Bryan Pease, animal rights activist, to run against incumbent Sherri Lightner for District 1 City Council Seat

By Dave Schwab

Attorney and animal rights activist Bryan Pease, best known for his ongoing fight to get the rope barrier at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool separating humans from seals up year-round, is holding a press conference Thursday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the steps of City Hall downtown to announce he will oppose incumbent Sherri Lightner in the First District Council race.

“I will hold a press conference and then go in and file my papers,” Pease said in a press release. “Website and campaign materials will come later.”

Pease said his campaign “will be entirely grassroots and funded on a shoestring budget.”

If elected, he said would “represent the people of San Diego and District 1, and not corporate and special interests as Lightner has done and as her Republican challenger would take to the extreme.”

Asked by the Light whether he is a one-issue candidate or whether his candidancy is a publicity stunt, Pease answered, “The seals have gotten a lot of coverage and that gives me a lot of name recognition and that helps make me a viable candidate. But that’s not the only issue I care about. Sherri Lightner got a C+ on her environmental report card. Her Republican opponent is even more of a nightmare, and is a supporter of the DeMaio plan to bypass any negotiating process with costly ballot initiatives to advance his personal agenda.”

Pease, a Democrat, added he “wants to give voters an option, because right now their choice is between an incumbent who has not been a real supporter of environmental issues, and a Republican candidate who is just one of a slate of candidates that (City Councilman and mayoral candidate) Carl DeMaio is endorsing.”

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13 Comments for “Bryan Pease, animal rights activist, to run against incumbent Sherri Lightner for District 1 City Council Seat”

  1. Califia

    Stand by for Pease's post-primary run with the newly created Pinniped Party.

  2. chainsaw

    Yeah! Let's put a wacko in office, someone who tasers old men because he disagrees with them. Now that's who you want running your city.

  3. Tom

    Are you kidding me , this is a crying shame . The last thing the First District needs is a liar , honestly this guy can be as trustworthy as th executives of ENRON ,he has a personal agenda and has proven to the public that he can't nor will keep his hands to himself in the heat of the moment . It's a sad day when this is the best "Democrat for the job".


    It is the same Bryan Pease!

    In September 2005 Pease pleaded "no contest" to assault in a case involving use of a stun gun during a 2004 protest in La Jolla, California. Pease attempted to shock a man at least twice during the protest. After the City Council removed ropes that had blocked a public beach frequented by seals, Pease and others made their own boundary ropes in an attempt to force beachgoers to abandon the sand. On one occasion, Pease used a stun gun on the individual during an altercation.

    Pease’s rap sheet has grown to include convictions for refusing to submit to arrest, fleeing a police officer, and assault.

  5. Emmet

    I did not know convicted felons could run for city office. Maybe he could taser the mayor or the homeless to get his way. Good luck with that!

  6. Hayduke

    Is the same nut job Bryan Pease who was arrested for tasering a senior citizen who was sightseeing w his wife?

  7. gurunsi

    This is a joke, right! This guy was arrested in 2004 for assaulting a swimmer with a stun gun at the Children's Pool. I suppose this could be a publicity stunt also. There is now a group of people interested in getting him disbarred in California. To tell you the truth, this is very funny, this guy ought to be a stand up comic.

  8. Tom Mckinney

    Pease's record of bad judgment, e.g his troubles with using a stun gun, will likely doom him if made broadly known

  9. Hayduke

    Is the same nut job Bryan Pease who was arrested for tasering a senior citizen who was sightseeing w his wife?

  10. Christopher Davis

    Wow this guy is bad news , he leads a radical team of activists who cheats the City out of tax money by selling T-shirts for a "non-profit" organization called FOS ( Friends of Seals), yet his organization should be cited for illegally selling T-shirts at Children's Pool and La Jolla Cove to innocent bystanders who are lead to believe that people are hurting the seals and need "extra" protection eventhough they are already protected by Federal and State Law. I don't believe in the Shoestring budget, since he has plenty of money to continuously sue the city of San Diego for almost a decade. His organization promotes the yelling, verbal abuse of citizens trying to use Children's Pool, property damage, assault and battery cases against law abiding citizens. I don't believe in people who are extremists yet they pretend to protray a nice guy trying to help the environment.

    • Ethan Kills

      Pease runs APRL not FOS. they are two separate entities. They are both eco-facsists that are ashamed of the fact that they are human beings.

  11. Seal Team 6

    ‎"All we are saying,,,,,, is give Pease a chance" NOT….

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