Seal appeal overturned
On June 7, a California appeals court upheld the City ordinance that closes the Children’s Pool for nearly half the year for seals to give birth, nurse and wean their pups. In its decision, the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a lower-court ruling setting aside the ordinance.
The area — originally intended by Ellen Browning Scripps as a breakwater for children — will remain closed to humans from Dec. 15 to May 15 every year. Violators face misdemeanor penalties of up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.
In 2014, the City Council approved closing the beach for part of the year after other efforts to protect the seals...