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10 Questions: Local native Andrea Schlageter keeps extending her Point Loma-OB ties

"I didn’t choose the PL-OB life, it chose me," says area native Andrea Schlageter.
“I didn’t choose the PL-OB life, it chose me,” says area native Andrea Schlageter, who is involved in community groups in Ocean Beach and Point Loma.
(Courtesy of Andrea Schlageter)

Ten Questions is a series in the Point Loma-OB Monthly that shines a spotlight on notable locals we wish we knew more about. This month’s featured personality is Andrea Schlageter, chairwoman of the Ocean Beach Planning Board and a board member of the Point Loma Association.

Andrea Schlageter was born and raised in San Diego and is part of the Point Loma High School class of 2009. She went on to attend Boston University, graduating early with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in international relations. After college, she worked on various political campaigns before taking a job with a tech start-up in Boston.

Once she realized she couldn’t live in a place that required her to wear closed-toed shoes eight months of the year, she moved back to sunny San Diego, where she joined the OB Planning Board and the Point Loma Association to start giving back to the communities that raised her.

For work, she does sales consulting for various start-ups around Southern California.

When she isn’t working or volunteering, you can find her playing beach volleyball, sailing or eating sushi.

Now on to the 10 Questions:

Q. What attracted you to the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area as a place to live?

A. I didn’t choose the PL-OB life, it chose me. Once you live in the most beautiful and community-oriented place, it’s hard to be satisfied anywhere else.

Q. What are your favorite places to go in Point Loma and Ocean Beach?

A. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. My best friend lives in Manhattan and the first time out here she remarked how it was a movie set. Not that it looked like a movie set, it was a movie set. The beauty is so unreal and perfect. When pelicans flew by, she was convinced they were puppets on strings.

Q. If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add to improve Point Loma or Ocean Beach?

A. Our lifeguards deserve a new station! They risk their lives every day to protect us, they shouldn’t risk injury just walking up the stairs in their workplace.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

A. I have always been a firm believer in being your own hero. So the endless possibilities of what life can be and the goals I have for myself are my drive.

Q. If you hosted a dinner party for five, who (living or deceased) would you invite?

A. I know this question is where you are supposed to show your nerdy side, but as someone who has experienced a lot of loss in my personal life, one more dinner with my grandmother and father as well as my mother and brother would be everything to me.

Q. Tell us about what you are currently reading or watching on TV.

A. I haven’t started a new novel yet after just finishing “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith — don’t tell my book club. I do read Brookings Briefs or foreign policy essays every day. As far as TV goes, everyone should be watching “Atlanta.” Everything Donald Glover does is amazing.

Q. What would be your dream vacation?

A. It’s a tie between renting a car and driving around Germany stopping at all the castles or doing a food tour of Italy where each day you meet a different chef and go to the market with them to pick out ingredients to learn a new recipe.

Q. What are your five favorite movies of all time? Or if you prefer, what are your five favorite apps?

A. This question is always so hard! So I’ll break it down by genre:

Horror: “Rec”

Action: “Live and Let Die”

Culturally Significant Masterpiece: “Josie and the Pussycats”

Comedy: “Bad News Bears”

Drama: “Brick”

Q. What is your most prized possession?

A. I have a necklace my mother had made for me after my grandmother passed. It’s in the shape of Lake Tahoe, where my grandmother lived my whole life, and has two gemstones from an old ring of hers. I wear it almost every day.

Q. What is your motto or philosophy of life?

A.: “It’s better to be kind than right.” Something I think a lot of people need to hear.

Do you know someone you’d like us to ask 10 Questions? Send an email with your suggestion to robert.vardon@lajollalight.com.


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