by Staff / SDNN
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Sen. Christine Kehoe’s bill giving the city of San Diego full authority over the La Jolla Children’s Pool.
The move comes just hours after a local judge ordered the City Council to begin the dispersal of the seals within 72 hours.
“I’m grateful for the Governor’s quick signing of this legislation and hopefully it will bring some calm to an overheated discussion,” Kehoe said. “Our community has struggled through this debate for more than 16 years and now the future use of the Children’s Pool rests with the San Diego City Council — as it rightfully should.”
The decision puts the fate of the seals in the hands of the San Diego City Council, which is expected to declare the area a seal sanctuary. It overrides a 1931 trust that specified the area solely for use as a children’s swimming area.