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City of San Diego not liable for stink on La Jolla rocks, judge rules

City of San Diego not liable for stink on La Jolla rocks, judge rules

The city of San Diego is not liable for the stink left by birds and sea lions on the coastal rocks in La Jolla, a judge ruled Friday. "The court does not minimize the unpleasantness of the odors," wrote Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor, "and it empathizes with the business challenges they cause for area merchants and restaurateurs." But the droppings left by the sea creatures are a fact of nature, not comparable to a broken sewer pipe or overflowing trash dump that the city would have an obligation to fix, Taylor indicated in a seven-page ruling. “The city can address the pooping habits of wild animals as a policy matter, but it cannot be compelled to do so...

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