Two stories this week highlighted some great efforts being made in Huntington Beach on behalf of kids, and by kids themselves.
We start by going back to 1991 San Diego. You may remember the tragic case of Leticia Hernandez, the Oceanside youngster who was kidnapped in 1989 during Christmastime. Her disappearance struck a sympathetic chord nationwide, and millions were shocked and saddened when her remains were discovered near the Pala Indian Reservation.
From the loss, though, sprung hope in the form of a program called KinderVision, a national child safety education program dedicated to the protection of children from abduction and sexual exploitation.
The idea was the brainchild of a marketing executive in the area, Doug Sebastian.
"There were just hardly any records kept on crimes like this back then," he told me. "There were actually tighter records kept on stolen cars than there were [for] missing children. And then-President Reagan became the person to really get things going in terms of focus and momentum to help combat the problem and so that made it easier for us to establish our program."