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Mitt Romney plans to increase his presence in San Diego

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is increasing his presence in San Diego, with plans to raze his 3,000-square-foot home in La Jolla to make way for an 11,000-square-foot house, it was reported Sunday.

The former Massachusetts governor, in the area for fundraisers this weekend, bought the three-bedroom, oceanfront house built in 1936 at 311 Dunemere Drive about three years ago, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The home in the "Barber tract" neighborhood was once owned by former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor and her late husband, Bob Peterson, founder of Jack-in-the-Box.

"It's a very special little area of La Jolla," Carol Olten, a local historian, told the Union-Tribune. "It's obviously very close to the ocean. It has unique architecture and the people who live there just love it all the time -- even though it gets crowded."

The California Coastal Commission and La Jolla Community Planning Group have recommended approval of Romney's plans. City permits are pending.

Mitt and Anne Romney attended a local brunch Saturday and have dinner planned in the area Monday.

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