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Luchador fighting for the ocean

Wearing a silver mask and a neat grey suit - his tie dotted with tiny luchador heads - El Hijo del Santo stepped forward to the microphone. He's a star of Mexican Lucha Libre, a second generation wrestler: famous to fans of the sport, celebrated in Mexico, and met with some bewildered glances from older, mostly white folks at the California Science Center.

Tomorrow at the second day of the MLPA meeting in Long Beach, El Hijo del Santo will be with Wildcoast - one of the two representatives of Latino communities in the South Coast's stakeholder group. Wildcoast's Fey Crevoshay says the group is a fan of Map 3 - one of a total of three proposed maps stakeholders are considering as part of the MLPA process in southern California.

If you want to meet a real luchador, celebrated for his headscissors takedown, his suicide dive, and his ocean activism: the place to do it is at the Hilton in Long Beach on Wednesday morning.