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On June 4, 2008, James Olson appeared before the San Diego City Council to discuss the lack of citations issued to pet owners who bring their dogs to Pacific and Mission Beach boardwalks during restricted hours.

Nearly two years later, Olson returned to the city council during the April 13 meeting to say that there continues to be plenty of dog owners in violation of city code at the boardwalk and there is still no enforcement.

Olson claims that he has seen — on numerous occasions — lifeguards and police officers petting dogs and interacting with them during restricted times, but not writing citations.

“This is a big problem. The last time I was here, I was told the lifeguards and the police officers’ role was to enforce this code,” said Olson at the meeting.

The enforcement of city codes — such as smoking, drinking, and dog violations — at the boardwalk, Olson believes, could bring in “millions” of revenue for the city. He stated that city employees at the beach should be reminded that code enforcement is part of their job.

“The City is closing beach facilities, like restrooms, and is going to do away with fire rings and brown-out fire stations due to lack of funds,” said Olson. “If they were to enforce each and every law down in the boardwalk…you would have plenty of money.”

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PB92109 April 17, 2010 @ 6:45 p.m.

In my opinion the only one with a "big problem" is Mr. Olsen; the police and lifeguards seem not to be concerned. Is he concerned about public safety? Law enforcement doesn't appear to be and isn't that the reason for these laws? not "revenue enhancement".

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a2zresource April 19, 2010 @ 12:10 p.m.

“ 'The City is closing beach facilities, like restrooms, and is going to do away with fire rings and brown-out fire stations due to lack of funds,' said Olson. 'If they were to enforce each and every law down in the boardwalk…you would have plenty of money.' ”

There's a lot of city cash to claim from bike riders on sidewalks in business districts all over town, including downtown... especially around the courthouses, of all places...

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Ridiculous April 25, 2010 @ 3:03 p.m.

PB92109 - Unfortunately you have missed the big point. Isn't it you that always want the all too many laws to be enforced? Which way do you want it?

I have seen dog fights all to many times on the beach. I have witnessed dogs off the leash that are a threat to people. People don't clean up after their dogs. There is a growing number of dogs in PB - and I don't mean just humans.

It is nice that you are speaking for SDPD and lifeguards. Why not speak for Park & Rec? These are all people who do their job, not weigh in on their opinions. There are a lot of laws that I would love to see enforced more. Too bad the larger violations have to take top priority, with the lack of City funds. When you live in a place with high crime, I guess a dog pooping isn't a big deal when home and auto break-ins or DUIs take all the officers out of service.

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PB92109 April 28, 2010 @ 2:44 p.m.

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Don't be ridiculous. Re-read the article and my comment.

I did not opine about dogs on the beach or off-leash or dog fights. Those were not mentioned and were not part of the story.

Dogs on the boardwalk during prohibited hours usually belong to tourists. When I am walking there I tell people and 90% don't know because they are from Arizona or Oregon or Santa Barbara and don't see the signs. When I tell them they are not supposed to be there and should go to the street or alley they are thankful and leave.

I am not excusing their behavior, just stating that it appears not to be a public safety issue. I made no statements supporting dog fights on the beach or dogs off leash on the beach as that was not what this article was about.

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959FelsparStreet92109 July 11, 2010 @ 3:26 p.m.

Bottom line: At Kate Sessions Park I have seen unleashed dogs, big dogs, take off like a bat out of hell and charge a person / run up on them. Like Russian Roulette that is a frightening proposition. In some cases the owner acted like it was no big deal. In other cases the owner was apologetic. In all cases the owners were clueless.

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