Friday, December 19, 2008

Twitter Aflutter With Toll Road Talk

Twitter aflutter with toll road talk 

Here’s a sampling of what people were saying on Twitter yesterday about the toll road decision:
@dodgemedlin: A win for surfers, environmentalists - federal agency rejects plan for toll road through San Onofre State Beach. (12:26:06 p.m.)
@chriscote: We Won!! the fight to Save Trestles is over. Check in a few for the whole story. (11:58:13 a.m.)
@Steve_watkins: Awesome! The toll road expansion that threatened Trestles has been killed - (
11:54:18 a.m.)
@klenlaundry: is amped on the Trestles Victory! (11:53:25 a.m.)
@sdradio: @hilahil @andrewwp This is a good day: closing Guantanamo prison; and Trestles SAVED.
(11:49:38 a.m.)
@lkilpatrick: @SaveTrestles your going to need to change your name to Saved Trestles! :) (11:46:49 a.m.)
@JonathanDuarte: Congrats. Surfrider… another success. Toll road Dead! (11:39:13 a.m.)
@lkilpatrick: WOOT TRESTLES SAVED!!! Finally something good from the credit crunch! (11:37:50 a.m.)
@UkuleleJammin: Toll road through Trestles DENIED!!! (via @10News) (11:32:38 a.m.)
@chris949: Trestles has been saved! thank you Dept. of Commerce & Ca. Coastal Commission! (11:23:24 a.m.)
@degroodt: Totally stoked to see the “people” getting their way finally. Toll Road has run rough shod over OC for years. (11:15:15 a.m.)
@brianschoening: The Toll Road is dead! Trestles lives to be surfed another day!! (11:14:46 a.m.)
@tierranet: RT SaveTrestles South Toll Road Extension STOPPED! WE SAVED TRESTLES!!! Nice work everyone (11:10:00 a.m.)
@nique22: YAY!!! RT @swelldotcom: TRESTLES SAVED! THE HIGHWAY TO HELL CRASHES!: The Trestles toll road crashes today . (11:08:50 a.m.)
@formatted_dad: @NeonSurfer . Great news. Lets hope this is the end of the toll road plans. (11:07:53 a.m.)
@locustfist: RT @SaveTrestles South Toll Road Extension STOPPED! WE SAVED TRESTLES!!! Nice work everyone! (11:07:35 a.m.)
@SaveTrestles South Toll Road Extension STOPPED! WE SAVED TRESTLES!!! Nice work everyone! (11:06:07 a.m.)
@scorpusmaximus: WOOT! We saved Trestles! (for now): a.m.)
@NeonSurfer: WE SAVED SANO!!! Toll Road Extension KILLED!!! (10:52:31 a.m.)
@Foa.m.EZ: [What the blank???] Trestles Saved! 241 South Toll Road Extentsion Killed (10:50:42 a.m.)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Trestles Saved! 241 South Toll Road Extentsion Killed

Department of Commerce Rules on Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Consistency Appeal

The Department of Commerce today upheld the California Coastal Commission’s objection to a proposal to construct a 16-mile toll road connecting California state Route 241 to Interstate 5 in southern Orange and northern San Diego counties.

The commission objected to the proposed project under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act on the grounds that the toll road was not consistent with the state’s coastal zone management program. Under the CZMA, federal agencies may not issue any permits required for a project if a state has objected, unless the Department of Commerce, on appeal, overrides the objection.

The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency appealed the commission’s objection to the Department of Commerce in February, triggering an administrative review process that involved written briefs and arguments by the parties, input from interested federal agencies, tens of thousands of written comments from the public, and a 10-hour public hearing in San Diego County.

Under the CZMA, the department may override an objection only if no reasonable alternative to the project exists and the proposal is consistent with the objectives of the CZMA, or if the project is necessary in the interest of national security. The department determined that there is at least one reasonable alternative to the project. The department also found that the project is not necessary in the interest of national security.

TCA may pursue another route for its proposed toll road that the commission determines is consistent with California’s coastal zone management program, and TCA is not limited to the alternative proposal described in the department’s decision.

Since the enactment of the CZMA in 1972, the department has acted on 43 appeals, upholding 29 objections by state agencies and overriding 14.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Despite being a 1000-year-old sport with a $7 billion industry, surfing has failed to produce the demographic and economic studies to show who we are, where we live, and what we spend. So while other interest groups bolster their arguments with impressive numbers to prove their positions, all-too often, surfers get blindsided and bowled over, unable to offer a single hard number to support their cases or save their breaks.