The Public Hearing with the Secretary of Commerce is scheduled for September 22, 2008 at Del Mar Fairgrounds in O’Brien Hall from 10:30 am – 8:30 pm (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). The hearing location is perfect, since this is where the Coastal Commission heard the facts from both sides and voted 8-2 against the toll road. Also the Park and Trestles beach are in San Diego County, so it’s ideal to hold the hearing where the project will have the worst impacts. As you are aware, an earlier hearing date was canceled as the identified site withdrew its agreement to host the event.
The purpose of the newly scheduled hearing is to solicit public comments. Anyone wishing to provide oral testimony at the hearing must submit a written request via mail to NOAA no later than September 12, 2008. Please contact Bob Mignogna for the address and details on what should be included in the request.
Agenda for Hearing:
10:30am-1:30pm: Testimony from Elected Officials. There are several outstanding elected officials speaking on our behalf including Bobby Shriver, Donna Frye and others.
1:30pm-2pm: Testimony from Organizations. Surfrider Foundation and other interesting organizations will be heard during the next few hours.
2:00-2:30: Official Hearing Break. We are having a rally in the pavilion area behind O’Brien hall. Come and learn more about how the day will go and what to expect.
2:30-5:00: Continued Testimony from Organizations and Native American Tribes.
5:00-5:30: Official Hearing Break. Please be sure to visit our letter writing station during the break. We want to fill the drop boxes with letters opposing the toll road.
5:30-8:30: During this time, organizations will finish testimony and the general public will begin testimony. It’s challenging to say exactly what time the general public will speak. As you know, not everyone from the public will be able to speak since the meeting ends exactly at 8:30.
8:30pm-9pm: Meet us directly outside of the O’Brien hall as we gather to celebrate our efforts, enjoy acoustic music, and listen to special guest speakers. Recognized singer-songwriter Steve Ybarra will play music which has been featured on radio and television across the country. Shaun Tomson, World Champion Surfer, will be our featured guest speaker. Upon listening to Shaun, we will hear from prominent environmental leaders. As you know, there will not be a decision made at the hearing, so it’s important that we come together to ‘celebrate our efforts of the day’ and begin to look forward! We expect the Federal Government will make their decision by then end of the fall/early winter.
Click here to view a list of speakers.
Go to www.savetrestles.org or www.surfrider.org and you will find how easy it is to make your voice be heard.
SAVE SAN ONOFRE STATE PARK and SAVE TRESTLES.