Any nerd worth his salt knows that Trolls regenerate. Why should the Toll Troll be any different? Once again we see that dead doesn’t mean dead.
The TCA (Transportation Corridor Agencies) was told by the California Coastal Commission and, more importantly, by the people that their proposed toll road wasn’t kosher. http://pangeanative.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/san-onofre-we-won/
So what did they do? What any good 3-year-old does. Ignore everyone and just do what they want to do.
“What?” you say.
Yup. They have decided to just piecemeal the project.
“Is this legal?” you say.
“Will it work?” you ask.
I hope not. These guys couldn’t even get the Bush Administration to sign off on this thing with the “We need it for National Defense” argument. But, every time this stuff comes up there is a chance that things go horribly wrong. They are counting on complacency. We haven’t gone anywhere and there arguments hold less water now than they did before.
“So why are they doing this?” you ask.
Well… I’m a nobody. I know what I read and what I heard during two protests. During one of those protests a young lawyer came up to me and said that I should give up because it was “already a done deal. ” It obviously wasn’t a done deal in the sense that it was a legal deal. But, somewhere someone or group of people have obviously been handing promises or money around so that they can’t quit. I’m betting it has something to do with big money developers.
You can count on two things here. We, the crazy, green, tree-huggers, aren’t going anywhere and the Toll Troll isn’t either.
They’ll talk about jobs and how their project will give lots of jobs… But I ask you this. Do you think they are looking for the solution that provides the most jobs for the longest period of time? Of course not. They want the least jobs for the shortest period of time so their profits are higher.
They can come up with other solutions. We put a man on the moon. We can do this.
The solution will give more long-term jobs and that’s what the Toll Troll (TCA) _doesn’t_ want.