Coronado residents blame mayor for dirty beaches
Last Updated: 52 days ago
CORONADO, Calif. - Some Coronado residents are blaming their mayor for trash and raw sewage spilling on the beaches in front of their homes.
Residents told 10News there is dangerous debris showing up on the sand, including nails and hot coals. According to residents, they are often left behind by beachgoers.
Additionally, some residents said they could smell dead birds and dog feces coming from an overflowing sewage drain seeping onto the beach every time it rains.
For the residents, the solution is simple -- the city needs to fix it.
However, Coronado City Councilwoman Barbara Denney said that is a whole other problem.
"Really lowers the bar for ethics in Coronado," she told 10News.
Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka and the majority of the council -- minus Denney -- voted last month to fund $330,000 worth of improvements to the Coronado Unified School District.
According to Denney, though the schools have their own funding tax source, she said that funding is supposed to remain separate from the city. She said the mayor is spending public money at the expense of necessary city needs. Denney and others believe they know why -- Tanaka is a history teacher for the district.
"He's taking money from one of his employers -- the city -- and transferring it to the school district -- another one of his employers -- benefitting his other employer … you know, probably provides good job security for him," said Denney.
10News tried to talk to Tanaka, and he said, "I'm interested in going home and feeding my dog right now, so again, if you have any questions, feel free to email them to me."
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