It was a day of fun, sun, canoe rides, lots of food and drink, and a chance to meet the next City Councilman. Yes It seems that I am calling the 18th City Council race two months before the primary, and weeks before all the challenges to petitions are finished. However it looks like current State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. one of seven candidates for this soon to be open council seat has a wide lead over not only his nearest competitor, but most likely he will get more votes than all of his opponents.
As for the event held by the Castle Hill YMCA in cooperation with the Waterfront Alliance, and the Castle Hill Homeowners Association, the canoe rides began once the tide came in. Lifeguards from the Y were in each boat, and life jackets were provided to each person who braved the water ride. Current State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. the leading candidate for the 18th city council seat, arrived with Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda to meet and greet the people. Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese stopped by before Senator Diaz and Assemblyman Sepulveda arrived.
Above - The tide is coming in so the canoes can go out on the water.
Below - People are signing up for the canoe ride.
Above - The tide has come in, and the canoes are in the water.
Below - City Council candidate State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr, and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda.are on either side of Castle Hill Homeowners President Izzy Morales.
Above and Below - City Council candidate State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. talks with some of the people who came to the waterfront.