The town of San Clemente is facing a modern day David v. Goliath battle against a government agency’s blind rampage of destruction. The TCA is moving forward with the 241 Toll Road extension through south Orange County, and they want to bulldoze right through our town.
You know us – we’re neighbors, and have a lot in common. The nearly 100-year-old “Spanish Village by the Sea,” the quiet-life small town that people never want to leave. Located smack dab between Los Angeles and San Diego, we, too, are a coastal paradise, the “best climate in the world,” and home to world-class surfing. It is home to La Casa Pacifica, President Nixon’s Western White House. If this sounds like a song of praise, it is meant to, and it is one echoed by the 67,000 residents who call San Clemente home. I know all residents of breathtaking Laguna can relate to loving where you live.
Now, the TCA wants to bulldoze through our town. Although they deny having chosen a specific route, there is no denying that their efforts are locked on a proposed route that would wind straight through the center of town. This route would destroy thousands of homes, divide our city and come dangerously close to parks and schools. Most visible would be its encroachment on and over San Clemente High School. The toll road will blaze through miles of the city’s open space.
The TCA has been secretive and dishonest in their attempt to push their road through, strategically pitting us against other groups. Although their 2016 settlement with the Surfrider Foundation “saved” Trestles, the foundation made a deal with the devil, agreeing not to take a position on any future proposed routes. This effectively pushed the TCA back to reconsideration of the San Clemente route, that they themselves had rejected years earlierdue to the destructiveness of the route. Let’s not fall victim to their efforts to conquer and divide.
There has been an amazing groundswell of support from local citizens and public officials to stop the toll road, but it is still very much a David versus Goliath effort. Please join our efforts to stop the destruction. Educate yourself, write a letter, display a lawn sign, donate to:https://www.gofundme.com/stop-the-toll-road. Connect with our efforts on Facebook @NOTMYTOLLROAD.
Jennifer Nicholson Geller, San Clemente