SB 428, a bill in the state legislature that would make seal habitation of La Jolla’s Children’s Pool a permitted use there, passed through the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Tuesday by a 10-1 vote with Dennis Hollingsworth, (R-36), whose district includes much of inland San Diego County, opposed.
The measure, co-authored by State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-39), Assemblywoman Lori Saldana (D-76) and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-75) now heads to the full Senate for a vote, which could come as soon as Thursday, April 16.
An excerpt of SB 428 reads:” … those tide and submerged lands are required to be devoted exclusively to public park, bathing pool for children, parkway, highway, playground, and recreational purposes, and for other uses that may be incidental to, or convenient for, the full enjoyment of those purposes. This bill would include in that list of uses and purposes a marine mammal park for the enjoyment and educational benefit of children.”
Meanwhile, a federal court ruling is pending that would keep the temporary restraining order in effect. A rope barrier would continue separating humans from harbor seals at Children’s Pool until the end of the marine mammals’ pupping season at the end of May.