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Reader Responds In Defense Of Serge Dedina

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 10:08 am

I would like to comment on last week’s Eagle & Times letter written by Imperial Beach resident Mitchell McKay.

McKay’s letter begins by saying “our mayor wears two hats.“ Hat Mayor Serge Dedina’s position as Executive Director of the non- profit Wildcoast Organization. Hat #1..would be Dedina’s holding office as Mayor of Imperial Beach.

I would like to address what Mr. McKay sees as a conflict of interest here. I am a journalist covering stories in our border region since 2003. Between 2003 and 2006..I lived in Playas Tijuana and was a staff writer for a Northern Baja English speaking newspaper. I specialized in environmental issues. I had a number of articles published on the Baja sewage problems focusing on the area just south of the TJ-Rosarito toll both, covering all the coastline communities such as San Antonio del Mar, Campo Torres, Villa Lepro, and Baja Malibu, to name a few. All had horrible sewage problems, all coming from untreated waste water coming from places across the toll road, like Real del Mar. Residents were desperate to get something done and Wildcoast people were always right there taking water samples, helping residents, doing whatever they could to track and document the sewage problem. Serge Dedina was well known as a tireless defender of a clean Baja Coastline. 

As a person who has years of experience dealing and reporting with coastline sewage issues...I have this to say: The City of Imperial Beach could not have a better person than Serge Dedina to manage the town’s very difficult Tijuana run-off sewage problem. Wildcoast and Serge Dedina are one and the same..and have been devoted to solving this problem for years.

IB residents are lucky to have such a devoted environmentalist as elected Mayor of IB.

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