Friday, December 28, 2007
In the meantime, please take some time to do two things. First, if you haven’t already, send this quick letter to the Coastal Commission? Here is the link: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/tollroad_ccc_07
Then, create a quick You-tube video telling the California Coastal Commission why you want to Save Trestles and San Onofre State Park and upload it to our site: www.youtube.com/savesanonofre.
Here's what to do:
1) You don't necessarily need a video camera. Most cell phones or still digital cameras will work.
2) Go to www.youtube.com and Create an Account.
3) Once you have created your account, record yourself, family and friends, talking to the Coastal Commission, telling them to Save the Park and Stop the Toll Road. If they have personal experience with the park, they should include that in their message.
4) Connect your camera or phone to your computer, and save your video to your hard drive.
5) Go to http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_upload
6) Fill out the information regarding your video. To make it easier for others to find, put “San Onofre” in the title, and add San Onofre, sanonofre and Trestles to the space where the site asks for Tags.
7) Click “Browse,” select the video you saved in your computer, and click “Upload Video.”
8) Go to http://youtube.com/group/savesanonofre. Click the ‘Join This Group” link. Click ‘Add Videos’ and select the video you uploaded!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The Save Trestles campaign joins Step It Up 2007 to raise awareness about climate change and the unnecessary 241 toll road extension.
On Saturday, Nov 3, Step It Up is organizing events all around the country, calling for leadership on global warming. From coast to coast, people are gathering.
Join Surfrider, and other environmental organizations for a beach cleanup at Trestles. Meet at the Trestles Parking lot at 4pm. Then join us for an after party at WestEdge.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Go to: http://www.youtube.com/group/savesanonofre to learn more!
It's great fun!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Therefore we will not attend the October 11th hearing.
The TCA asked for an extension on their application. They say they need more time to digest the Coastal Commission Staff report. That's probably because the staff report found the toll road couldn't possibly be done in an environmentally conscious way, and there was no amount of mitigation that could justify it!
In addition, we believe the TCA is back-peddling because they are intimidated by our efforts and recent victories! We beat them in San Diego when the City passed a resolution to protect San Onofre State Park. Then, the TCA continued to falter after a recent poll found 70% of Orange County voters do not support toll roads through State Parks. Plus, the TCA has been receiving bad press, and their newest attempt to throw $100 million at State Parks fell flat.
They are stalling—we are prevailing—but your continued supported is more important than ever!
We are encouraging supporters to be part of our “Virtual Hearing” by recording a message to the Coastal Commission, telling them you want to Save the Park and Stop the Toll Road. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/group/savesanonofre
Stay tuned for additional updates! We need your assistance in other ways very soon! We will keep you posted on when the hearing is rescheduled.
We want to thank everyone who came to the Paddle Out on Saturday. We had a great turn out and this is exactly the kind of event that keeps the pressure on the TCA. Of course, we’ll be planning more visible events in the near future to make sure the TCA knows we are not resting on our laurels!
Thanks again for your enormous help in opposing this destructive proposal and your efforts to protect San Onofre State Beach.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Together with the Sierra Club we are having a "community meeting" to get people geared up for the California Coastal Commission meeting. This is also a great chance to learn more about the Save Trestles campaign and why getting on the bus for the Coastal Commission meeting is important. The Community meeting will take place at the San Clemente Community Center. 100 North Calle Seville. San Clemente, CA
After failing to gain the support of the San Diego City Council last year, we went back and spent the last 11 months meeting with each member of the San Diego City Council and presented them with the facts.
Then yesterday, by a vote of 6-2, the San Diego City Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting San Onofre State Beach Park and opposing the planned SR-241 toll road extension!!
This now means that our efforts to stop the 241 toll road extension and protect our State Park and San Mateo Creek watershed resources are supported by the three largest cities in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as nearly a dozen other cities around the state!
Next stop – the California Coastal Commission hearing on October 11th in San Pedro. This is a big one folks!!
This hearing will determine whether the TCA’s 241 extension project is consistent with the California Coastal Act.
We are asking everyone to take a moment and send one of our Action Alert emails to the California Coastal Commission. Simply click here to send them a message.
The Surfrider Foundation has also reserved several motor coaches to shuttle activists from South Orange County and San Diego to San Pedro. If you are interested in attending the meeting (we need all the bodies we can get there folks!) and would like to go up on one of the buses, please email Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
We need you to attend the meeting of the CCC on October 11 in San Pedro. The Commission will be hearing the application to build the Foothill-South Toll Road through San Onofre State Beach.
October 11, 2007
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
601 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA
Also, please send a letter to the Coastal Commission asking them to DENY the application.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
And while you're at it, here's older article talking about this very issue.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The exact date for the meeting has not been set, but we do know the application will be heard between October 10 -12. We will send an official e-vite soon so you can RSVP space on the bus. In the meantime, mark your calendars for this very important meeting and start thinking about ways to “call in sick to work” so you can join us on this fun and meaningful adventure! To find out more about the Coastal Commission meeting, or the Save Trestles campaign, email Stefanie at: SSekich@surfrider.org
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Last week the best school-aged surfers competed here at Lower Trestles in the National Scholastic Surfing Association Championships. The winners, especially in the open divisions, often go on to distinction as professionals.
But the future of the waves here is less assured. Many surfing enthusiasts have been fighting a plan to build a toll road nearby that could alter the iconic surf break. Some recent events have been encouraging to the surfers.
Work on the road was scheduled to begin in 2008 and expected to cost $875 million, but the project has been pushed back to 2011 because of regulatory hurdles. And in May the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Act that forces the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the group that would build the toll road, to comply with state and federal environmental laws. It had previously been exempt.
Named for the railroad trestles running over San Mateo Creek, the surf spot consists of five point breaks where waves curl over a cobblestone reef. Lower Trestles is the best, with waves that are not overly large, but with well-shaped shoulders, they are ideal for long, fast rides, and aerials and other maneuvers.
“It’s by far the best wave in Southern California,” said Pat O’Connell, a professional surfer who lives in nearby Laguna Beach.
Lots more after the jump
Monday, June 25, 2007
Don't miss the Art Farm's "Save Trestles" Art Auction closing party, this Thursday, June 28th at the Ocean Avenue Brewing Company in Laguna Beach. And no, you don't have to be good looking to get in ...but it helps!
Click here for event details
Thursday, June 14, 2007
1. A clumsy social error; a faux pas.
2. A blatant mistake or misjudgment.
In the mad scramble to find new spin on a bad project, local TCA supporters seem to be clamoring to make any argument – no matter how far fetched – to scare, confuse or otherwise bamboozle the public into supporting the proposed 241 extension. However, the problem with “making it up as you go along” is that…well….you’re making it up!
Not since Dan Quayle’s famous “potatoe” incident have we seen a foot (or in this case feet) wedged so deeply into one’s own mouth. Here are just a few gaffes we’ve seen over the last month:
In a recent letter to the Capistrano Valley News, entitled “Examine the facts, not falsehoods” San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato wrote:
“Don’t be fooled by environmental groups and legislators from outside our county like the Surfrider Foundation...”
Actually Sam, the Surfrider Foundation has been based in Orange County for the last 20 years. In fact, our global headquarters are located in San Clemente, just a couple of freeway exits down from your office.
Next on the list is San Clemente Mayor Jim Dahl. In an OpEd published in the May 31st edition of the San Clemente Times, Mr. Dahl writes:
“Today there is one way in and out of South Orange County—Interstate 5. From a public safety perspective, that is a disaster waiting to happen. If there were an earthquake or other disaster that required a mass exodus, a secondary route would be vital.”
Yikes - Not only has Mayor Dahl apparently forgotten about the existence of Pacific Coast Highway, he also seems to have forgotten that it is listed as an official EVACUATION ROUTE on the City of San Clemente’s website!
Not to be outdone, in the May issue of her OC Lite newsletter, Dana Point Mayor Diane Harkey railed against the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s efforts to protect San Mateo Creek, offering up this gem of a quote:
“Should all beaches be required to attain a goal of “shellfish” quality purification, or should human health standards rule the day? …Hopefully people of goodwill can work toward our mutual goal of ensuring that our watersheds are improved and our beaches are safe for “human” recreation. I’m not sure it would ever be possible (considering the bird sanctuaries) nor would we really want shellfish to flourish along many of our favorite swim or surf spots ¬- could be tough on the toes!”
Yes heaven forbid we let nature get in the way of us enjoying the beach…
I can almost picture Mayor Harkey walking along the beach at Salt Creek, wishing she could replace the sand with something a little less...sandy!
Proving that gaffes are not limited to the political arena, Mission Hospital CEO Peter Bastone gets in on the action, demonstrating his gift for exaggeration in a May 19th letter to the Editors of the Los Angeles Times:
“Mission Hospital is the only trauma center in south Orange County. If there is an accident or emergency that shuts down Interstate 5, there is no other way for anyone to get to our hospital.”
Sorry Peter… We checked with the Community Relations Department of the Orange County Fire Authority, and they assured us that in the event that the I-5 freeway were closed in both directions, there are ample alternate routes to access the facilities at Mission Hospital, and that emergency response personnel were trained to deal with such a crisis.
Is anyone else somewhat surprised that the CEO for one of the county’s largest medical centers doesn’t know the contingency plans for his own facility?
And finally – in a vitriolic outburst that Mel Gibson would’ve been proud of – in an article that appeared in this week’s Orange County Weekly, TCA geologist David Skelly shared what he thought about the save trestles campaign and its supporters:
“It appeals to the stupid. It appeals to the lemmings of the world.”
Gee, I know I didn’t graduate from Harvard but…
Perhaps Mr. Skelly was referring to California Attorney Generals Bill Lockyer and Jerry Brown…
or Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez and Susan Davis…
or Volcom and Billabong CEO’s Richard Wolcott and Paul Naude…
or all the Council representatives for the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Oceanside, Del Mar and Imperial Beach…
…or Clint Eastwood?
I’d like to see David Skelly call Dirty Harry stupid to his face! Go ahead, Dave… Make my day!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
By Christine Kehoe
June 6, 2007
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives took the first step in leveling the playing field in the growing debate over a six-lane highway coming out of Orange County that would bisect San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.
Led by Reps. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, the House-passed Defense Authorization bill reverses prior federal legislation that exempts the toll-road project from state law. The prior act was a largely unnoticed and unprecedented end run around the California Coastal Act and other state laws enacted to protect California's natural, historical and cultural resources.
Exemptions that circumvent the rule of California law make bad policy, especially when, as in this case, the exempted project has generated considerable public opposition. This project should be subject to the same analysis and environmental review that any other project in the state would receive.
The proposed Foothill-South Toll Road would traverse San Onofre State Beach from top to bottom...
More after the jump
"I firmly believe one of the greatest legacies we can leave to future generations is the heritage of our land. This expanse of acreage, San Onofre Bluffs State Beach, now has it's future guaranteed as an official state park."
-Governor Ronald Reagan, in establishing the State Park at San Onofre, April 3, 1971
Monday, June 4, 2007
If you click on San Clemente it brings you to a page with a few photos of SC beaches and a great video completely focused on San Onofre, Trestles and the threats of the toll road. Rich Rozzelle does his usual great job describing the park and the potential impacts. Here’s the direct link to the SC piece.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Driving north from San Diego along the coast on Interstate 5, a traveler passes mile after mile of houses, malls, businesses, and roadways. Every now and then you glimpse the ocean off in the distance or see a grassy hillside, but otherwise you are confined to a virtual corridor of development.
Then suddenly, just north of Oceanside, the landscape opens up. To the west is the ocean, while to the east flatlands and rolling hills covered with coastal sage scrub extend as far as the eye can see, with only here and there a building or a road. Along this stretch of highway you might actually spot a hawk circling overhead, hunting for its meal among the abundant little critters in the underbrush, or perched atop a telephone pole. This is coastal southern California as it used to look before sprawl took over, and it's still here because you're in Camp Pendleton. Like many military reservations in California, this 125,000-acre Marine Corps base, owned by the Department of the Navy, contains some of the last wild land in its region; this area would likely have been developed years ago if not for the base. San Mateo Creek, one of the last coastal streams in southern California that has no dams or other man-made barriers, flows from its headwaters in the Cleveland National Forest through Camp Pendleton to meet the ocean. Southern steelhead were thought to be extinct south of Malibu Creek until they were found in San Mateo Creek in 1999.
Lots more at the site...
Friday, May 11, 2007
make music and complete a dvd ready for broadcast, I did not win but it was a great
challenge for a good cause and I met some great people on the way."
"With these exemptions, the TCA thought they had a trump card in their back pocket, which they could have used to avoid full compliance with environmental laws," said Surfrider Foundation Assistant Environmental Director, Mark Rauscher. "This vote is a victory for protecting park lands everywhere and upholding state laws."
Surfrider Foundation and its partners applaud Davis' efforts to level the playing field and we encourage you to let her know your appreciation by sending her a note by clicking here.
In other good news word came down late Thursday morning that the California District Court of Appeals had sided with the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental organizations and ruled that a suit filed by the Save Trestles/San Onofre coalition against the TCA for violating the California Environmental Quality Act must be heard in San Diego County (the TCA of course wanted the case to be tried in Orange County).
"The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeals is a clear sign that this issue impacts more than just the residents of South Orange County," said Surfrider Foundation's Matt McClain. "If completed as planned, this toll road project will have direct and adverse impact on San Diegans, and very likely destroy precious resources that belong to the public at large."
While these two decisions do not yet represent the final nail in the coffin for the proposed toll road extension, they are two big steps towards that direction!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
CA Assemblymember Huffman from Marin attempted to move a bill that would limit the construction of roads through state parks throughout California. Makes sense right? Well the labor unions came out strong against this saying it would cut into their jobs. Huffman didn't think he had the votes so he pulled the bill and will bring it back at a later date. Here's an article on AB 1457
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wading through fact and fiction about the proposed extension of the Foothill-South (241) Toll Road is reminiscent of debating whether the glass is half empty or half full. In many instances, toll road advocates and opponents alike have pored through the same reports, relied on the same experts and studied the same history. At times, they even acknowledge the other side isn’t completely wrong. But that’s a long way from saying they might be right...
Lots more at the link
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
In a recent committee meeting, the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) announced an unexpected change in plans -- the targeted start date for the 241-Toll Road extension has been postponed from 2008 to 2010, at the earliest. William Woollett, the agency's CEO, explained that the decision was made in light of expected delays in obtaining permits from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Coastal Commission.
More at Surfline
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
THE TCA ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS POSTPONING THEIR TARGETED START DATE FOR THE 241 TOLL ROAD FROM 2008 TO AT LEAST 2010 !!!
The surprise announcement was made at the end of the TCA’s Operation and Budget Committee meeting by the TCA’s CEO himself, William Woollett.
Woollett, along with the TCA’s Deputy Director of Environment and Planning, Macie Cleary Milan cited several reasons for the postponement – notably the three outstanding lawsuits that have been filed by the California Attorney General’s Office, Native American Heritage Foundation, and of course the Surfrider Foundation and it’s coalition partners! Cleary Milan also noted that the agency is expecting delays in receiving permits from both the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Coastal Commission.
I need not tell you that this is OUTSTANDING NEWS for the SAVE TRESTLES campaign! The longer this campaign drags out, the closer we get to the TCA’s non-compete agreement with Cal Trans running out!!
Now the big question is: Which is more likely…the TCA winning approval for the 241 Toll Road anytime before 2020 or Guns n’ Roses actually deciding to release Chinese Democracy?
“Toll roads are essential – blah, blah, blah!” - William Woollett
“This album will blow away ‘Appetite For Destruction’ – blah, blah, blah!” – Axl Rose
Be sure stay tuned to www.savetrestles.org to find out more about this and other breaking news (including possible legislation being introduced prohibiting roads through California State Parks!!)
Until next time,
Your pals at the Surfrider Foundation
PS – Big shout out to our friends at Dragon Alliance (yeah Checky!) and Ocean Minded (yeah Gary!) for supporting Surfrider Foundation’s SAVE TRESTLES campaign!! Thanks to them, we have brand new Save Trestles yard signs available. Stop by the office and pick one up!!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Attention All Surfrider Activists and Suporters!
The South OC Surfrider Chapter will be participating in the March 3,
2007 Festival of Whales Parade in Dana Point. We need YOU! to come out and join our parade group so we have a huge showing of all ages!
Special guest Pro surfer Pat O'Connell will be leading our group!
Attendees need to be at the Strands Beach Parking Lot at the corner of Selva Road and PCH in Dana Point by 8am sharp. Please register prior with Rick Erkeneff, email@example.com .
"Save Trestles for the Whales" special edition tees will be distributed free of charge to the first 250 people prior to the parade which is scheduled to start promptly at 9am.
Join our group after the parade at Henessey's Dana Point at La Plaza Park, one block north of Street of the Golden Lantern. Food and beverages
are ala carte.
*City shuttle service will be available at the disband area to transport participants back to the staging area at the end of the parade if you are not joining our Surfrider group at Henessey's.
Monday, February 26, 2007
In reality construction of the 241 Toll Road Extension will destroy hundreds of acres of the park and close the scenic San Mateo Campground.
I suggest you write her an email and let her know how much you think the San Onofre State Beach and Trestles will benefit from a 6 lane toll highway. Here's her online comment Form
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Grant Cota (Left)
Q: Why do you love the oceans, waves and beaches?
A: I like Surfing
Kayl Cota (Right)
Q: Why do you love the oceans, waves and beaches?
A: I get to surf
These two brothers raised $110.00 for the Save Trestles Campaign by collecting cans and bottles from Jan. '07 to mid Feb. '07. They came by the Surfrider Foundation National office on Feb. 22 to drop off their donation.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Musician Brett Dennan recently put on a show in DC where the Capitol Chapter was able to talk about Surfrider and raise awareness about the Save Trestles Campaign.
Thanks to Brett, the band and the chapter..
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Monday, February 5, 2007
Oceanside's Feller wrong to seek toll-road reversal
By: FRED M. ROBERTS JR. - Commentary
In "Feller seeks city support for toll road" (North County Times, Jan. 27), Oceanside Councilman Jack Feller would like the city of Oceanside to reconsider its vote to oppose the proposed path of the Orange County Southern Foothill Toll Road. This proposed toll road would run through the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy and San Onofre State Park to link up with Interstate 5.
The city was right to oppose this toll road path and should let the vote stand. While the state park is outside of the city's jurisdiction, it is available to all the people of Oceanside as a marvelous recreation opportunity for swimming, surfing, hiking and camping.
Each of us has some responsibility if we want to keep our state parks intact. The state did not set aside this land for future road alignments; it was designated for recreation and conservation. The Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) was arrogant to assume that these open lands were set aside for their road. What we would lose is irreplaceable, and there is some debate whether the toll road would actually produce the traffic relief TCA claims, and for how long, given the area's plan for 14,000 new homes.
Recreation sites are becoming fewer and more crowded as California's population grows. Reducing opportunities in neighboring areas will only hurt the city's citizens. TCA had alignment alternatives that could have been adopted. TCA has used agreements with the county to block competition or other roads that would have alleviated freeway congestion.
The state park is the wrong place for the toll road. State parks are not road easements. The TCA spokesperson tells us the road would be 400 feet from the campsites. That certainly would detract from the nature experience and eliminate any sense of getting away from it all.
TCA also points out few people use the backcountry the road would ruin. However, the backcountry is the center piece of park conservation, with nearly a dozen endangered species. The toll road would have far-reaching implications on conservation elsewhere.
In the case of Oceanside, we have significant populations of thread-leaved brodiaea, a state and federally listed plant. Part of current statewide conservation strategy assumes the populations in San Onofre State Park are protected. If they are not, the conservation status of this species would have to be re-examined in Oceanside. Likely more would have to be done to protect Oceanside's plants, which would mean less flexibility in planning and development.
This argument would apply in many places where rare plants and animals rely, at least in part, on occurrences already "protected" in San Onofre State Park. We can't both use them as shiny examples of conservation and drive over them. I hope Councilman Feller visits the park and reconsiders his position. Maybe then he would see that the TCA is trying to rob present and future Californians of a valuable piece of the state's natural heritage.
Oceanside resident Fred Roberts is the rare plant coordinator for the San Diego chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
And here Brian "Woody" Woodward describes in detail the environmental affects of the toll road at Trestles.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
"Daniel has offered the song free for download via his Myspace page and his comment at his website is to 'Share it with your friends,sing along, and figure out how you too can help preserve one of the
remaining jewels of the Southern California Coast...'"
Here are the lyrics:
Sediment Flow [Save Trestles]
Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/APRA (c) 2006
We all love to go left
We love to go right
I've dreamt of surfing Lower Trestles
Since I saw Kelly Slater in black and white
TCA don't build your toll road
You're gonna change the sediment flow
Some say why go there 'cause it's so
crowded crowded crowded crowded
& getting there ain't easy 'cause you cant
drive up drive up drive up drive up
Well if I thought like that
I'd never leave my drive thru doorstep
But my dream of Trestles is world class
and I'm happy to walk through nature for it
TCA don't build your toll road
You're gonna change the sediment flow
We all love to go left
We love to go right
We got to Save Trestles
Keep nature in sight
TCA don't build your toll road
You're gonna change the sediment flow
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I'll also be posting videos and artwork created by our supporters. To get started, check out this cool piece below.
If you've created something about Trestles, just send it my way and we'll get it up here.