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…

Swimmer killed in Shark Attack

April 27, 2008

A swimmer at a local beach was killed on Friday after being attacked by a shark. The poor guys ordeal was plastered on the TV for a bit. And certainly will have some local follow-up stories.. but that’s not what has caught my attention.

What I did notice was my attitude as a surfer.

Initially I craved all the information I could get… and then.. after hearing enough.. My brain did a funny thing. It said, “Well.. he was a swimmer.. not a surfer.”.. As if laying on my surfboard somehow protects me from the man in the grey suit (shark).

I don’t know how the triathaletes are reacting.. He was one of their clan. .. and as a surfer I acknowledge the similarities in our ocean activities… but for some reason.. my brain creates some distance.

Perhaps my love of surfing is so great that I know I won’t stop doing it.. Just like a golfer doesn’t stop golfing when someone gets struck by lightning.. But.. you _can_ see storm clouds.

We ocean-goers like to think we can sense the storm that is a shark. We say it’s “sharky.” And we notice things like changes in seal/sea lion activity.. but for the most part we don’t mention these activities until after someone has a shark encounter.

Another thing has already happened… surfers are wondering if this attack will mean less crowds in the water. This is disturbing. Here a fellow ocean lover has met his fate in a terrifying manner. His legs were mostly bitten off.. held on by his wet suit. His family certainly finds no solace in the fact that the shark didn’t stick around to finish the job.. No solace that the shark probably mistaked this healthy, retired man that was doing something he loved .. mistook him for a seal. … well.. perhaps there is a bit of solace in the fact that he was doing someting he loved.

But.. here it is a horrible situation.. and surfers are wondering if it’ll help them get more waves this year.

Don’t get me wrong.. I have these same thoughts.. I’m hoping that less people come to the beach so that I don’t have to fight for a parking spot. I don’t want to have to dodge people in the water. I’d love more waves.

I dunno.. I guess it is a peer pressure thing.. It feels like we’re supposed to change our habits because one of the herd got killed.. like the herd of zebra at the watering hole have all bolted for the hills.. but I’m still thirsty.

Maybe that’s what makes us surfers and triathaletes and boogie boarders and snorklers and other ocean lovers.. The fact that we know what could happen out there. We’ve accepted it. We’ve weighed the risks. We’ve decided it’s worth it.

So.. if someday I get bit by a shark.. and I don’t make it back to the beach.. Well.. Damn.. That wasn’t worth it at all.. was it.  But, I’m still gonna surf.

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.