Just when we all thought the issue of the Toll Road to Trestles was settled, TCA continues its effort to extend the 241 through San Onofre State Park. Even though the California Coastal Commission rejected TCA’s plan, they’re already appealing to the feds. That’s right, the US Commerce Department will now be deciding whether to uphold the Coastal Commission’s decision… And an entire ecosystem hangs in the balance.
And in the mean time, several state leaders aren’t waiting to take action. In fact, they’ve already sent a letter to the US Commerce Department about the 241. Here’s what Alex Brant-Zawadzki reported at Navel Gazing:
[Lt. Gov. John] Garamendi, along with State Senate President pro tem Don Perata, Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Darrell Steinberg and Senator Christine Kehoe, signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez. They made three simple demands:
1) You reject TCAs appeal and uphold the California Coastal Commissions legitimate authority to deny consistency certification for the Foothill-South Toll Road; 2) Should you take up the issue, hold a public hearing in Southern California and extend the public comment period accordingly; and 3) You prohibit federal agencies from meeting or negotiating with the TCA on this matter while the appeal is pending.
Notice how they’re not following The Governator’s lead on this issue? Oh yes, and what do you think about this latest development in the never-ending soap opera that is The Toll Road to Trestles? Should TCA respect the will of the Coastal Commission and call it quits already? Or do you think TCA has every right to appeal to the feds to let them build the toll road through the state park?
I want to hear what you have to say. Should the US Commerce Department listen to these top elected Democrats and let the Coastal Commission’s decision stand? Go ahead and have your say. 🙂