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Toll Road Proponents Curiously Annoy the Army Corps of Engineers

April 12th, 2008

Interesting news story here. A piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune gives details on a top Army Corps of Engineers official who says proponents of the Foothills-South 241 toll road mischaracterized and even made “inaccurate statements” which “misrepresent” the Army Corps of Engineers’ own research regarding the validity of the proposed toll road and plan for reducing traffic congestion, going so far as to refer to the Corps’ neutral conclusions as  “unanimous recommendations,” all detailed in a letter from the Corps to the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA.  Ouch.  Read the entire Union-Tribune piece HERE.

Meanwhile, Lt. Governor and State Lands Commission member John Garamendi, Senate President pro Tem Don Perata, Senate Resources Committee Chairman Darrell Steinberg and Senator Christine Kehoe recently called on Washington D.C. to recognize California’s right to protect it’s own coastline, saying in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez the federal government must let stand the California Coastal Commission’s rejection of the proposed toll road through the San Mateo Creek backcountry of San Onofre State Beach. Lt. Governor John Garamendi says, “After careful deliberation and an open and transparent public review process, the Coastal Commission did precisely the job it was established to do: fully and properly carry out the intent of both the California Coastal Act and the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act.”

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