Last November’s historic settlement between the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and the Save San Onofre Coalition (SSOC) seemed like it ended 15 years of strife and a handful of lawsuits tied to the “Green Alignment,” the TCA’s 2006 and 2013 approvals of its Foothill-South and Tesoro Extension projects—plans that called to connect the SR-241 toll road to Interstate 5 at the south end of San Clemente near Basilone Road.
It was but ten short months ago that “Trestles Saved!” rang as the headline du jour. In November 2016, the Surfrider Foundation, the Save San Onofre Coalition and a number of other activist groups celebrated an agreement with the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) that indefinitely halted any plans for the construction of the 241 Toll Road through California State Park land in San Clemente and the watersheds that feed into Trestles and San Onofre beaches. As far as environmental politics go in Southern California, it was a win.
We fought for 15 years to stop a toll road from destroying San Onofre State Beach – the state park at our doorstep that is enjoyed by 2.5 million visitors annually.
We achieved victory and saved the park with the signing of the historic settlement agreement.
What Does the Settlement Agreement Do?
Does the Settlement Agreement Say Where a Toll Road Should Go?
What Would the San Clemente City Council’s Lawsuit Do?
Why is San Onofre State Beach so Important?
In 1971, then-Governor Ronald Reagan established San Onofre State Beach, which includes Trestles, the San Mateo Campground and other historic, cultural and natural resource attractions. The state park is enjoyed by millions, is a community asset and is an economic engine for San Clemente and southern Orange County.
For 15 years, the Save San Onofre Coalition (SSOC) fought to protect San Onofre State Beach from a destructive six-lane toll road. In Nov. 2016, this struggle, that included five lawsuits and countless public hearings, was resolved. A settlement agreement was reached that permanently protected San Onofre State Beach from this road proposal.
A recent poll confirmed what we already know: Those in San Clemente remain strongly opposed to a toll road through San Onofre State Beach – opposition that is strong across the board: young and old, male and female, and Republican, Democrat and Independent.