Toll Troll trying to regenerate

October 7, 2011

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.

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.


Nature vs Snobs

September 6, 2011

Well… it seems a small community, that recorded CC&R’s with the county of San Diego calling for the exclusion of blacks, asians, latinos & jews when the project was originally developed, don’t want the Buena Vista Lagoon to continue its journey back to being what it is… er.. was… a salt water lagoon.

Why? They think the mud will smell bad.

Smell bad? Worse than when the lagoon gets millions of gallons of sewage leaked into it every few years? Really?

A natural, salt-water lagoon doesn’t smell bad… it smells natural. Your car smells bad.

Now the state is going to drop the restoration of the lagoon rather than deal with these elitist snobs.

I say we spend some time getting to know the folks down there. Perhaps hanging around and sharing our opinions with them. Hell, on any given day I smell much worse than a lagoon. Honest.

Here’s the article.

… and if you’re interested.. here’s the community’s web site.

… and here’s a map on how to get there.

Have a good day!

The Feds Agreed!!!

January 9, 2009

Well.. I was suprised this past December.. I was certain that NOAA would succumb to the idiocy that is the Bush Administration’s handling of anything regarding natue and overturn the California Coastal Commission’s ruling on the Toll Troll.

I don’t usually like to say this.. but … I was wrong!!!  We still won!! The Toll Troll tried to say that their project was needed for national security.. and even mentioned the possiblility of an evacuation due to an nuclear accident at San Onofre.. hmm.. let me see.. would I drive up to San O and pass by the plant to get to this live-saving road?  Uh.. no… What if I lived in San Clemente.. would I drive toward the hypothetically-melting-down plant to get to this road… uh… no..  and how about all the alternatives that the TCA didn’t consider??

Well  NOAA saw through the smoke and mirrors and sided with common sense.. The Toll Troll even tried to say cutting through the park with a big-ass highway would HELP the environment.. Ha!  Amazing what greed will make people say.

But.. I’m rambling.. I really don’t have time to type right now.. but.. I’ve been meaning to share this news.. so.. consider it shared.

Toll Troll at it again!

September 23, 2008

Here’s a tired surfer sitting through hours of people telling the feds why “the 241” isn’t needed..

Desalinization Plant

August 4, 2008

I’ve been too busy to write anything lately.. but I had to get this thought out there before I forgot it..

There is talk here of building a Desalinization Plant to give us water to drink… there are some issues with it.. environmental.. and the high cost… but.. my problem is more basic.

The county has turned down a few proposals to re-claim water, clean it.. and re-use it.. but the opponents call that “toilet to tap” .. which isn’t true.. but does it’s damage..

My problem?? well.. Those same people that don’t want the reclamation projects are for desalinization.

Why doesn’t that make sense??  Well that not-clean-enough-for-me water is sent to the ocean.. where the desalinization plant will suck it up and take the salt out.. and clean out any impurities..

So.. it just adds one extra step to putting the water into the tap.. if we just cleaned the damn water in the first place we’d have plenty… because no matter how much we talk about not having enough water.. people will still run their water for 5 minutes while they brush their teeth…

Toll Troll is afraid of the public

April 8, 2008

Stop the Toll Troll

Well aparently the Toll Troll is afraid of the public listening to defense of their project. Perhaps that’s because they have no real defense. The bottom line is they want to make a boat-load of money.. and Californian’s don’t one of their last natural areas to be torn asunder…

.. the Toll Troll says they are open to a public meeting in Orange County.. fine.. any place.. any time.



National Brotherhood Week

February 28, 2008

For some reason I got to thinking of this song… I remember it from my childhood… this one and Tom Lehrer’s WWIII song, “So Long Mom (I’m off to drop the bomb)”…

 As a kid these were fun songs to sing.. they ryhmed.. the adults reacted in interesting ways and were impressed that I could memorize things…

As I got older National Brotherhood Week would surface every now and again into my conciousness… by then I could understand the words and they held water. I knew they were sarcastic… but both messages were good. I’d think of it when I saw someone giving lip-service to a cause that obviously went against everthing they’d ever done..

Now I listen with the ears of someone who is “old” to today’s college kids… and the words still make sense.

It seems so silly… so simple… I know.. I know.. that’s the point of the sarcasm.. But just think.. What if everyone woke up tomorrow and decide to get along. What if when something lousy happens we just say, “bummer” and move on… not villify the por sod that made a mistake the lead to our misfortune…

Hell.. it’s when Jesus said, “just blame me.” … or words to that effect… but.. well.. odds are that you’ll wake up tomorrow and blame someone for waking you up.. or swear at the car in front of you.. or look at a person on the sidewalk and assume you know everything about them.. and hate them for it…

Hell.. blame me.. hate me.. and be done with it… I’m just some electricity on the net anyway.

Near as I can tell… National Brotherhood Week was the last week in February.. so .. happy National Brotherhood Week… shake hands with someone you dispise…

Ya never know.. maybe tomorrow is the day we all wake up and are nice to each other… it could happen.. right?

All it takes is you.