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Optimum Health Institute Orientation

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The Optimum Health Institute, located at 6700 Central Ave., offers orientations every Sunday evening. There is a tour of the grounds at 4 p.m., followed by an orientation meeting at 4:30 p.m. At 5:15 is circle time and prayer, after which a nutritious meal of organic and raw food is served.

Helen Ofield March 13, 2011 at 05:17 PM
The OHI owned the magnificent, century-old, Moreton Bay Fig Tree on Central Avenue, which, bizarrely, they had separated onto its lot, cordoned with fencing, divorcing it from its original site, the historic, 1985 Levi Geer House (aka "Sunset View Ranch"). This peculiar move disturbed many in the community--but has now been capped by the unkindest cut of all. On Feb. 24, the tree was cut down, shredded, obliterated. This murderous act demonstrates why historic site and historic tree ordinances are so critically needed lest communities lose pieces of their heritage at the hands of the heedless. Is this slaughter part of the OHI's "holistic mission for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual healing"? Helen Ofield
lupe diaz June 05, 2011 at 08:01 AM
Yes, I agree. I was flabbergasted to find out the other day driving down on Central Avenue to find the tree was gone!!! WHY did you cut this wonderful old tree down. It was an original that went with the historic house.....I will write a letter to George Gastil..since I know him personally. Was it diseased? You need to be prosecuted for what you did. If a similar act was done in San Diego, say the Moreton tree in Balboa Park someone would definitely be fined or go to jail. Shame on you for preaching wholistic medicine when you destroy nature. Lupe Diaz, San Diego resident of Oak Park. Formerly interested in the Levi Geer house (purchase). How in the world did you get that property in the back and the TREE!!!
David Irving September 02, 2013 at 02:54 AM
The Moreton Bay fig adjoining the Sunset View Ranch House was cut down because its roots were burrowing into the pipes of the owner of the property where the fig stood. My daughter, current owner of the Sunset View Ranch House, offered her neighbor up to 5K not to cut it down, but he felt the problems were to big and he had to sacrifice the tree to save his plumbing.
Helen Ofield September 02, 2013 at 11:49 AM
David, your daughter went the last mile to top try and save that tree. There are techniques for saving trees while removing offending roots that have invaded pipes and/or foundations, but strong motivation and an experienced tree surgeon are needed. But we are glad that the beautiful Geer House lives on. Don't hesitate to contact the Historical Society as we have quite a lot of information about that house (1895, by the way -- not my typo shown in an earlier message).

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