This morning as I bodysurfed crystal clear 1-2′ ankle snappers at the La Jolla Shores while my sons had a blast on their surfboards, I watched slack-jawed as four large city trucks and a skip loader wasted fuel, fouled the air and made the beach smaller by scooping up sand and kelp from the beach (it is then hauled off to Fiesta Island).

Almost like those night soil removers who kept ancient Chinese cities livable for the ruling elite.

The sand-kelp removal operations at the Shores is proof that Scott Peters is the Dr. Evil of San Diego and Ted Medina, San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Director is his Mini-Me. Apparently, their only vision for San Diego Parks and Rec. is that it should serve as a personal valet service for La Jolla beachfront millionaires.

No more proof is needed of how Peters-Medina conspire to have the city of San Diego act as a butler to the wealthy than the mismanagement of La Jolla Shores, the crown jewel of San Diego beaches. There, the city parks crews spend a lot of their time, manpower and money eliminating the beautiful beach of kelp and sand. Because, you know, sand and kelp don’t belong on our beaches.

Meanwhile kids in Southeast San Diego and in South San Diego just get their services cut left and right. But then folks in the “other” areas just don’t contribute the same kind of funds to campaign coffers as the good folk of La Jolla do. They shouldn’t expect their government to work for them – they only pay taxes rather than write personal checks to pay for city services.

No wonder Peters-Medina can’t wait to take those trucks to Casa Beach and remove the sand and harbor seals there. Why don’t we just save the city money and remove all of the sand, kelp and sea creatures from city beaches? Pour blacktop over the sand and have the kelp-removal crews hose down them down each morning so that wealthy beachfront residents won’t have to tolerate … the ocean.

Hey Peters-Medina, how about spending the money used to make La Jolla Shores smaller, to make sure kids in Southeast or South San Diego don’t get killed in drive-bys? Or how about just sweeping the sand and kelp from the La Jolla Shores boardwalk and parking lot instead of removing it from the beach where it belongs?

Message to Dr. Evil Peters and Mini-Me Medina: Beaches in San Diego are part of the Pacific Ocean, a large body of water that is west of City Hall. Can you please have the Parks and Rec. Department focus its manpower and dwindling financial resources on providing services for the families and children in San Diego who need our help the most instead of attending to the demands of the world’s most spoiled children?

Serge Dedina

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