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President's Message

By Erik Hanson

I was preparing my notes for a bus tour of historic sites in Uptown and Bankers Hill, and to keep it current, I went up to see if there were any signs that the demolition of the Bertha Mitchell House was underway. When I arrived I saw four police cars in the back parking lot. The first thought I had was could there be a protest that SOHO was not informed of? No, not likely, so that thought did not last long.

My next thought was, ok, they are going to let the SWAT team practice in there for a couple days just like they did in the Carnation Building, shoot off ordinance and get the plaster all chipped up before the HABS documentation pictures could be taken. Possibly, but not the case.

As it turned out, they were actually training police K-9 dogs there for a few weeks. Before the dogs could be let in each session the team would have to flush out the homeless inside so they wouldn't get bit.

I started to feel depressed about living in a city where architectural treasures are still being demolished and where a developer would try to charge the police a use fee for helping them clear out the loiterers.

But those thoughts didn't last long, I arrived at the opening session of the California Preservation Foundation conference at the amazingly restored First Church of Christ, Scientist to find standing room only with preservationists who had paid to learn more about historic preservation ... Right here in our town ... Things started to look up.

2001 - Volume 32, Issue 2

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