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Co., Foundation Get Others Onboard for Border Area Cleanup

The San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, one of the largest and most active U.S. chapters, announced that Costa Rican-based beer manufacturer Cerveza Imperial raised more than $10,000 for the foundation and the California Surf Museum. The $8,500 raised from the auction of four Aaron Chang surfboards is being added to the contribution Cerveza Imperial made earlier this summer to Surfrider Foundation’s project to rid the Tijuana River Valley and ocean at the border of pollutants. The additional $2,010 raised from donations at the event is going to the California Surf Museum.

Erv Frederick, a representative from Cerveza Imperial, said the collaboration among the foundation, the museum and his company aligns the mission of finding better ways to use, protect, clean and preserve our water for everyone to enjoy.

“The pollution has health and safety impacts because our border patrol and our Navy SEALs train in the very area that is polluted with sewage and other pollutants,” said Gabriella Torres, policy coordinator at Surfrider Foundation.

The Surfrider Foundation is advocating for a bipartisan coalition in the Congress to develop a plan to stop the border pollution. Additionally, Torres is advocating before all local city councils working with the International Boundary and Water Commission to develop a more comprehensive water quality monitoring program.

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National Conflict Resolution Center announced The Gerald T. and Inez Grant Parker Foundation has made a $50,000 pledge toward the agency’s “Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison” initiative to help keep at-risk youth out of the juvenile justice system and on track to adult success.

The Parker Foundation award includes a $30,000 outright gift and a $20,000 matching grant challenge.

NCRC’s Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative was launched in 2014 in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego County District Attorney, San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Probation Department and the San Diego County Public Defender. The program’s benchmark successes include a 60 percent drop in student expulsions and suspensions and a recidivism rate of 13 percent for young participants, well below the 33 percent for nonparticipants. Replacing juvenile prosecution and incarceration with NCRC’s restorative community conferences saves more than $100,000 per offender. Visit ncrconline.com.

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Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the David C. Copley Foundation announced a joint effort to open the region’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department. The grant, which includes a $4 million grant and a $1 million matching gift opportunity, will establish the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department and is the latest step in Rady Children’s commitment to fighting the growing mental health crisis among youth in our region.

Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, director, child and adolescent psychiatry services at Rady Children’s said 190,000 children in San Diego alone experience a behavioral health disorder and that “…fewer than ten percent of these children receive any medical attention. This dedicated emergency department will assure that children in crisis have access to immediate care.”

“Teens in San Diego suffer the highest rate of suicide in the state,” said Dean Dwyer, president and CEO of the Copley Foundation. “That’s simply unacceptable …we have to remove the stigma surrounding these conditions in our community. Lives literally depend on it.”

Projected to open in 2019, the specialized emergency department is expected to be housed in the same building as the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center, but will provide patients a separate space from the other medical activity in the hospital’s main emergency department.

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