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    Veteran lifeguard tapped to finish Faulconer’s term
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 09, 2014 | 12866 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    ED HARRIS
    ED HARRIS
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    It took two ballot rounds for the San Diego City Council to select Point Loma resident Ed Harris, a longtime lifeguard and former Marine, to fill the District 2 seat vacated by now-mayor Kevin Faulconer over the next eight months. “There were numerous highly qualified and inspiring candidates in the field, and I’m very humbled by the council’s decision,” said Harris after his April 7 appointment. “I look forward to working directly with community leaders to strengthen District 2 neighborhoods.” The diverse field of candidates for the temporary District 2 post included a TV producer, a retired judge, a disabled-persons advocate, an attorney and an architect, among others. Harris was immediately sworn in after being selected by the council. His candidacy drew the support of councilmembers Sherri Lightner, David Alvarez, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf, who will run to become the next full-term District 2 councilmember in the June primary. In appointing Harris, who is head of the city’s lifeguard union, his council supporters said they were familiar — and comfortable — with his leadership style. “I support Ed Harris,” said Alvarez. “He really has the ability to get things done and that’s what it’s going to take. He’s well prepared to take the job. Ed is the right choice today.” Lightner agreed. “I am supporting Ed Harris because I have known and worked closely with him for the past six years and believe he is best suited to come in and hit the ground running as a councilman,” she said. District 9 Councilwoman Marti Emerald was of like mind. “Ed Harris is a hero, flat out, a U.S. Marine, a lifeguard who puts his life on the line every time the bell rings, and he’s been an incredible partner here at the city,” she said. Other candidates receiving votes to fill the temporary District 2 seat were: Chris Cramer, CEO and co-founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company; Gretchen Kinney Newsom of LeSar Development Consultants, which works with the chronic homeless; and Howard Wayne, a deputy attorney general and former three-term state assemblyman. All 17 candidates had three minutes to address the council and present their qualifications. Harris told the council that protecting the safety of the public and the environment topped his priority list. “I know how to work with labor and managed the city’s most fiscally responsive department (lifeguards),” Harris said, adding he’s worked to set up and administer Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) set aside along San Diego’s coastline to protect fish species in no-take areas allowing them to repopulate. Also a Point Loma soccer coach, Harris started a real-estate investment company in 2002 and has purchased and renovated Ocean Beach and Point Loma properties for nearly two decades. He said he understands “the business perspective and the need to improve small business in the city of San Diego.” He said he’s a renewable energy proponent. His home is totally solar-powered. “I believe renewable energy starts in your backyard,” he said. A 25-year resident of District 2, Harris became a San Diego lifeguard in 1989 after serving in the Marine Corps. His most current post was as a lifeguard sergeant and a dive-team supervisor answering high-profile emergency calls. Harris said he initiated a deal with Toyota for 34 new lifeguard vehicles that saved the city $1.1million. He is also a member of the Livable Streets Coalition, striving to make San Diego a more walkable and bike-friendly city. He also started the annual “Fill the Fin” campaign in 2011 to raise money for swim programs in San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods. “As City Council representative, I will be the ‘voice for the coast’ at San Diego City Hall,” said Harris in his council application. Harris will be the District 2 representative until that district’s newly elected councilmember is seated on Dec. 8 or Dec. 10.
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    Beach lifesavers ask for budgetary boost for staffing, equipment needs
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 09, 2014 | 1168 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The city’s Lifeguard Services is looking to boost its budget over the next five years to, among other things, bolster staff, maintenance and equipmentl in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, South Mission Beach, Windansea and Mission Bay.        Photo by Jim Grant
    The city’s Lifeguard Services is looking to boost its budget over the next five years to, among other things, bolster staff, maintenance and equipmentl in Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, South Mission Beach, Windansea and Mission Bay. Photo by Jim Grant
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    The lifeguards responsible for the lives of 20 million-plus beachgoers along San Diego’s 17-mile coast who made more than 5,000 water rescues in 2013 are asking for a little more than $5 million over the next five years from the city during budget deliberations. “The main thing is to look ahead and have a plan ready so that, as funding is available, we know where we want to be (operationally) and can act on those opportunities,” said San Diego Lifeguard Services Chief Rick Wurts. “We recognize the city is still going through its recovery in the budget and that there are many important needs throughout other departments like police and fire. The list of needs we’ve submitted are our top priorities.” Wurts’ recent budget proposal to the city asked for about $5.28 million over the next five years. This includes $1.77 million in fiscal year 2014-15, to add personnel and address maintenance and equipment needs. Wurts said his department’s budget proposal was projected over five years “to take a comprehensive look at areas where we felt we could augment operations to be able to continue to provide even better service in all aspects of our operations.” On Monday, April 14, Mayor Kevin Faulconer released his proposed budget, which will be vetted by the public and City Council in budget deliberations over the next couple of months. The budget will be finalized sometime in June for the new fiscal year starting July 1. The lifeguard budget proposal requests 15 additional lifeguards and support staff. Faulconer’s budget calls for a $500,000 increase in the city’s current $19.2 million annual lifeguard services expenditures. “We have 97 full-time lifeguards working year-round, and in the summertime we bring in about 200 seasonal, part-time lifeguards,” Wurts said. New lifeguards would reportedly be added to La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, South Mission Beach, Windansea and Mission Bay for the boating-safety unit. Though the lifeguard’s flotilla of watercraft is small — totaling 11 vessels, including two fire boats and nine patrol/surf-rescue vessels — it’s integral to the department’s lifesaving mission. “We have a cliff-rescue vehicle that sorely needs replacement,” Wurts said. “That’s currently being constructed and we hope to get that delivered to us sometime in January 2015.” Wurts said another big-ticket item, replacement of a fire boat, is going through vendor selection. “We’ll hopefully get that boat about 12 months from now,” he said. “We’re setting chunks of money aside over the next 20 years or longer so when a boat comes due for replacement, there’s money that’s been set aside. Our goal is to pre-plan for when these things start coming due.” There’s also funding set aside in the lifeguards’ five-year plan to expand lifeguard headquarters at Mission Bay. “We’ve shared that facility with the Park and Recreation Department for decades,” said Wurts. “We need some additional lifeguard headquarters for things we want to do.” One way lifeguards could be getting more space is through the conversion of a carpenter garage used by Park and Rec at Quivira Basin into a boating safety unit locker room and sleeping quarters. “’It’s a really big footprint (garage) and used by only one person,” Wurts said. “We’re in the process of identifying another space to relocate all that shop equipment. We’re hoping to build out that same space into a large locker room and sleep facilities for our emergency lifeguards who work 24-hour shifts.” Wurts noted supporting lifeguards is important, not only for their rescue function but for the “preventative” work they do. “Last year, we made more than 251,000 preventative actions,” said Wurts, pointing out such actions involve activities like “lifeguards seeing people too close to a rip current and warning them to move further north or south. “There is a tremendous amount of activity that goes on along the coastline to make sure that our beaches are safe,” he said.
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    Youngsters get colorfully creative in Ocean Beach
    Apr 09, 2014 | 611 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    From left are Elyse Engle, Camille Clifton and Ella Engle.                  Courtesy photo by Kevin Haggerty
    From left are Elyse Engle, Camille Clifton and Ella Engle. Courtesy photo by Kevin Haggerty
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    The Young at Art Children’s Creative Center in Ocean Beach sponsored the painting of a fence at Point Loma Gas at the foot of Point Loma Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard recently. The free community event was open to children and adults to help paint a mural titled “The Fantasy Seascape.” The nonprofit center was founded and directed by Kim Howell, an OB resident and professional artist. The center is committed to providing a nurturing and positive environment where children can express themselves freely while engaging in the arts. For more information, visit youngatartsandiego.org.
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    OB, Point Loma to join the world in feting Earth Day
    by MARTIN JONES WESTLIN
    Apr 09, 2014 | 585 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Blue Dot Refill has set up shop in Ocean Beach just in time for Earth Day celebrations on April 22. The shop is San Diego’s first and only eco-soap refill shop. Courtesy photo
    Blue Dot Refill has set up shop in Ocean Beach just in time for Earth Day celebrations on April 22. The shop is San Diego’s first and only eco-soap refill shop. Courtesy photo
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    On April 22, 1970, grass-roots activism came to call in workplaces across the U.S. It was a Wednesday, when the organizers of the country’s first Earth Day figured they had the best chance to entice employees out of their offices for the nationwide rallies. The ploy worked, to the tune of 20 million souls in attendance—and 44 years later, more than a billion people worldwide are expected to take part in clean-ups and attend speeches on the environmental state of the globe. But you don’t have to go to France or India, or even Cleveland, to get a sense of Earth Day’s meaning. Ocean Beach and Point Loma have a few items on tap on the 22nd. The Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market, 4765 Voltaire St., will raffle two pedal-powered bicycles in doing its part for a cleaner planet. No purchase is necessary, and everybody, not just members, is invited to enter. Members will receive 10 percent off bulk items, excluding coffee and herbs, encouraging bulk purchases with reusable containers and thus cutting down on packaging. Ocean Beach is also host to San Diego’s first and only eco-soap refill shop. Blue Dot Refill, next to the market, at 4799 ½ Voltaire St., provides bulk body care, soap, laundry and other household cleaning products to consumers for refill. Brands carried are environmentally safe, popular labels sold at major retailers and natural food markets. Consumers bring in an empty container or purchase a new one on site, refilled in bulk and weighed for purchase by the ounce. The idea is to help reduce single-use plastics. Elsewhere, Point Loma Nazarene University is taking it to the streets as the school opens its residence halls to faculty, who will invite discussions on sustainability issues between 7 and 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Earth Day almost coincides with the annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, set for Saturday, April 26. I Love a Clean San Diego’s signature event. Since the event’s inception in 2003, nearly 45,000 volunteers have helped remove 1.65 million pounds of debris from locations countywide. The group emphasizes that 80 percent of the county’s coastal debris originates from inland locales.
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    ‘Bite of Point Loma’ to tantalize tastebuds
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Apr 09, 2014 | 411 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Young customers select some sweet delights at Chi Chocolat, one of the many popular restaurants and establishments participating in this year’s “Bite of Point Loma.” 
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    Young customers select some sweet delights at Chi Chocolat, one of the many popular restaurants and establishments participating in this year’s “Bite of Point Loma.” Courtesy photo
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    Tantalizing tastes from many of Liber-ty Station’s finest restaurants await patrons of “Bite of Point Loma,” a flavorful fundraiser designed to to spruce up the Point Loma High School campus. Peninsula palates will be satiated by samples from a wide range of eateries on Tuesday, April 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Organizers also are rounding up numerous items for a silent auction — all in hopes of providing a nicer environment for students in the central quad area of the 89-year-old Pointer campus. At press time, entrees from popular restaurants like Slater’s 50/50, Solare, Luna Grill, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Fig Tree and Tender Greens were set. FITzee Foods and Go Raw will share samples of their health-conscious offerings, while Chi Chocolat will provide sweet endings to tour participants. Pre-sale tickets ($35 each) are available at biteofpointlomaevent.mydag-site.com. Tickets for youthful tasters (ages 5-18) are $20. Day-of-event purchases are $40 per ticket. Auction donors and event sponsors are being added. For more information, call Maria Gibson at (619) 938-7897.
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