And you thought that un-mown berms was a problem

Ok, who farted?

Ok, who farted?

With all the fuss over un-mown berms you’d think we had very few problems in Auckland, except for a dodgy rooting ratbag of a mayor.

But have a heart for the residents of La Jolla who are a wee bit upset about bird poo and seal shit.

A group called Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement is suing the city of San Diego and the state of California over the “foul odor” caused by bird and sea lion poop at La Jolla Cove.

The civil lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court on Dec. 19 on behalf of the group. The city has 30 days to respond. The smell, attributed first to bird guano and then to sea-lion poop, has long plagued the wealthy La Jolla neighborhood.  

Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement is a nonprofit made up of La Jolla business owners including George Hauer, owner of George’s at the Coverestaurant, and the owners of the La Valencia hotel. Attorneys Norm Blumenthal and Bryan Pease are representing them pro bono.

“The smell is a public nuisance and the city is required by law to get rid of a public nuisance,” Blumenthal said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Pease also fought against the city to protect harbor seals at the nearby La Jolla Children’s Pool, but is arguing for what could be seen as an opposite approach in this case. While Pease wants to keep swimmers away from the harbor seals in Children’s Pool, at La Jolla Cove he wants the city to take down a 10-year-old fence that blocks access to the cliff the sea lions occupy.

“There are these very large, flat, rocky areas that people are denied access to. And because of that the sea lions, which have these big flippers and can climb way high up on rocks, are climbing up there way past where the waves and the water will wash away the poop,” Pease said. “So they’re pooping up there and the cormorants and the pelicans are doing the same thing. If people were allowed to use that area, the animals would probably poop somewhere else.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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