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LaGOON hOSTS Legislators
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive


Photos by valiant, intrepid photographer Jim Coffee
for the San Dieguito River Park


Green Day, a celebration of the Lagoon Trail held by the San Dieguito River Park and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy with the participation of the Friends of the SDRV and a striking number of political candidates, happily coincided with St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Unfortunately it meant sharing a good dose of Irish weather. Still, many responded to the call “Come Show Your Green!”



The sometimes lashing rain and gusty winds nixed the 9 am Tricycle and Stroller Strut and the noon Bicycle Parade, but the Lagoon Trail Dedication Ceremony went off ‘as planned’ at 10 am, and as the cavalcade of speakers commenced, the umbrellas started to go down. Executive Director Dick Bobertz opened the festivities for the Joint Powers Authority of the Park, and Chair Rand Newman and Executive Director Lynne Baker spoke for the Conservancy, with Newman listing current projects for the Park including a “Trailside Ramada” or amphitheatre to be built just around the bend in the Trail. (Funds will be needed). JPA Board Members were introduced: Director Olga Diaz, Pam Slater-Price, Sherri Lightner, Don Mosier, Lesa Heebner and Tom Golich, followed by former members Dave Roberts, Scott Peters and Jan McMillan.

Then came the equally enthusiastic procession of politicos: San Diego mayoral candidates District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Congressman Bob Filner, and by proxy Nathan Fletcher. Dumanis pledged that, if elected, she would restore the financial contribution of the City of San Diego to the JPA. They stopped contributing in mid 2010, but Del Mar and Escondido upped their share to make up part of the deficit. Candidate Filner followed Dumanis saying, “I heard you, Bonnie. I’ll double it!”



Candidates for the 52nd Congressional seat, Lori Saldana and Scott Peters, and three who are vying to succeed Pam Slater-Price as 3rd District County Supervisor, Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard, Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts and Steve Danon all spoke, along with Solana Beach Mayor Joe Kellejian. Spirits were definitely not dampened. Many spoke warmly of the importance of the River Park and voiced appreciation for those who keep it going and growing, including the Rangers and volunteers like the Dust Devils who plant and tend the trails. The opening of the Dust Devils Nature Trail on the South side of the lagoon was postponed for a drier occasion.

Representing the Friends, Jacqueline Winterer and Jeff Barnouw were holding up a buffeted canopy and panels of maps and historic photos of the lagoon - sheathed in plastic - but still got wet, the photos and the Friends. The photos and maps were on display and more accessible on Lagoon Day which coincided with Earth Day, April 22.


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