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San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced that the City has launched a new website at which people can make donations to support the fire-pit program. Despite a $259,500 donation, fire-pit funding has only been secured until June 30, 2010 — in less than a year, there may be no more fire pits.

According to sandiego.gov, “Each [fire pit] measures 5 feet by 5 feet and weighs nearly a ton, and cleaning them is full-time work for two City employees. They require a front loader and a dump truck to haul off the debris and ash — and to avoid contact with the hot, hazardous, and sometimes toxic materials thrown into the fires. The annual cost of maintenance, including salaries and equipment, is $173,000.”

Since February, the program has raised $180, which means $172,820 is still needed reach the goal. The money needs to be raised by December 15, 2009, to ensure the fire-pit program is included in the mayor’s proposed budget starting July 1, 2010.

There are 186 fire pits in San Diego: all along Mission Beach, Mission Bay, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach. Donations to the fire-pit program can be made by visiting sandiego.gov/philanthropycenter and clicking on the “Donate Now” button.

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Ponzi July 12, 2009 @ 1:12 p.m.

Two full time people for $172,820 a year? Where do I sign up?

Anyway fk mayor Sanders and the City of San Diego. If the locals here want to enjoy a fire ring, we'll just have to become tourists of Orange County:

Bolsa Chica: 182 fire rings.

Huntington State Beach: 180 fire rings.

Huntington City Beach: A few hundred fire pits on a 3/4 mile stretch between Beach and First Street.

Newport Beach: About 50 fire pits in Balboa and Corona del Mar.

Laguna Beach: County-run Aliso Beach has about a dozen fire rings.

Doheny State Beach: About 35 or so spots, and they are usually gone within a half hour of the park opening.

San Clemente City Beach: Four rings on the south side of the pier, five on the north side, stretching from North Beach to T-Street.

San Clemente State Beach: One fire ring at Riviera Beach, at tower 4

If Huntington Beach, with a population of less that 200,000 can justify and support 600 fire rings, why can't the city of San Diego with 1.2 million people justify 186 fire rings for its residents and tourists?


jbolty July 15, 2009 @ 9:42 p.m.

So if there really is a savings then we can assume that those two individuals were fired and the truck and front end loader sold. No? then I guess they were assigned other duties and it's all a big scam designed to stampede the citizens into a tax increase.



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