The next meeting of the South Bay Historical Society is Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. in the Chula Vista Civic Library Auditorium. Bruce Coons and Amie Hayes from Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) will speak on historic preservation in the South Bay. This presentation will first take the audience through a brief overview of SOHO itself and then tell the history of what remains
of Otay City, and other South Bay historic resources such as the Anderson House and the Western Salt Works. The presentation will conclude with information about historic designation, the Chula Vista Mills Act, and preservation partnership opportunities.

Bruce Coons, SOHO's Executive Director, leads policy and advocacy implementation and the overall administration, which is overseeing property management and operations of 11 historic sites from Old Town to San Diego's backcountry. An architectural historian, restoration and historic design professional, with a background in archeology as well, Coons has been involved with historic preservation for over 40 years. He and his wife Alana lived in the South Bay for 25 years, first in the George Kimball house (National City) and then the Coronado Cays.

Amie Hayes, SOHO's Historic Resources Specialist, graduated from Boston University (MA) in 2011 with a Master's in Preservation Studies. Working for the City of Somerville (MA), she advanced the integration of historic preservation in both the Planning and Economic Development divisions, and developed a diverse portfolio of community planning and historic preservation projects. In 2015, she returned to SOHO to advocate for San Diego's historic resources as the Historic Resources Specialist.

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