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SAVE SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH: PROPOSED TOLL ROAD EXTENSION THREATENS BEACH AND ACCESS

NEWSLETTER FALL 2005

San Onofre State Beach A proposed toll road extension threatens the San Onofre State Beach and public access, eliminating precious open space on the California coast, impacting world-famous Trestles Beach, forcing the closure of San Mateo Campground, and destroying habitat for endangered or threatened species. The proposed project would obliterate a public trail from the campground to the beach, or dramatically reduce the recreational experience for trail users who would have to go under a concrete structure to reach the beach. San Onofre is an affordable coastal haven for middle- and low-income families throughout the region, and one of the five most visited parks in the state park system. The people’s right to reach the public beach must be protected.

The City Project submitted opposition to the toll road extension to the California State Parks and Recreation Commission, which has urged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to block the controversial 16-mile project. The toll road extension would raise serious legal and policy issues parallel to the efforts to limit public access to public beaches, and to the proposal to run high speed trains through state parks across the state. We discuss each of these concerns in our Policy Report: Free the Beach! Public Access, Equal Justice, and the California Coast, and our public comments concerning high speed trains . Before construction can begin, the toll road must be approved by the California Coastal Commission.

What you can do:
Take action and show your support for public access to San Onofre State Beach and opposition to the proposed toll road extension by writing to the California Coastal Commission, the Transportation Corridor Agencies, and Governor Schwarzenegger.