Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29 issue, La Jolla Light

Goodbye 2011 and Goodbye Lawsuit

Our family is pleased to announce our lawsuit against the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) and the City of San Diego has been resolved. With the filing of our lawsuit, we wanted both the LJCPA and the City of San Diego to acknowledge the appeal “Policy and Procedures” of the LJCPA were inconsistent with City Council Policy 600-24 and their own City approved bylaws. Although our family is regretful as applicants we were required to take this course of action, the purpose in filing and pursing our lawsuit has been accomplished.

The LJCPA has been instructed by the City of San Diego to incorporate their appeal “Policy and Procedures” into their City reviewed and approved bylaws. In order to comply with the City’s request, the LJCPA has established an “Ad Hoc Committee” instructed to rewrite and incorporate their appeal “Policy and Procedures” into their City approved bylaws. We are hopeful the Ad Hoc Committee members read and understand City Council Policy 600-24, Appeal Procedure Information Bulletin 505 and Information Bulletin 620 (Community Planning Committees) prior to rewriting and submitting their appeal “Policy and Procedures” to the City.

Following the City’s receipt of the Ad Hoc Committee’s request, the City Planning staff will review the amendment language for content and conformance with Council Policy 600-24, the City approved Bylaws shell and the Brown Act and submit their appeal “Policy and Procedures” to the City Attorney’s Office for review. Following City review, staff will work with the Ad Hoc Committee on any needed changes.

If the Ad Hoc Committee’s appeal “Policy and Procedures” conform to the City Council Policy 600-24, the City approved Bylaws shell and Brown Act they will be approved administratively by signature of the Deputy Director of Planning and the Deputy City Attorney. Additionally, since the filing of our lawsuit, the City of San Diego on Aug. 4, 2011 changed the San Diego Municipal Code to comply with California state law concerning their own appeal review process involving environmental appeals.

Having accomplished our goals, we have decided to dismiss our lawsuit and concentrate in 2012 on obtaining the final approval from the City for our mixed-use project and future home. To date, our project has approval from the City of San Diego Planning Staff, Hearing Officer and the Planning Commission. We will now complete the requested Environmental Impact Report for the City Council and move forward.

We want to thank our many friends and neighbors for their continued support throughout 2011.

The Whitney Family, La Jolla

Remembering Dale Naegle
Dale Naegle, prominent La Jolla architect, passed away on the eve of the holiday gift-giving season. Surviving family members — wife Myrna Naegle of La Jolla, daughters Caroline Hendricks of San Diego, Michelle Kerwin of Kenwood, and Melanie Miller of Santa Rosa, and son Eric Naegle of San Diego — reflect on the priceless gift of sharing in Dale’s humanity and his fine and worthwhile life.

Always a devoted husband, father and gentleman, Dale is cherished as the fount of life through which all good things flowed. Dale relished shopkeeper/home living with Myrna, the perfect fit for her sparkling clothing boutique with his office below and their residence above. It became a lively Mecca for family, friends and clients.

An affable, mirth-filled man, Dale’s sense of humor left a glow of goodwill in any milieu. Great strength of character underlay Dale’s modest persona, mirrored in the integrity and simple beauty of his architectural designs.

He modeled qualities of two esteemed men of mettle — the undaunted John Wayne of “True Grit,” and the all-American patriot, leader Ronald Reagan. A polio handicap never stunted his stature. Dale always walked tall and with grace among men.
—Dianne Schroeder, La Jolla

Seal ‘dumping’ has led to ocean safety issues

In a recent opinion by L. Jordan-Smith, she dismisses my concerns by saying that La Jolla will never compare, with regards to piniped population, to the Farallon Islands. That wasn’t the issue.
The issue is whether creating a seal colony here makes it more dangerous to be in the ocean in La Jolla than it used to be before the seal colony was created.

The seal colony was created by SeaWorld as a dump-off point for recovered seals. SeaWorld will continue to dump recovered animals there as long as they are allowed to do so. The maturity and gestation rate of seals therefore is only part of the factor in increasing the seal population at Children’s Pool.
We’re feeding the sharks a piniped population that didn’t exist before eight or 10 years ago when Sea World started dumping them here instead of taking them out to the old rookery on San Clemente Island.
Great Whites used to pass by here once in a great blue moon. Now there’s enough of a piniped population to sustain at least one permanent Great White, or maybe a family of them, thanks to the Friends of the Seals and people like L. Jordan-Smith who want to make pets out of shark food and chum our local waters with them, and then won’t concede the obvious.
Roger Raffee, Via email

Editor’s Note: In an effort to put the seal-dumping issue to rest, the Light contacted SealWorld. Here is the response:

The notion that SeaWorld is responsible for harbor seals hauling out at the Children’s Pool is untrue. There have been harbor seals inhabiting the waters off the San Diego County coast long before SeaWorld began rescuing harbor seals.

We don’t rescue that many harbor seals in a given year – maybe around a half dozen to 10 animals, which is a negligible percentage of the number of harbor seals living in the water off the San Diego County coast.

Those that are rehabilitated and can be returned to the sea are released a mile-and-a-half to more off the coast in the kelp beds from Point Loma to north of Oceanside.

No harbor seal are released at the Children’s Pool.  SeaWorld marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and return program has in no way resulted in harbor seals hauling out at Children’s Pool.

David Koontz, SeaWorld San Diego

Leaf blowers need regulation

I’m in complete agreement with Rand Hogan (Dec. 8 view on weed blowers). I deliver mail in San Diego. Everyday I cross paths with at least five leaf blowers. Would it be all right if I invented a gadget that busts eardrums, causes headaches and swirls dust? No.

Would it be OK if I parked a Harley motorcycle on the street and gunned it for 15 minutes? No. How did this country survive without leaf blowers? Is there no regulation of this product?

Eric Taub, La Jolla

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3 Comments for “Letters to the Editor, Dec. 29 issue, La Jolla Light”

  1. Seal Team 6

    In response to the comment about Sea World Dumping seals at Children's Pool and the Light contacted Sea World. Sea World Did not deny ever doing so, but said they don't do it . "No harbor seal are released at the Children’s Pool" ,( ANYMORE ) ! They have in the past during the seal rock reserve project in the mid 90's
    David Koontz of Sea World did not lie, he just dodged the truth, that they did release seals there and on that beach in the past as Sea Worlds records to the National Marine Fisheries shows.
    Maybe the light should contact David Koontz of Sea World again and ask him specific questions and maybe show a copy of a release document from Sea World that on September 15 1995 seal tag number 11013 orange Roto tagged seal was released on the children's Pool beach and also had a radio tag attached to its flipper too.
    This form cmb # 0648008 was obtained from National Marine Fisheries through the freedom of information act.

  2. James

    Mr. Raffee,

    We would all like to know where you are getting your statistics! How many seals does it take to sustain a white shark and it's family? How did you come to the conclusion that it's more dangerous in the waters around LJ now? There has still only been ONE confirmed fatality from a White Shark in San Diego County EVER! http://surf.transworld.net/1000059657/features/hi...

  3. Califia

    "Editor’s Note: In an effort to put the seal-dumping issue to rest, the Light contacted SealWorld. Here is the response:"

    SealWorld? Who is that? Freudian slip, typo, or inconvenient truth.

    Instead of trying to "put the issue to rest" how about seeking the whole truth. Sea World staff testified to the fact that harbor seals had been released just offshore from Children's Pool during sworn testimony in the O'Sullivan v. City of San Diego lawsuit. The result was an increase in ever more friendly Harbor Seals in the area tolerating an unusual level of human/seal interaction. Was an EIR done to determine the effect of concentrating Harbor Seals in this popular swimming area? It was never done and Sea World should have known better.

    Sea World has claimed that the rehabbed seals are only released from where they were captured. Since the majority of the releases were done directly into the water offshore that seems impossible.

    No seals are rescued from the water, only the land. In the case of releases near Children's Pool, there seemed to be a dual purpose to releasing into the water. First, they released seals preventing many people (concerned citizens) from knowing. (BAD on you for keeping this hidden while conditions at Children's Pool deteriorated) Second, a release from the beach at Children's Pool would disturb any seals already on the beach or nearby rocks and should be avoided. (Good on you)

    What should have been done is a release from captivity on to a beach remote from populated areas. Release rehabbed seals at Point Loma near the other Harbor Seal Colony at the City's waste water treatment plant near Cabrillo National Monument. Better yet, release them to one of the nearby offshore islands where the animals can revert back to wild creatures free from their experience at Sea World.

    Public Relations is a fine art of telling only what you want others to hear hoping no further questions will be asked. The statement may be true but deliberately incomplete to suit the audience.

    La Jolla Light you have the opportunity to really shine by checking into this further. You know where to get the needed information to verify the seal release program which coincided with the City's failed seal rock reserve project. I don't think you have a Sea World advertising account to protect like other media outlets have. They will not investigate because they don't want to risk losing those profitable accounts.

    Lets get to the bottom of this once and for all! Then maybe we can put this to rest.

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