November/December 2021
President's Message

In September, after much wrangling, two controversial pieces of legislation intended to address housing affordability were signed into law by Governor Newson. SB 9 allows a lot with a single-...Read more
Senate Housing Development Bills 9 & 10

Many San Diegans are just becoming aware of the recently passed California Senate housing development bills SB9 and SB10. Signed by Governor Newsom, they were approved in mid-September and will go into effect January 1, 2022. In a nutshell: Senate Bill 9's intent is to eliminate single-family zoning, while...Read more
SOHO's 2021 Most Endangered List

This year's Most Endangered List includes eleven imperiled historic sites, buildings and landscapes, all outstanding examples of our heritage, that are at grave risk. Each year the list serves to alert San Diego County citizens, property owners, elected officials...Read more
Opinion: A Hillcrest historic district would honor LGBTQ+ history.
A plaque isn't enough.

On October 6, 2021 the San Diego Union-Tribune ran two opinion pieces; both opposed establishing the Hillcrest Historic District with possible additional designation as a LGBTQ+ historic district. Read them both via the links in our article, and read SOHO's...Read more
Virtual Sherlock Homes

SOHO is now offering a new, virtual option for our Sherlock Homes Historic Homeowners Consultation Program. This virtual option provides...Read more
Blueprint for San Diego:
Mayor Gloria's New Housing Programs

In July, Mayor Todd Gloria introduced a major housing initiative called Homes For Us All. A collection of programs that includes Blueprint San Diego, this initiative focuses on building new housing as opposed to using multiple strategies that retain naturally occurring, or subsidized, affordable houseing, incentivize adaptive reuse, and reinvest...Read more
Restoring the Abelardo Rodríguez House in El Sauza

The house where former Mexican president, and Baja California and Sonora governor Abelardo L. Rodríguez lived in Ensenada is being restored by its new owner, Enrique Ibarra, and is eligible for designation as a state historical resource. Rodríguez (1889-1967) rose from poverty to become a...Read more
Protecting Latino Heritage Sites

The Hispanic Access Foundation recently released a report called An Inclusive Approach to Protecting Latino Heritage Sites. This important report advocates for the preservation of historic sites that embody the architectural, cultural...Read more
New Historic Park for San Diego

In 2006, SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons wrote an impassioned, history-rich appeal to San Diegans to write and speak out against Caltrans's plan to sell its surplus Old Town office property—a 2.5-acre site at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets that it had already promised the Old Town Planning Group that it would go to Old Town...Read more
Restoring the Hotel del Coronado: Front Entry & Porch

When the Hotel del Coronado originally opened in 1888, the south facade of the building featured a large covered veranda with two stairways and many Victorian "gingerbread" flourishes. In the 133 years since, significant alterations...Read more
Treganza Heritage Park Dedicated

At the urging of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, the Lemon Grove City Council voted unanimously in 2020 to change the name of Civic Center Plaza to Treganza Heritage Park, in honor of an influential pioneer family. The city and the historical society hosted a...Read more
Inspiration Heights Headed for
National Register

The State Historical Resources Commission found the Inspiration Heights Historic District in Mission Hills significant for listing on the National Register of Historic Places at their quarterly meeting in October 2021. Thanks to Mission Hills Heritage, whose...Read more
San Diego City and County Designations

The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board (HRB) designated three new historical resources in September, but failed to get six votes to designate the custom-designed Spanish Eclectic style...Read more
The Warner-Carrillo Stagecoach Rides Again!

Don't miss Sunday, November 14, 2021, when SOHO's long-awaited, annual celebration of the Old West with stagecoach rides will be held from noon to 4pm at the Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum in Warner Springs (last stage leaves at 3:15). Visitors to this historic stage stop will experience what it was like to ride...Read more
You are Invited to
Kate Sessions Birthday Party

The San Diego Floral Society is celebrating the horticultural and landscaping legacy of our own great Kate Sessions on November 13, 2021 in the Marston House...Read more
It's the Time of Year for
Holiday Cheer!

As the holiday season approaches, one of the best (and simplest!) ways to discover special, and unusual gifts is to become a SOHO member, if you're not one already, and to shop SOHO's carefully curated museum shops. This helps you...Read more
SNAP Benefits Include a
SOHO Museum Visit

The cost of museum admission can be a barrier for many low-income or financially strained (by the pandemic) families. SOHO is working with the Museums for All organization so more people can visit the Marston House Museum (1905) in San Diego and the adobe Warner-Carrillo Ranch House...Read more
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