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Council panel takes up La Jolla seals again on Monday

A special meeting of the Committee on Natural Resources and Culture of the City Council to discuss management of La Jolla’s Children’s Pool will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Council Committee Room on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C St.

The committee will consider various management options for Children’s Pool, everything from closing it during seal pupping season Dec. 15 to May 15 to closing it year-round, keeping a rope barrier up or not separating marine mammals from humans, prohibiting dogs on the beach and declaring the pool a marine mammal park and establishing a policy stating seal watching is the city’s preferred use there.

They will also have in hand the city attorney’s report addressing legal issues raised at their March meeting.

In addition, Councilwoman Sherri Lightner plans to present an alternative plan. She said last week she wants a 90-day window to air a plan in the community and with city staff that does two things:

— Seeks private funding for a ranger or lifeguard to patrol the Children’s Pool, working in consultation with police and lifeguards, and

— Sets up a volunteer docent program under parks and rec or lifeguard auspices that would “enlist civic-minded citizens to inform and instruction the public on the city’s joint use policy.”