OB Pier Closed Due to High Surf
On Tuesday, the 19th, San Diego Lifeguards closed the OB Pier due to dangers from the high surf – as waves hit the structure and even poured over it. This rare occasion didn’t stop those who wanted to get a closer look at the turbulence and surging swells.
Surfer Rescued by Two Women Lifeguard “Heros”
Channel 10 TV news reported that a surfer was rescued off Sunset Cliffs on Tuesday by two women lifeguards.
Aaron Kirkeby had been surfing at Sunset Cliffs for a couple of hours with some friends enjoying the large waves when he began to get tired. And the waves began getting larger. He began to fear for his safety and told his friends he needed help.
Kirkeby, told 10News:
“It’s just scary. [It's] my life, you know. Big sets come and you get caught on the inside, you know. I just didn’t want to find out what that was.”
He wasn’t a beginner as he’d been surfing for 5 years, but he’s also not a top-notch surfer, as he admitted.
“The current was really strong, so you have got to be careful on Mother Nature; it’s a strong animal.
“It’s not about anything other than surviving because it could take your life — that’s the bottom line,”
Fortunately for him, San Diego Lifeguards had already increased their staffing. Once alerted, lifeguards powered up a jet ski, found Kirkeby and pulled him from the water in what they later called “expert-level only surf”.
Both the rescuing lifeguards were women. Once he saw them, Kirkeby out “Yes!” later recounting his thoughts:
“It’s funny, two chicks pull up on a jet ski, and I’m like, ‘Yes!'” he yelled through laughter.
Kirkeby said they weren’t just any “chicks”, telling 10News,
At first, Kirkeby was a bit too embarrassed to go on camera, but his better self took hold and he was able to appreciate what had really happened.
The reason this is special news is that these two women lifeguards proved that their gender didn’t matter in rescuing this surfer. Unfortunately, often women lifeguards are denigrated in lore and pay. This story helps to settle the beach-myth of the super-macho lifeguard.
About 100 protesters crammed the front gate to SeaWorld on Sunday, Jan. 19th. For a couple of hours, they ensured any park customers would see their messages.
3 Ebers Units Sold for a Million
Three residential units in Ocean Beach at 1971 Ebers St., San Diego 92107, has been sold for $1.05 million. The buyer was Michael L. Dale,(News source: The Daily Transcript – subscription)
Navy to Replace or Repair Controversial Underground Fuel Pipeline through Point Loma
The Navy is getting prepared to deal with 4 and a half miles of pipeline that runs close to the water’s edge by either repairing or replacing its sections. They want to either repair or replace the pipes and move the pipeline up to Rosecrans Street. In order to carry out the project, the Navy needs public comment.
Part of the Navy’s proposal is also to relocate a mile of the line – a pipeline that does cross the San Diego River, and to add shutoff valves in the event of an earthquake.
The 60-year-old pipeline is controversial as local residents have complained for years about the their fears and the dangers of a fuel spill. Erosion or high tides could wash the pipes loose, some fear. The line is not just close to the water, but it also flows underneath houses in the area.
A lot of fuel flows through the pipeline – millions of gallons in fact – each year. It goes from the Naval Base Point Loma up to the Marine Corps Station at Miramar – a distance of 17 miles. Despite media reports of pipe corrosion and metal loss, the Navy insists it’s all safe. The repair and replacement program will proceed.
Rocky Neptune’s Life Celebrated
Rocky Neptune, a San Diego and Tijuana activist and writer – and occasional reporter for the OB Rag – will have his life celebrated on February 1st. Rocky’s murder in Tijuana on December 7th shocked his friends and family. His ashes were spread off the Rosarito Beach pier.
Rocky was involved throughout the years with a number of organizations and causes, including the San Diego Quaker Meeting, Peace Resource Center, the San Diego Affordable Housing Coalition, Activist San Diego, Green Party, homeless issues, gay rights issues and more. He was also a journalist/writer with strong opinions on many issues. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyle “Rocky” Neptun — Celebration of Life
Saturday, February 1, 2014 2 p.m.
First Church of the Brethren Sanctuary
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105
Please bring vegetarian finger food to share. Hosted by: Democratic Socialists of America, David Barrows, Virginia Franco, Carol Jahnkow and Herb Shore. Please join together with friends of Rocky Neptun for a celebration of a life well-lived
Coastkeeper Calls on County Water Authority to Enact Mandatory Water Conservation
It’s official: California is now officially in a Drought. Gov. Brown announced it. 2013 was California’s driest year in 119 on record. The state’s snow pack is at an all-time low of 20 percent its average. Sacramento and other northern California cities have already imposed mandatory water restrictions to conserve shrinking supplies.
With this in mind, San Diego Coastkeeper calls on the San Diego Water Authority to be a responsible water agent for the county, the state and the Southwest region by requiring San Diegans to use water wisely.
“As water importers, we have a responsibility to conserve when our end-of-pipe habits have devastating effects rippling throughout the western United States,” said Waterkeeper Matt O’Malley about San Diego’s impacts on the Colorado River Basin and the Sacramento Bay Delta.
“We import over 80 percent of our water from outside the region, which means the low snow pack and the drying Colorado River have major implications on our water supply.”
According to the Water Authority’s report, regional water use is down, while independent transfers from the Colorado River are growing and reservoir storage is up.
But, says O’Malley, this doesn’t tell a complete story because increasing water imports is unreliable, expensive and unfairly affecting other communities. He says that the region sucks almost half of what it uses from the Colorado River, named the Most Endangered River in America in 2013, and another 30 percent from the San Joaquin River Delta in Northern California. Additionally, water-related energy use consumes 19 percent of California’s electricity, exacerbating climate change concerns.
In San Diego, residents use about 140 gallons of water per day per person. That compares to less than 50 gallons of water per day per person in Australia, where they have similar weather patterns and living standards.
“We have to ask ourselves, if in San Diego County, 60 percent of water use goes to landscape irrigation and other outdoor activities, are we really doing what we can to conserve?” says O’Malley.
When the Water Authority enacted mandatory restriction in 2009, county residents responded by conserving around 20 percent. And in 2009-2011, the region reduced its water use by 14 percent.
“With all of the odds stacked against our water supply and residents’ responsiveness when asked to reduce use, we see mandatory water conservation as the new standard in water supply for San Diego,” O’Malley said, noting that this should extend beyond the implementation of water reuse and desalination currently planned in San Diego. “It’s the only way to ensure an affordable California way of life that we all love.”
For more information on San Diego Coastkeeper and water supply solutions, please visit www.sdcoastkeeper.org.