Anatomy of a Neighborhood
Chair's Message: by Cecilia Carrick
As a physician, anatomy was my trade, the microscope my tool.
These days, I have traded in my microscope for a pen and a shovel to focus
on a new subject: our unique Point Loma neighborhood. It is where buoys,
beacons and sails bob and glisten on our waters; where Jacarandas, Golden
Medallions, dovetailing Mexican Palms and bursts of bougainvillea grace our
thoroughfares; where American flags and headstones line our roads, reminding
us of sacrifice, privileges and blessings; where a National Park provides
beautiful vistas and trails; where Cabrillo, proud discoverer with rich Portuguese
heritage, decided to land.
We live in paradise, but not without the sweat equity of a
special group called the Point Loma Association. Our Mean Green Team enhances
our neighborhoods on a daily basis by planting, trimming, weeding and picking
up trash and homeless debris. We bring the community together for free summer
concerts – run solely by volunteers who put on a complex event with
deceptive ease. We engage professional artists to transform utility boxes
into beautiful works of art. We persuade property owners to bring down billboards
clean graffiti and rid our streets of empty magazine racks. We spend countless
hours meeting with authorities, appearing before commissions, making phone
calls, writing letters and interfacing with government and Navy representatives
to address traffic, noise and pollution in our neighborhoods.
The energy, doggedness and hard work of Point Loma Association
volunteers make us look fit and feel good. We are a group of neighbors and
business people just like you, who, for FIFTY YEARS, have been volunteering
on your behalf. Join in. Support your team. If you do not have time to volunteer,
support us financially. We welcome you and are grateful for any or all.
Why donate? This is what it takes to keep Point Loma beautiful:
$30,000/year: Gardening, weeding, planting and maintenance
of over 15 different public Point Loma areas
$5,000/year: Tree trimming
$2,000/year: Utility Box Art projects
$70,000/year: Point Loma Park Summer Concerts