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Surfrider Foundation Plans Demonstration Against San Onofre Toll Road

Surfrider Foundation Plans Demonstration Against San Onofre Toll Road

The ongoing saga against the toll road near Trestles continues. This Wednesday June 19th the Regional Water Quality Control Board is voting on the proposed extension of the 241 Tollway in Orange County.The 5.5 mile extension of the highway proposed by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) would run through San Onofre State Beach.

The Surfrider Foundation is asking activists, beach goers and environmental enthusiasts alike to publicly oppose the plan at the meeting. According to a press release issued by the Surfrider Foundation the TCA is attempting an illegal strategy, called segmenting, to get the toll road built. Segmenting involves building the road five miles at a time, which is an illegal practice under state and federal law.

The extension would be from Oso Parkway to the planned Cow Camp Road in San Juan Capistrano which the Surfrider Foundation calls “a road to nowhere.”

The TCA says the project, called the Tesoro Extension, will create over 2,000 jobs in Orange County and 407 jobs statewide.

The plan to extend the toll road running from San Diego to Orange County was rejected in 2008 by the California Coastal Commission and the Bush administration after wide spread opposition. The bumper sticker reading “Save Trestles. Stop the Toll Road” is a remnant seen on bumpers across southern California from the fight in 2008. The plan was opposed by the Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation because of the environmental impacts.

The vote will take place at 1 p.m. June 19 at 9174 Sky Park Ct., San Diego.