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Monday, October 20, 2008

COURT MAY EVICT SEALS IN LA JOLLA TOMORROW

La Jolla -- People who like the watch the seals at the "Children's Pool" in La Jolla may want to appear in Superior Court (Dept. 60) Tuesday morning at 8:30.
Anti-seal lawyer Paul Kennerson - who has made over $1.25 million in fees fighting the seals - will seek a court order requiring the City of San Diego to immediately remove the seals.
Kennerson represents Valerie O'Sullivan, a former La Jolla resident who now lives permanently in New Zealand.
A previous court ruling Kennerson won required the city to dredge the "Children's Pool" beach to return it to its 1941 configuration as an artificial "bathing pool."
Because it takes years to obtain the necessary state and federal permits to do that, Kennerson will argue tomorrow (Tuesday) that the city must disperse the seals immediately.
According to State Land Commission attorneys, the legislature could easily amend the arcane law being used by the Superior Court to force the city to take these extreme measures against the seals.
However, state Sen. Christine Kehoe of Hillcrest, whose constituents are being forced to pay Kennerson's $1.25+ million fees, has so far declined to take any action.
Every time Kennerson appears in court, he racks up even more fees (which taxpayers will pay).
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