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For the last 15 years, California State Parks Foundation has worked with key conservation partners on the Save San Onofre Coalition to preserve San Onofre State Beach from a proposed toll road being constructed through the heart of the park. Thousands of Californians, especially in San Diego and Orange County, made their voices heard in urging protection of the 5th most visited state park in California. Devastating impacts to recreation, habitat, natural resources, and Native American and archeological resources were among the many reasons that multiple state, regional, and federal agencies all repeatedly denied the road.

After years of public hearings, community outreach, lobbying, and lawsuits, we were able to permanently protect the park by settling a coalition lawsuit and establishing an “Avoidance Area” which clearly defines where a road cannot be constructed. That area protects the park and critical watershed for the region.

But your local Congressional representative, Darrell Issa, wants to roll back protections for San Onofre State Beach.

Recently, Congressman Darrell Issa voiced support for undoing the settlement agreement and pursuing a route that would go through the avoidance area, which would cause irreparable harm to San Onofre State Beach.

Perhaps Congressman Issa forgot that it was the Bush Administration that denied the road in 2008, upholding the denial of the California Coastal Commission. Please use your voice for parks to urge Congressman Darrell Issa to stop trying to resurrect a route that has been shown, time and again, to be the wrong plan.

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Protect San Onofre State Beach

Dear [Representative],

As a strong supporter of state parks and open space, I am disappointed to learn you are pushing an outdated proposal for a toll road to be built through San Onofre State Beach. Our region and community are known for our world-class coastal amenities and open spaces. As you know, thousands of your constituents were part of the 15-year struggle to stop construction of a toll road that would have bisected San Onofre State Beach and made it essentially unusable for its millions of visitors. San Onofre State Beach is one of the most popular state parks in the entire 280 state park system. It supports visitor and tourism-related recreation and revenue to our area. Impacts to recreation, habitat, natural resources, and Native American and archeological resources were among the many reasons that multiple state, regional, and federal agencies all repeatedly denied the road.

I urge you to respect the efforts of your constituents who have spent decades working to protect the park. Our communities strongly value our parks, open spaces, and protection of our unique natural resources, especially San Onofre State Beach. I urge you to stop trying to resurrect a route that has been shown, time and again, to be the wrong plan.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

California State Parks Foundation

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