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Executive Director Message

Coronado Railroad, Politics and the Will of the People

By Bruce Coons

All of the historical groups in the Bay region have endorsed the preservation of this important historic resource; in fact there has been representation from 16 groups supporting designation. The State Historical Resources added it to the States List of Historical resources and reaffirmed its significance three months later when challenged by the Port and Chula Vista. Finally in November after almost all of the commissioners who had evaluated the Railroad had left the board, the politicos finally got the designation reversed. Chula Vista and National City's historic resources boards have also recommended designation and have been ignored by their city councils. The only opposition has come from politicians who are willing to compromise their moral, legal and ethical duty to protect the historic resources within their control for short-term private gain. We understand that our government is founded on compromise, but how does one make the decision to destroy the rights of present and future generations of Americans to the preservation and enjoyment of their heritage for private interests?

Chula Vista has been able to pull the wool over the eyes of the new inexperienced National City council and has allowed National City to once again be left out in the cold when it comes to having bayside tourist attractions. This time they were seeking to deal a fatal blow to any hope for the future. Heritage tourism accounts for over 56% of every tourist dollar spent in the US every year. Tourist railroads are one of the most successful of heritage tour operations, and the Coronado Railroad is the only bayfront railroad operation in the Nation. National City has some of the most outstanding historic resources in San Diego County, many on the National Register.

It doesn't take a visionary to see that developing these historic resources as a tourist destination with the bayfront railroad as the primary draw might be good for National City and the entire South Bay, both for the image of the area and for economic prosperity for its people.

The battle is far from over; it will take another two to four years. Throughout all the public meetings people have expressed their concerns for preserving the rail line for heritage and Eco-tourism. We need your help and will be notifying you of future meetings. If we all turn out and express our views the politicians will not be able to continue to ignore the will of the people. This is the time to take a stand. We have not yet begun to fight.

2003 - Volume 34, Issue 1


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A Significant Win For the OPHQ

Coronado Railroad, Politics and the Will of the People

President's Message

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SOHO Archivist, a Welcome Addition

New Offices For SOHO

Community Outreach

University Heights Takes Action

Events & Education News

Grants & Donations - Thank You

Preservation Action Update

Planned Giving Program

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Red Tile Style Discovery

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