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Friends of the Children's Pool has filed suit against the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission. The seasonal banning of citizen access to the beach at Children's Pool in La Jolla was not legal. We told them the reasons we would win. See for yourself if you want to back the winning team. Click to see the evidence yourself. This will be heard in Orange County, so there can be a fair trial.

City officials were entrusted with preserving the beach and constitutionally protected ocean access rights. They stole the Pool from the Children of San Diego for profit and convenience. The City deliberately skuttled alternate proposals that would allow shared use to work such as the(Lifeguard Plan).San Diego nurtured a self-justifying crisis. NOAA/NMFS had been very patient, but finally reminded San Diego in January 2014 ( See Letter) that taking the Marine Mammal Protection Act into its own hands was a violation of section 109(a) of that statute. The Coastal Commission ignored the law too, and has endangered citizen beach access for all beaches in California.

If regular folks don't pitch in the Children will lose. We could end up shy of enough to fight off City lawyers. We are very close. You can make a difference.
FoCP has no paid employees. Your donation will go solely for lawsuit costs and are tax deductable.
FoCP is a 501(c)(3) federal non-profit. Cite FEIN# 37-1655042. Your information will not be shared.

If you can help prevent barring citizens from public beaches, press a Donate button, or use your own Paypal account, to focp@san.rr.com. Or eliminate the 2% 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**

The case is simple: The City and Coastal Commission violated the California Constitution, the Coastal Act, and the Legislation entrusting the beach to the City. That is why we could sue the Coastal Commission too, which requires San Diego to pay their legal costs.

DISCLAIMER: a writ of mandate cannot be used to force seal removal, only to force the City to find a better way to manage shared use within the law. If the City continues to insist shared use is too expensive, then it wil have to revert to restoration of Children's Pool it has evaded for a decade.

The City can't afford to continue its legal misadventures. We have to share. It can still 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.
San Diego had no right to create a pen for them on State land to exploite them for a tourist attraction.
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