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On October 10th, Friends of the Children's Pool filed suit in Superior Court challenging the recent action of the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission to seasonally ban human access to the beach at Children's Pool in La Jolla. 116 page writ of mandate, if you want to read it The case will be heard in Orange County, so there can be a fair trial.

FoCP's lawsuit follows a decade of mis-management by City officials and the circumvention of constitutionally protected ocean access rights at the Pool. The City deliberately avoided alternate proposals that would allow shared use to work but instead worked on creating crises. NOAA/NMFS had been very patient, but finally reminded San Diego last January of the law in a letter ( See Letter) supporting shared use of Children's Pool. The City disregarded that advice.

This is the bottom line. If regular folks don't pitch in the Children will lose.
FoCP has no paid employees. Any donations will go solely for lawsuit costs and are tax deductable.
FoCP is a 501(c)(3) federal non-profit. Cite FEIN# 37-1655042.

Sadly, it has come down to money. If donations support the effort, we have a prime legal case. Alternatives as simple as turning the barrier rope the other direction to divide the beach in a more reasonable manner would have worked. (Lifeguard Plan) Instead, the City manufactured crises to pretend it had no alternatives.

If you would help prevent barring citizens from public beaches, press the Donate button above, or use your own Paypal account, to focp@san.rr.com. Or eliminate the fee - send a check to Friends of the Children's Pool / 3090 Admiral Ave, San Diego, CA 92123.
**DONOR NAMES WILL NOT BE RELEASED FOR ANY PURPOSE**

Unlike past intimidation with advisory ropes and encouraging harassment of citizens, the City would now make it a crime for the public to access a man-made beach specifically designed to be accessed by the public. This violates the California Constitution, the Coastal Act, and the Legislation granting the beach to the City. But the irony is it violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The City can't afford to continue its legal misadventures. We have to share. It can work.  Despite what you may have heard, there is no plan to make our seals leave. They are protected from harm by State and Federal law and they are willing to share, unlike some people.


   State courts once ruled the City had to restore Children’s Pool to the splendid gift it once gratefully accepted from Ellen Browning Scripps on behalf of the Children of San Diego.  The City Attorney had the trust altered to transfer the value of that beach to the benefit of the trustee; the City, to steal from the beneficiaries; the Children.   Such is the character of our City leaders.


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CLICK to see the amended Trust
CLICK to view O'Sullivan appeal decision the City lost
CLICK to see 31 page original O'Sullivan judgment 3 1/2 years ago
CLICK to see the City of La Jolla's FAQ's regarding The Children's Pool in La Jolla


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