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September 10, 1990 | BILL BILLITER and LILY ENG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two teen-agers camping overnight at San Onofre State Park were killed instantly early Sunday when a car veered off a narrow access road and slammed into their tent, crushing them as they slept, officials said. The car, a Ford Mustang, apparently traveled down the wrong side of the winding road before jumping from the pavement and plowing into the teen-agers' nearby car, hurling it 180 feet, investigators said. The Mustang careened off the car and ended up on top of the bodies.
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December 24, 2008
Re "O.C. toll road hits dead end in D.C.," Dec. 19, and "O.C.'s plans at a fork in the road," Dec.22 It's not often that the Bush administration does something to help the environment, but its rejection of the six-lane toll road through San Onofre State Park is a splendid exception. I've camped several times at San Onofre. That experience would be ruined with a noisy, polluting highway nearby. The toll road builders should accept that, this time, nature has won and the mistaken project is dead.
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May 10, 2007 | Dan Weikel and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
Plans to build a toll road extension across San Onofre State Beach could be in jeopardy if a key congressional committee votes to eliminate legislation that would expedite the highway's construction. Late Wednesday night, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was planning to offer a military bill amendment affecting the Foothill South tollway -- a 16-mile road that would run through southern Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2008 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Nude sunbathers opposed to an upcoming crackdown at San Onofre State Beach sued the state parks department Thursday, arguing that officials failed to hold public hearings before rescinding a long-standing policy that tolerated skinny-dipping at the beach's southern end. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court by the national Naturist Action Committee and the local Friends of San Onofre Beach, seeks to delay plans by state parks officials to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 24-year-old Bellflower man arrested in connection with the weekend deaths of two teen-age campers at San Onofre State Park will be arraigned today on suspicion of felony drunk driving, felony hit and run and two counts of vehicular manslaughter, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said Monday.
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May 8, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Onofre State Park has its renowned surfing beaches, a nuclear power plant and bluff-top camping along old Highway 101. And then there's Trail 6. Swimsuits are optional at Trail 6, at the southern tip of the park. That in itself has never been a problem. But now the popular, secluded strip of sand near the foot of the trail is experiencing rocky times that threaten its tranquillity and perhaps its future, park officials warn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven months after he drove over and killed two teen-agers who were camping inside a dome tent at San Onofre State Park, a 24-year-old Bellflower man Monday received a maximum sentence of seven years, four months in state prison. Vista Superior Court Judge Herbert Hoffman said he hoped word of the sentencing would deter others from drinking and driving "because, even though society is trying its best to educate, we're not winning the war."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1989
The 50 "community alert" sirens in the 10 miles around the San Onofre nuclear power plant will be tested between 10 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Southern California Edison officials said Monday. The sirens--situated in San Onofre State Park, Camp Pendleton, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point--will be sounded twice, for two to five minutes, utility officials said. Federal regulations require the sirens to warn of a nuclear emergency.
NEWS
October 12, 2004
Re "Take a Seat and Ride the Wave" [Oct. 5]: The photo shows a novice paddler doing the very thing that caused paddle surfers to be banned to the end of San Onofre State Park. Collisions such as the one about to happen greatly strained the relationship between traditional surfers and paddle surfers. The introduction of a "paddle-only zone" was not based on the growing popularity of paddle surfing but rather on the unfavorable reputation earned by such injury-producing encounters. Jerry King San Onofre Paddle Surfing Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1993
The story "Doctor Blames Aliens' Fall on Border Patrol" (Feb. 16) doesn't even come close to telling the whole story on who is endangering whom in the continuing attempt by some to illegally enter the United States and by others to enforce our nation's immigration laws. The charges by Dr. Thomas Shaver are ludicrous and absurd. Has it ever occurred to him, or other defenders of the rights of those who desire to illegally enter our country, that the primary cause of high-speed chases on Interstate 5 or accidents such as described in the article is the illegal immigrants themselves?
OPINION
April 12, 2008
Re "Toll agency appeals for calm," April 5 It's clear that the Transportation Corridor Agencies will stop at nothing to push the Foothill South toll road through San Onofre State Park and down our throats. If that includes stifling democratic public discourse, the TCA would be only too happy; hence, its appeal to the U.S. Department of Commerce. It's not acceptable to the TCA that the California Coastal Commission rejected its proposal. It's not material to the TCA that thousands of opponents showed up to register their dissent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Transportation officials are so intent on building a toll road through south Orange County that they refuse to remove it from long-range plans, even though a powerful state commission has vetoed the route. Frustrated environmentalists and others said this week that the Orange County Transportation Authority's reluctance to change its assumption that the Foothill South tollway through San Onofre State Beach will be built amounts to "putting their head in the sand."
OPINION
January 21, 2008
Re "Tollway is 'essential,' gov. says," Jan. 16 How dare Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suggest that a toll road through San Onofre State Park will "protect our environment and the quality of life for everyone in California." What he really means is it will protect the bank accounts of developers who want to push this stinker through. Anyone who doesn't think that opening up pristine wilderness to development will ultimately increase gridlock just stands to make a buck from it. Kurt Page Laguna Niguel -- I commend Schwarzenegger on his recent letter urging the California Coastal Commission to approve the State Route 241 toll road extension.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, saying he was "deeply disappointed" by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's support for a toll road extension through San Onofre State Beach, called on the state Coastal Commission to reject the project. The toll road shouldn't be built, Lockyer said Thursday, because "it would cut through the heart" of California's sixth-most-popular state park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2008 | Dan Weikel and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
Backing away from his neutral stance, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday urged the California Coastal Commission to approve a controversial tollway in Orange County that would pass through San Onofre State Beach, one of California's most popular parks. "I have concluded that this project is essential to protect our environment and the quality of life for everyone in California," Schwarzenegger said in a letter to Patrick Kruer, chairman of the Coastal Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2007 | Dan Weikel and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
A toll road agency planning to build a highway across San Onofre State Beach would no longer avoid potentially restrictive state laws under a military bill amendment approved by a key congressional committee early Thursday. Shortly after midnight following hours of discussion, the House Armed Services Committee voted 30 to 27 to repeal legislation related to the Foothill South tollway, a 16-mile turnpike that would pass through southern Orange County. The amendment by Rep.
OPINION
May 16, 2005
Re "They'd Pave Over Reagan's Park," Opinion, May 8: Environmental protection and transportation improvements are important characteristics of the Orange County lifestyle. The Foothill-South toll road will be one of the most environmentally friendly roadways ever built. Foothill-South is a four-lane road -- hardly huge by Southern California standards -- which will skirt the inland portion of the San Onofre State Park. This area is separated from the beach by the existing Interstate 5. Additionally, the San Mateo Campground would remain untouched and the new road would connect to I-5 with bridges to minimize impacts to San Mateo Creek and surrounding wetlands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2007 | Dan Weikel and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
Plans to build a toll road extension across San Onofre State Beach could be in jeopardy if a key congressional committee votes to eliminate legislation that would expedite the highway's construction. Late Wednesday night, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was planning to offer a military bill amendment affecting the Foothill South tollway -- a 16-mile road that would run through southern Orange County.
OPINION
March 5, 2007
Re "Schedule for O.C. toll road set back two years," March 1 I do not find it surprising that this bad idea for traffic relief in south Orange County has been delayed. The Irvine-based Transportation Corridor Agencies has continually demonstrated its inability to find, plan and financially manage the construction of sensible solutions to our traffic problems. Planning to put an expensive toll road through the beloved and highly used San Onofre State Park, the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy and the world-renowned surfing mecca of Trestles only reveals the arrogance and ineptitude in thinking that this solution would provide the sensible, environmentally based and economically justified solution that we all want.
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