Sunset Cliffs History, Geography and a Peek at the Future Park Plans

DeDi Ridenour was our featured guest at the Oct. 18, 2007 OBHS General Meeting.
DeDi will present a brief history of Sunset Cliffs that will outline the geological background that makes this area of our coast so special. She will also talk about the influences of the Theosophical Society, the 1915 & 1935 Expositions, real estate interests, the 1929 depression, WW II years and the post war building boom.
Her talk included information on the cliff protection, conservation and preservation plans.
Included in DeDi’s presentation will be the history of the expanded park, park development and a look at future park plans.
Cordelia (DeDi) Ridenour, was born in San Diego (Sunset Cliffs) 72 years ago. DeDi lives on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in the historic old Spanish Mansion style home she grew up in.
DeDi is retired from Chemistry Research, College Chemistry Teaching and Environmental Chemistry Administration. She now volunteers with the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council.
DeDi enjoys her Sunset Cliffs home with her husband Dick, and her three children and seven grandkids that live within two blocks of the family home

Lakeside Speedway Centennial Celebration Nov. 15th

Event’s date changed due to fires— Now Sunday, Nov. 15th, 2007
at the Lakeside Community Center in Lindo Lake Park , 25 miles east of
San Diego (location of the only remaining racing speedway in San Diego County).
Significant Milestone 100 years ago
In 1907 an event took place that would forever change the look of auto racing. This was the opening of the Lakeside Auto Speedway in Lakeside, a little resort town in the foothills of San Diego County, where Barney Oldfield that year set a new speed record for the mile. The Lakeside Auto Speedway was claimed to be the first purpose-built auto racing facility in the country.
Lakeside Historical Society is organizing a 2007 Centennial celebration at the site of the original Speedway . This event will be highlighted by a gathering of the finest antique racecars and other vehicles from the era of 1907 though 1919. These historic vehicles will be on display to the public and will be invited to a parade around the roads closely following the path of the original speedway. This running display will enable spectators to visualize what the speedway atmosphere must have been like a century ago.
The public is invited to participate with a historic vehicle or as a spectator. Lakeside Speedway Centennial Celebration info. at: http://www.lakesidehistory.org/