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6 San Diego Uptown News | September 16–29, 2011

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After an eight-week internship, Uptown student is first- generation family member to go to college this fall

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from the most privileged back- ground, but he never stopped dreaming about the boundless possibilities that lie before him. Rather than relax over the summer—a period of time that bridges the gap between the end of high school and the beginning of college—the 2011 Herbert


short by the outage. “We had to shut down the whole gym since all the machines run on electricity,” said employee Kayden Iverson. He said their main concern was getting people out of the locker rooms and showers, which go completely black at their facility since there are no windows. Iverson said it took about 20

minutes to get everyone out of the gym, but employees had to stay for an additional two hours to let people know they were closed. They reopened at 6 a.m. the next day. The Best Western Hacienda in

Old Town had generators to pow- er their main building and lobby area, which took about 20 minutes to get running. “When the power initially went

down the electrical locks to the rooms weren’t working, so we had to have a bellhop escort people to their rooms [to open them],” said sales

Hoover High School graduate delved into an intensive intern- ship that solidified future goals. Rivera was one of five San Di-

ego students selected to partake in the Student Leaders Program; a Bank of America sponsored eight-week initiative.

In addition to Rivera, other San Diego participants included Gabriela Perez, a Herbert Hoover student who interned at Com- munity Housing Works; Cristen Enge, a recent graduate of Scripps Ranch High School who interned at Junior Achievement of San Diego & Imperial Co.; Pedro Mota, a senior at Lincoln High School who interned at Junior Achievement; and Alan Vong, a senior at James Madison High School who interned at Commu- nity Housing Works. This summer, Rivera spent his summer on a paid internship with

manager Sidona Malone. “We hand- ed out flashlights and directed people to places to eat that were open and gave out cookies for those that need- ed a snack,” she said, adding that the vending machines were down. Malone said the main concern

was when the power would go back on, but overall, people were “understanding and pleasant.” Dennis Lee, General Manager

of Riki Sushi in North Park, uti- lized a friend who had power to keep his seafood from spoiling. “One of my chefs lives in Tem- ecula and he had power,” he said, “So I threw all my fish and ex- pensive items in a freezer chest and drove it to his house [to use his refrigerator]. ” He added that by the time he got everything to- gether and to Temecula, power had been restored. “I had to throw away some

rice, but for the most part I didn’t have to throw away anything ex- pensive,” Lee said, “the loss of potential business was the worst.” The Marketplace Deli in Bankers Hill suf fered a slightly

Jorge Rivera and fellow Herbert Hoover student Gabriela Perez.

the San Diego based Ocean Dis- covery Institute, an organization dedicated to working with urban youth on topics related to the ocean and natural environment. Rivera said that Ocean

Discovery helped him hone the important life an academic skills that enabled him to attend UC

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larger loss. “We had to throw out a couple thousand dollars worth of product,” said store owner David Brown, “Fortu- nately we have a huge ice ma- chine, which turned our sinks into ice bins.” He added that he needed to move the items from the refrigerator to the freezer. In the process, he lost the origi- nal freezer items. “If the power remained off, we

probably would have lost three times the product we did,” Brown said. One place that was prepared

was Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest. With emergency gen- erators that turn on after ten sec- onds and special outlets running on reserve power that never go out, the hospital was able to re- main operational. Rick Gorton, Administrative

Director of Facility Support Ser- vices of Scripps Mercy Hospital, explained that not everything was kept on, only what needed to be. “We had adequate light, but not all the lights were on,” he said, “and any [elective surgery] that could be canceled, was.” Any clinical device that needed

to remain on, such as a respirator, is plugged in to the emergency outlets at all times in the event of an outage. The patient care areas remained with power. Offices, such as for the marketing depart- ment, were dark. The generators are tested

monthly at Scripps. When it came to this blackout, Gorton said, “I think we handled it really well.”u

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