What’s at stake in toll road fight

Los Angeles Times - - Opinion -

Re “Set­back for toll road ex­ten­sion,” May 11

Reps. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) got it right. The Trans­porta­tion Cor­ri­dor Agen­cies got spe­cial ex­emp­tions from state laws that pro­tect our parks and en­vi­ron­ment; laws that ev­ery other de­vel­oper and agency have to fol­low in Cal­i­for­nia. No one should be above the law when it comes to our state’s nat­u­ral re­sources.

San Onofre State Beach is among the last re­main­ing open spa­ces along the coast in Orange and San Diego coun­ties. The park en­com­passes beau­ti­ful beaches with nearpris­tine wa­ter qual­ity, an ex­tra­or­di­nary wa­ter­shed, 11 en­dan­gered or threat­ened species, an in­cred­i­bly di­verse habi­tat and miles of recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties. We must pro­tect this valu­able re­source and make sure that the TCA does too. Sara Feld­man

Los An­ge­les The writer is the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia di­rec­tor of the Cal­i­for­nia State Parks Foun­da­tion.

In an emer­gency, min­utes mean lives. Mis­sion Hospi­tal is the only trauma cen­ter in south Orange County. If there is an ac­ci­dent or emer­gency that shuts down In­ter­state 5, there is no other way for any­one to get to our hospi­tal.

I won­der if Sanchez con­sid­ered that be­fore vot­ing to stop the Foothill South toll­way, leav­ing this area of south Orange County choked in traf­fic.

Peter F. Ba­s­tone Pres­i­dent, chief ex­ec­u­tive Mis­sion Hospi­tal

Mis­sion Viejo

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