The presence of harbor seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla generates a lot of interest … and a lot of controversy. Visitors and residents alike have questions about the seals, and much misinformation abounds.
In the interest of setting the record straight, La Jolla Light reached out to a seal expert for all the information we could gather about them. Marine biologist Monica DeAngelis, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Federal Advisory Committee, answered our questions and those sent in by our readers.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has closed La Jolla’s Children’s Pool at nighttime, effective immediately.
Pressman scheduled a preliminary injunction for April 12, urging both sides to consider “coordinating or consolidating” their suits.
I am writing in regard to handicapped access at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. There is a ramp there now that historically has been used by wheelchairs. The new lifeguard tower remodel needs to be redesigned immediately to include full ADA access to the water’s edge by wheelchairs.
The trustees of La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. (LJP&B) voted at their Feb. 25 meeting to pen two letters of concern to the City of San Diego regarding the new “seal cam” at Children’s Pool and the fences on the bluffs at the La Jolla Cove.
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.