Coastkeeper Council Without OB Rep Despite Annual “CleanWater” Paddle and Strong History of Eco-Awareness
San Diego Coastkeeper is today – Oct. 11th – announcing the members of its first Community Advisory Council. Yet the list lacks any OBcean – despite the community being the site of the annual “Clean Water” Paddle, a strong Surfrider Foundation chapter, and years of ecological awareness. (Why OB even has its own Green Store.)
Now, perhaps this lack of any representative from OB is all fine and dandy, maybe there’s been plenty of OB voices on the advisory council over the years … but wait just a sec! This is the very “first” council and it’s supposed to be a “community” council as well.
Not only that, Coastkeeper announced that as the very first and “inaugural” council, “these members get to create the structure and goals of the council”. OBceans may lose out there too. To their credit, Coastkeeper stated that they did receive “a wave” of applications after they announced the launching of the council in early August. They said that “out of the nearly 30 applicants, Coastkeeper selected ten individuals after a series of application reviews and interviews.” Oh well.
At any rate, not to take our friends at Coastkeeper to task all that much, they announce that:
This new entity includes community members who bring individual perspectives on how water pollution impacts different neighborhoods throughout the region. Members of the group will help Coastkeeper find and fix water quality issues that the communities in San Diego County face.
“San Diego Coastkeeper’s Community Advisory Council will work with us to help us identify and solve the critical issues affecting water quality in our county,” said Micah Mitrosky, the Coastkeeper board member who coordinates the council. “By connecting with these volunteers through this collaborative committee, we’re ensuring the organization has direct involvement with the community to solve everyday water pollution problems and empower the community as part of those solutions.”
The members of the new and first Community Advisory Council include:
- Brent Alspach, Oceanside
- Margarita Diaz, Tijuana
- Jenny Kressel , Mission Hills
- Taya Lazootin, College Area
- Harry Orgovan, Chula Vista
- Allison Price, Mission Valley
- Craig Sherman, Carmel Valley
- Jessica Toth, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
- Hector Valtierra, La Mesa and El Cajon
- Alberto Vasquez, Encanto
The first Community Advisory Council will be publicly introduced to Coastkeeper’s supporters and donors at the Seaside Soiree on November 15 at Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. Tickets are $200 and can be purchased through Coastkeeper’s website at www.sdcoastkeeper.org.