Preserve human access and enjoyment of the Children's Pool in La Jolla, CA
  • Petitioned California Coastal Commission and San Diego City Council

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California Coastal Commission and San Diego City Council

Preserve human access and enjoyment of the Children's Pool in La Jolla, CA

    1. Petition by

      Justin Schlaefli

      El Cajon, CA

Eco-groups and "friends of the seals" have orchestrated a campaign of harassment and intimidation against divers, fishermen and the beach-going public for over a decade now. Actions such as throwing rocks, spitting, stealing, vandalizing, punching, shoving, yelling profanity and even assaults with a stun gun perpetrated by animal-extremists against beach-goers and tourists are commonplace and often ignored by the police and the City of San Diego. Additionally, despite court orders and in violation of state law, the City of San Diego has continuously ignored its obligations to the citizens of the State of California and residents of San Diego. These obligations are set-out in the so-called Children's Pool Trust and the State Constitution. Among these obligations is the guaranteed right of "convenient access" to the Children's Pool beach for fishermen. Despite this constitutional right to access, the City has, in the past, closed this beach and continues to post rope barriers and warnings across the beach. The City has even sought to outright close the beach and pool for part of the year in violation of State law and the Constitution.

Unfortunately, what was once recognized as a true San Diego treasure and originally built primarily for a Children's bathing pool and playground has been neglected and virtually destroyed. Hollywood once shot movies there. Detroit shot a car commercial at the Children's Pool. The first permanent San Diego Lifeguard Station was constructed there. National Geographic once wrote of the Children's Pool: "Even Alice, fresh from Wonderland, would have gasped at the landscape spread below me". However, we have a lifeguard station which has been condemned. We have "port-a potties" on the sidewalk. The sea wall and stairs are literally crumbling. The cliff-side has collapsed onto the beach and undermined the sidewalk. Extremists populate the sidewalk shouting obscenities at anyone with the temerity to step foot on the beach. The City Police Department has a special "policy" not to enforce many City codes and ordinances at the Children's Pool. The sand is polluted with seal feces. This San Diego treasure has nearly been lost.

A proposal to either close the beach and/or further encroach on public access is before the Coastal Commission and San Diego City Council. We respectfully petition that the rights of the citizens of the State of California be recognized and the Children's Pool beach remain open and be quickly restored to its original condition. Please do not allow this treasure entrusted to us from previous generations to be destroyed and sold to environmental activists. Keep the Children's Pool open! Do not approve any proposal to close or limit access at the Children's Pool beach.

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    • Yancey Yake CARLSBAD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have enjoyed Childrens pool over the years - rich in sea life, playful pup seals and fish. The over abundance of seals now has produced an over abundance of poo, no fish and appears to be ruining the area for fishermen and divers.

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    • Carol Behr OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Im a ling time la Jolla residend, having mived, I visit multiple times per year and my family lives here. I love seals and they can easily move down one beach with no impact. PLEASE RESTORE the area & MAINTAIN ACCESS for children at the the beach. My daughter loves the beach and it's one if the very few that hac less waves due to the wall.

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    • Leslie Shoots FREDERICKSBURG, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I used to swim with those seals in 83-84 when I was in the Navy there. I remember them coming up to me to check me out and doing flips around me. We don't seem to be running them off. I once swam out to the big rock on the other side of the sea wall where they sunbathe and yes they would scoot away from me, but they let me join them on their rock there without taking off. What a grand memory I have of this simple little adventure, until the lifeguard screamed at me through his bullhorn..."Get away from the seals!" I travel to La Jolla year after year and it's always depressing to see this contraversy going on.

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    • Byron Quinonez HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This beach was meant as a "Children's Pool", through the generous gift of the Scripps family. I've personally watched eco-terrorists throw rocks at divers, engage in profanity in front of children, and try to use intimidating methods such as using a bull horn and distributing blatantly erroneous information. Let's keep the beach open for shared use- as it is intended!

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    • John Welsh LA JOLLA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The seals are fine there, but it's important to remember they are neither endangered nor threatened. They are thriving from Mexico to Alaska and there's no need to provide them with an artificial, man-made environment. The Children's Pool is a jewel of our cultural and historical heritage and should not be taken away from the public.

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