Familiar La Jolla face, lifeguard Ed Harris appointed to City Council

San Diego City Council members chose Ed Harris, a longtime local lifeguard and former Marine, to serve the final eight months of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s council term in District 2.

Harris is familiar to La Jollans for opposing a year-round guideline rope at Children’s Pool/Casa Beach in lieu of a movable barrier solution he once proposed to keep humans and seals a safe distance apart. More recently, he drew attention to flaws in the design of the new La Jolla Shores lifeguard tower that prevent lifeguards from clearly surveying the beach at certain times of the day.

Harris is a longtime leader of the city’s lifeguard union and a Democrat. His nomination gives Democrats a 6-3 majority on the council, allowing them to override vetoes by Faulconer.

“I’m excited and I’m anxious to get to work,” Harris said. “I will push for things that are important to people like crosswalks and clean beaches.”

Harris, 49, was appointed to represent District 2, which includes Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Bay Ho, Bay Park, Morena, Midway and North Bay. The seat opened up when Faulconer was elected mayor in February.

The city charter prohibits Harris from running for election to the seat, so he must step down when his term ends in early December. An election to fill the seat will be in June, with a possible runoff in November.

The other 16 candidates for the seat also included Save Our Heritage Organisation Executive Director Bruce Coons and animal rights attorney Bryan Pease, who has worked to protect harbor seals at Children’s Pool and, more recently, to control the sea lion population at La Jolla Cove (to reduce odor from the their excrement). u

Pat Sherman / U-T San Diego