Wednesday, June 02, 2021

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A Miracle! No Tourists On The Cliffs Harassing The Sea Lions (Taken 6.2.21)

Something miraculous happened today. We dropped Nova off at Derby United and went to La Jolla Cove to see the California Sea Lions in their pupping season. Darren unintentionally told me that a sea lion was killed last week after people had crowded it and poked it and prodded it and it couldn't escape and ended up with a fatal spinal injury. It isn't unusual to see a dead pup or two each season for various reasons, but that this was caused by human interference made me so sick. 

But then we got there, easily found a spot to park and there are two main entry points by the 'nursery'. There are stairs after you pass the two stairs by the Cove and there's a shorter wall over by the other side of the Bridge Club, where I normally go. And you guys! There was not a single person on the cliff! Everyone was up on the sidewalk taking photos from behind the wall, but they weren't crowding the animals or jumping down. Of course it didn't last and as two people closed in on a mom and pup, I had to yell that they needed to back up, that they were too close. There are a few places the sea lions can exit the ocean and if you block those places, the pups will often stay in the water too long, not being able to keep up with their moms or being able to find a safe exit as bigger wave sets crash in on them. They were cool about it and it was more of a "hey, they need space!" rather than what I was actually thinking when I chose to speak up. Still, I was impressed that most people were being respectful, though the people who bring dogs to bark at the sea lions...I mean, they're allowed after 6 I guess, but it doesn't mean you should bring them. There were also a couple surfers who ended up getting a talking to from the lifeguards because there is no surfing or flotation devices of any kind allowed in those areas of the protected underwater marine park.  

It was a good day overall...lots of pressers today with Mayor Gloria about the new Draft Parks Master Plan, with Supervisor Fletcher with COVID updates and revealing a partnership with the Padres to give away tickets and shirts at certain vaccination events and that we may, as I said yesterday, actually move into Yellow next week, which would only be six days before the blueprint restrictions drop anyway. And then of course Jen Psaki who outlined the national incentives for vaccinations, including 24 hour vaccinations on Fridays through the pharmacy program. It's not all good news out there, but it's nice to feel more optimistic than not these days.   

Stay Safe Out There. 


  • State Data:
    • Southern California ICU Bed Availability: 36.8%
    • R-effective: 0.72
    • 51 New Cases/280,305 Total Cases
    • 0 Deaths/3,756 Total Deaths
    • 2.5 cases/100k population (Assessed on 6/1. Unadjusted Case Rate)
    • 1.3% Test Positivity (Assessed on 6/1)
    • 1.5% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 6/1)
    • 115 COVID-19 hospitalized patients (0 patients, 0% from prior day)
    • 45 COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients (+1 patients, +2.3% from prior day)
    • 287 ICU beds available (+15 from prior day)
  • San Diego County Media Briefing
    • Outpacing California with vaccinations
    • Over 70% of eligible have had first shots
    • Over 55% of eligible are fully vaccinated
    • If we get adjusted under 2 cases per 100k, we could move into Yellow Tier next Wednesday which would open capacity 
    • Mobile Vaccine Events - over 100 planned for June
    • After June, County will ramp down testing and vax sites, though they will still be available 
    • June 3-30th, anyone vaccinated in a County site, people may enter to win a pair of tickets (100 available) to the Padres. May be for first or second doses. Parent must be present for kids 12-17 to enter. 
    • June 12 11-6pm at Padres Gallagher Square. First 1000 people get a free T-shirt and entry into tickets raffle
    • June 26  Noon-4pm at Padres Gallagher Square. Ticketed Padres fans can get vaccinated before the game from 4:30-7pm. First 1000 get a free shirt, entry into ticket raffle. 
    • Yellow Tier would increase capacities:
      • Informal Gatherings: Outdoors 100max
      • Private Events: Outdoors 200max
      • Indoor Seated Live Events: Venues up to 1,500, 25% cap; Venues 1,501+ 10%
      • Outdoor Seated Live Events: 67%
      • Gyms 50%
      • Bars indoors 15%/100 people
      • Restaurants 50%/no number limit
      • Family Entertainment Centers 50%
      • Amusement Parks 35%
      • Water Parks 40%
      • Venues with Vaccination or Testing Verification can be even higher
    • Still awaiting State Guidance on some things related to June 15 opening like Cal/OSHA guidance
    • 419 Breakthrough Infections in San Diego 0.03% of fully vaccinated people
  • County Data:
    • Get a COVID-19 Vaccine for a Shot at Padres Tickets - County News Center 
    • Summary of Variant Cases
    • 42 New Cases/280,346 Total Cases 
    • 4 New Daily Deaths/3,760 Total Deaths
    • 4,0902,725 Doses Received/3,696,982 Doses Administered
    • 1,952,650 Partially Vaccinated/1,544,252 Fully Vaccinated
    • 0.7% Daily Test Positivity/1.1% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/0.7% Test Positivity (14-day average)
    • 1.7 cases/100k population (Assessed on 6/1. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
    • 99.6% Case Investigation 
    • -8.6% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (+patients. % over 30 days)
    • 40% ICU Capacity (+patients. %  over 30 days)
    • 60 Staffed ICU Beds Available
    • 2 New/11 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:

Time For Some New Signs?

Lots of cormorant chicks and eggs to be hatched on the cliffs

Surfing is NOT PERMITTED in this part of the Cove/Boomer Beach

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