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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.

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comments (5)

  • A toll road through San Clemente would be one of the worst ideas in a long line of bad ideas from the TCA. I have asthma as do 3 other people in my family. I also take care of patients with asthma. Can you imagine all of the dust and pollution as it’s being built? Stuff like that triggers asthma attacks that frequently require hospitalization. And then the pollution from all the cars and trucks so close to homes and schools. This would be a travesty if it were to ever happen.

  • A toll road through South Orange County is not only a bad idea , it is simply not needed .
    Now that La Plata opened It gives all the relief we needed . A toll road would be devastating to
    San Clemente . It would ruin our beautiful trails , bring a monstrous Fly over freeway splitting our town in pieces ,for no reason , because those toll roads are empty .Its really sad what greed can do to people .

  • In response to Eva O’Keefe post: San Clemente is getting so tight around the 5 freeway as it is. I am hoping that the new construction around the 5 freeway isn’t being done to get ready for the toll road and the new businesses coming to the Outlet. And, of course, it is not wanted in anyone’s back yard. Take Laguna Niguel for instance, the toll road is built right against some pre-existing apartment buildings. Speaking out for what we feel is right, is not just caring about only San Clemente — any new roads being built next to homes is an issue. Hopefully San Clemente can be a good example.

  • There is absolutely no reason for any toll road to be built through San Clemente. Our city does not have a weekDAY traffic problem and the weekEND congestion has been multiplied 10 fold by the never ending construction on the 5 freeway. Like many other children, my son is an athlete with asthma and allergies and for the TCA to propose building a toll road right in the middle of an established city, in close proximity to our homes, schools and sports parks shows complete disregard for residents’ health or well being. The noise and pollution from years of construction, followed by toxic emissions from vehicles traveling the toll road will cause irreparable damage to our community and its residents. The current proposal that is set forth but the TCA is unacceptable and we urge its’ representatives, along with other agencies involved to listen to the legitimate concerns of impacted communities and find a better solution to reduce traffic congestion in south Orange County.

  • Have you signed and shared the petition to stop the toll road through San Clemente, San Onofre State Park and Trestles – https://www.change.org/p/tca-board-and-lisa-bartlett-stop-the-toll-road-through-south-oc

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