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Down in ritzy La Jolla, one of the pricier parts of the San Diego area, they're having themselves an odor problem from the droppings of birds and marine mammals. The solution is to hose down the rocks along the coast. But remember, this is California, where liberals have held sway for as long as anyone can remember.

A solution to La Jolla's smell problem proves elusive

The La Jolla Village Merchants Assn. gathered more than 1,000 signatures demanding an immediate solution. But immediate is not in the governmental lexicon when it comes to issues involving the ocean and wildlife.

To wash down the rocks would require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The city, probably the full City Council, would need to endorse a specific wash-down proposal--but that, according to [local councilman Sherri] Lightner's staff, would mean submitting the issue to an application process that could take at least two years, given the backlog at the water board.

And even if the water board approved the application, the issue would then proceed to the [California] Coastal Commission, an agency not known for its speed.

If only Obama would appoint a Marine Mammal Droppings Czar, things might get done quicker.

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