La Jolla News Nuggets: Seal supporters gather for start of pupping season at Children’s Pool

Seal supporters gather for start of pupping season

On the first day of harbor seal pupping season, Dec. 15, Seal Conservancy of San Diego (formerly Friends of the La Jolla Seals) members gathered at Children’s Pool to express their excitement over the ruling that prohibits people from going onto the beach during the seals’ five-month pupping season, which went into effect that day.

An August decision by the California Coastal Commission to close Children’s Pool (aka Casa Beach) during the season will be enforced through May 15 via a chain and signage indicating people may not go onto the beach.

“This has been a long time coming here in San Diego, so we wanted to come down here to thank San Diegans, the San Diego City Council, the mayor of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission for supporting pupping season closures,” said Adrian Kwiatkowski, executive director of Seal Conservancy of San Diego. “What we are asking of San Diegans for these next five months (Dec. 15 to May 15) is to please not go on the sand during the closure ... when the seals are giving birth to their pups. There are people out there who want equal access year- round, and we feel this is a balanced compromise. The other seven months, people and seals can have equal access to the beach.”

Kwiatkowski said there have been no discussions with the WAN Conservancy — the nature preservation organization responsible for the Seal Cam that went up last year — as to whether the camera would be re-installed. “But we are optimistic that in 2015 our organization will encourage the city to look at installing a camera again,” he said.

He also noted that Seal Conservancy of San Diego volunteers would continue to stand above Children’s Pool to “educate the public about the seals and encourage them to follow city law and not go on the sand.”

Questioning the constitutionality of the California Coastal Commission decision, the beach access advocacy group, Friends of Children’s Pool, filed a lawsuit suit claiming that the city is denying citizen access to the ocean.

Press material announcing the suit states: “This beach closure illegally excludes the rightful users of Children’s Pool; San Diego’s children, their families, swimmers, divers and fishermen. The city’s action puts all ocean users at greater risk as the safest beach in San Diego is closed and the very people for whom it was built are directed to use less safe beaches.”

Last call for Toys for Tots dropoffs

All San Diego fire stations and the lifeguard stations in La Jolla Shores, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are drop-off points for Toys for Tots. The stations are collecting new, unwrapped toys, and The Toys for Tots coordinator at the Marine Reserve said there is an immediate need for toys for toddlers, and boys and girls, ages 6-9. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 19.

If you can’t bring a toy, checks may be made out to Toys for Tots Foundation and mailed to: 9955 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA 92131

Questions? Visit

The site lists these other drop-off sites throughout La Jolla: La Jolla Blue Book, 7966 Herschel Ave. La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, 9850 Genesee Ave., Suite 480. LF Stores, 7864 Girard Ave. Northwestern Mutual, 4225 Executive Square, Suite 1250. Pickford Escrow Company, 1299 Prospect St., Suite 105. Pilates Plus La Jolla, 7712 Fay Ave. Prospect Mortgage, 4275 Executive Square, Suite 700. San Diego Marriott La Jolla, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive. Sweet Adelines, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North, Torrey Pines Christian Church. Torrey Pines Club Corporation, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road. UCSD Extension, 9600 N Torrey Pines Road. Amnesty International at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive.

La Jollan named to San Diego County ‘Women’s Hall of Fame’

Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. of La Jolla, is one of six women to be inducted into the 2015 San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame as this years “Empowerer.” The Hall of Fame Selection Committee identified these women, from 200 nominations, seeking women “who have worked to improve the lives of other women and made change in their communities.”

The honorees will be inducted and recognized March 1, 2015. The five others are “Spirit of the Hall of Fame” Lee Ann Kim, “Activist” Sara Moser, “Bridgebuilder” Starla Lewis, “Historian” Viviana Acosta and “Trailblazer” Dr. Anita Figueredo.

Josefowitz has spent her life as an educator. She taught the first course in the country for women in management at the University of New Hampshire, and her book “Paths to Power: A Woman’s Guide from First Job to Top Executive,” became a best-seller. She worked as a consultant to government and profit and non-profit organizations to help women enter male dominated workplaces.

Now 88, her latest project focuses on how men and women grieve and heal differently and takes a new approach to the different states of grief. Her latest book, “Living Without the One You Cannot Live Without,” is a reflection of her research and personal experiences on the subject. Event information at

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters on the international list

For the second year in a row, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters made the Coffee Review “Top 30 Coffees of 2014.” Bird Rock Coffee Roasters’ Sumatra Ulos Batak came in at No. 2, and its Guji Zone Ethiopia at No. 10. This is the first year that any roaster made the list twice.

Coffee Review’s selection is ranked on quality, value, and other aspects, including certifications and distinct style.

“We are honored to be named not once, but twice on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2014,” said Chuck Patton, owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. “I am proud of our head roaster, Heather Brisson, who really brought out the flavor profile on the Guji Zone coffee from Ethiopia, which was a real milestone for Bird Rock this year.”

Due to their popularity, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters sold out of both the Sumatra Ulos Batak and the Guji Zone Ethiopia, however are in the processing of approving a new lot of Batak coffee, and the Ethiopia: Boke Konga is still available, and very similar to the Ethiopia Guji Zone. Beans can be purchased at the cafe 5627 Jolla Blvd. or online at