Greg Long, San Clemente

Our magnificent scenery, incredible beaches and wonderful waves contribute to making San Clemente an ideal place to live or vacation. One of our greatest treasures is the world-renowned San Onofre State Beach, which lies at the doorstep to our community.

I was very pleased to read the results of a new poll by nationally respected pollster, Voter Surveys and Consulting, that indicated 73 percent of San Clemente voters continue to oppose building a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. This includes majorities of republicans as well as democrats and independents who strongly oppose desecrating these Native American sacred lands and treasured state park with an unnecessary toll road. The survey results are available at wwwsavesanonofrepark.org.

It is vital to our quality of life and economy that we continue to stand up, including our elected officials, to protect San Onofre State Beach and the city of San Clemente from any new toll road proposals through our park or our city. The completion of the Interstate 5 widening through San Clemente, and the occasional use of the La Pata bypass option as needed, are immediate traffic solutions for South Orange County. Any toll road proposals through the park or city will create irreversible devastation and will only cause new impediments to the flow of traffic through this region.

Let’s all unite and dedicate our efforts to protect both San Onofre State Beach and the city of San Clemente.

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