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    Community news and briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Dec 14, 2018 | 1789 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Two SantaCon participants took time out to enjoy a Pacific Beach sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Santa Sunset Two SantaCon participants took time out to enjoy a Pacific Beach sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Donate pet toys, food When Tatum Merrill, a seventh-grader at Pacific Beach Middle, experienced her dog Dezzi dying last year, she decided to turn it into a positive experience by trying to help other animals in need. Merrill and her classmate Mackenzie Brooks organized a pet toy drive for animals in need at the San Diego Humane Society as a community service project. The students set up a box for people to donate treats, toys, clothes and pet accessories at Yogurt on the Rocks, 1886 Garnet Ave. The box will be set up through Dec. 20 and then Merrill and Brooks will donate the items to the San Diego Humane Society. Blood Mobile at Tourmaline Surf Park Pacific Beach Surf Club is partnering with the Tailgaters of Tourmaline and the San Diego Blood Bank to have the Blood Mobile parked and established in the car park of the Tourmaline Surf Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. There will also be a pancake breakfast. More than 4.5 million people require blood each year in the U.S and Canada. One pint can save up to three lives. Only 37 percent of U.S. population is eligible to donate blood and fewer than 10 percent do annually. NYE Beachfront Bash in Mission Beach Feast, drink and dance from beachfront to rooftop at the inaugural NYE Beachfront Bash from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at South Draft Mission, Cannonball and Beach House, 3105 Ocean Front Walk. The New Year’s Eve celebration offers a unique mix of unique vibes, live music and multiple DJs; plus, handcrafted eats and cocktails to satisfy partygoers in Mission Beach.  Sparkle on the rooftop with an upscale lounge vibe at Cannonball featuring multiple DJs rotating dance and house beats all night. Drop down to Draft for live music and DJs playing kick-back, old school grooves. Or hype it up with a beachfront party at Beach House featuring multiple DJs spinning Top 40 and hip-hop tracks. From 8 to 10 p.m., free tasters of premium spirits, liquors and wine will be provided, along with giveaways and buffet stations and tray pass will be featured at Draft and Cannonball where platinum and gold passholders can move between locations to feast. Visit nyebeachfrontbash.com to purchase tickets and for more details. Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day Are you brrrrrave enough to take the plunge? Saska’s annual Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day begins at 9 a.m. After a chilly jump in the Pacific Ocean, enjoy complimentary Swell Coffee, a costume contest, raffle prizes including a Saska’s gift card, and a special New Year’s Day brunch buffet at 3768 Mission Blvd. Cost for adults is $20 and children $10 (children 5 and under are free with paying adult). Ticket includes Polar Plunge T-shirt, Swell Coffee, raffle tickets, happy hour pricing all day, brunch buffet, and choice of one mimosa or Bloody Mary. Toy drive at Woodstock’s Pizza  ’Tis the season for giving, and Woodstock’s Pizza is stepping up to the plate. Passionate about giving back to the community they call home, Woodstock’s is on track to raise more than $200,000 in 2018 for worthy charities around San Diego. This December, Woodstock’s is celebrating the spirit of the holidays and benefitting with a month-long fundraiser and one-day toy drive event benefitting Rady’s Children’s Hospital. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, Woodstock’s Pizza, at 1221 Garnet Ave., will be accepting toy donations at their in-store “gift tree” to be given to Rady’s Children’s patients and the Ronald McDonald House, where many Rady’s patient’s siblings stay. While the greatest need is for new infant and toddler toys, the items must be able to be sterilized for sick children. Santa Saturdays at Belmont Park It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Belmont Park. During Santa Saturdays, guests are invited to share their wish lists and take a free photo next to the beach-themed Christmas tree for a holiday memory. Photos with Santa will be available on Saturdays, through Dec. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Food Court Stage (Santa also accepts wish lists in Spanish).  In partnership with The Salvation Army, Belmont Park will participate in a Free Ride Toy Drive through Dec. 16. With a donation of one unwrapped, brand new toy, guests will receive one free ride of choice. Toys must have a minimum $5 value to redeem a free ride. One ride per person is offered upon redemption. For Christmas shoppers, Belmont Park’s annual pass is available for purchase. The annual pass includes unlimited rides, attractions, discounts and more for a full year of unlimited fun. To learn more about Santa Saturdays, the Free Ride Toy Drive, and annual pass, visit belmontpark.com. San Diego residents may seek permits through online portal As part of his push to speed up the permitting process and give residents access to more City services with the click of a button, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced on Dec. 6 the expansion of an online portal (business.sandiego.gov) that will make the application process for single-family home improvements easier and more efficient. San Diego’s new residential feature is an expanded function of the OpenCounter online business portal – an innovative web portal that streamlines the process of locating, expanding and getting permits for a business in the city. San Diego is the largest U.S. city to implement the OpenCounter platform.  With this expansion, OpenCounter will now provide homeowners, contractors and builders with knowledge about the potential permits required and fee estimates. It guides users through the permitting process for single-family home projects, such as building or repairing a secondary structure like a pool or deck; installing solar panels or graywater systems; and upgrading building exteriors like replacing a roof or windows. Pure Water Project receives EPA loan Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer recently joined the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to officially accept a $614 million federal loan to help finance the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – an innovative water recycling program that will provide one-third of the City’s drinking supply by 2035. With the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, the City will help fund the first phase of the Pure Water San Diego program, which would expand the City’s potable water production capacity to 30 million gallons per day to replace the use of imported water. This additional drinking water supply will save the City money through reduced imported water costs, benefit the environment through reduced discharges into the ocean, and provide a reliable, sustainable water supply for future generations.
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    City creates mobility board to focus on safer and cleaner transportation goals
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Dec 12, 2018 | 4769 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Santa, and Santa's helper, ride an e-scooters north up Mission Boulevard. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
    Santa, and Santa's helper, ride an e-scooters north up Mission Boulevard. / THOMAS MELVILLE / BEACH & BAY PRESS
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    A new mobility board has been created by the City of San Diego combining two previously existing bicycle advisory and parking advisory boards under the same roof. It’s a development bicycle advocates Nicole Burgess, District 2’s rep on the previous bicycle advisory board covering the beachfront, and Andy Hanshaw, executive director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, are cautiously supporting. “Innovation in transit and increasing competition for the public right-of-way has fundamentally shifted the way we move ourselves around, meaning the decisions we make will have greater impacts on the quality of life of all San Diegans,” said District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward, who spearheaded creation of the new mobility board. “This will build on past successes, while informing future transportation decisions in a holistic, comprehensive manner.” Ward said the new mobility board will aim to provide “safe choices to move around San Diego that facilitate our goals in the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Vision Zero.”  Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, particularly those involving pedestrians and bicyclists, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. San Diego’s legally binding CAP enacted in 2015 calls for eliminating half of all greenhouse-gas emissions, and for all electricity used in the city, to be from renewable sources by 2035. Ward said the new mobility board will incorporate the work of its predecessors. “I want to reassure parking and bicycle board members that their work will be capitalized on through the guise of the mobility board,” he said adding the process was not “a last-minute thing.” “For more than six months, we have met with stakeholder groups, both private and public,” Ward said. “The challenge is, if you are asking your advisors to help advise decision makers, you need them to answer the same questions, with the same wider perspective, we have to operate under.” Ward added the mayor’s administration has promised to have a city staffer with “the proper skill sets and expertise,” to respond to the new mobility board and address a lot of its goals.  “That’s a huge step forward,” Ward concluded. While supporting the new mobility board in concept, both Burgess and Hanshaw are keeping a watchful eye on its implementation. Burgess has some reservations. “Although I am supportive of Mayor Faulconer's and Chis Ward’s office for good intentions to create a holistic mobility board, I am disappointed with the process and the ordinance that was approved,” she said. “I believe we should have done better, and would have appreciated a more collaborative and inclusive proposal.” Burgess noted she was “proud” of the work the Bicycle Advisory Board accomplished during the past four years noting, “It was the only City board dedicated to creating safer streets for everyone.  As streets have been resurfaced, we have collaborated with City staff to repurpose them with paint to slow traffic, dedicate space, and prioritize active and healthy modes of transportation.” There is a lot to gain — and lose — said Burgess, with the outcome of the newly created mobility board. “There is great potential for San Diego to become a world-class, bicycle- friendly city,” she said while pointing out, “I believe dissolving the Bicycle Advisory Board is a step backward. Nonetheless, I will stay optimistic, and roll with the changes and continue to enjoy my commutes near and far and advocate for a healthy future.” Hanshaw has taken a wait-and-see attitude toward the new mobility board. He pointed out there’s a lot of work to be done to make San Diego more bike-friendly. “The City is facing challenges on a daily basis for implementing its CAP,” said Hanshaw. “I want to believe that, moving forward, the mobility board is going to make things better.” “The underlying goal here is for the City to meet their CAP goals, which are focused on bike, walk and transit, and shifting modes away from single-occupant driving,” Hanshaw added. “We have to be focused on mobility, prioritizing bike, walk and transit, which has to be 50 percent of mode share by 2035. If creation of the mobility board streamlines, or makes more comprehensible, the CAP and its implementation plan, I want to support it.”
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    Ho Ho Ho-ing for a good cause – Pacific Beach SantaCon donates to Toys for Tots
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Dec 09, 2018 | 9652 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    SantaCon participants walk south the The Local on Mission Boulevard on Saturday, Dec. 8. / ALL PHOTOS BY THOMAS MELVILLE
    SantaCon participants walk south the The Local on Mission Boulevard on Saturday, Dec. 8. / ALL PHOTOS BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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    Rachel Boles (left), who organized the Pacific Beach SantaCon, with her friend Molly.
    Rachel Boles (left), who organized the Pacific Beach SantaCon, with her friend Molly.
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    Hundreds of Santas, elves, reindeer – and a few trees – pub-crawled through Pacific Beach on Saturday, Dec. 8 to spread holiday cheer and spirits while donating gifts and raising funds for Toys for Tots. “It has been an amazing turnout,” said Rachel Boles, who organized this year’s SantaCon, after restarting the tradition in Pacific Beach in 2017. “Last year, we had about 100 people. This year we had more than 400 come out.” All those somewhat-sauced Santas donated more than 200 toys and raised more than $2,000 for the Toy for Tots program. “I’m going to be buying a lot of toys for children,” Boles said. “I’m really happy about that.” They also filled restaurants and bars – Tavern at the Beach, Mavericks Beach Club, The Local PB, and Sandbox Pizza – spreading more green around for service workers during a normally slow Saturday. “These places are packed on what is usually a dead Saturday because people are busy with the holidays and college football’s not on,” said Boles, who works for US Foods and has many contacts in the service industry. Boles, who’s originally from south New Jersey, said she was surprised there wasn’t an active SantaCon in Pacific Beach when she moved to San Diego. “It’s huge on the East Coast and in other West Coast cities like San Francisco and LA. I know it gets a bad rap at times, but last year we had no incidents. Hopefully, this year everything goes well.” Boles said that most people she meets are also San Diego transplants with no family here, so they rely on friends during the holidays. “This event is a big deal for me because I can’t always go back east to visit family at Christmas. A lot of these people here can’t either, which is why spending time with your friends is so important – we become family. And today, we’re also helping out other families so they can have a wonderful Christmas,” Boles said.
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    News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Dec 07, 2018 | 11716 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Vera, the new Ocean Beach mermaid, made her debut Dec. 1 riding on the lifeguard boat at the Holiday Parade. Instead of topping Ross Rock, like her sister Marina did, Vera is to be a ‘guest’ rotating between several OB businesses throughout the year in her new role as a community ambassadress and beacon. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
    Vera, the new Ocean Beach mermaid, made her debut Dec. 1 riding on the lifeguard boat at the Holiday Parade. Instead of topping Ross Rock, like her sister Marina did, Vera is to be a ‘guest’ rotating between several OB businesses throughout the year in her new role as a community ambassadress and beacon. / THOMAS MELVILLE / PENINSULA BEACON
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    Ocean Beach Torrey pine saved A public outcry to spare a 44-inch diameter Torrey pine at 4633 Long Branch Ave. in Ocean Beach from the chopping block has succeeded. “While public safety is foremost in evaluating whether an old, mature tree with defects or health issues should be removed, it’s also important to balance that with the wishes of the surrounding community,” said Anthony Santacroce, City public information officer. “Therefore, the Torrey Pine on Long Branch Avenue will remain in place and will receive corrective pruning to alleviate the weight contributing to the tree’s moderate lean. The tree will also be monitored and evaluated on a regular basis to detect any changes in the health or physical standing of the Torrey pine,” Santacroce said. On Nov. 26, City forester Brian Widener of the city’s Urban Forestry Program emailed the City Forestry Advisory Board advising them that, instead of cutting down the pine, three of its branches would be removed instead, reducing the crown by as much as 15 percent, as well as painting the adjacent curb red. The Torrey pine will be trimmed no sooner than Monday, Dec. 10, Widener said. Letters to Santa in OB Can you picture the ear-to-ear smile of children when they receive a letter from Santa, post marked from the North Pole? Every year at the Ocean Beach Business Center, at 4876 Santa Monica Ave., there is a “Letters To Santa” mailbox program where kids can write their letter to Santa and drop it off with a self addressed stamped envelope, and later receive a response letter from Santa. For more info on how it works, call 619-222-4876. The last day to mail out letters, ensuring a response before Christmas, is Dec. 10. OB Toy and Food Drive Ocean Beach Business Center, at 4876 Santa Monica Ave., is looking for donations for the OB Toy and Food Drive. Call 619-222-4876. Early days of surfing at Sunset Cliffs Come join Jim “Mouse” Robb (85), John Holly (75), Tom “Lizard” Chapman (75) and Billy Chapman (73) as they present their first hand experience with the “surfer’s life” at Sunset Cliffs 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8 at Ocean Beach Branch Library, 4801 Santa Monica Ave. They will share their anecdotal recount of surfing culture and boards, surf board design, cultural change and the explosion in popularity of surfing. A Christmas Carol Westminster Presbyterian Vanguard Youth will present “A Christmas Carol” 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Westminster Theatre, 3598 Talbot St. All ages may experience the message, drama and joy of this Dickens tale. There is no charge for this event and it is general seating so please arrive about 20 minutes before show time. For more information, call the box office at 619-224-6263. Peninsula Singers concert Peninsula Singers will present “An American Holiday,” 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at the corner of Catalina and Chatsworth. Songs will include holiday favorites such as, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "Mele Kalikimaka," and much more. PLHS winter concert The music program at PLHS will perform at Crill Hall at Point Loma Nazarene University 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. Performances include Symphonic Winds, Orchestra, Vocal Point (chorus) color guard, and small musical ensembles Jensen's wine tasting fundraiser Jensen's is holding a wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the music program at PLHS 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Event will be held in Jensen's San Diego office space, across the parking lot of Jensen's Foods in Point Loma. Purchase tickets at Jensen's PL store or at jensensfoods.com/cart/wineTasting.php. ‘First Night’at Point Loma Playhouse Point Loma Playhouse continues its 2018-19 season with the sweet comedy “First Night” by Jack Neary. It’s New Year’s Eve 1992. With a dreamlike plot, film-obsessed Danny Fleming is watching an old movie at the video store where he works. When he wanders into the back room, Meredith O'Connor appears at the window then sneaks in and hides behind a rack of tapes in order to jump out and surprise Danny. These two haven't seen each other in 20 years, since they were in eighth grade. Danny's dreams of being a writer are all but forgotten and Meredith's two decades as a nun have taken a different direction; for Meredith it’s reminiscent of Maria Von Trapp and for Danny it is making a big splash owning his own cinema. What hasn’t changed is the past – when they were in eighth grade. Featured in this heartfelt love story are local actors Timothy Benson and Sarah LeClair Klacka with direction by Jerry Pilato and technical direction by Jay Maloney. “First Night” takes to the stage at Point Loma Playhouse 3035 Talbot St. at the historic Point Loma Assembly Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 16. Tickets may be purchased at pointlomaplayhouse.com. Parade of Lights in San Diego Bay The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, presented by the Port of San Diego, will delight spectators with a dazzling display of decorative vessels 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16. About 80 pleasure craft are participating in this year’s parade. The boats will be festively bedecked to align with the parade theme, “Tropical Island Christmas.” The parade begins at 5 p.m. at Shelter Island. The route proceeds to Harbor Island, the North and South Embarcadero areas, then turns south at Cesar Chavez Park and heads toward the Ferry Landing on Coronado. This is the 47th year of the event, which attracts approximately 150,000 spectators to the shoreline of San Diego Bay. The entire procession takes about two hours. Ideal viewing areas for the parade are Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park and Pier and the Coronado Ferry Landing. Election coming up for Ocean Beach Town Council The 2019 Ocean Beach Town Council board of directors election is approaching and letters of intent are now being accepted. If you would like to take your community involvement to the next level, here’s a great opportunity. By being an OBTC director you can be an elected voice in communicating the views and needs of the community to the appropriate agencies, be at the forefront of community discussions, take appropriate action on community issues and be a leader in promoting the general betterment of Ocean Beach. There are 15 seats on the Ocean Beach Town Council board of directors and OBTC members elect board directors for two-year terms. Half of the board stands for election every year. This year, eight seats are up for election. If you would like to be considered for candidacy, submit your candidate statement to: info@obtowncouncil.org by Jan. 21. Eligible candidates must be over 18 years of age, already be a paid-in-full OBTC member, and either live, work, own property, or operate a business in Ocean Beach (92107). Voting for this election will take place from Monday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Feb. 8. The Ocean Beach Town Council is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to expressing the will of Ocean Beach residents and representing the welfare of the community. For more information, contact info@obtowncouncil.org or visit obtowncouncil.org. Open registration for spring semester begins Dec. 10 Those interested in jump-starting their educational plans can begin as early as Dec. 10 when open registration for the spring semester begins at the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).  The 16-week spring semester begins Jan. 28 and runs through May 25. At $46 per unit, student enrollment fees are among the lowest in the country for a higher education system. Most students attending City, Mesa or Miramar College, however, do not have to pay for tuition, thanks to the San Diego Promise, the California College Promise Grant, and other financial aid opportunities. Students can also earn a semester’s worth of credit during the winter intersession which will offer four- and six-week sessions both of which begin from Jan. 2. City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges are offering a variety of classes online and at night to accommodate students’ busy schedules. In addition, City College in the spring will debut renovated A, D, and T buildings – among the last of the Proposition N projects that began nearly a decade ago. The A building renovation features upgraded space for admissions, counseling, financial aid, and other services. Renovation of the D building includes a new roof that will be transformed into student and faculty gathering areas, outdoor furnishings, and landscaping. The T building renovation provides a new home for the engineering department and space for machine technology and a technology incubator. Mesa College, meanwhile, will dedicate a new 57,800-square-foot Center for Business and Technology and a new Fine Arts Building that was constructed within the former I-300 Building. Students can register for classes online. For more information visit the SDCCD admissions page.
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    McMillin sells most of Liberty Station to Southern California real estate firm
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Dec 05, 2018 | 6986 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Pendulum acquired 327,000-square-feet of Liberty Station multi-tenant retail and office space.
    Pendulum acquired 327,000-square-feet of Liberty Station multi-tenant retail and office space.
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    Much of Liberty Station, including the North Chapel, has been sold for nearly $159 million.   Pendulum Property Partners, a Southern California-based real estate firm, in partnership with The Seligman Group, has acquired a long-term leasehold on a number of properties in the 361-acre former Naval Training Center. Pendulum acquired 327,000-square-feet of Liberty Station multi-tenant retail and office space. The property is approximately 98 percent occupied.  The seller, McMillin Cos., retains ownership of one hotel site, two hotels under construction and a number of office assets in the neighborhood. Additional property owners within Liberty Station include the NTC Foundation, the Rock Church, High Tech High and hundreds of homeowners. “The ground lease has been transferred to The Seligman Group/Pendulum Partners as of Nov. 15,” said City senior press secretary Christina Di Leva Chadwick, who noted the sale amount was $158.98 million.  Pendulum’s transaction primarily consists of the retail components – The Quarter, South Point and Arts District – of Liberty Station’s master-planned development.  Alongside popular brands Trader Joe’s, Vons and Starbucks, Pendulum’s other anchor tenants include: Liberty Public Market food hall, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, El Jardín, Corvette Diner, Moniker General, Slater’s 50/50, a nine-hole golf course and a landlocked training ship of the U.S. Navy. Pendulum will continue activation of Liberty Station common areas, as well as upgrading the tenant mix as leases expire.   “San Diego is one of the most diversified economies in the nation and offers many compelling investment characteristics,” said Kevin Hayes, Pendulum managing partner. “Over the past 10 years, countywide growth has outpaced both the state of California and the nation. “Our investment strategy is centered around acquiring well-located assets with the potential to add value over time. Liberty Station fits perfectly within this strategy,” Hayes said.     North Chapel The sale follows on the heels of an ongoing dispute over the possible conversion of historic North Chapel at Liberty Station into a restaurant/entertainment venue. North Chapel, previously used by sailors going off to war, is currently used by two Catholic congregations.  Arguing that the chapel site has been “underutilized,” Liberty Station developer McMillin Cos. previously told both congregations they would continue to be allowed to use the chapel until June. That deadline was later extended until Dec. 31. Hayes said Pendulum has signed a lease with 828 Venue Management Co. to operate North Chapel. “[828 Venue] plan to continue to operate the North Chapel as an event venue, allowing for a wide range of community events throughout the week,” he said. “The venue will continue to be available for weddings, religious gatherings, performances, receptions, and a variety of other events, as permitted in the NTC Precise Plan.” Noting 828 Venue Management Co. understands North Chapel’s historical significance, Hayes added, “They are committed to preserving the historical integrity of the North Chapel, and any tenant improvements that they propose will follow the Department of the Interior’s guidelines for the treatment of historic properties.” Hayes added 828 Venue has reached out to both Catholic groups “to discuss the potential for these congregations to continue to hold their faith celebrations and functions at the North Chapel in the future.” In a letter to The Seligman Group, Mayor Kevin Faulconer wrote: “While no formal application has been submitted to the City for review, I am seriously concerned about any alterations to the chapel’s historically protected characteristics. I oppose any plan that affects the historic nature of the North Chapel … City staff will continue to work proactively with The Seligman Group and the City Attorney’s office to ensure that the chapel remains open to the public and that any future use respects and maintains its historic elements.” Congressman Scott Peters (D-52) and historic preservationists Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), have both formally requested an investigation by the City Attorney into a commercial lease for the historic church. “We are not giving up on our efforts to save the North Chapel and to encourage the City Attorney to investigate the dealings of the North Chapel and the NTC Foundation,” said Ron Slayen, a Liberty Station Arts District tenant who has been lobbying to block non-religious use of North Chapel. “There may be a new owner of McMillin's ground lease, but the underlying problems and uncertainty remain.” In a memo to City Attorney Mara Elliott, Council President Pro ten Barbara Bry posed a number of legal questions, including whether the City has the authority to compel keeping North Chapel open to the public, and whether the chapel’s interior features can be removed or altered. “We are researching the legal questions presented to us by Councilmember Bry,” said City Attorney spokesperson Hilary Nemchik.
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