On multiple fronts, EHL and its coalition partners stepped up efforts to
save San Onofre State Beach and its popular campground from the
proposed extension of the Foothill toll road in southern Orange and
northern San Diego Counties.
Although the toll road agency is expected to certify an EIR for an alignment
which cruelly bisects San Onofre State Beach, expert comments
were submitted on its legal
deficiecies. For example, impacts to the endangered Pacific
pocket mouse, cougars, and public recreation were all
The toll road agency’s claim that no viable alternatives exist was
debunked through engineering studies. Indeed, the claim of extensive
displacement of structures if Interstate 5 were widened turned out to be
wildly exaggerated, showing that the option of improving existing
infrastructure never got a fair hearing. EHL took
a lead role in coordinating these studies.
With the support of our coalition, the Cities of Oceanside, Aliso Viejo, and
Laguna Beach passed resolutions or wrote letters opposing a route through San Onofre State Beach. A group of 120
businesspeople also weighed in. Efforts were also made to
Schwarzenegger via meetings with top Administration officials and a
full page newspaper ad placed by the Sierra Club in the Sacramento Bee
EHL's partners include the California State Parks Foundation,
Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation,
Sea and Sage Audubon, Audubon California, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., and Defenders of Wildlife.