Shame on city for not cleaning bird excrement

George’s at the Cove has been a prominent member of the La Jolla Community for 28 successful years. I am proud to say that last year we served more than 275,000 diners at our three-level restaurant. Unfortunately, many of our guests impressions of La Jolla are based on the overwhelming stench coming from the rocks on the cliffs below the restaurant. There are many days where we have to explain to each table why their experience in our wonderful community is marred by exposure to bird excrement. We must further explain that the community is doing NOTHING to remedy the situation.

It defies common sense that our city refuses to address an issue that threatens both our economic vialbility as well as the health of our citizens. Our lack of action to eliminate this problem is disgraceful.
George Hauer, Georges at the Cove
1250 Prospect St.

Time for city to clean up the fowl stench

Oh please, City of San Diego Decision Makers, GROW UP, MATURE, MAKE A TOUGH DECISION.
A San Diego official, S/HE Who Cannot Be Named but merely identified as a “city biologist,” is saying no to a mixture of pomegranate juice and chia seeds to clean the stomach-roiling stink coming “naturally” to the rocks as a result of pooping seagulls and sea lions.

While I am not the one who of ranking the species, I feel that since the area designated dirty is called “The Children’s Pool,” humans should have greater sovereignty than the doe-eyed slug-like creatures who neither toil nor spin, but rather eat, poop, and pup and leave a mess for humanity to endure or to clean up.

But no, S/HE Who Cannot Be Named, would rather choose to err on the side of caution and against whatever whakadoodle with litigious mayhem on his/her mind might bring to bear over commonsense solutions.

Here’s how real grownups would deal with the situation. Unable to stand the noxious stench for days and weeks on end, concerned citizens found an organic method to clean up the poop, to certify testing of the poop cleansers efficiency and environmental friendliness, and to locate people willing to do the labor of said poop clean up. Further, these citizens have the method and the labor paid for, so not to disturb the delicate balance of budget in the city biology office.

But no.

To quote Dan Danieri, the city’s park and recreation district manager, the one who cannot name S/HE Who Cannot Be Named, “You really cannot walk down there and spray fresh water in the ocean (because?) it’s storm water and San Diego is on the hook for that.”

I don’t think we are comparing pomegranates, chia seeds, and storm water correctly here. Grow up, everybody. Clean the rocks and the beaches so that people, HUMAN BEINGS who pay TAXES, can enjoy the PUBLIC SPACE without having to breath in the actual excrement, let alone all the BS that’s in the air discussing the reasons non-action is so important. While we do our best to make the sea lions comfortable, let’s not make the sharks jealous. All it will take is one Great White (or one smaller shark with a great appetite) to create a much messier scene when one of them finally figures out this is where the buffet is.

Of course, you could always ask the seals if they mind a gentle bath of pomegranate and chia seeds, politely of course, don’t want to offend, must be cautious. It’s less invasive than trying to get them to potty train.

Thanks must go to Melinda Merryweather for all her long hours, persevering efforts, phone calls, research and more to offer her neighbors and fellow beach walkers a fresh companionable solution to an ooky problem.

Perhaps the naysayers should have to come down to the beach and sit in the hot sun and watch what happens to the businesses that are impacted by the stench.

Maybe a place in the sun, near the pool, watching the endlessly fascinating creatures waddle this way and that way, would lull the timid away from their political correctness and toward a working solution for all involved. Personally, my money’s on the shark.
Ann Van Buskirk

Just clean the poopy rocks with water

So, how does it happen that after years of bird droppings washing into the sea without causing serious stench, all of a sudden this is a problem?
God forbid is everyone a moron?
High-pressure water on the rocks will clean them and who cares if (water) goes into the water. Birds and fish have been using the ocean as a toilet for millenia. The ocean can handle it and the lobster will love it.
I grew up in La Jolla and my father before me. I regard La Jolla as my hometown and love it, but this is a ridiculous “problem,” because it’s not a problem. Get over it and yourselves.

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6 Comments for “Shame on city for not cleaning bird excrement”

  1. bigdipper

    You don't understand folks, that water might make a sea lion jump off a rock and an animal rights activist lawyer would be right there. NOAA was contacted and can negotiate permission under 109(h) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but the City is paralyzed with fear of frivolous lawsuits.

  2. Califia

    Had enough of the obstructionists with the City of San Diego?
    Time for another Declaration of Independence . . . for the City of La Jolla.

    • James

      Put up the money to finish the work to create an Independent La Jolla! Could probably make the Old Post Office the Town Hall. But you must realize that San Diego's environmental concerns will just become the burden of LJ. So I'm sure if Independence will solve this problem. But we might get our roads done!

  3. James

    Why does every one hate nature so much? You have to learn to take the good with the bad. Is this really a new problem? The birds nesting on the cliffs didn't just show up in the last year or two pretty sure they've been there all my life. I don't think you can use high pressure on the sand stone cliffs with out cutting into them and eroding the hill side not to mention taking out the birds and there nests.

  4. Bob Ewing

    Great letter George. I applaud you efforts Melinda. I am convinced that efforts to return the Children's Pool and the Cove to a level suitable for human activity is gaining momentum.

  5. Califia

    Had enough of the obstructionists with the City of San Diego?

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