By Dave Schwab
On a 6-0 vote, the San Diego City Council voted Monday to ban dogs from the Children’s Pool and adjacent areas in La Jolla except for service dogs and city employees in performance of their work.
City Park and Recreation Director Stacy LoMedico reminded the council that the ban was first proposed at a special City Council meeting on May 17, 2010.
“That includes the stairway and the breakwater wall,” said LoMedico.
Asked by Councilwoman Marti Emerald the purpose of the move, LoMedico replied, “The idea was that this prohibitive measure would prevent potential conflicts between harbor seals and dogs.”
First District Councilwoman made the motion to approve the ban. Council members Tony Young and Lorie Zapf were absent. The action requires a second vote before it becomes law and will alter the existing rules that allow dogs on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
The move comes just before the officially designated end of the seal pupping season on May 15, when the guideline rope separating humans from seals is scheduled to come down.
The barrier has become a major bone of contention between those who want the beach closed to humans to protect the seals and those who want access to the beach. Earlier this year the City Council opposed a plan to keep the rope up year-round. Since then, a group of regular beach goers has been deliberately crossing the line to press their point that California law guarantees coastal and beach access.
Also set for May 15 at the beach off Coast Boulevard is a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon sponsored by the San Diego Council of Divers, Children’s Pool Friends and the San Diego Adopt A beach program.
Beach cleaning tools and supplies, snacks and water will be provided to volunteers.
Those wishing to participate can e-mail