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PROOF THE SEAL COLONY WAS BUILT AT CHILDREN'S POOL
 

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Children's Pool was again the best protected beach in California. We sued the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission and won, but it was taken away.
Click to see the initial judgement against the City refuting City and the Coastal Commision. The Coastal Commission could escalate for nothing because San Diego had agreed to pay their legal expenses too. Public access to every California beach seals or sea lions may take is now in peril. Whether more beaches will be taken depends on how much the public lets the Coastal Commission approve in a renewal hearing in June.

In preparation, La Jolla independent advisory groups are sending letters to the Coastal Commission and to Park and Rec here. La Jolla Community Planning made this stand in favor of citizen shore access the Coastal Commission was supposed to be safeguarding for the public. Members of la Jolla Parks and Beaches inc sent this advice to City Park and Recreation Dept. Here is an example of a letter from a swimmer. YOU can make a similar letter and Email it to childrenspool@coastal.ca.gov.

The appeal judges did not review the initial closure undoing, they invented new law to ignore federal law. It might feel good to deny NOAA jurisdiction, but it stands to make California towns assume responsibility and costs of NOAA's animal overpopulation experiment.

City officials stole the Pool from the Children of San Diego in 2009 for profit and convenience. The City deliberately skuttled alternate proposals that would allow shared use to work such as the(Lifeguard Plan).The easy way out was banning children from their own beach. NOAA/NMFS warned San Diego in January 2014 (See Letter) that taking the Marine Mammal Protection Act into its own hands was a violation of federal law. The City figured correctly NOAA would take no action. But WE did.

No fund raising pitch here. People gave generously to the legal fight and that kept those that want more beaches closed at bay. Now all we can use is public support.

DISCLAIMER: success cannot force seal or sea lion removal. Only force the City to find a better way to manage shared use within the law. The seals had prospered for over 20 years sharing habitat with people. If the City still insists shared use is impractical, it can allow restoration of Children's Pool as orignally entrusted, not a giant sand box. OR, San Diego could demand NOAA repatriate the seals to the wild, for their safety, per federal recommendations and procedures. San Diego had no right to create a pen for them on State trusted land to exploit them for a tourist attraction.
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