Friday, August 8, 2008

Trestles Activists are Active at the Capitol and a Street Corner near You.

On Monday of this week, regional and state representatives of the Surfrider Foundation hit the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento! The main purpose of the visit was to attend an informational hearing about the "State of our State Parks".

The Senate Natural Resources Committee and Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee jointly sponsored the hearing in order to examine important issues facing our state parks. Topics covered included: the funding crisis in State Parks, development threats, concerns about how we are protecting state parks for the future, and more.

Of course, San Onofre State Park and Trestles were at the center of the issues discussed. Surfrider was pleased to give testimony about the importance of protecting our State Parks and stopping the toll road through the 5th most popular State Park. Prior to the hearing, Surfrider its coalition partners organized a press conference with notable speakers such as Senator Christine Kehoe and Assemblymember Laird to highlight threats facing our State Parks system.
Join Surfrider activists on Sunday, August 17th at 10:30 am at Main Beach in Laguna Beach for a demonstration to protect Trestles and San Onofre! Even though the Department of Commerce has not rescheduled the hearing yet, it's important that we are highly visible and continuing to put pressure on the Federal Government to reschedule the public hearing. We'll be waiving signs, holding surf boards and constructing miniature tents to demonstrate how the toll road will ruin the camping and surfing experience at San Onofre State Beach. And we need you there!

Directions: Drive North or South on I- 5 Freeway, exit Hwy. 133 South. The 133 South turns into Laguna Canyon Road and becomes Broadway which will end at Pacific Coast Highway at Main Beach. Look for Surfrider banners near the lifeguard tower.

Nearly every weekend during August and September we'll be out in communities in Southern California raising awareness about the campaign. If you can't make the demonstration at Main Beach on August 17th, send an email to to learn about other outreach opportunities we have.
What's your surf spot worth?

Help us find out.

Researchers at UCLA are conducting a survey of surfers who surf at California surf spots to evaluate their worth. You can help by visiting this link and filling out the survey. click here Trestles is in the list of surf spots.

Your participation can help us better protect and manage California surf spots in the future.

Background: Researchers at UCLA are conducting a research project on the economics of surfing. For part of the project they are planning to assess the economic value of surf spots in California. To do so they need to get as many surfers who surf California surf spots as possible to fill out a web-based survey within 24 hours of surfing. The more surfers who fill out the survey the more accurate the estimation. The results will be used in a model to estimate the economic value of surf spots in California.


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