Q&A with Point Loma Association chair Clark Anthony Burlingame

The Point Loma Association has a 20-member board of directors. Terms are two-years, with maximum service of six consecutive years. The board is led by four officers: Chair (Clark Anthony Burlingame), Vice Chair (Dave Martin), Treasurer (Ted Walker) and Secretary (Ted Kay). There are additional chair posts for the Membership and Beautification Committees.

Where did you grow up?

In Iowa and Illinois, until I was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1969.

What do you do for a living?

I'm retired, but I had a 30-year career in radio and TV broadcasting and I still do voice-over work.

Are you married? Got kids?

My wife Kaye and I have been married for 48 years. We have two grown sons and 3 grandchildren.

Give us a brief history of your involvement with Point Loma governance.

In my working days, I was often invited to emcee special events, so I'd swoop in, get a lot of credit and attention, though the praise belonged to the volunteers who did all the work arranging the event and fund-raising. I promised myself that when I had more time, I would join a community organization to give back and be a real part of something! The opportunity arose with the Point Loma Association, and I am happy to volunteer my services and help make our community a better place, improving the quality of life for all!

If you could wave a magic wand and make a wish for Point Loma come true, that wish would be:

More affordable housing! We raised two sons here and enjoyed a wonderful sense of community; we looked out for our neighbors' kids, just as their parents looked out for ours. I would like us to solve the housing issues we have so our grown children are able to live in the neighborhood they grew up in!

What is your favorite thing about Point Loma?

Its history and its world-class views.

What is your top priority for Point Loma improvement?

A top priority for Point Loma would be safety and harmony for our neighborhoods.

What is one thing you want people to know about the Point Loma Association?

The Point Loma Association was established 60 years ago with the mission to make the village more beautiful. The Association has since grown to 900 families. It still works through the Mean Green Team on landscape and beautification projects, but through our website, e-mail blasts and public meetings, members are informed about community issues and these concerns are brought to the attention of our government representatives. The PLA is also involved with charitable activities and civic collaborations. Annual memberships dues are $50-$1,000.

Do you have a favorite spot for relaxing in town?

I love walking around Shelter Island and catching sunsets at Point Loma Nazarene.

How would you spend a $5,000 gift to Point Loma — no strings attached?

I'd like to see more public artwork installed and more beautification projects.

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Point Loma Association

• Meetings: 7:30-8:30 a.m. second Wednesdays at the Bali Hai on Shelter Island. Their next meeting is May 9.

• Address: Point Loma Association, PO Box 60212, San Diego, CA 92166-0212.

• Voicemail: (619) 736-1752

• Website: pointloma.org

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