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December 27, 2008 | Karin Klein
On the chilly morning of the winter solstice last Sunday, the sun was just cresting the ridgeline of San Mateo Canyon as the Acjachemen talking circle started. Twenty or so people stood around a campfire. They passed a smoking bundle of dried white sage from hand to hand, then took turns speaking. But rather than the cycle of seasons, the topic on everyone's mind was that they had won, they who are not accustomed to winning.
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OPINION
December 24, 2008
Re "Obama picks union-backer for Labor post," Dec. 19 Let me get something straight here. We are to understand that the autoworkers' unions and management are jointly responsible for the crippling of the U.S. auto industry. The president-elect states that he has chosen Secretary of Labor-designate Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-El Monte) because she will return the Labor Department to its rightful place as a strong, effective and forceful advocate for, among other things, labor unions.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
Once the dust settled from the U.S. Commerce Department's refusal last week to back a proposed toll road extension through south Orange County, one thing became clear: Traffic planners have a problem. Environmentalists who had railed against the proposed Foothill South route because of its potential effect on wetlands and San Onofre State Beach are clamoring for Interstate 5 to be widened instead. But no funding exists for that, and it would require bulldozing homes and businesses.
OPINION
December 19, 2008
Given the Bush administration's propensity to ignore science and reason in pushing its anti-environment agenda, it was both surprising and refreshing to see the U.S. Commerce Department hew to the rules when it rebuffed the proposed Foothill South toll road Thursday. It's unclear whether toll road proponents will take the matter to court, but they and California parkgoers would be better off if they looked for another route instead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The federal government declined Thursday to breathe new life into a plan to carve a toll road through southern Orange County, apparently ending a contentious, years-long campaign by transportation officials who predict that without it, the current freeway system is destined for breakdown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The contentious proposal to extend a toll road 16 miles, part of that through San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County, has been moving slowly through the bureaucratic process for decades. The $1.3-billion road is intended to connect Rancho Santa Margarita in southern Orange County with Interstate 5 at Basilone Road just south of San Clemente. The U.S. Department of Commerce is now considering whether to override the state Coastal Commission's rejection of the project this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
As the federal government undertakes the largest financial bailout in history, Orange County's toll road agency is asking for its own hefty government handout. The agency is seeking a $1.1-billion loan of taxpayer money to shore up the finances of its network of turnpikes. The reason? As gas prices gyrate and the economy flounders, drivers -- and the revenue they bring -- have been deserting the toll roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
Beginning this month, Orange County's toll road agency will monitor water in creeks that would be crossed by a proposed extension of the 241 Toll Road through north San Diego County. The Transportation Corridor Agencies have hired an engineering firm to test water for metals, urban runoff and other roadway contaminants during storms at eight spots along San Juan, Cristianitos, San Mateo and San Onofre creeks, officials said Tuesday. These creeks will be monitored for two years in wet weather months before potential construction of the 16-mile road that would connect Rancho Santa Margarita and Interstate 5 at Camp Pendleton.
OPINION
October 8, 2008
The U.S. Commerce Department came, it saw (or at least heard), and now it gets to decide whether to allow the Foothill South toll road to be built even though the project was rejected by the state. The Bush administration has displayed a generally hostile attitude toward public parks and environmental protection. So let this serve as a reminder that federal officials are not supposed to act as a second Coastal Commission in deciding the merits or demerits of the Foothill South.
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