I was down in Mission Beach, San Diego, this morning when I encountered the man in the orange Harley Davidson of Orlando shirt at the left of the frame. He is standing beside a stranded baby seal with a bucket of water to keep it moist. Strandings have become a sad phenomenon this year. This seal was in bad shape but the man was standing by and waiting for Sea World vets to arrive. The reason the man looks so vigilant is that he was also protecting the 3′ X 4′ rectangle left to him by the city tractor combing the beach. The driver would hardly be deterred as he made extremely close passes along a 2o-yard stretch. The rest of this 6-mile beach had yet to be combed. The two acts, the man care-taking the sick seal, and the tractor driver raking lines into the sand next to him brought a question to mind: When will the City of San Diego stop prepping for tourists long enough to give the real locals a break, human or otherwise?
We don’t need to subsidize the tourism industry or sports stadiums. We need to fix potholes and care for the people who live here.