Directors of the 241 toll road Wednesday voted unanimously to appeal the latest setback to their controversial expansion plans, keeping open the option for a 5.5 mile push to extend the road toward San Juan Capistrano. “We are weighing all of our options,” Transportation Corridor Agencies spokeswoman Lisa Telles said, according to the O.C. Register.
In June, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board denied the permit with board members saying the proposed extension was really a fraction of a larger effort to extend the road further into environmentally sensitive coastal habitat. Claiming they did not want to approve the project piecemeal, the board rejected the 5.5 mile Tesoro Extension toward San Juan Capistrano, according to the RSM Patch.
“I will do whatever I need to do within the legal limits of the law to get the extension built,” board member and Mission Viejo Mayor Rhonda Reardon said. “I don’t care what traffic studies are or are not out there. … Mission Viejo is going to be significantly impacted without that extension.”
Maybe South O.C. wouldn’t be in this mess if Reardon and the rest of the South O.C. development cartel would stop trying to over-build that area? It is irresponsible to build more homes when lack water, energy and transportation to sustain these developments.
But these folks never learn. They want to despoil what little nature is left in our County with endless toll roads and now they even want to mess up the ocean with questionable desalination plants – after failing to suck water out of desert aquifers.
An elected official told me the other day that this constant push for more development has to happen in order to provide housing for young people. But is that really true? Folks are moving out of our state at record rates. Folks are dying. And young people today just are not getting married and are disinclined to have kids.
This alleged need for “workforce” housing is a mirage – manufacturing is dead and companies are trying to make do with less people, not more, particularly with the threat of Obamacare hanging over them.
Even if this need for housing were true it would be better to develop vertically than horizontally. The last thing we need is more thirsty lawns and swimming pools to waste what little water we have left.
There are new realities these crazed politicians just don’t understand, but they don’t care. They are bought and paid for by developers and will keep trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Don’t be fooled!