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SOHO Receives Honors at CPF Conference

By Vonn Marie May

Mission San Francisco de Solano


A few months ago I attended, on behalf of SOHO, the 2002 Annual California Preservation Foundation Conference held in Santa Rosa, CA. It was another wonderful statewide meeting-of-the-minds from preservationists far and wide.

This year's theme was Cultural Landscapes and offered several tracks and tours, such as; historic wineries, Jack London State Park, Old Sonoma and a particular favorite, famed horticulturist Luther Burbank's home and grounds. Selfishly, this conference was clearly one of the best for me.

Especially important as well, for any native Californian, was to make a pilgrimage to the northernmost California Mission, San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma, one of the more modest of the Missions, but still powerful and revered. I learned more about the Bear Flag Republic, a brief but dramatic part of California history, and found the Old Sonoma town square has one of the state's oldest eucalyptus trees, some ten feet in trunk diameter, dating from the mid 1800's.

However, my primary reason for attending was to accept a CPF President's Award bestowed on SOHO for its preservation advocacy in Negotiating Skills. The President's Awards are held at the Annual Meeting and are apart from the design award program that concentrates on restoration or rehabilitation projects done well. The President's Awards seek to recognize preservation advocacy successes and to promote them statewide. Both the Ballpark and Hotel Del Coronado agreements were sited as being models for productive and effective negotiations. SOHO is honored by the award and will continue its mission to intervene on behalf of preservation, in the development entitlement process to affect the best project for all interested parties.

2002 - Volume 33, Issue 2

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