EDWINA GODDARD, gave a wonderful presentation with many historical photos on Jan. 15th, 2009
Some people watch history, others make history. Native San Diegan Edwina Goddard and her family have been an active part of history on our Peninsula for generations. Her family started the first book bindery business in San Diego.
Edwina holds a Geography Degree from SDSU and she’s been involved in many organizations: Cabrillo Monument Historical Association, South Western and La Playa Yacht Clubs, and is a third generation member in the Point Loma Assembly.
In her eighties, Edwina won a seat on the Point Loma Community Planning Board (PCPB), to which she brought her knowledge of local history. These topics included the Naval Training Center, the desalination plant the Navy used on the Point, the old trollies, the airport, and other issues that relate to our current planning.
The OB Historical Library celebrated its 80th Birthday in Oct. Ironically, within two weeks of the its 80th Celebration event (that included a representative of the Mayor giving the library an award), the OB Library was on Mayor Sander’s closure list!
NOBODY in Ocean Beach wanted the library to close, so in historical OB style large rallies were launched. Obecians opposed the closing at city counci meetings, and flooded the Mayor and council offices with calls and emails.
The City Council found funds to keep the 7 libraries open for part of the year and will revisit the issue starting in February.
OB residents need to remain vigilant in keeping the pressure on, so we can keep our beloved library.Our OB Library is the Heart of OUR Community Facts on Why the OB Library should stay open:
It’s a City Historically Designated Building and we just celebrated its 80th Anniversary.
(A historical landmark plaque is being made by the OB MainStreet Association & Ocean Beach Historical Society to go on building.)
Land next to the library was already purchased for the library’s expansion …
The new addition has been designed and in the works since 2000.
Mayor/City Council recently approved an Infrastructure Bond for new roofing for the OB Library.
Ocean Beach is an example of a “Walkable Village” with our library located between two schools.
It’s costly to maintain an empty library building, very costly to repurchase land, build a new library and re-buy books
(especially customized for the community) & library equipment.
Our library is a vital resource and helps educate members of our community
The Ocean Beach Historical Society board members were joined in the parade by talented local guitarist John Tafolla (father of Noah, this years OB Citizen of the Year), mandolinist Paul Yancey, mandolinist Kenny James, “The Dog Beach Santa”, a dancing elf and other friends. They were riding aboard a red and white classic 1965 Chevy truck belonging to Todd Partridge.
OBHS President Pat James and his family lead the parade in a tribute to his brother Rich in the “Dolphin Mobile.”
Thanks to all that helped with the OBHS entry, those that put the parade on and those that participated.