Non-interference with sacred and beautiful wild creatures (Just look at those beautiful cormorants!) is obviously a higher value to all Californians than mere human convenience.
The saga now playing out in La Jolla Cove is the epitome of regulatory stupidity. In a rocky area by the cove once open to people but now fenced off for safety reasons, the feces of cormorants and seagulls just keeps piling up, generating a stench that can carry as far as a mile. Dry conditions, a hot summer and other factors have made this a gross everyday problem for the cove area, not an occasional annoyance.
So why canâ€™t city work crews simply take care of the problem? Why canâ€™t biodegradable cleaning products be used to make the stench disappear, as suggested by San Diego Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, who represents the area? Why canâ€™t any reason or common sense come to the fore?
Because of complex environmental rules stemming from the coveâ€™s designation as a state-protected â€œArea of Special Biological Significance.â€ Officials say it could take two years to get various state agencies to OK cleaning procedures.