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Eva O’Keefe, San Clemente
One of my kids has been critically ill several times in his life. He has a hypersensitive immune system. To me, nothing is more important than the health of my children. Last week, while searching the Toll Roads’ website, I found the biological survey map for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA)—it goes right up to the fence of the association that I live in. I am separated by 100 yards from that fence. This means that the grading may come extremely close to my house.
I honestly can’t see any possible way that I could stay in my dream home if the route by my house is chosen. The health of my family is more important.
I am not alone. I represent thousands of mothers in South Orange County whose children have some sort of asthma, allergies or learning disabilities that would be deeply affected by the years of construction and the emissions from car exhaust and diesel fuel once the road is completed. Just like tobacco was accepted at one point, we now know the negative consequences of building near high VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) areas.
In other words, freeways and toll roads. There are laws that prevent schools from being built near freeways, but not the other way around. The TCA is free to put their toll road as close to schools, churches, homes and sports parks as they want. Or simply take them by eminent domain. It’s time to ask our elected officials—State Sen. Pat Bates and Assembly member Bill Brough—to put such measures in place to protect the children in Orange County.
Please, no toll roads in my backyard or any children’s backyards.