Steve Russell, one of the top execs at the American Chemistry Council, will fly into town next week for a big confab downtown. While here, the ACC, along with the state Parks and Recreation Department and Keep California Beautiful, will announce placement of plastic recycling bins on California beaches, including some local ones. Russell’s agency will hold a news conference at Torrey Pines State Reserve on April 2 to launch the program in San Diego County, with Mayor Jerry Sanders, among many other notables, are scheduled to be in attendance. The story has a back story, as they say in Hollywood: Steve is the son of legendary Kansas City, Mo., entrepreneur Mike Russell, one of the founding fathers of the business journal industry in the early 1980s. Armon Mills, the SDBJ’s august publisher, served as a top executive under Russell Meanwhile, the San Diego Coastkeeper and San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation released this startling statistic: More than 80,000 pieces of plastic and items made from plastic were collected by more than 2,800 volunteers during beach cleanups in the county in 2007. Please! Use those new bins Wetland avengers! Local staffing firm On Call Employee Solutions workers will restore a canyon in the City Heights neighborhood May 3 with the help of Aquatic Adventures. The volunteers will remove plants and pick up trash … Culinary students at Grossmont College invite the public, i.e., you and me, to enjoy five-course dinner Thursday, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 and May 1. The money raised will help students attend the Culinary Olympics in Germany. Cost is $15. Make reservations through Michele Martens at email@example.com. Hurry, slots are filling up North County publicist Julie Wright reports urban futurist Joel Kotkin will speak at the first Leadership North County Alumni Group on April 15. Kotkin will describe trends shaping suburban development in the region. “North County is facing uncertainty about its future water and energy supply, access to great schools, and sufficient health care resources to care for its growing population. If we don’t have solid answers to these questions, … growing our local economy simply becomes moot,” says Wright. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Get ’em while they’re hot. The county YMCA said March 25 that it’s hiring at least 900 workers before May 15 for seasonal and full- and part-time positions. Positions include lifeguards, swim instructors and camp counselors. Details at ymca.org. Finally, these words of wisdom gleaned from decades of observing the business world: If everyone is buying, then you should be selling, and if everyone is selling, you should be buying.
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