Opinion/Letters to the Editor: Ellen Browning Scripps’ trust is the only dictate to Children’s Pool use

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• Ellen Browning Scripps’ trust is the
only dictate to Children’s Pool use
By Craig Sweeny
La Jolla

In all the articles I have read in this and other local papers about the seals v. humans at the Children’s Pool, you seem to ignore the elephant (seal) in the room: a trust document between the City of San Diego and the estate of Ellen Browning Scripps. What’s next? Scripps Clinic? Green Hospital?

A dangerous precedent is being set, and this and other periodicals are to blame. Instead of presenting the “Intent of the Trustor” and putting into perspective her will, you print articles (letters to the editor) from people who pretend to divine her foresight and will. Her trust was the legal mechanism to enforce her will.

The icing on the cake in this case — the excrement from the seals at the Children’s Pool — is that this has resulted in a legal morass that was enabled by political cronyism and a morally corrupt governor. This diatribe may seem disjointed, but my point is, if through manipulation, you can violate a trust document from the ultimate Patroña of La Jolla, E. B. Scripps, what makes you think your own trust document won’t be sacrosanct?

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith would be well advised to research the pending case in Boston, Mass. of a 350 plus year-old will. He should especially read an article in the Wall St. Journal dated Sunday, March 30, 2012. The last paragraph sums it all up: A proponent of the Trust in dispute, a Douglas DeAngelis stated, “After this (decision) why would anyone in the state of Massachusetts create a charitable trust if there’s no guarantee that your wishes will be honored.”

• Time to turn Children’s Pool
into a world-class tourist site
Thank you Mayor Filner and Wan Conservancy, the new seal cam at the Children’s Pool is a wonderful addition to our beautiful city. This area is a treasure, and as you know, has an international reach of love for thousands upon thousands of people who visit this unique setting all year round. This area helps to bring out the best in all of us through the joy and wonder of nature.
What can we do next to honor this natural setting that brings so much joy to people of all ages, beliefs and nationalities?

1.) A visitors center at the Children’s Pool would seem to be the next logical step. Materials could be displayed showing all the positive elements of the area. Since this area is visited 24 hours a day, it seems logical that someone should attend to this area 24 hours a day.

2.) Let’s bring back the natural beauty of this setting through the elimination of the trailers, crumbling walls, etc. We also need regular bathrooms, as the porta-potties are not acceptable today at virtually any location — especially at an internationally acclaimed visitor’s center.

3.) The Sea Wall is a treasure and just needs some refurbishing. Citizens from around the world deserve safe hand-railings and the Coastal Commission should not stand in the way of this type of refurbishment. If we need a “World Citizen” petition to achieve this work on the railings, then let’s begin the process. A fund drive could be started to raise money for the railings.  Let’s begin the renewal process!
Steve Arndt
La Jolla

• Marine life in La Jolla
is a boost to the area
I don’t recall there being a problem (at the Children’s Pool) before the seals and the fenced-off seagull area, so I assume some “influentials” believe La Jolla needs harbor seals and seagulls to attract tourists (follow the money). But do the towns of Monterey or Carmel? No. They have their own unique draws.
Where else can you see the true, unique beauty of the jewel that is La Jolla? The Children’s Pool and the harbor seals. Get it? Or lose it!
Pete W.
La Jolla

• Let it be: The seals
belong at Children’s Pool
There are plenty of beaches in La Jolla for people to enjoy. I wish the beach at the Children’s Pool would be left to the seals once and for all, and any access down to the beach removed. It’s unfortunate that there are such immature and ignorant people who would harass the seals, but obviously a rope and a few signs aren’t nearly enough to protect these beautiful animals. And for those of you who complain that the Children’s Pool was meant for families, I have no idea why any parent would want their child to play on a beach or swim in water with all of that animal waste.
M. Late
via lajollalight.com

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3 Comments for “Opinion/Letters to the Editor: Ellen Browning Scripps’ trust is the only dictate to Children’s Pool use”

  1. Mr. Sweeny, Goldsmith has a slick answer. The Pool was not in a will, only a trust, so only ethics was in his way. The still brags of his role as the Grinch who stole the Children’s Pool. He ignores the fact the City is still violating the trust and if la Jollans again pool some money to get a good lawyer, he could have a problem. See, he only said he could alter the trust – he didn’t say the City could then ignore it.

  2. James

    Craig Sweeny, I love how you leave out the old Scripps Hospital that is now a condo complex. Our relationship with nature is changing. We now(or at least starting to) understand that we need to live in harmony with nature, I believe it would be near impossible to get permission to build a wall like that now. This misguided belief that terms of use can’t evolve as our wealth of knowledge increases is tired and boring. I personally would like to see “Shared Use” work but after watching things like the video captured of two girls on the beach harassing the seals I’m starting to wonder if that can work. We as people need to learn to respect nature. Letting these animals use the beach to have their pups during the winter seems like a pretty fair compromise and well within the idea of the Children’s Pool.

  3. Who in the world is Ellen Browning? Never heard of that woman before, but I don’t think I like her.

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