People On the Move: March-April 2016

first_imgKevin Hazel is now a Security Analyst for ALDI.Michael Buck is now an LP Coordinator for Barnes & Noble.George McDowell is an Area AP Leader at Big Lots.- Sponsor – Andrew Buchanan, CFI was appointed Director of LP for Calgary Co-Op.Raymond Sosa, MBA, CFI is now Director of LP at CVS Health.Anthony Rodriguez was appointed Director of LP for David Yurman.John Spirko was appointed Director of LP for Equinox.Debra Martin was named Director of LP for Fresh Market.Nate Pearson was appointed Executive VP for General Security Services.Kelly Moye, CFI is now Corporate Investigations Manager for GM Financial.Beth Guinn is now Manager of LP for Harding Retail.Scott Draher, LPC was promoted to VP of LP, Safety and Operations for Lowe’s.Jennifer Thomason, CFI is now Global DTC LP Operations Manager for Nike.James Stark was appointed Director of LP for Pier 1 Imports.Damon Trite, CFI, LPC is now Regional LP Manager for Signet Jewelers.Bill Seering was appointed VP of Sales and Marketing, and Brent Ewing was named VP of Product Development and Strategic Partnerships at Southern Imperial.Martin Hernandez is now Area LP Manager for Tawa Supermarkets.USS announced that Patrick Avery, Bob Bartholomew, Faisal Khaliq, CFI, Christine Olsz, and Brian White are now National Account Managers for the Eastern United States, and Lonna Barret, Vince Fillari, Shannon Gregg, Brad McGarrh, and Michael Bitzer are National Account Managers in the West.Stan Welch, LPC was appointed VP of Business Development for The Zellman Group and Agilence Strategic Partnership.To stay up to date on the latest career moves as they happen, sign up for LP Insider, the magazine’s daily e-newsletter, or visit the professional development topic page. Information for People on the Move is provided by the Loss Prevention Foundation, Loss Prevention Recruiters, Jennings Executive Recruiting, and readers like you. To inform us of a promotion or new hire, email us at peopleonthemove (at) LPportal (dot) com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Risk Consulting Booming in the UK

first_imgRisk and regulatory work is now the fastest-growing consulting service in the UK, breaking the £500 million (~ $735 million) barrier for the first time. Helping today’s organizations comply with regulations, address cyber threats and manage the fall-out from major corporate scandals has led to double-digit growth in regulatory and risk consulting, which was up 11.8 percent to reach a total of £507 million (~ $745 million) last year.Analysis from Source Global Research (Source) has also found that the ‘Big Four’ advisory firms are well situated to win work here as big names carry a lot of weight with the regulators. Indeed, this is one important reason why the ‘Big Four’ soundly dominate the risk consulting market.Risk work has a much wider reach than just regulatory compliance, though. The Volkswagen emissions scandal, outrage over how some supermarkets treat their suppliers and fallout from the TalkTalk hacking episode have all helped to place reputational risk front of mind for many consulting clients.- Sponsor – The latest Source report notes that social media makes wrong moves in this area far costlier than they once were, as bad news can go viral in seconds.The report also finds that retail cyber security is having a huge impact on risk consulting, with some consulting firms telling Source they hit 40 percent growth for this type of work during 2015. The work here is high-profile and tends to touch on all areas of an organization, as the last few years have proven that threats come from a variety of sources.Fiona Czerniawska, director and founder of Source Global Research, said: “Consulting firms are eager to invest in risk and regulatory matters in order to take advantage of all the growth that’s available, but many of the skill sets required are deeply specialized and rather hard to come by. Firms may find this restrains their growth prospects more than any other factor.”Heavily Regulated Industries Drive GrowthIn particular, those industries with heavy regulations, such as financial services and pharmaceuticals, are driving much compliance work for consulting businesses.A managing director from the financial services sector has explained to the Source report authors why the ‘Big Four’ firms are favored for helping with this compliance work.“Sometimes,” said the managing director, “we’re engaging consultants as a result of a direct suggestion from the regulators, who might tell us that we need to go out and generate an independent view on X, Y or Z. We’ll definitely go to a name-brand firm in that instance so that we can show the regulator we’ve been responsive and engaged with the right people.”However, the Source report does point out that, although regulation remains a big driver of consulting firm revenues in the financial services sector, it’s now starting to look a bit less of a cash cow. Source says that there’s less pure regulatory work around as regulation volumes start to fall and banks begin to emerge from the post-crisis compliance pressure that’s wiped out all hope of pursuing other types of projects.In turn, this shift away from huge volumes of pure compliance work threatens to hit the ‘Big Four’ firms the hardest, but growth in cyber crime could help fill this gap.Stephen Vinnicombe, UK CEO at Capco, explained: “Cyber crime changes the products and services we’ll offer. It’s not really a one-time consulting service. Rather, you need a repeat approach, simply because the risk doesn’t go away. It just evolves. You cannot apply a single solution and be confident that you’ve taken care of it for a while.”This article was published in LP Magazine EU in 2015. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma in Doha to Take Part in World Innovation…

first_imgDoha  –  Princess Lalla Salma, chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Treatment and Prevention, arrived on Monday in Doha to take part in the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), which will be held on December 10-11 in Doha, at the invitation of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.Upon her arrival at the Doha international airport, Princess Lalla Salma was greeted by Jawaher Bint Hamad Bin Sahim Al Thani, spouse of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar and by Morocco’s ambassador in Doha El Mekki Gaouane, as well as other figures.After a short break at the airport lounge, HRH Princess Lalla Salma headed for the palais des hôtes, her residence in Doha. The opening of the summit, held under the patronage of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, will be marked by a speech to be delivered by HRH Princess Lalla Salma before 600 participants, mainly decision-makers and experts from the health sector representing over 50 countries.The high-profile meeting will discuss sustainable and innovative solutions to address health challenges worldwide.International experts in healthcare innovation are chairing the WISH working groups which this year focus on eight themes: obesity, mental health, accountable care, end-of-life, road traffic injury, patient engagement, antimicrobial resistance, and big data and healthcare.last_img read more

The Pacers Are Bucking Every NBA Trend And Its Working

Celtics4754+7 Long-midrange attempts are 2-point jump shots from between 16 and 23 feet.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Grizzlies3521-14 Long-midrange attempts3-point attemptsFree throws Lakers3237+5 T-Wolves5047-3 Spurs5047-3 Projected season wins TeamPreseasonCurrentDiff. INDIANAPOLIS — Even before this season, a campaign in which they’ve pieced together the NBA’s best record, the Houston Rockets and their unusual goals on offense have been an object of fascination. For years, there’s been intrigue surrounding Houston’s desire to shatter records by taking threes whenever possible. More recently, the team’s historic ability to score 1-on-1 has garnered attention. The Pacers and Rockets have different philosophiesHow the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets compare in key offensive metrics, 2018-17 season through March 21 Mavericks3026-4 Pelicans4347+4 Cavaliers5748-9 Clippers4644-2 Raptors4561+16 Bulls2627+1 Nets2926-3 Indiana Pacers119.3%2728.3%2522.7 Magic3726-11 Warriors6461-3 Rockets5766+9 Hawks2624-2 Indiana’s ahead of scheduleProjected win totals for NBA teams if they continue their current pace compared with FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 preseason win projections Blazers4250+8 Jazz46460 Houston Rockets304.4149.9230.7 76ers3949+10 Nuggets4843-5 Pistons3438+4 Thunder5548-7 Suns3121-10 Hornets4636-10 Knicks30300 Current pace for games through March 21 TeamRankShare of all shotsRankShare of all shotsRankper 100 FG attempts Kings2426+2 Heat4045+5 Wizards46460 Pacers3245+13 Bucks4542-3 Far less talked about are the Indiana Pacers, arguably the league’s most surprising team this season. At 41-31, Indiana is vying for home-court advantage in the playoffs and is only a shade behind the reigning three-time conference champion Cavaliers. More interesting is how the Pacers are doing it: They have become the Anti-Rockets.Indiana’s offensive approach is diametrically opposed to the league’s best team. The Rockets are notorious for avoiding midrange shots; the Pacers hover nearly just as far above the league average in how often they take long twos as the Rockets are beneath it. The median team shoots from the 16- to 23-foot range about 12 percent of the time; Houston takes 4.4 percent of its shots from that distance, while Indiana takes a whopping 19.3 percent of its shots from there.The contrasts in shot selection don’t end with midrange jumpers. Unlike the Rockets, who take a league-high 50 percent of their shots from 3-point range and get to the free-throw line at the second highest clip in the league, the Pacers rank among the NBA’s bottom six in both 3-point attempt rate and free-throw attempt rate.A fair amount of that seems to stem from coach Nate McMillan’s offensive philosophy,1Larry Bird’s hiring of McMillan was initially criticized by many because of his reputation as a coach who slowed things down — a trait that ran counter to Bird’s stated desire to play more up-tempo after parting ways with Frank Vogel. McMillan, who’s since sought to get the Pacers to play faster, has argued that the long-held perception of his coaching style was unfair, given the sorts of rosters he was working with. which encourages pulling the trigger quickly if a defender is allowing the solid jump-shooting team more than a few feet of space.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/midrange2.mp400:0000:0002:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“We talk about playing early, playing late,” McMillan told me. “If you have an open look or a rim attempt early (in the shot clock), take it. If you don’t, then make teams defend. But when we have open looks, we want to take them.” The Pacers have often done that, with the caveat being that, in today’s NBA, those midrange attempts are often ones the defense would like for Indiana to take.Indiana has launched 1,273 open and wide-open 2-point jumpers,2From 10 feet and farther. “Open” means no defender was within 4 feet at the time of the shot. “Wide open” means no defender was within 6 feet at the time of the shot. over 100 more than the next closest team, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. And in keeping with McMillan’s wishes, the Pacers rank third with 205 open attempts from midrange in the first eight seconds of the shot clock.Simply put, the Pacers aren’t in the business of turning down open looks — even the ones thought to be the least efficient. Al Jefferson, a Pacers backup big man and former All-NBA center who’s been forced into action because of recent injuries to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, told me that his teammates have gotten frustrated with him at times for not always adhering to that shoot-it-if-you’re-open game plan.“They got on me in Philly because I turned down some open midrange shots. So I told them, ‘I guarantee you the next game, I’ll shoot it,’” Jefferson said after a loss to the East-leading Raptors. “Then tonight came and I turned down another open look and did a dribble handoff instead. And they all yelled at me: ‘Shoot the ball!’3Look carefully at the first clip, and you’ll notice a fan sitting in the third row (on the bottom left of the screen) standing up, gesturing to Jefferson that he should have taken the first open shot. Luckily for me, I shot the next one, and it went in.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/aljefferson.mp400:0000:0001:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I guess that’s just the new NBA. I’m more old-school. But that’s the shot. You look at a lot of the bigs (on defense), and they back off when you set that pick. If the pop is open? That’s when my teammates will get mad at me if I don’t take it,” Jefferson said. “Even if you might miss it, take it. Because that’s what the defense is giving you.”It would be hard to say this approach hasn’t worked for Indiana, a team that was expected to struggle mightily on offense after trading Paul George. No one is more integral to Indiana’s strategy than Victor Oladipo,4Perhaps the simplest measure of his value: The Pacers, 41-25 with Oladipo, have gone 0-6 in games without their All-Star this season. who’s made the huge leap from mere starter to All-Star. (Not only have the Pacers improved slightly since last season, jumping from 15th to 12th in offensive rating, but they also sit in fifth place in the East.) But it’s also worth noting that their heavy reliance on jumpers — ones that some teams avoid like the plague — hasn’t hurt them. If anything, Oladipo and the Pacers have taken advantage of a market inefficiency by launching, and making, midrange tries at a much higher rate than other teams.Of course, the midrange shot is far from the sole reason Indiana is outperforming every preseason projection. Darren Collison is leading the league in 3-point percentage. The Pacers’ defense has improved and uses its length to create the second-most deflections in the NBA; they’re also tied at third for forcing the highest turnover percentage. Oladipo’s gambling instincts as a free safety occasionally help shorten a handful of defensive plays, not only helping keep Indiana’s young bigs out of foul trouble, but also creating quick, efficient looks the other way in transition.5The Pacers are sixth in offensive efficiency after forcing a live-ball turnover, and their possessions last an average of just 9.1 seconds after such plays, the NBA’s 11th-fastest pace, according to Inpredictable.Forward Thaddeus Young put it in much simpler terms: “We’re just playing basketball. We’re having fun,” he told CBS Sports. “When you have a team that’s just full of ISO players and it’s just isolation basketball, it’s not as fun. You’re just standing around watching.”While no one will mistake this offense for the perpetual-motion ones used in San Antonio or Utah, the Pacers seem to benefit from added movement in their sets — particularly in screen-handoff scenarios, where Indiana is one of the NBA’s most efficient, aggressive teams on a per-play basis.6They rank first in field-goal attempts stemming from direct handoffs and rank fourth in points per direct handoff, according to Second Spectrum.The real question with Indiana — beyond its tough schedule to close out the season — is how the club will adjust come postseason if the midrange looks don’t fall as frequently, or if opposing clubs begin crowding the Pacers’ space more than they’re used to. This month is already testing the former, as McMillan’s team has shot its worst percentage of the season7March has been the Pacers’ worst month from midrange by a country mile. They were shooting 36.9 percent from there heading into Friday’s game, a mark that would rank 25th. Their worst percentage prior to this was last month, when they hit 42.7 percent of those attempts, still good enough for the NBA’s ninth-best mark. from that part of the floor.Indiana has shown it’s capable of beating just about anyone in the East.8The Pacers took won three of four against the Cavaliers, split four games with the Celtics and won their first matchup with Toronto back in November. But if that cold spell carries into the playoffs, Oladipo and his teammates may be required to force the issue a bit more and use a more aggressive style than the one we’ve seen much of the season. “There’s plenty of times I walk up to him in games and say, ‘Don’t let them off the hook,’” Young said of Oladipo.9Oladipo is rare in the sense that he’s just as dangerous after a considerable number of dribbles as he is off the catch. His effective field-goal percentage is nearly the same after using seven dribbles or more as it is when he doesn’t use a dribble at all, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/dipo.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If the Pacers can avoid doing that, these Anti-Rockets could transform themselves into a tough out next month.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Wrestling Ohio State opens up home schedule versus No 5 Missouri

OSU junior Kyle Snyder declared victor in a bout against Nebraska on Jan. 17, 2016. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSt. John Arena once again will roll out the Block-O stamped mats, reveal new championship banners and welcome anticipating wrestling fans for the first time this season on Thursday night, when it hosts a bout between top-ranked teams.The No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team will face off against the No. 5 Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. “I am excited to be back home,” said junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder.  “Just the fans and being able to compete in front of your home crowd and see the people who really support you is always a big reason why I came back, and why I like to compete.”A varsity debut is being made Thursday night, as Luke Pletcher, freshman at 141 pounds, had his redshirt status pulled and will replace redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes, after an undisclosed injury put Hayes out of competition for the rest of the 2016-17 season.OSU coach Tom Ryan has confidence in the newly called-up freshman before the dual match, looking into Pletcher’s future as a solid reason behind having him step up and compete earlier than expected.“Luke’s ready to wrestle,” Ryan said.  “He’s been working really hard, where he’s won his first two tournaments.  So he’s ready to roll.”Snyder anticipates a competitive match between wrestlers from both teams, noting the hype surrounding the top-ranked dual, headlined by two U.S. Olympians competing under one roof.  Missouri’s J’den Cox, a senior at 197 lbs., who earned bronze in the 86-kg freestyle event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, whereas Snyder won gold in the 97-kg division.  “Missouri’s got a good team,” Snyder said.  “Our team’s got a bunch of dudes who can wrestle hard and score a lot of points, so that’s what we’re going to try to do.”The 197-pound bout between OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore and Missouri’s Olympian, Cox, was one of several matches Ryan highlighted on Tuesday. He also said redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez will make the varsity start in the 125-pound match.OSU won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, but Ryan said there were still plenty of improvement to be made before wrestling against Missouri.“We’re working quite a bit on defense to leg attacks,” Ryan said.  “(Being on) bottom is a big issue for us, so heavy focus on getting out — we’ve struggled there a little bit.”Snyder’s focus lies mostly with the team victory rather than reveling in individual achievement against a top-five opponent.“I’m just going to wrestle, and I need to get bonus points,” Snyder said. “Maybe pin (his opponent), and we’ll see what happens.” read more

Player mishaps overlooked for the right price entertainment

College basketball and football are being overrun with child agents who call themselves coaches or friends, when they’re actually looking to profit off of any child with a chance to make it big.Last Friday, USC coach Lane Kiffin offered a football scholarship to a 13-year-old boy from Delaware. David Sills made national headlines by verbally committing to USC after receiving the offer.The person responsible for this travesty is Steve Clarkson, a self-proclaimed personal coach — or a child-pusher.This sort of thing popped up at USC once before in basketball with O.J. Mayo. Mayo was given whatever he wanted, from clothes to money, by a sports agency called BDA in order to profit off of his pro sports contract.The USC basketball program paid for BDA and Mayo’s decisions by receiving various penalties from the NCAA. The program had to forfeit wins, money, aspects of recruiting and future postseason play all because a player did something and a coach allowed it to happen.Does anyone remember LeBron James? He was given one or more massive loans in high school by various people so he could live the good life in his Hummer H2. Although the loans were controversial, the team wasn’t penalized until James accepted two jerseys as a gift from a local clothing store. This violated Ohio High School Athletic Association rules and they declared him ineligible to play. James had to win a lawsuit to regain eligibility.How do these occurrences go unnoticed by the NCAA or these kids’ coaches? The only defendable case out of what I have mentioned is James’ loans, but his overwhelming popularity in high school was ridiculous.If people wanted to see James in action while he was in high school, they just had to turn on ESPN, which was nationally televising his games.This pimping of children is becoming much worse than it was in the past. Most of these child signees break their commitment to the school before signing day even comes, so it would seem that it is pointless to offer a scholarship in the first place.It’s not feasible to completely regulate these child agents and firms from contacting children, which is a failure of the system, but what about the coaches who accept these athletes?Kentucky coach John Calipari left Memphis and UMass with NCAA sanctions upon his departure to go to a different job, forcing the schools vacate their Final Four appearances.Memphis is the most recent infraction that Calipari allowed to happen. Derrick Rose was highly recruited out of high school, but an NCAA investigation a year after he went pro proved that someone took his SAT for him.Rose’s low high school grades compared to his high SAT score should have been enough for Calipari or the school to become suspicious immediately. Instead, it took the NCAA, which regulates thousands of athletes, two years to catch the wrong doing.The Rose/Calipari scandal by itself is enough reason for the NCAA to change its policies to punish coaches instead of schools.Why won’t anyone act on these sporting crimes? I know why. We’re too entertained to care. read more

Board of Trustees to discuss variable Ohio State mens basketball ticket prices

The Buckeye celebrate after a 3-point basket in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 2. Ohio State won 76-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Board of Trustees will discuss Thursday integrating variable ticket pricing into men’s basketball, pricing individual games according to whether it’s an exhibition, non-conference, conference or premier opponent. This past season, Ohio State listed its premier opponents as Syracuse, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin. The recommendation, as part of the finance committee meeting, also states that the arena will expand its four ticket price zones to six, establishing one in the lower level seating with an increase in pricing and upper level seating with either reduced pricing or remaining the same. For Zone 1 seating, the public can purchase tickets, depending on the level of opponent, from as low as $10 to $57. Season tickets will be $634. For the Zone 6 seating, tickets can be purchased from $5-14 depending on the opponent. The season ticket discounts will remain at approximately 12 percent off the total for the general public and 20 percent off the total price for Ohio State faculty and staff. Student pricing will remain at $9 for all opponents. The 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule has not yet been finalized. read more

Mancini open to Buffon return for Italy

first_imgItaly boss Roberto Mancini would welcome the prospect of Gianluigi Buffon making a return to the national side as long as he is up to the required level of fitness and playing wellThe legendary goalkeeper has now ended his 17-year association with Juventus and appears set to seal a move to Paris St Germain soon on a reported two-year deal.While Mancini had given Buffon the opportunity to participate in his first games in charge of Italy this month in the international friendlies, the 40-year-old elected to not retract his decision to retire from international football.But even so, the door remains open for the 2006 World Cup winner.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We won’t have big problems with the goalkeepers, in every sense. The lads are all good and I have another couple of goalkeepers in mind. We’ll consider all players who are fit and playing well, but we also have to think about the future,” Mancini said on Radio Rai Uno, via Calcio Mercato.“If someone is fit and in good form when the time comes then I don’t see why they wouldn’t be called. Experienced players can help this young national team. I’m sure my goalkeepers are all starters, including [Gigio] Donnarumma and [Mattia] Perin.“I’m sure they’ll all play at their respective clubs, and I alternated between them to get to know them better. It’s one thing to watch them from outside, quite another to see them on the pitch.”last_img read more

Rakitic Real Madrid werent very clever

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic suggested that Real Madrid made things too easy for them in Sunday’s 5-1 winLuis Suarez’s hat-trick along with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal saw Barcelona prevail in the season’s first El Clasico at Camp Nou.Real had briefly got themselves back into the game at 2-1 with Marcelo’ second-half goal, but Rakitic reckons that the visitors made things too hard for themselves when it came to getting an equaliser.“We really enjoyed playing like this is, which isn’t easy when Leo is not there,” said Rakitic, according to Marca.“We were very superior and that’s the way it feels”.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“We played a great match from the first minute, had very clear ideas and the third goal helped us a lot to have peace of mind.”He added: “Madrid had chances.“But they weren’t very clever and luckily we have reacted.”Barcelona, who hold a narrow one-point lead over surprise challengers Deportivo Alaves, will next face a trip to León-based side Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.last_img read more

Forget the Blue Wave or Red Wave Imperial Beach has been hit

first_imgForget the “Blue Wave” or “Red Wave,” Imperial Beach has been hit by the “Green Wave” November 7, 2018 Dan Plante, Updated: 6:35 PM Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwittercenter_img Dan Plante Posted: November 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – While the rest of the nation appears to be obsessed with drawing political lines (blue vs red), in the quiet coastal town of Imperial Beach, it all about the “Green.” “As a true environmentalist, it’s good to see what’s happening here. The number one issue is clean water,” says Imperial Beach Council Member Mark West.West used to be the director of the “Surfrider Foundation”. The Mayor and the newest Council Member are both active members of “Wildcoast,” another group dedicated to clean oceans.“This issue of water quality has now reached the top, President Trump is now aware along with the President of Mexico,” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “Because of Mexico, our beaches have been closed three out of the past 10-years.”Some are calling it the biggest on-going environmental disaster in America today. The toxic waste has been flowing into the San Diego for at least 40-years now. Surfers and swimmers have been getting sick. Border Patrol are forced to walk in toxic waste and members of the military have contracted “flesh eating bacteria”. All from toxic waste from Mexico.But the political tide is changing. Every single elected leader in Imperial Beach is a hard core “environmentalist”. With the election of Paloma Aguirre, it’s five for five. “I think it speaks to our community. We are tired of being dumped on, we cherish clean water and our ecosystems. I think that’s reflective with who they are elected to office,” says Aguirre. last_img read more