chris Jacobs and Jeff Fischbeck were there to make the presentation to Principal Marco Drapeau.
Mr. Chris Kiefer, Chief Financial Officer of the NTC Foundation was our guest speaker this morning. The NTC Foundation was established in 2000, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to enrich the lives of San Diegans by renovating a portion of the closed Navy Training Center (NTC) San Diego and creating, facilitating, and operating ARTS DISTRICT as a 80-acre creative district. As San Diego’s newest cultural mecca—a destination for arts and culture, with 16 of 26 historic buildings completed, ARTS DISTRICT is home to over 120 tenants, including artists, galleries, creative businesses, museums, and nonprofits serving San Diego. Over 800,000 people visit ARTS DISTRICT annually, adding economic impact and jobs to what was once a shuttered Navy base. “Every day we have Arts coming alive,” Chris told us. “Check out our schedule of events! You will be blown away by all the activity going on.” Click Here for Events Schedule.
“We are also moving ahead, looking to complete the renovations for the remainder of our District. Generally, you can tell, if the building is still the old, faded yellow color, we have not renovated it yet. Once the building is renovated, it will be painted in the light brown color.” The next building up is #178. The is the old Commissary building. The plan is to create two theaters (a 300 seat and a 50 seat venue). The theaters will be used for dance, music, digital arts and other productions. The goal is to have the renovation completed by 2021. There is also a plan to create a Boutique Hotel within buildings 4, 5, 18 and 25. The City processing for permits is underway and the goal here is for a 2021/22 opening.
“We want to make art a see it, feel it, touch it and engage in it activity. We can do that with our First Friday events,” Chris explained. This popular free arts event takes place on the First Friday of every month from 5-9 pm throughout the 28 acre campus. After 10 years, it has grown into San Diego’s biggest innovative arts event! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances featuring community partners and discover intriguing public art installations. Wander and explore the galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive shops and dining at historic Liberty Station.
There are Summer Camps, Art Shows, Concerts, and so much more. There are restaurants, museums, a golf course, a movie theater and a special events center. You can spend all day enjoying the ARTS DISTRICT at Liberty Station, and still come back the next day, and the next day to finish exploring. Meet the artists, talk to the craftspeople, wonder at the historic exhibits or just stretch out on the lawns and catch some rays. Whatever floats your boat (yeah, they got a couple of those too!) the ARTS DISTRICT is a great place explore and enjoy!
Thanks to Chris Keifer for sharing his insights on this gem of Point Loma.