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August 12, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
The state attorney general has warned operators of Orange County's toll road system that plans to build a tollway extension through the popular San Onofre State Beach park are unacceptable. In a strongly worded letter to the Transportation Corridor Agencies, Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said noise, air pollution, visual and other environmental effects of the proposed Foothill South tollway would be damaging to the park, which is just over the San Diego County line.
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July 12, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine's Bren Center, citing capacity issues, will not house a July 25 public hearing on an appeal of the rejection of the proposed Foothill South tollway through San Onofre State Beach, a federal official said in an e-mail Friday. The route has been the focus of an intense battle between those opposed to encroachment on the state park and those backing an alternative to Interstate 5.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The apparent demise of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach could have a domino effect on funding for other Southern California transportation projects, a regional planning authority said this week. A letter sent to Orange County transportation planners by the Southern California Assn. of Governments warns that if the Foothill South tollway is not built, another project must be substituted in SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The agency pushing for a toll road through San Onofre State Beach apparently didn't like being jeered by opponents during the public hearing at which the state Coastal Commission rejected its project. In an appeal to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the agency plainly pointed out that it doesn't want another round of boos and hisses by a boisterous public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
San Diego has joined a growing chorus of cities opposed to a toll road extension through San Onofre State Beach, surprising and disappointing tollway officials who are battling for support. The San Diego City Council voted 6 to 2 Tuesday night to support the state Park and Recreation Commission's opposition to the route and urge the Orange County toll agency to find an alternative, said San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye, who introduced the resolution with two colleagues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Environmentalists and legislators gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday to decry the Legislature's decision to remove language from California's proposed budget that would have prevented construction of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of Orange County's major employers, businesses and labor groups took legal action Tuesday to support the extension of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. The group is asking a court's permission to intervene in a pending lawsuit that seeks to block the project. Whether the permission will be granted will be decided at a hearing in October. The group's effort to support the toll road agency was announced at a news conference in Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Barbara legislator, citing environmental concerns, wants to stop a proposed 16-mile toll road extension through San Onofre State Beach in southern Orange County. Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava, a former state Coastal Commission member, said he doesn't think the extension should be built. Instead, he recommended setting aside $450,000 for an independent University of California study to assess traffic in south Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2006 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
At the request of two high-ranking state officials, directors of Orange County's turnpike authority on Thursday postponed a decision to build the Foothill South tollway through San Onofre State Beach. Sunne Wright McPeak, secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, and Mike Chrisman, secretary of State Resources, sought the delay to give state officials more time to evaluate the highway's environmental impact report, made public just before the holidays. "This matter is extremely complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine's Bren Center, citing capacity issues, will not house a July 25 public hearing on an appeal of the rejection of the proposed Foothill South tollway through San Onofre State Beach, a federal official said in an e-mail Friday. The route has been the focus of an intense battle between those opposed to encroachment on the state park and those backing an alternative to Interstate 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The apparent demise of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach could have a domino effect on funding for other Southern California transportation projects, a regional planning authority said this week. A letter sent to Orange County transportation planners by the Southern California Assn. of Governments warns that if the Foothill South tollway is not built, another project must be substituted in SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan.
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February 8, 2008 | Pete Thomas
Surfers are basking in glory after the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday dealt what might be a death blow to a proposed toll-road extension that would have blazed a six-lane expressway through pristine San Onofre State Beach. And deservedly so. Surfers did not win the decade-long battle, of course. Environmental groups were also on board and, ultimately, common sense among the commission panel prevailed in the form of an 8-2 vote of disapproval.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
San Diego has joined a growing chorus of cities opposed to a toll road extension through San Onofre State Beach, surprising and disappointing tollway officials who are battling for support. The San Diego City Council voted 6 to 2 Tuesday night to support the state Park and Recreation Commission's opposition to the route and urge the Orange County toll agency to find an alternative, said San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye, who introduced the resolution with two colleagues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of Orange County's major employers, businesses and labor groups took legal action Tuesday to support the extension of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. The group is asking a court's permission to intervene in a pending lawsuit that seeks to block the project. Whether the permission will be granted will be decided at a hearing in October. The group's effort to support the toll road agency was announced at a news conference in Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Environmentalists and legislators gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday to decry the Legislature's decision to remove language from California's proposed budget that would have prevented construction of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2006 | Dana Parsons
I'm not an expert on regional transportation or the environment. That puts me in the same camp as most of you, I'd bet, but it doesn't mean we can't gnash our teeth over the recurring Southern California clash between concrete and trees. We accept that Orange County developers carved our civilization of 3 million people out of some of the most beautiful topography to be found. We can also lament what we lost by doing so. I'm not going to rehash that trade-off today.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Barbara legislator, citing environmental concerns, wants to stop a proposed 16-mile toll road extension through San Onofre State Beach in southern Orange County. Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava, a former state Coastal Commission member, said he doesn't think the extension should be built. Instead, he recommended setting aside $450,000 for an independent University of California study to assess traffic in south Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2006 | Dana Parsons
I'm not an expert on regional transportation or the environment. That puts me in the same camp as most of you, I'd bet, but it doesn't mean we can't gnash our teeth over the recurring Southern California clash between concrete and trees. We accept that Orange County developers carved our civilization of 3 million people out of some of the most beautiful topography to be found. We can also lament what we lost by doing so. I'm not going to rehash that trade-off today.
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