Cabrillo National Monument remains quiet amid shutdown

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SAN DIEGO — A three-day centennial celebration was supposed to kick-off Saturday at the Cabrillo National Monument, but due to the government shutdown, the monument has been closed since October 1.

photo[1]Events planned for October 12-14 were canceled — including the nighttime gala-fundraiser “Cabrillo Lights Up the Night.”

The Cabrillo National Monument Foundation posted this message on its website:

“We have already begun the process of planning a new date for the same combination of food, music, silent auction and fun.  We have tentatively selected March 15, 2014, in part to add a near-full moon to the splendor of the evening.  We sincerely hope that you will plan to join us then.”

It’s unclear whether the other canceled activities, including Monday’s Centennial Commemoration Ceremony, will happen at all.

“It’s something that makes San Diego special and it’s something that’s going to be stopped because of bureaucrats back in Washington – just can’t get things together,” said Alan Wilson, a Point Loma resident.

Some states are temporarily funding the re-opening of national parks.  California is not one of those states.

“They’re open parks.  I mean, really?  Come on.  It’s ridiculous.  We pay for this,” said Point Loma resident Lisa Catlin.

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