By Pete Van Nuys, San Clemente
Reading letters in the San Clemente Times, it’s obvious that outrage and frustration at the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) resolve to plow a tollway through town is growing. Given the specter of that superhighway desecrating San Clemente, it’s natural our outrage would focus on that road. But the road should not be our focus; it’s just a symptom of a dysfunctional government agency.
TCA was born of the arrogance of OC Supervisors who were themselves frustrated by Caltrans’ refusal in the 1980s to spend limited public funds on freeways to facilitate land sales of OC’s fat cat developers. All were buddies of those same Supervisors.
Fiscal responsibility, if you recall, was not the hallmark of county government at the time. Pie in the sky claims of easy returns, early tollway bond retirement, and “free” roads floated regularly in the Orange County Register.
Of all the bad government decisions from the 80s, TCA’s existence continues to haunt us. It is an automaton created by the state of California at the behest of local politicos. And like the broom in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, it will continue to flood the county with bad ideas. Acting alone San Clemente is merely Mickey Mouse; we must find our Sacramento wizards and abolish TCA once and for all.