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Children's Pool is now the ONLY protected beach in California because we sued the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission and won. We gave them the reasons we would win. Click to see the evidence yourself. The lead domino is still standing.

Click to see the judgement against the City refuting the case of the City and the Coastal Commision. By involving the Coastal Commission San Diego escalated to the State level. Access to South Casa Beach, La Jolla Cove, Pacific Grove, and any other beach in California is at stake. The City and Coastal Commission doubled down with an appeal, just about to play out. Our legal reply to the frivolous appeal that let the City stall just one more time is found here.

The Coastal Commission is making an incredible power grab, on City taxpayer money. They claim because they are appointed by legislators to carry out an act of the legislature, their decisions and actions are not subject to review by the courts. And they can carry out sections of federal law where they beleve the feds have fallen short. 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 for profit and convenience. The City deliberately skuttled alternate proposals that would allow shared use to work such as the(Lifeguard Plan). 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 NOAA would take no action. But WE did.

If you can help prevent barring citizens from public beaches, press a Donate button, or use your own Paypal account, to focp@san.rr.com. Or eliminate the 2% fee - send a check to Friends of the Children's Pool / 3090 Admiral Ave, San Diego, CA 92123.
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Note the Coastal Commission clearly knew better. They added the requirement to the closure permit that San Diego taxpayers must fund any legal expenses caused by the closure permit. With San Diego funding, they want the right to arbitrarily close any inconvenient beach in California.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing we can do would force seal removal, only to 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 revert to restoration of Children's Pool as orignally entrusted, not buried under 10' of sand. OR, San Diego must 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 exploite them for a tourist attraction.
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