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    Help Save Trestles, Fight the Toll Road

    Every time I exit the 101 south onto the Pacific Coast Highway north of Ventura, I think about the surf spot Stanley's and how it was destroyed in order to build the freeway offramp. I never got the chance to surf Stanley's. It was paved over before my time.

    Thankfully, groups like the Surfrider Foundation have given surf spots, and the surfers who ride them, a voice against never ending construction projects along the coast. The latest threat? A proposed toll road that would wipe out Trestles, a world-famous surf break, and destroy 60% of the acreage at San Onofre State Park, the fifth most visited state park in California.

    There are a number of ways you can help stop the proposed toll road. If you live in Southern California, consider attending the Coastal Commission hearing on February 6th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (note the new location). If you don't live in the area or can't attend the meeting, you can email the Coastal Commission or make a YouTube video telling the Coastal Commission you oppose the toll road and upload it to the Save San Onofre channel (instructions for uploading). I love the YouTube idea -- grassroots activism with a touch of tech.

    Hit the jump for complete details on the February 6th Coastal Commission hearing, a sampling of the activist-created YouTube videos and more information on this issue.

    From the South Orange County chapter of Surfrider Foundation:

    The time to Save Trestles is now.  Please rally with the Surfrider Foundation and attend the California Coastal Commission hearing on February 6th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

    This is literally the most important hearing in regards to protecting Trestles and San Onofre State Park. At the meeting, the Coastal Commission will determine if the proposed 241 toll road extension is consistent with the California Coastal Act. 

    Surfrider needs an enormous crowd to attend—our goal is to fill the room and flow out of the building. This is your chance to participate in the fight to preserve something we all love.  We must send a very clear message that our State Parks and open spaces need to be preserved. Please help spread the word to all your family and friends in Southern California.

    The Surfrider Foundation and their partners are renting buses and organizing carpools in San Clemente and San Diego. They will also be providing tee shirts and posters for all supporters. Surfrider has it all organized, all you need to do is show up.   

    If you have questions about the hearing, or are interested in organized transportation, email Stefanie Sekich at: SSekich@surfrider.org

    What: Crucial Vote to Save Trestles at California Coastal Commission
    When: Wednesday, February 6, 2008.  Please arrive around 9am.
    Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds—at Wyland Hall 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014 - Just off the I-5 in Del Mar at Via de la Valle exit.Visit the Fairgrounds website for complete directions. Please consider carpooling.

    Please continuously check our website for details regarding the hearing:  http://www.surfrider.org/savetrestles/blog/

    To learn more about this issue, please visit:

    http://www.savetrestles.com/
    http://www.surfrider.org/southorangecounty/
    http://www.savesanonofre.com/


    See the rest of the videos here.

    [With thanks to CM.]

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