Imperial Beach, CA
What town: Imperial Beach
Station: Imperial Beach
Telephone Co. Name: Pacific Bell
800- 310- 2355
Electric & Gas Name: San Diego Gas and Electric
Cable Co. Name: Cox
City Trash Name:
City Water Name:
Hospital Name: Sharp Coronado 619-435-6251
Parks and Rec.
Newspaper Name: Union Tribune
Chamber of Commerce:
Convention & Visitors Bureau: SBC 1-800-310-2355
Station type of work - A lot of Xs. Sign cutting. Transportation check. A lot of details.
San Diego Sector (SDC) has more specialized units and opportunity for details than any other sector in the BP, hands down! We are definitely the most progressive sector!
Operation Gatekeeper brought the previously out-of-control border to a manageable level. As a result, less manpower was needed on the border and many "specialized units" were developed to meet the changing challenges. For example, BORSTAR and the Border Safety Initiative were initiated in SDC in 1998 as a response to shifting illegal entry patterns that traversed through hazardous areas in San Diego's east county.
As the sophistication of smuggling operations grows, SDC has stepped up to the challenge with specialized positions for agents within various departments. Enforcement Technology Department has incorporated GPS and GIS systems in amazing ways. Sector and station INTEL departments are making enormous progress in gathering and dismantling smuggling operations.
Many agents are frustrated at "linewatch," which is the core of border security. Admittedly, most of the time, linewatch isn't exciting or glamorous, but it's part of the job. All new agents are expected to 'pay their dues before moving on to the specialized units or details, usually with 3 years of linewatch. However, I know of several agents with just over a year in that have been assigned to ATVs or other specialized units.
Due to their overwhelming numbers of illegal entries, other sectors just don't have the specialization that SDC does. Agents in other sectors may never get the opportunity to try anything other than linewatch activities.
Shopping - Seacoast Drive Shops; Palm Avenue Shops, Silverstrand Shopping Center,
Everything you want
Eateries - Everything you want
Cellular Telephone - Cox
Local Internet Providers -
Other Services - Sea World, Lego land
Any other information that you would like to add:Cost of living? Median home price in San Diego County just hit $360K. Rental homes start at 1500 per month, up over 2000 in nicer areas. If you don't mind condo life, some are still under 200K. Apt's. are cheaper, but the vacancy rate is almost zero, tough to find a place where you want to be.
San Diego agents get a Locality Pay of 12.70% of base pay. It was to go up to 22.8%, but the president killed that increase to "pay for the war on terrorism".
San Diego is beautiful, no doubt about that, but expensive. Lots to do/see on your off-duty time. Once you bring a woman here, they'll never want to leave.