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July 09, 2012

Stand up for La Jolla Seals and the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan

Attend the CA Coastal Commission Meeting Weds in Chula Vista
Harbor seals at Casa Beach, also known as the Children’s Pool, in La Jolla

On Wednesday July 11th the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) will be addressing the future of La Jolla's seals, and separately, the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. This will be a very important public meeting so please plan to attend and show your support to protect the treasured harbor seal rookery, and support for the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

In 2 minutes or less you can briefly provide comments at the Coastal Commission meeting on July 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Chula Vista Council Chambers at 276 Fourth Avenue in Chula Vista.



Information on the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan:

After ten years and over 100 public meetings, the plan provides:

•    more than 80 acres of parks and 75 acres of usable open spaces,  

•    almost 70 acres of wildlife habitat buffer and restoration areas, 

•    high-rise development away from wetlands, 

•    requirements for high levels of energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy,

•    cleanup of contaminated land, and 

•    mandatory public participation in future planning and management of the area. 

 This plan is our best chance to protect the Bayfront we love.

 Important speaking points and information about the seal colony in La Jolla:

·      The importance of this and other mainland colonies in the event of an oil spill off the Channel Islands.

·      The rope buffer is a visual cue for un-informed visitors to stay a “safe distance” from the animals. The rope really works –

·      Federal law protects the seals from harassment under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

·      Scientific evidence of need to haul out-molting, re-oxygenation, resting, nurturing young, etc.

·      Socio-economic benefits of the colony to La Jolla as a popular tourist attraction.

·      Legal – San Diego City Council authorized the rope in 2010. Now is the time to implement the decision.