Save Trestles: "Special Meeting" Approves Toll Road Over San Onofre State Beach

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Breaking news about plans to build a toll road over San Onofre State Beach has outraged environmentalists and surfers who frequent Trestles, one of California’s most rippable waves. Surfrider Foundation reported that the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) recently held a “special meeting” approving plans to build the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension, a five mile toll road that would go over a huge portion of the San Onofre State Beach and connect with the I-5 near Trestles. This is the same road that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration in 2008 because of its devastating impacts to the environment, San Onofre State Beach and cultural resources. Tesoro Corporation is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products.

Home to the annual Hurley Pro, a beloved stop by the ASP World Tour circuit, we hope that the surf community can unite to protect our break, and the California State Park. Watch the highlights from the 2012 event, with podium finishers Kelly Slater (USA) and Joel Parkinson (AUS):

The Surfrider Foundation, thousands of community members and surfers around the world have been protesting this for years, in part through the “Save Trestles” campaign. As Surfer Magazine reported, “by voting in secrecy, the TCA has contradicted its earlier assertions that the group would always allow for public participation in any future decisions about the toll road project… Apparently that courtesy has been revoked.”

Home to the ASP WCT's Hurley Pro, Lower Trestles stands as one of the world's premiere surf breaks. It is one of Australian World Champion Joel Parkinson's favorite waves. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk

Home to the ASP WCT‘s Hurley Pro, Lower Trestles stands as one of the world’s premiere surf breaks, a favorite of World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS). Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk

 

Despite public outrage and protests in 2008 when the plan was first announced, the TCA held a meeting last Friday and voted on their own without notifying anyone. Even though it was announced to the community in summer 2012 by TCA’s Environmental Director Valarie Mcfall that there would be a lengthy process to allow public opinions, they have clearly changed their minds and are continuing with their plan without any civic say in the decision.

“Trestles is the last clean watershed in Southern California… because there is no development anywhere,” said CEO and Founder of the Surfrider Foundation, Jim Moriarty. “It’s a State Park, as well.”

According to TheTollRoads.com, the Tesoro Extension is an attempt “to improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion” on the I-5 freeway, a frequented transit for San Diego and Orange County residents. “There is a traffic problem that needs a solution.”

Local groms like Kei Kobayashi train at Lowers on the regular, as a wave dear to the entire surf community. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk

Local groms like Kei Kobayashi train at Lowers on the regular, as a wave dear to the entire surf community. Photo: Surf Channel/ Shannon Quirk

 

If you are troubled by the behavior of the TCA taking matters into their own hands and building over the San Onofre State Beach, send them an email with your thoughts on this issue. This is the time for the surfing community to stand up for these world class surf breaks and the Pacific coastline, and get our voices heard.

Send your email today to: clerkoftheboard@thetollroads.com

Click here to send a letter to the Regional Water Quality Control Board urging them to deny TCA’s application for an environmental permit. Surfrider Foundation needs your help to remind the TCA (and decision makers) that the public doesn’t want their destructive toll road. 

Meet O’Neill rider Kei Kobayashi and Body Glove ripper, Nick Melanson, two local Trestles groms that dominate Lowers on a daily basis. In a bitter-sweet interview, Kei and Nick talk about how stoked they are every day to surf Lowers, bummed when they are kicked off their favorite wave for just a week of World Tour competition. They look up to the top athletes that surf at their break, and are inspired to train hard and focus on their goals.

Check out the videos below of the “special meeting” where the TCA decided on their construction plans, provided by the “Save Trestles” campaign:

This short clip shows how the TCA went against what the public was told by the Environmental Director Valarie Mcfall last summer: 

The more people that fight for public input on the Tesoro Extension, the higher the chances are of the TCA listening.

Send your email today to kloch@thetollroads.com

Click here to send a letter to the Regional Water Quality Control Board urging them to deny TCA’s application for an environmental permitSurfrider Foundation needs your help to remind the TCA (and decision makers) that the public doesn’t want their destructive toll road.

You can also use the power of social media to help spread the word. Save these graphics and support Surfrider Foundation by changing your Facebook cover image with this #SaveTrestles graphic, by The Surf Channel’s Dilara Karabas.

Save Trestles Surfrider Foundation Surf Channel Graphic by Dilara Karabas

Right-click and save in order to share on your Instagram! Be sure to hashtag #SaveTrestles @Surfrider @TheSurfChannel:

Save Trestles Surfrider Foundation Surf Channel Graphic by Dilara Karabas updated650

More info at: SaveTrestles.Surfrider.org




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Amanda is in her second year of college as a Communications Major in hopes of becoming a Sports Journalist. Growing up in Southern California, she has always had a passion for the ocean and everything about it. She has played competitive soccer all her life and loves running, swimming, and surfing.


 
Shon Doyle says:

Why don't they actually show the map of the highway? Toll roads are bullshit!!! The Government needs to step up and fix this problem the right way!!!

Ecolene Fuel says:

Surfrider, ya right! droped the ball big time!

Susan Decker says:

NO N0 NO NO NO Not acceptable. Not ok 2008 even more damaging now.

well writen, congratulations Amanda, keep up the good work.

Great article. Thanks Amanda!

Roger Kube says:

Thank you Amanda for bringing awareness to this decision! The TCA's lack of transparency and public process is shameful. The TCA recently applied for an environmental permit with the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) for the first section of the road. Their decision is forthcoming, as early as Wednesday, June 12th. Once we confirm this we'll get the word out and we'll need everyone's help. Like you said, we need to unite and protect our beaches. We will want to show up at that meeting in LARGE numbers to make sure that we shut this down. In the meantime, let's all send email to the TCA (kloch@thetollroads.com) and a message to the RWQCB urging them to deny TCA’s application (see link below). – Roger Kube, Chair, Surfrider Foundation, San Diego County Chapter.

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