Thursday, December 18, 2008
Toll Road Rejected on Appeal
December 18, 2008 Print
NOAA News Release
The Department of Commerce today upheld the California Coastal Commission’s objection to a proposal to construct a 16-mile toll road connecting California state Route 241 to Interstate 5 in southern Orange and northern San Diego counties.
The commission objected to the proposed project under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) on the grounds that the toll road was not consistent with the state’s coastal zone management program. Under the CZMA, federal agencies may not issue any permits required for a project if a state has objected, unless the Department of Commerce, on appeal, overrides the objection.
The Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) appealed the commission’s objection to the Department of Commerce in February, triggering an administrative review process that involved written briefs and arguments by the parties, input from interested federal agencies, tens of thousands of written comments from the public, and a 10-hour public hearing in San Diego County.
Under the CZMA, the department may override an objection onlyif no reasonable alternative to the project exists and the proposal is consistent with the objectives of the CZMA, or if the project is necessary in the interest of national security. The department determined that there is at least one reasonable alternative to the project. The department also found that the project is not necessary in the interest of national security.
TCA may pursue another route for its proposed toll road that the commission determines is consistent with California’s coastal zone management program, and TCA is not limited to the alternative proposal described in the department’s decision.
Since the enactment of the CZMA in 1972, the department has acted on 43 appeals, upholding 29 objections by state agencies and overriding 14.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
This is one of two commission for diedrich coffee house between 03 and 04 is when i really got inspired to paint surfboards. The design I came up with was a combination of a poster for one of there coffee brands. There is a full view on my website under art boards. The board was hanging in there Malibu store for about three years until they sold to Starbucks. I got a email from guy who purchased the board from someone and he contacted me and the rest is history he stopped by my store, and I traded him a board for a board. The board is now hanging in San Clemente Surfboards & Art. I'm stoked to get back one of the first half dozen surfboards I ever painted a mural on. Stop by anytime people if you have any question or would like to simply come in and check out surfboard art and the many painting,prints and custom surfboards on display. Thanks for taking the time to read my blogs stay stoked and stay balanced and enjoy the ride of life one day one wave at a time.