“This is an incredible moment,” said 35-year San Clemente resident Steve Netherby. “This is a moment we’ve been waiting for a decade. You can’t imagine the ecstasy we feel.” [...]
“This toll road project is precisely the kind of project the Coastal Act was intended to prevent,” said Coastal Commission executive director Peter Douglas.
It seems like this has been a long time coming. But now… FINALLY… The Toll Road to Trestles is no more! In a stunning 8-2 decision last night, the Coastal Commission rejected TCA’s plan to rip apart San Onofre State Beach for a boondoggle that could have been “Foothill South”.
OK, so what does this mean for all of us? Hopefully, this is a wake-up call for all of our local elected officials and “business leaders” to stop looking for “easy ways out” and start thinking of real solutions to our long term transportation and development problems. It’s easy to propose an illegal toll road through a state park, and it’s easy to propose unlimited development without a plan to deal with infrastructure and a promise to preserve our endangered open space. However, what may be easy isn’t always wise.
That’s why we all need to keep the pressure on. Yes, we’ve now saved Trestles. But now, we also need to save our county from the folly of our political “leaders”.
We need to urge them to stop enroaching on our parks, our land, our environment, our PUBLIC open space. We need to urge them to stop thinking that only more toll roads can solve our traffic problem, and start thinking of new, innovative solutions. We need to get them to realize that our current ways are what’s killing us, and we need to change.
We won… But we’re not done yet.