Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, Sues To Block Toll Road Extension

Categories: Environment

At a June 19 hearing, OC's Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) is hoping to win approval from the San Diego Regional Water Control Board for a controversial extension of the 241 toll road that would cut a path between Oso Parkway and Ortega Highway.

According to TCA, the 5.5-mile extension would pose no harm to the environment thanks to four passages that would allow animals to cross under the highway, as well as costly water runoff and treatment systems that would prevent hazardous chemicals from spilling from the road into local groundwater. Environmental activists with groups such as Surfrider, however, say TCA's real plan is to connect the toll road to the coastline, a move that would ruin the celebrated Trestles surf-break at the nearby San Onofre State Beach. According to San Clemente Patch, the groups plan to show up at the upcoming hearing to protest the move.

Now, Surfrider has a powerful ally in its fight.

According to The Orange County Register and other sources, California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed suit last month to block the $200 million project, arguing that TCA is violating state environmental law. The lawsuit points out an obvious problem with the toll-road extension that would appear to support Surfrider's suspicions about the agencies' true intent: The extension would only make sense to build if it was part of a longer route that would connect with Interstate 5 near the beach, something the California Coastal Commission has already vetoed.

The extension is therefore a "road to nowhere," says Harris.

TCA continues to deny that it has any plans to extend the toll road to the beach. Stay tuned!

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It is great to hear that someone in a position to stop the CORRUPT OC toll road scam is giving it a shot!  Everyone knows the OC toll roads are nothing more than a ponzi scheme that will eventually blow up, with the taxpayers footing the bill.  The OC Board of Supes who also sit on the toll roads' Board of Directors will all be long gone by the time this fraudulent scam blows up.  Thanks to some of our  government officials and members of the public who still believe in fighting for the common good, there may be a chance that millions of dollars in bond investments will not all be lost.   The toll roads will NEVER support themselves with the greed that runs rampant in the OC. Let's hope the Supes are held accountable for the obvious conflict of interests that continue in this toll financial disaster, not to mention the court resources that are wasted to garnish, enforce and collect fraudulent judgments for unconstitutional toll fines and penalties.

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