Loretta Responds to 241 Extension Vote

From the OC Register
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

lorettasmall.gifOn May 10, my colleague, Democrat Rep. Susan Davis from San Diego, offered an amendment to restore the application of state law to the SR241 highway project, which is planned to go through U.S. Marine base Camp Pendleton and through San Onofre State Park, which is located on base property. Much of what has been said of this amendment and my vote on it is ill-informed. The amendment did not “kill” the SR241 extension. It merely removed language that exempted the project from the jurisdiction of state law. Nor does this amendment take authority away from the secretary of the Navy to grant easements. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I feel confident the secretary knows what is best for the security of Camp Pendleton.I have not taken a position against the toll road [“Sanchez betrayed O.C. on toll road,” The Orange Grove, May 11]. In fact, I have been supportive of other similar construction projects, such as the 73, which has been of benefit to county residents and was built with sensitivity to environmental concerns. 

What concerns me is that the SR241 be constructed with the same care and attention as these other projects. As the law stands now, it permits the “recipient of the easement to construct, operate and maintain [the highway], notwithstanding any provision of state law to the contrary.” If the Davis amendment is adopted it means that the impact on the environment will be fully reviewed, and labor will be paid according to prevailing wage law.

I have been told that those involved with the construction of SR241 have observed every state law that applies. If that is the case, then the Davis amendment will have no effect. There is a concern that future state laws will prevent construction of the road for one reason or the other. I share that concern. I remain vigilant so that Orange County can determine which roads are built in our community. Our democratic process will lead to the best solution.

– Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove
U.S. representative, 47th District.

  5 comments for “Loretta Responds to 241 Extension Vote

  1. May 15, 2007 at 11:08 am

    OC Blog has a rebuttal to the letter.

    What I find ironic is they always complain that the Federal Government is too big and the State’s should have more say in powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government in the Constition- Like in state Transportation. Yet when the State government leans against an issue Republicans support, they will not hesitate to use the Federal Government to intrude on state’s rights and the 10th Amendment. I will post more on this on Orange Juice.

  2. Jubal
    May 15, 2007 at 2:58 pm


    It’s federal property. I don’t see how the 10th Amendment applies here.

  3. Anonymous
    May 15, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Jubal all you want to do is allow this toll road to go through the park so your clients can make the serendipitous exclaimation “Oh my look at all that open land adjacent to this nice big beautiful road. Why dont we build some exits and subdivide the rest of that old park we just cut in half with that road.” Your pretty transparent bro its quite pathetic.

  4. anon
    May 16, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Jubal soldout long ago! Like DC Republicans, Jubal has lost his way. Corruption, skirting environmental laws, changing the rules to make a buck seems to be ok as long as its supported by party leaders. He attacks Sanchez, but ignores illegalities of Calvert or carpetbagging of Issa.

  5. Tired of heavy traffic!!
    January 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm


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