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?
The La Jolla beach access advocacy group, Friends of the Children’s Pool (FoCP), announced on Feb. 21 their lawsuit filed against the City of San Diego for the December 2012 lengthening of the rope barrier found at Children’s Pool. The papers were served Feb. 25.
“The city concedes its Planning Commission erred when it denied the … permit for an annual rope barrier” –Deputy City Attorney George Schaefer
Opinion/Editorial: “Aw come on,” we thought to ourselves last week when we first heard that full-time police presence was ordered at the Children’s Pool beach. “Police officers AND park rangers?! What’s next? Drones?” But then we watched the sad and shameful video of two young women in the dark of night cruelly harassing the pregnant seals and their pups last Thursday, and we had second thoughts.
San Diego Police officers began patrolling Children’s Pool beach to “keep the peace” between those who want the shores reserved for seals nd those who want shared use with people. Operators of a live, streaming “seal cam” has released video showing two young women harassing the seals in La Jolla.
Mayor Filner, thank you so much for approving the installation of the seal cam at Children’s Pool Beach! What an incredible educational opportunity for people from all over the world to see harbor seals in a natural, yet urban environment. Although I am grateful that you have lengthened rope line to 152 feet to correct the error from last season, some people, often encouraged by the professional harassers and their friends, do not adhere to the guideline viewing requirements and cross the rope, disturbing many of the pregnant female seals from critical rest.
The camera includes automatic lens wipers to clear condensation, and infrared lenses so seals can be viewed at night.
Congratulations on your election as Mayor. It’s good to see bold action in a bleak social landscape of apathy. I’m also pleased to hear that you have finally got a plan to “vacuum up” the stench at La Jolla Cove. Hopefully, this cesspool of political ping-pong has run its course, but don’t worry, the Victorian cottages across the street (Red Roost and Rest Rest) will continue to be a daily historical reminder that government bureaucracy is alive and well. The real purpose of this letter is to respectively request that same consideration that you have shown the seals at Children’s Pool, for the unique and much-loved California Grunion.
It was unclear whether permits were required for installation of the camera, or who at the city approved its installation.
Delays in obtaining permits and approval from the city and other regulatory agencies continued to push construction behind schedule.