Oceanside Votes To Oppose The Toll Road Through San Onofre State Park

Oceanside, CA (January 5, 2006) — Last night, January 5, 2006, Oceanside City Council voted to oppose the proposed toll road through San Onofre State Park. The Surfrider Foundation and its coalition partners drafted a letter and showed up in force to support the resolution opposing the Transportation Corridor Agency’s (TCA) recommended alignment for the extension of the 241 Foothill-South toll road. San Diego chapter activist Todd Cardiff provided inspiring comments before the Oceanside City Council, as did Surfrider Foundation’s Deputy Environmental Director Mark Rauscher. At evening’s end, Deputy Mayor Shari Mackin brought forth a motion to support a resolution, which was recently passed by the California State Parks and Recreation Commission opposing the proposed toll road alignment through San Onofre State Park and the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. The motion was passed by a vote of 3 to 2.

San Onofre State Park’s San Mateo Creek campground was originally set aside as mitigation for the environmental impacts caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Power Generation Station. Likewise, the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy was created as mitigation for the environment lost in San Clemente’s Talega development.

“The fact that this project will substantially compromise two existing environmental mitigation areas demonstrates a blatant disregard for the public trust on the part of the TCA, says Surfrider Foundation activist Todd Cardiff. “This land needs to be preserved as open space. The TCA needs to seriously consider alternatives to the proposed alignment.

The Surfrider Foundation opposes the toll road because of potential impacts to the watershed and sediment transport and therefore the waves along the San Mateo Creek delta, including Trestles, Church and Cottons. The organization is advocating that the 241 extension plan be scrapped and other alternatives be considered.

The Surfrider Foundation applauds the courage of City of Oceanside in opposing this project and hopes that other municipalities join in opposing the 241 toll road extension project. The Surfrider Foundation is especially appreciative of the hard work and courage of Shari Mackin, Deputy Mayor of Oceanside, in taking the initiative and political heat in bringing forth the resolution to the City Council.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.