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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 when we sued the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission and won. We have to go to the U S Supreme Court now to defend your access to any California beaches.
Click to see the initial judgement against the City refuting City and the Coastal Commision. To get Coastal Commission help, San Diego escalated and agreed to pay their legal expenses too. Public access to every California beach seals or sea lions might spread to is now at stake. We have to take opposing legal systems to the U S Supreme Court.

The appeal judges did not review the first decision, they invented new law to ignore federal law. Their reversal is found here. 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.
The Coastal Commission, created to safeguard public shore access, claims the right to deny access to beaches with seals or sea lions on them, when the Feds are reluctant. NOAA has been silent, hoping to shuck their responsibility. The CCC claims to impunity are found here. The City's ascendency claims over federal law are found here.

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.

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DISCLAIMER: Our lawsuit cannot force seal or sea lion removal now. 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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