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June 1, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
After a month of hearing concerns from beach-goers who objected to a proposed ban on dogs at San Onofre State Beach, lifeguards said this week that they will not be closing the popular dog beach this summer after all. At issue is a 1-mile stretch of sand at the base of Trail 5, south of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The area has been a haven for pets and their owners for 25 years.
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April 8, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
After years of contentious debate, a long-running and sharply criticized plan to extend Orange County's toll road network to the San Diego County line has been shelved. The extension would have added miles to the county's maze of tollways but also would have cut - in the view of some - perilously close to San Onofre State Beach and one of the state's most treasured surf breaks. On Tuesday, officials with the Transportation Corridor Agencies announced they had canceled environmental studies for the massive 241 extension and said they would pursue less-ambitious alternatives.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
San Onofre State Beach reopened Friday after being closed March 11 by a Camp Pendleton sewage spill that dumped up to 750,000 gallons of raw waste into a nearby creek. "Our tests show that bacteria levels have gone down to acceptable levels," said Dan Avera, an assistant director for the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. Orange County health officials closely monitored the spill, but said ocean currents carried the sewage away from San Clemente beaches.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Karin Klein
It's almost impossible to avoid cliched driving metaphors to describe what happens repeatedly to the proposal to build a toll highway in southeastern Orange County - and happened again Wednesday evening. The plans for the shorter and renamed Foothill South extension hit another roadblock. A red light. They were slowed, or possibly ground to a halt. In any case, the San Diego Regional Quality Control Board delivered an unexpected "no" to a project that was just a fraction of the Transportation Corridor Agencies' original plan to build 16 miles of turnpike from eastern Orange County through San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2007 | Dan Weikel and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
Building a six-lane toll road through San Onofre State Beach near San Clemente would cause widespread violations of state environmental laws by threatening endangered species, marring natural resources and compromising recreational opportunities, according to a California Coastal Commission report released Friday.
OPINION
August 22, 2008
Imagine Russell Cahill sitting back some 30 years ago and pondering what to do, in that relaxed era, about naked people on the beach. The then-director of the state parks department had suggested creating "clothing optional" zones in more remote coves, but even the 1970s weren't relaxed enough for that. So Cahill, surely with a small smile tugging at his lips, formulated the mischievous Cahill Policy: Nudity would remain illegal at state beaches, but the law would be enforced only when someone complained.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Plans to build a toll road through San Onofre State Beach came under fire by opponents this week as state park commissioners began considering whether to fight the controversial route. More than 1,000 people -- the vast majority opposed to the tollway -- crowded into the San Clemente Community Center on Thursday night during a four-hour meeting of the California Park and Recreation Commission, which oversees 278 California parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
After years of contentious debate, a long-running and sharply criticized plan to extend Orange County's toll road network to the San Diego County line has been shelved. The extension would have added miles to the county's maze of tollways but also would have cut - in the view of some - perilously close to San Onofre State Beach and one of the state's most treasured surf breaks. On Tuesday, officials with the Transportation Corridor Agencies announced they had canceled environmental studies for the massive 241 extension and said they would pursue less-ambitious alternatives.
NEWS
March 27, 2008
San Onofre: An article in Wednesday's California section about the removal of actor Clint Eastwood from a state parks panel said that San Onofre State Beach is in Orange County. It is in San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999
A Los Angeles man surfing at San Onofre State Beach drowned, the Orange County coroner's office determined Sunday. Robert Choy, 44, was pulled from the surf unconscious Saturday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A group of environmental organizations sued Orange County's toll road agency this week, alleging that a new proposal to extend one of its highways does not account for a variety of ecological and economic impacts as required by state law. The Coalition to Save San Onofre alleges that the Transportation Corridor Agencies' plans to build the 5.5-mile Tesoro Extension in south Orange County violate the California Environmental Quality Act, which calls...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Each time Stephanie Hatch drives from her home in South Orange County to San Diego, she takes a deep sigh. Hatch of Trabuco Canyon avoids taking her toddler son south — despite attractions such as Sea World and the zoo — for one reason: traffic. The last time she drove that way was last spring. But if there were an alternative to the 5 Freeway, she said, that would change. "You think, 'Oh gosh, this would be so much nicer if we had the toll road,'" she said. Hatch is referring to an extension of the 241 Toll Road, which has been discussed for years but is vehemently opposed by environmentalists, among others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Mike Anton, Times Staff Writers
Federal officials hoping for decorum laid down the rules at the outset of Monday's public hearing on whether to build a toll road through a state park: no booing, no cheering. The public's response: Boos and cheers reminiscent of February's raucous marathon public meeting here in which the California Coastal Commission turned down the proposed road through San Onofre State Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
The battle to bare it all rages on -- state parks officials filed a notice of appeal Wednesday to overturn an Orange County judge's recent ruling allowing visitors to Trail 6 at San Onofre State Beach to swim and sunbathe in the buff, a department spokesman said. Responding to complaints of lewd behavior, parks officials earlier this year warned of a crackdown at the longtime nudist spot just south of the San Diego County line near Camp Pendleton. The clothing-optional crowd took the California Department of Parks and Recreation to court, arguing that any change in policy toward naked beachgoers required a public hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2008 | GEORGE SKELTON
Labor Day means picnics in parks. State budget deficits mean continued deterioration of state parks. And that's where Californians are this holiday. A million people are expected to pack California's 279 state parks this weekend. And 121 people -- the legislators and governor -- still are trying to fill yet another budget hole that gobbles up money that should be going to parks. Leafing through a lengthy legislative budget proposal, I was stunned to read: "State parks have an approximate deferred maintenance need of $1.2 billion."
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August 28, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Visitors to a stretch of San Onofre State Beach will still need extra sunblock for those hard-to-reach places, thanks to a legal victory Wednesday for nudists who frequent the spot. Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell ruled that state parks officials can cite sunbathers and swimmers in the buff only if a member of the public complains. After complaints of lewd behavior earlier this year, state parks officials announced a crackdown on completely bared bodies at Trail 6 near Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County.
OPINION
October 22, 2005
Re "Aid Plan for O.C. Tollway Unveiled," Oct. 14 The toll roads have been one financial misadventure after another. The proposed Foothill South toll road is simply a bad idea. It will ruin a large portion of San Onofre State Beach to accommodate a road that few people will use. If the Transportation Corridor Agencies is having financial troubles now, building this road will only make them worse. The TCA would be wise to abandon the Foothill South tollway and work on fixing the ailing roads it already has. ARTHUR STRAUSS Irvine
OPINION
August 22, 2008
Imagine Russell Cahill sitting back some 30 years ago and pondering what to do, in that relaxed era, about naked people on the beach. The then-director of the state parks department had suggested creating "clothing optional" zones in more remote coves, but even the 1970s weren't relaxed enough for that. So Cahill, surely with a small smile tugging at his lips, formulated the mischievous Cahill Policy: Nudity would remain illegal at state beaches, but the law would be enforced only when someone complained.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Sunbathers at San Onofre State Beach can still bare it all -- at least for now -- under a tentative ruling issued by an Orange County Superior Court judge. The nudists are suing state parks officials over the pending crackdown on au naturel recreation at the shore just south of the Orange County line. A final ruling is expected within days. Complaining of increased lewd conduct, the state Department of Parks and Recreation had announced plans to prohibit nudity on the Trail 6 beach area after Labor Day. In court Wednesday, Deputy Atty.
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