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Beautiful, Brilliant and Brave, A Celebration of Black Women

Come see it before it is gone! A traveling photographic exhibit produced by the Women’s Museum of California is on display at the lobby of the City of San Diego Administration Building, located at 202 C Street.  The exhibit honors African American women throughout the world and highlights 23 prominent female African American community leaders from San Diego County that serve as an inspiration to younger generations.

The “Beautiful, Brilliant and Brave, A Celebration of Black Women” exhibit will be on display through tomorrow, and then it will be displayed at the San Diego County Administration Building and in schools throughout San Diego County.

The San Diego women highlighted in this exhibit are:
1.  Rahmo Abdi, her community service bridges the gap between African and African-American women.
2. +Mariea Antoinette, inspires women through music.
3. Manuelita Brown, creates images that define and elevate Black women.
4. Vickie Butcher, Global Humanitarian and founder of Water for Children Africa.
5.  Constance Carroll, first Black woman Chancellor of San Diego Community College District.
6.  JoAnne Cornwell, Creator of Sisterlocks, which has elevated the self-esteem and sisterhood of Black women.
7. Aminisha Cunningham, carries on the tradition of African dance as a performer and a teacher through Teysachosan Dance and Drumming.
8. Maria Dowd, created the African-American Women's Conference on Tour.
9. Kora Louise Dunbar, the definition of Excellence in Education; Retired Administrator.
10. +Romell Foster-Owens, First Black Woman to be crowned Miss San Diego.
11. Sandra Foster-King, tells the stories of Black women through dance.
12. Sheryl Gee, Vice President of Training and Development, Neighborhood House; Cultural Psychologist; Motivational Speaker who trains women leaders.
13. Leah Goodwin, one of the founders of the African-American Artists and Writers organization; arts/cultural contributions to San Diego communities.
14. +Carolle Jean-Murat , first African-American OBGYN in San Diego who has embraced her Haitian cultural heritage as a healer.
15. Dianne Moss, Creator of Children Having Children Organization and Project New Village to educate/bring awareness to the Black community.
16. Janaha Ransome (1983-2013), Founder of T.E.A.M. (Teaching, Empowering and Motivating); Community Leader/ Youth Advocate.
17. Dee Sanford, the visionary of African-American Business Women of Vision.
18. Delicia Sonnenburg Turner, Director of the Women's Theater at Moxie, she brings women's stories to life.
19. Judy Sundayo, Founder of Rites of Passage for African-American Girls.
20. +Shirley Weber  first Black Woman in California State Assembly.
21. Trish Weir, Co-creator of the first African-American Women's Conference in San Diego.
22. +Myrtle Cole, City of San Diego Councilmember
23. Frances Jackson, Opened the 1st  black owned Appraisal Firm in San Diego County
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Active Shooter Exercise Trains Police & Firefighters

The San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue Departments and Scripps Health conducted a full scale “active shooter” training exercise at the new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in La Jolla.

The scenario had a simulated shooter enter the hospital and “shoot” several people on the first floor before going to the sixth floor, “killing” and “wounding” several more people. Police responded along with Fire-Rescue and ambulances from several agencies. All told 480 people took part in the drill, including 135 from Scripps Health who played the parts of patients, victims and healthcare workers.
“It’s a great learning experience,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. “We train together to be prepared to save lives. It’s a great collaborative effort.”

San Diego Assistant Fire Chief Brian Fennessy explained that the approach to incidents like this is changing. “It’s no longer acceptable to wait for PD to clear us in before medics go into a scene like this,” he said. “What you saw here today was the use of a ‘rescue task force’ where medics entered the hospital along with force protection from the Police. We can’t stand outside and wait when we should go in and work to save lives.”

Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder pointed out that last week, a surgeon was shot and killed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “So this is real life,” he said. “You’re still more likely to be hit by lightning than to be shot at a hospital, but we need to be prepared. And a hospital is much different from an office building. When you have critically ill patients, you can’t just evacuate.”
Both Chief Zimmerman and Chief Fennessy said things were learned in this exercise that they can build upon and improve.

#activeshootertraining   #SDPD   #Chrisvangorder   #ChiefZimmerman
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SDFD Drops In On Rattlesnake Bite Victim 

The flight crew from San Diego Fire-Rescue Copter 1 paid a visit to Rady Children’s Hospital and to one patient in particular who they met after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.

15 year old Bradley Avey was hiking with his parents in Mission Trails Regional Park on Sunday (January 25) when a three foot long rattlesnake bit him on the ankle. His parents called 9-1-1 and Copter 1 airlifted the boy off Fortuna Mountain and flew him directly to Children’s.

The crew came to visit him Thursday and is happy to report he is recovering well.

#SDFD   #rattlesnake   #radyschildrenshospital  
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Frosty Sutherland

Reservoir Keeper Mark DeAlba recently snapped these shots of a winter wonderland at the City’s Sutherland Reservoir. Alas, the snow has already melted in the warmer temperatures.

#SanDiego #SutherlandReservoir
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Upper Otay Reservoir Project to Improve Water Quality, Native Habitat

The City’s Public Utilities Department and local nonprofit River Partners are restoring 100 acres at City’s Upper Otay Reservoir. The three-year project will restore urban streams, improve water quality, and include native trees and plants.

#cityofsandiego #waterquality #nativehabitat #sdpublicutilities
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Valve Maintenance Program to Protect Water Distribution System

A three-year, citywide program starting this month will help protect the City water system. The preventative maintenance program conducted by the Public Utilities Department will require the testing of more than 75,000 gate valves on the City’s distribution water mains.

Read more here:

#cityofsandiego #waterquality #sdpublicutilities
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City of San Diego Invites You to Fill 'er Up!

Take advantage of the rainy season, and the City’s generous rain barrel rebate program to harvest that precious precipitation and use it to irrigate your landscape.

Click here for more information:

#conservation   #drought   #WasteNoWater   #SanDiego  
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State of the City Address, 2015

Tonight is the night!
Mayor Kevin Faulconer will deliver his State of the City Address from the beautiful Balboa Theatre starting at 6:00 pm.

CityTV will be streaming it live via this link:

Don't miss it!

#SanDiego   #StateoftheCityAddress   #SOTCSD   #MayorKevinFaulconer 
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2015 Political “Watch-List”

A local news article featured several politicians and their possible plans for the future. Check it out!

#SanDiego   #CityCouncil   #Politics   #SDCityBeat
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Chief Zimmerman's Plan for SDPD

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is engaging the public in her reform strategy.

#SanDiego #SDPD #ChiefShelleyZimmerman
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