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By Eric Heinz

The latest addition to San Clemente’s fight against the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) proposal to put a toll road through San Clemente took place last week, when members of The Reserve  Maintenance Corporation filed a restraining order against any toll road construction south of Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo.

“We filed an application…for a preliminary injunction blocking the TCA from moving forward with the proposals they’ve brought forward to extend the 241,” said Dan Bane, a local environmental attorney who has worked with anti-toll road organizations in San Clemente.

The application was denied, but Bane said the plan is to refile the motion in order to give the judge enough time to decide. The first time the application was denied, Bane said, was due to short notice of the demand.

Pam Tucci stands at the entrance of a sports park in The Reserve subdivision in San Clemente to help raise funds for the Coalition to Save San Clemente on Sept. 9. Photo: Eric Heinz
Pam Tucci stands at the entrance of a sports park in The Reserve subdivision in San Clemente to help raise funds for the Coalition to Save San Clemente on Sept. 9. Photo: Eric Heinz

The Reserve’s lawsuit joins the city’s lawsuit against the TCA’s protective agreement that excludes areas where a toll road could have been constructed. That agreement was forged between the Save San Onofre Coalition and the TCA in 2016.

Currently, there is a bill in the state Legislature that, if passed, would restrict the 241 Toll Road to its current terminus at Oso Parkway and prevent the TCA from extending that route through the 91. The bill’s introduction states that the existing law for the 241 permits it through San Clemente to connect to Interstate 5. The bill, AB 2796, was introduced by Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of the 76th district. Chavez, a Republican, is currently running for Congress in the 49th district, which includes San Clemente.

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  • Keep fighting against this toll road! It’s been stopped 4 times since 2008 and denied by 2 waterboards (Orange county and San Diego) as it would ruin one of the last natural watersheds on the west coast. The TCA has talked about going to Riverside to get the water board there to approve it stating “they might be more objective”!! AND the TCA would take over 60% of San Onofre state park! Grabbing public lands would set a precedent to take over state parks anywhere in the rest of the country! This is a very important public issue. The TCA will keep coming back every couple years to try and take over this land. They figure the public will give up protesting and get tired of fighting this issue. They have Developers that have been waiting since 2008 to put shopping centers off every off ramp.. Don’t give them an inch of this state park! We will never get public lands back. The TCA figures if they wait 2 or 3 years between propositions the public will forget about all the protests that went before. Don’t give up the fight!

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