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Save the Lifeguards

The most pressing issue addressed at the November 18 Pacific Beach Town Council meeting was the looming likelihood of a reduction in lifeguards. It was pointed out that the city’s reported goal of reducing the budget by 17 percent would have a significant impact on lifeguards.

According to Gavin McBride, spokesman for the San Diego Association for Lifeguards, a 17 percent reduction to the lifeguard budget would be equivalent to approximately $3 million.

“If you take us off beaches, you lose your first line of response,” said McBride. “We’d be forced to reduce two-person stations to one-person stations. If we do this, one person is going to have to go get the truck, take his eyes off the victim, and hope he will be able to find the him again.... People will die...it happened in 1983.... They reduced the number of lifeguards...within a week someone drowned.”

On average, 22.3 million people visit San Diego beaches annually. Lifeguards perform over 5000 water rescues, 3500 medical aids, and 30 cliff rescues per year. McBride also said that lifeguards perform approximately 200,000 preventative acts each year.

A local resident and mother voiced her concerns and challenged Mayor Jerry Sanders to “eliminate unnecessary office assistance in some of our agencies and keep our lifeguards on our beaches.”

For more information as to how you can help save our lifeguards visit: san-dal.webs.com

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The most pressing issue addressed at the November 18 Pacific Beach Town Council meeting was the looming likelihood of a reduction in lifeguards. It was pointed out that the city’s reported goal of reducing the budget by 17 percent would have a significant impact on lifeguards.

According to Gavin McBride, spokesman for the San Diego Association for Lifeguards, a 17 percent reduction to the lifeguard budget would be equivalent to approximately $3 million.

“If you take us off beaches, you lose your first line of response,” said McBride. “We’d be forced to reduce two-person stations to one-person stations. If we do this, one person is going to have to go get the truck, take his eyes off the victim, and hope he will be able to find the him again.... People will die...it happened in 1983.... They reduced the number of lifeguards...within a week someone drowned.”

On average, 22.3 million people visit San Diego beaches annually. Lifeguards perform over 5000 water rescues, 3500 medical aids, and 30 cliff rescues per year. McBride also said that lifeguards perform approximately 200,000 preventative acts each year.

A local resident and mother voiced her concerns and challenged Mayor Jerry Sanders to “eliminate unnecessary office assistance in some of our agencies and keep our lifeguards on our beaches.”

For more information as to how you can help save our lifeguards visit: san-dal.webs.com

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LMAO!

Nov. 19, 2009

Time to let Darwin's Law take over and "thin the herd".

Nov. 19, 2009

I've been "saved" twice by San Diego life guards.....the last time was on a boggie board and I was caught in a rip current, and was in the process of paddling out of it when the idiot life guard "saved" me......I wont go into details, but it was highly embarassing to me, especially when the 50 13 y/o "Jr Lifeguards" who were there for a training exercise started clapping when we got to the beach. I wanted to die right there on the spot.

Nov. 19, 2009

Dear SurfPuppy: Next time you're about to get saved against your will, stick your puppy arms out from your shoulders in the shape of a cross and then bring your puppy paws together so your arms are the an "O" shape. This means you're "OK" and the LG will go find some other kook to save.

Nov. 19, 2009

Please note page 5....(yeah, I know it's for scuba diving, but the LG's will understand. http://www.wrstc.com/downloads/CommonHandSignalsforScubaDiving.pdf

Nov. 19, 2009

I like McBride taking a page out of the Dick Cheney fear playbook. Well played, dude. www.pacificbeacher.com

Nov. 19, 2009

Time for yet another stupid question - If someone gets caught in a rip current, drowns, and their body washes ashore later, will the Parks and Recreation Dept. bury that person's carcass in the sand, or tow it out to sea?

Nov. 19, 2009

LMAO!!!!!!!!!! Great question furry. :-D

Nov. 19, 2009

When the city is finally forced to cut something out of its bloated budget, they always target the beaches first.

Why? Because then everyone gets up in arms and concerned.

Then the politicians can say they tried to cut something, but the public wouldn't allow it.

It's a game played again and again in San Diego. It's dishonest and should stop. But it works so well, so predictably, that it's pulled out year after year.

Instead of cutting $3 million from lifeguards, how about getting CCDC to pay back the hundreds of millions it "borrowed" from the city?

How about ending the $11 million annual payments for John Moores ballpark? How about stopping spending over $25 million on Qualcomm and the Chargers?

Nope. It's always the beaches that are targetted.

Predictable.

Disgusting.

Nov. 19, 2009

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