LEONA HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS
January brought the Northridge earthquake in Southern California, another wakeup call for Leona Heights and Redwood Heights residents. And for others who also live in the zone straddling the Hayward Fault (which is in essence the centerline of Highway 13), the same reminder! It is time to review retrofitting of our homes and properties for greater resistance to earthquakes. And time also to update family plans, insurance, and neighborhood disaster organization. The main lesson learned from the Northridge earthquake was that the vertical earthquake forces can be much more severe than heretofore expected.
Interested residents will want to attend the Leona Heights Improvement Association meeting at Leona Lodge, 4444 Mountain Boulevard, at 7:30 p.m. on April 28. Practical suggestions as to what residents can do to be better prepared will be covered.
Leona Heights April Citizens-Of-The-Month: (This is the first of a series of profiles of local residents who deserve to be highlighted for their many-faceted contributions to our community.) Marian and Roger Reeve of Mountain View Avenue, U. C. Berkeley graduates in botany, moved to our area in 1976, a year before Roger retired from the U. S. Department of Agriculture Albany Western Regional Lab. In 1981 Marian retired from teaching biology and botany at Merritt College. But they certainly have not retired from activities! Both have been immersed most of their lives in conservation efforts. We can in large measure thank these two for the dedication to the East Bay Regional Park District by Challenger Corporation of the 500 acres of oak tree-studded hillside below Merritt College called the Leona Greenbelt. Both Marian and Roger are active in the California Native Plant Society and the Berkeley Camera Club. Marian is an active member of the Berkeley Garden Club. Roger, aside from being a valued member of the Board of Leona Heights Improvement Association, is a contributing member of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets and the Ina Coolbrith Circle. He crowds into each day a few minutes for writing, and both Marian and Roger enjoy home gardening and adventure traveling. Saludos, amigos!