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By Eric Heinz

Article updated at 6:15 p.m.

According to a press release from the office of Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer on Friday, May 11, the third district representative announced his opposition to Toll Road Proposal Idea 14, the proposal that would be constructed directly through San Clemente.

The press release did not state Spitzer was opposed to any of the other seven proposals of traffic relief (four of which are for toll roads) still being studied by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), which administers The Toll Roads.

The release said Spitzer believes this specific toll road would “negatively impact San Clemente,” the release stated.

Spitzer also serves on the TCA’s  Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor board and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). The areas where the proposed Idea 14 would be constructed is in OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s fifth district in the south.

Public speakers from San Clemente gather outside following the comment session of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) Joint Board meeting on May 10. OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who recently opposed one of the ideas for a toll road through San Clemente, was not at the meeting. Photo: Eric Heinz
Public speakers from San Clemente gather following the comment session of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) Joint Board meeting on May 10 in Irvine at its headquarters. OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who recently opposed one of the ideas for a toll road through San Clemente, was not at the meeting. Photo: Eric Heinz

“Traffic throughout the South County region must be addressed and we have viable solutions for relief that do not destroy communities,” Spitzer’s release stated.  “Idea 14, a toll road extension proposal that would connect the SR-241 with I-5 in the City of San Clemente, threatens existing neighborhoods by rerouting traffic to drive through the heart of the community.  That is an intolerable outcome for homeowners that have a right to protection for their investments and quality of life.”

Through email communication through Spitzer’s office, he said he has not opposed any other alignments at this time. Other alignments proposed by the TCA can be found here.

Spitzer said his motivation to oppose Idea 14 was because of the massive amounts of public comments and emails he’d received from people in San Clemente.

“Supervisor Spitzer is looking at all options with an open mind, but he will not be voting on any toll road that disrupts communities,” his communications specialist wrote in an email.

Supervisor Spitzer emphasized the need for TCA to work with San Clemente in finding solutions and to remove Proposal Idea 14 from the table, his press release stated.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article was published inadvertently. The correct and final version is as presented above. 

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comments (4)

  • Now come and pick up all of your friends ( bums ) from the Santa Anna River.
    If you would like, we will equip them with Doggie poop pick up bags for the ride home.

  • I am glad that Mr. Spitzer saw the light. When I first met him, he said the routes through San Clemenete were not that bad.
    The Toll Road is and will be a bad idea.. Time to kill the beast.

  • WHAT ABOUT 9 AND 18?!?!?! If Spitzer is opposing 14, it looks like he’s “open” to toll lane on I-5 with lane additions that can take out hundreds of homes and businesses!

    Can’t trust his “communications specalist.” We should all check our sources as it relates to Todd Spitzer’s communication’s team:

    ABC .7 News recently reported: Police say video shows OC supervisor’s (Todd Spitzer) comms director urinating on merchandise in Rite Aid

    These are the type of vagrants that Spitzer employs for his communications. Spitzer sent the Santa Ana Riverbed homeless into our communities in the first place!

    He’s just saying what he wants to get our vote. Can’t trust this lying career politician to be District Attorney.

  • I think Mr. Spitzer was educated on just how bad this alignment would be for our city, along with the recent traffic study conducted by IBI Group that states there is such a low volume projected for the 241 toll road south, that it would have so little benefit to be worth pursuing. Arterial connections will have the same or better benefit to our region. I applaud Todd Spitzer for coming out with this statement. against destroying San Clemete and calling for alignment #14 to be taken off the table now. Bad ideas should not be studied. His statement and leadership is very appreciated by this council member.

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