On the heels of a huge public hearing
at which EHL testified, the California Parks and Recreation Commission
strongly opposed extending the Foothill tollroad through San Onofre State Beach.
Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) intends to bisect
most of San Onofre State Beach – at the border of San Diego
and Orange Counties – with a highway. The impact on the popular San
Mateo campground would be ruinous, if not causing outright abandonment.
This low cost coastal recreation cannot be
The road would also push the highly endangered Pacific pocket mouse toward
extinction and cause severe impacts to the California gnatcatcher. Major portions of the nearby Donna O’Neill Land
Conservancy would be lost. Despite this devastation, the TCA has failed to properly evaluate alternatives, such as widening
At a hearing in San Clemente, more than 1000 people turned out to
protect the park. Later, on November 18, 2005, the Commission unanimously asked Governor Schwarzenegger and the
Attorney General to take all necessary steps, including litigation, to protect
this resource. While its role is advisory in this matter, a
powerful message was sent to the Governor.