Take Action, Help us Protect California Open Spaces, State Parks, Coastal Areas & Beaches

Sometimes we need to help preserve our natural places...so below, a few quick and easy action items.  Please also pass this on to anyone interested.  Thanks! 

Grizzly Bear National Monument
Designation of the Santa Ana Mountains & Cleveland National Forest as the Grizzly Bear National Monument.  How to help here, also looking to build the list of supporters--send an email to be added, see bottom of the page: 
http://www.santaanamountains.org/vision.html

Past Campaigns:

Save Saved Trestles and San Mateo Campground!

Or did we?  Here is the latest, article on the San Diego Union-Tribune:
 "Toll-road war isn’t over As San Onofre highway project regroups, foes prepare for next battle"  check out the article reader comments, add a comment supporting Save Trestles if you could please.  Thx!

12/19/08 the US Secretary of Commerce rules against the toll road.  A million thanks to all who participated to preserve OUR state park and beach.  Read the story here on the NOAA's site:  http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2008/20081218_tca.html

Our state parks & beaches should not be sacrificed for development of any kind... Stop never allow the 241 Toll Road Extension through Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy, San Mateo Creek Watershed and San Mateo Campground/San Onofre State Beach

Here is an example of TCA's work...build a toll road over the habitat of rare and endangered species and then block access to the trails around the toll road and then blame the mountain bikers for destruction of that habitat.  Don't let this be San O's future too.  Read the article here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trail-browne-area-2246181-signs-people

Is this the future of San Onofre if this toll road is built?  See this picture at:
http://www.ocregister.com/photos/trail-browne-area-2246181-signs-people/pid2246193

This toll road project would have caused 60% closure of
San Onofre State Beach, impact water quality and sediment flow to Trestles Beach, cut through San Mateo Campground causing loss of campsites and peacefulness of the area, destroy wildlife habitat including that of 11 endangered species and pave the way for further development of the San Mateo Creek Watershed and surrounding foothills.  San Mateo Watershed is our last natural watershed left in Southern California, stretching from the Santa Ana Mountains/Cleveland National Forest to the ocean at San O.  Further inland this toll road would cut through Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy (a natural preserve, mitigation for the Talega development).

The Toll Roads have been failing financially for some time now, which has been widely publicized.  Now TCA is asking for a Federal bailout on their failing roads!  TCA has always claimed their roads are not financed in any way by taxpayer $$$, so this is directly against what they have been telling the public all along.  A federal bailout will hurt other badly needed transportation projects all over the country!  A waste of taxpayer $$$ for roads very few people drive--and we are supposed to give up our preserves, campgrounds and a state beach for this?  This bailout request has hit the news from coast to coast.  Read about it on latimes.com: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/traffic/la-me-tollroad17-2008oct17,0,978532.story

Save Trestles! Click this picture below:
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San Mateo Camp/creek view toward Trestles. Click picture, see how it would look with a toll road.

In February 2008, California Coastal Commission denied the proposed toll road project, The toll road company (TCA) appealed to the Federal Government for which a public hearing was held September 22, 2008.  The Feds (US Secretary of Commerce) must make a decision on the fate of San Onofre by January 2009.  Now we wait...

If you missed the September hearing I've included videos from YouTube.  Toward the end of the video at the top a young man recites his public testimony speech for the cameras before giving his testimony to the feds.  Very good.

Watch these websites for the latest word on the Save Trestles/Save San Onofre issue:
http://www.savetrestles.org 
http://www.savesanonofre.com
http://taskforce.sierraclub.org/friendsofthefoothills/
http://www.savetrestles.com

September 21st, the night before the hearing this article runs in the Orange County Register, written about TCA's claims that polls indicate the majority of citizens are for the toll road.  I have NEVER seen a single real survery that supports their claim. Read the article here and make sure to browse through the reader comments, some toll road opponents have made some very good points:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/road-toll-agency-2164118-hearing-coastal

9/9/08, recent survey says the majority oppose the toll road.  To read the survey click here.

New 4/24/08 -- Go to
http://www.ocregister.com/news/should-news-extension-2024321-be-built  and Vote NO the toll road should not be built!

Not familar with the toll roads no compete clause, this page explains it well:
http://www.savetrestles.com/freethe5.htm

Unbelievable!  This is TCA's 28 page document submitted to US Secretary of Commerce, NOAA outlining why they believe the California Coastal Commission's ruling denying the toll road construction through San Onofre should be overturned, this will give you a good idea what they are basing their appeal on:  http://www.ogc.doc.gov/czma.nsf/36C2FC1A36D07A0F8525744E007420BB/$File/TCA+Reply+Brief.pdf?OpenElement

Link to a letter submitted to NOAA by State of California regarding the State's opposition to the appeal:  http://www.ogc.doc.gov/czma.nsf/8353FE94E9C27F4785257451006E93A1/$File/CCC+Opposition+to+additional+authority.pdf?OpenElement

9/17/08, TCA sent out a mailer to residents claiming those who oppose the toll road want to build it through San Clemente neighborhoods and connect to Pico!!!! NOT TRUE!  We oppose all realignments through housing or state parks!  Don't believe these tactics. 

See these recent news articles regarding the upcoming hearing and add your comments, email or write letters to the editors and reporters so they know all the real facts:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/road-toll-rep-2077485-agency-commerce
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tollroad26-2008jun26,0,3734418.story

New 6/14/08:
Apparently TCA has had some private opportunities in the appeal process to the US Secretary of Commerce, for which the public did not have the opportunity to be present.  And Lt. Governor Garamendi is not too happy about it, so he wrote the US Dept of Commerce a letter, read it here:
http://www.ltg.ca.gov/images/toll%20road%20letter%20luxton%206-11-08.pdf

This week TCA also announced they will be spending $35,000 a month on lobbying efforts.  A federal committee has been assigned the task of coordinating an objective evaluation of alternatives to the toll road extension which TCA has meddled in the process rendering it incapable of being objective.

Read more at: 
http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles/blog/2008/06/lt-gov-garamendi-questions-toll-road.html

So, let's get this straight...the public only had the opportunity to comment for 30 days.  But TCA gets access to US Commerce without the public presence?  And they get the opportunity to influence the alternatives committee?  And now they are spending $35K a month to lobby?  Something is wrong here!!!

Just in 6/5/08:
27 members of Congress and 35 members of California State Legislature signed letters to US Secretary of Commerce to uphold the California Coastal Commission ruling.  Read them at Surfriders website here:
http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles/files/CA%20Delegation%20to%20Commerce.pdf
http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles/files/CA%20Leg%20letter%20to%20dept%20of%20commerce.pdf

Seems those Toll Roads aren't doing so good $$$, read it here:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tollroad25-2008may25,0,850826.story

Thank you Trestles supporters!  The last letter writing campaign to the US Secretary of Commerce asking to uphold the Feb 6th, 2008 California Coastal Commission ruling disallowing the 241 Toll Road--over 25,000 letters were received by the US Commerce Dept.

In the news, see LA Times Article "Army engineers criticize toll agency"
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-tollroad15apr15,1,6932249.story  More deceptive tactics by TCA once again.

Tejon Ranch, Castac Lake
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Tejon Ranch, future site of new city "Tejon Mountain Village". Click photo for enlarged view

Preserve Tejon Ranch as a New Natural Park

May 19, 2008:  The Tejon Ranch Model, Los Angeles Times Opinion article:
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-chisholm19-2008may19,0,5417836.story

May 10, 2008:  Just last week a deal was made with Tejon Ranch to preserve the majority of the ranch but the two new cities would still be developed, a total of 26,400 new homes.  See LATimes article at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-tejon8-2008may08,0,25201.story.  In trade for 178,000 acres to be set aside for preservation with an option to purchase 62,000 more acres to preserve.  A 49,000 acre state park will be created and 10,000 acres will be used to realign a 37 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.
More information on the preserve can be found at http://www.tejonpreserve.com/

The past campaign:
The entire Tejon Pass area is a very unique biological habitat, very well known for it's wildflowers.  See our Tejon page for pictures of this area.  The California desert, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Southern California region and Central Valley all join here, a combination of four geographic regions with a unique habitat of plants and animals found literally no where else.  And they plan to build a huge pre-planned city on the whole thing.  Prevent more urban sprawl, please take a moment to send these two letters below supporting preservation of the area instead.
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/action/alerts/index.html
Save Tejon Ranch website's campaign to Make Tejon Ranch into a new State or National Park: http://www.savetejonranch.org/action/index.php

Save Tejon
                                       Ranch

Protect Southern California Rivers, send a letter to support the California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act, campaign from Friends of the River

The Desert and Mountain Heritage Act protects nearly 210,000 acres of public lands and rivers in Riverside County, 31 miles in the San Jacinto Mountains as Wild & Scenic Rivers and expands wilderness protection for sensitive watersheds throughout the region, just to mention a few protections provided by this act.  For more info click here

Please send a letter supporting this act using the link below: https://secure2.convio.net/fotr/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=107

Photos and Information:

Save Trestles!
San Mateo Creek, San Onofre State Bch1-26-08-6.jpg
This is what the area looks like today, click the picture to see how it would look with a toll road.

To view more photos of areas concerned with Save Trestles see our San Onofre State Beach Page, San Mateo Campground page, Panhe Trail Page, Pocket Mouse Hill page, Donna ONeill Land Conservancy page and San Mateo Creek Natural Preserve page.  Also check out the slide show on surfline.com showing the area today and artist Gary Headrick's rendition showing how San Onofre will look with a toll road at http://www.surfline.com/surfnews/photo_bamp.cfm?id=13362&ad=1

Tejon Ranch, the site of the new city "Centennial"
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View of Quail Lake from Old Ridge Route

To view more photos of the Tejon Ranch area visit our

Will these wildflower fields be spared?
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Gorman hills will be surrounded by two new cities & may become the Gorman Post Ranch development.

To view more photos of the Gorman area see our Gorman Wildflowers page.  Gorman Post Road is just on the other side of the hills from Quail Lake and the future city of Centennial.  Gorman is just South of Fort Tejon and Tejon Ranch off the I5 which is the site of future city Tejon Mountain Village.  These two new cities also call for an expansion of a nearby coal burning power plant.  It is said the City of Centennial will include houses on the wildflower field covered hilltops along Gorman Post Road.  UCLA College students proposed to make the Gorman Post Road wildflower fields into the "Gorman Wildflower Preserve".  Google search the words "Gorman Wildflower Preserve for more information.