New ranger set to start work at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool

Photographer Greg Nelsen took to the water to get a seal's-eye view.

By Dave Schwab

The city of San Diego has hired a full-time ranger to patrol La Jolla’s Children’s Pool.

“His name is Richard “Rich” Belesky and his previous experience includes the past three years with the city of Chula Vista as a senior park ranger,” Stacy LoMedico, the city’s Park and Recreation director, said in an e-mail. “He will be present at the pool as early as this weekend.”

LoMedico said the new ranger position was budgeted in the city’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget from the general fund. She added the salary range for a park ranger is in the $41,059 to $48,878 range.

The new park ranger will be supervised by Dan Daneri, parks district manager.

LoMedico added the seasonal seal rope barrier at the pool is set to be installed on Dec. 15 “in accordance with our permit.”

Meanwhile, the parks department has submitted an application for a year-round rope to the California Coastal Commission.

The city Planning Commission had previously rejected the year-round barrier, but it has since been determined that Children’s Pool falls within the Commission’s purview.

The issue will be decided at a full public hearing at the Coastal Commission the next time it meets in Southern California, likely in January.

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12 Comments for “New ranger set to start work at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool”

  1. shawn

    Its about time we start protecting the seals !!! Way to go people….

    • Davy Jones

      Shwan, BTW we do not have 70 miles of beaches in SD, we have that in COAST LINE !
      and all that "Coast Line" is NOT accessible to humans but it is to seals.
      The seal don't need Lifeguards, the children do… That's why its called the Children's pool…

  2. Christopher

    Seals have been protected for almost 2 decades now, so maybe this ranger will keep those crazy ladies that yell at people to simmer down.

  3. ryan

    yeah Shawn… that makes a lot of sense (insert sarcasm here). You do realize that seals are not in danger, yeah? You do realize that there are rookeries down the coast… that just aren't as publicly accessible as the CP. ya know, making more difficult for humans to have their own private zoo… talk about animal exploitation. Pull your head out of your rear end… you clearly have no idea about our environment and are simply brainwashed by kooks who steal a living off of tourists in the supposed name of animal protection. you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

  4. Guest

    I think the ranger is needed more there to protect innocent beachgoers from the violent animal activists on the cliff than to protect the seals from humans. The seals have done nothing but flourish there, even with all the supposed "harrassment" the animal nuts keep alleging.

    Shared use works just fine. The seals and humans can both enjoy this beach which is the only one in socal specifically created FOR humans, BY humans for HUMAN USE. It's about time the city finally started protecting the humans from those violent animal rights nuts.

  5. sue bridge

    The California Coastal Act [Sections 30210 - 30213, 30220, 30221] and the City’s own Local Coastal Program forbid any barrier that restricts coastal access, when such barriers violate citizen's right to use public beaches.

    The California Coastal Act itself has designated La Jolla as a "special community" of regional and state-wide significance. La Jolla is named as a prime visitor destination, a status reinforced by the approval of special grants to conserve and enhance its special character.

    The stated goal in the San Diego City Land Use document for La Jolla, specifically at Coast Blvd where the rope barrier is proposed (consistently referred to as “the Children’s Pool”), is to “enhance existing public access to . . . facilitate greater public use and enjoyment.”

  6. Another Guest

    Unfortunately I think it is a waste of taxpayer money. The last two rangers "moved on" and neither one ever helped with any maintenance of the beach. Neither ranger did anything about "Sellers" without permits on the sidewalk. One citation was issued wrongfully by the ranger to a beach user and therefore never went to court. No City docent program was ever organized. So please, somebody, tell us all, what is this ranger going to do to earn his salary?? Will this be another example of bigger government at taxpayer expense with little if any positive results?

  7. cyberKICK

    Maybe instead of spending all this money on a PARK ranger, the sales tables should be moved. The sales tables seem to be the source of all the conflict.

  8. local

    Moving ALL the sales tables from the area is an excellent idea, Such a beautiful view shouldn't be ruined by cheap souvenir vendors, especially the ones with bull horns and bad attitudes.

    • cyberKICK

      I agree whole heartidly! The sales of the trinkets should be in shops where taxes, rent, etc are all being paid. I wish I could run my business with no overhead or taxes!

      Save the rangers money and hire a cop to enforce the laws in the area.

    • James

      I wouldn't mind getting rid of all the tie-dye shirt tables too people really still buy those?

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