These photos show the Santa Ana Army Air Base (SAAAB), a WWII pilot training facility in what is now part of Costa Mesa. Today, Orange Coast College, the O.C. Fairgrounds, and Vanguard University are located on the site of the old base. The first photo (top) shows the Service Club lounge in about 1944. The second photo shows some of the barracks as they appeared in May 1949 – shortly before they were torn down. This Saturday, the SAAAB Wing will hold its 32nd annual reunion at Orange Coast College’s Student Center.
The Dana Point Historical Society (DPHS) recently acquired two more of the colorful lanterns that adorned that community’s streets in its early years. These particular lanterns have a complicated provenance, including this story, related by DPHS President Carlos N. Olvera:
“Our newly acquired lamps were a gift to Winnie Everett of South Laguna... from Heinz Kaiser. Kaiser was an Orange County Supervisor for the 5th District. ...He had just been elected to a third term when he died in 1958. After his death, a second will, dated in 1956, was filed naming Miss Everett as executrix of his estate and leaving her half of his estate. [Ed. – Including the lanterns!] Originally, the first will, dated in 1952 and filed shortly after his death, had left all of his estate to his wife. Although a surprise to many, the second will was not contested.”The City of Aliso Viejo is planning to do something (hopefully preservation or adaptive reuse?) with the Aliso Viejo Ranch site at 100 Park Ave. The City held a community workshop last week to brainstorm ideas. If you’d like to know more about this project, contact the City at (949) 425-2530.