Victory in Washington D.C. Leads Push Towards Critical California Coastal Commission Hearing

With a week to go before a critical California Coastal Commission meeting, the momentum of the Surfrider Foundation's Save Trestles campaign is building.

The campaign, which seeks to stop a proposed extension to the 241 Foothill South Toll Road, scored a big win yesterday when President Bush ratified the 'Davis Amendment'. The amendment, which was sponsored by Rep. Susan Davis (San Diego) and included within the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, mandates that the toll road project must comply with state environmental law.

The victory comes just 10 days before a hearing by the California Coastal Commission to determine if the project is consistent with California law. According to a report by the Commission's own staff, the proposed toll road project would violate the California Coastal Act, by irreparably damaging the sensitive San Mateo Creek watershed and surrounding natural and cultural resources.

The hearing, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 6th, was recently moved from the Oceanside City Council Chambers to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, to accommodate the expected crowd of over 2000 protesters.

"This should serve as a wake-up call for lawmakers and other elected officials throughout the state," said Surfrider Foundation's Chief Executive Officer Jim Moriarty. "The populous has spoken; they want our State environmental laws followed not circumvented."

The Surfrider Foundation, along with their environmental partners will be running buses to transport campaign supporters to and from the hearing. The group will also be offering prizes, including two hand-shaped Rusty Preisendorfer surfboards, to attendees who show up in the most creative and original 'Save Trestles' themed outfits.

For more information on the Surfrider Foundation's Save Trestles campaign, or to reserve a seat on one of the buses to and from the California Coastal Commission hearing, go to the Surfrider website or call (800) 743-SURF.