Serge Dedina

SoundDiego Podcast EP2: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina talks about growing up in the local punk scene, secretly loving Van Halen as a teenager, becoming pen-pals with John Doe from X — and more.

Serge Dedina (pictured right) sits in on Episode 2 of the SoundDiego Podcast
Eric Page

For the second episode of the SoundDiego Podcast, the mayor of Imperial Beach, Serge Dedina, joins us in the studio. An IB resident since 1971, Serge was elected mayor in 2014 and then re-elected four years later. He’s also the executive director of the nonprofit environmentalist group Wildcoast — and a lifelong fan of the local music scene.

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Episode 2 Show Notes:

  • To start off the pod, Serge gave a shout-out to a couple of local Imperial Beach bands: Coral Bells and the Bassics! Check 'em out.
  • Want to see the ticket stub of the Smiths show Serge attended back in 1984? Well, here it is!
  • Interested in learning more about Serge's environmental nonprofit, Wildcoast, whose mission is to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems, and addresses climate change through natural solutions? Visit its website and get involved.
  • Serge still has the letter handwritten on butcher paper he got in the mail from X’s John Doe — nice penmanship, John!
  • Our local SoundDiego Spotlight artist of the week is the Routine — up for Best Live Band at this year's San Diego Music Awards — and you heard their song, "Rowdy," on the pod! [Listen/purchase it here] Visit them online and be sure to catch 'em at the Holding Company in Ocean Beach on March 7!

Be sure to join us for a new episode of the SoundDiego Podcast every Monday. Upcoming guests on the way include P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval, CC from Little Hurricane, NBC 7's Catherine Garcia, About San Diego's Ken Kramer and Soda Bar's Cory Stier and more! Thanks for listening, and until next time, enjoy the music.

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Check out Episode 1 (featuring Slightly Stoopid's Miles Doughty):

The SoundDiego Podcast is executive-produced by Eric S. Page, hosted by Dustin Lothspeich (reach him here), and edited by Matthew Lewis.

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