Opposition increases to toll road through California state park

| 6/30/2006

The San Diego City Council’s Natural Resources and Cultural Committee adopted a resolution to oppose the Foothill Toll Road, which is proposed to run inside the San Onofre State Beach boundaries to take congestion away from Interstate 5 in Orange County and San Diego County.

Committee spokeswoman Nicole Capretz told Land Line that the resolution is now in the hands of the full City Council for a vote.

The opposition to the toll road stems from the environmental impact the road would have on the state beach.

The Surfrider Foundation, an environmental group dedicated to protecting the ocean and its beaches, brought the resolution to the committee.

“We’re talking about one of the most famous surf spots in the entire world,” Capretz said.

The Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oceanside city councils have previously adopted similar resolutions to show solidarity against the toll road.

Coastal camp grounds, natural cliffs and habitats are part of the appeal of the California beaches for thousands of tourists each year, toll-road opponents told KPBS News in San Diego.

– By David Tanner