Opinion/Letters to the Editor: A poem revisited in light of Children’s Pool closing


• A poem revisited in light of Children’s Pool closing

Regarding the city of San Diego’s new plan to close off access to the Children’s pool completely during seal pupping season, I paraphrase a famous poem attributed to Martin Niemoller as follows:

First they put up a rope barrier,
and I didn’t speak out because I liked the seals.

Then they closed the beach at night,
and I didn’t speak out because I like to sleep at night.

Then they closed the beach during pupping season,
and I didn’t speak out because the ocean is too cold to swim in during the winter.

Then they closed the beach permanently,
and I didn’t speak out because there were plenty of other beaches.

Then they closed the rest of the beaches in La Jolla,
and there was no place left to swim.
Eric Korevaar, La Jolla

• Donations still needed for police substation fix

Thank you so much (La Jolla) for so many generous donations to complete the police substation work!  It’s heartwarming to know that so many of you care for our men and women in blue.

If you’ve already donated, please ignore the rest of this message, but if you haven’t, we could still use some help in funding the project. Donations are tax deductible.  Please make out checks to: The Police Officers Association, with a note in the comments section: For Police Storefront.

Mail the checks to: Nancy Gardner, 1040 West Muirlands Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 or give them to Rotary President Kate Adams at a Rotary meeting.

Again thank you so much for your support.

In the spirit of Rotary,
Jeanne Cherbeneau, La Jolla

• Officials are mismanaging the shores of La Jolla

The Great White shark is now on the endangered list and can no longer be hunted. Their numbers went way down.  If you research it, you will find alarming stats about their decline; that’s why their food populations went up.

It is no mystery why the pinnipeds are now starving. It is the age-old law of supply and demand. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other organizations, do not want to admit that they are responsible for very poor marine management and have not be prudent about monitoring the underwater ecology, especially as its the spill over from the Marine Protected Area at the Cove.

Usually a great abundance of marine life is the result of an MPA, not so in La Jolla. I have been conducting my own research: no more live mussels, they are gone and they are an indicator species — everything eats them.

There are no sea stars, even the Garibaldi are being eaten.  I swam from the Children’s Pool to Seal Rock and back and counted three Garibaldi, normally I’d see about 40, at least.

The sea lions are now starving. Additionally, the feces at Children’s Pool defy logic on a beach in La Jolla!  Never should there be feces on the beach. Children’s Pool is a concrete pen and is not healthy for any mammal, marine or otherwise, with such a build up of poop and afterbirth.

A natural beach, such as Shell Beach, has tides and surf that keeps the beach clean, not so with Children’s Pool. That alone is a key factor.  
The seals are now starving in their own feces, and you can watch it on the Seal Cam.  That is really disgusting.

What will even be more of a tragic situation is when a swimmer gets attacked by a shark because of the marine mammal management failure.
Cheryl Aspenleitner, RAMP (Restore Access to Many People)

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4 Comments for “Opinion/Letters to the Editor: A poem revisited in light of Children’s Pool closing”

  1. neighbor

    I agree with these comments, the beach should remain open to humans. There are so many seals that they are starving, should we start to leave feed out for them too?

  2. neighbor

    Is the rope at the children’s pool too long?, it seems it gets longer and longer, with only a small space to squeeze through, is it the legal length?

  3. James

    Cheryl Aspenleitner,

    How have have you been conducting your own research? what methods have you been using to calculate the number of star fish and garibaldi that should be in the area? Have you published your “research” in a manner that can be peer reviewed? What experience do you have in this type of research?

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