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PUBLIC COMMENTS OPPOSE TOLL ROAD APPEAL BEFORE UNITED STATES COMMERCE DEPARTMENT

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008

United Coalition to Protect Panhe — a grassroots coalition of Native American Acjachemen people — and The City Project have submitted public comments on behalf of a diverse and growing national alliance to save the sacred site of Panhe and San Onofre State Beach and stop the proposed toll road that would devastate both. The alliance urges the Commerce Department to uphold the 8-2 decision of the California Coastal Commission to stop the toll road, protect California’s coastal resources, save the sacred Native American site of Panhe, and protect the rights of the Acjachemen people and working class people of color.

Three state agencies formally oppose the toll road: the California Coastal Commission, the California Parks and Recreation Commission, and the California Native American Heritage Commission. Three Native American Acjachemen Tribal Resolutions support sovereign participation to protect Panhe. The Transportation Corridors Agencies nevertheless have appealed to the Commerce Department to overturn the Coastal Commission.

The road would violate the law, devastate sacred Acjachemen and Juaneño grounds at Panhe, harm recreation along trails and a nearby campground, threaten endangered species, diminish precious coastal open space, impact panoramic views of the sea and the world renowned Trestles surfing beach. With 2.7 million visitors a year, San Onofre is the fifth-most popular destination in the state’s 278-park system. The City Project is working with the United Coalition to Protect Panhe and others to save Panhe and San Onofre and stop the toll road.

Learn more at www.savepanhe.org and www.savesanonofre.org.