Moorlach 'Cynical' about Efforts to Make Trestles a Landmark

The Orange County Supervisor views the efforts to make the iconic Trestles surf break and surrounding state park a historic landmark as an attempt to foil Toll Roads expansion.

Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach's "cynical side" sees the attempt to make Trestles an official historic landmark as a "cute move" to foil the 241 Toll Road extension.

The noted Toll Roads opponent Surfrider Foundation has involved itself in an effort to make the iconic Upper and Lower Trestles and adjacent surf breaks and beaches an official landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. But they have been thus far foiled by county government and the Navy, which owns San Onofre State Beach where Trestles is situated.

(For more information, read this thorough piece by Fred Swegles of the Orange County Register covering the issue. On Feb. 8, the State Historical Resources Commission will consider forwarding the nomination of Trestles and other surf breaks to the feds.)

Here's a Friday post from Moorlach's blog regarding the issue:

One topic that I have been a student of for the last 35 years is California Historical Landmarks.

I have been to all of the state’s 58 counties and have photographed nearly all of the some 1,100 plaques or related subjects, a few of them I’ve visited multiple times. If you sincerely wish to see my seven or eight albums, I will be more than happy to show them to you.

I have worked with the State Historical Resources Commission over the years and enjoyed a great relationship with former assistant executive secretary Sandra J. Elder. 

In fact, one of my photos was published in the 1990 edition (page iii) of the California Historical Landmarks (a very rare hardback edition) (ISBN: 0-941925-08-8).  The state’s landmark program can be found at http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21387.

Over the years, I’ve also visited numerous National landmarks and have books on this topic in my library (trying to visit all of them may provide a great travel opportunity for my retirement years, as crisscrossing the State of California has been a wonderful experience). 

Even one of your fellow subscribers lives in a home that is on the National Register of Historic Places (it was built in 1776).

The Federal landmark program can be found at http://www.nps.gov/nr/.

With that said, as a longtime preservationist myself, I’m having a tough time swallowing the request to make Trestles a member of this effort to preserve national treasures.  

Legal beach access was not even available until 1971. I’m a fan of the Surfrider Foundation, but my cynical side tells me the application is a cute move to avert a connection with the I-5 Freeway and the toll road system (a travel redundancy that I believe is critically necessary for South County residents in the event of an emergency).

San Juan January 06, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I totally agree. Put the Toll Road in. The surfing crowds at those spots are so packed without any enhancements to the area, i.e. Toll Road. We the people need more adequate roads to get to our jobs in a safe and conservative manner, We surfers are not going to suffer. Just look at the wonderful "Trail" that was put in for our enjoyment, same folks were fighting to "Derail the Trail". I think the Surfrider Foundation should concentrate on the trash in the ocean and outright murderers of our envionment and not the progress of the people. Surfs Up
jeff s January 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Disagree, toll roads are for tyrants, make a 'free' freway and maybe you will get some support. Tolls are expensive and people cannot pay 20 bucks one way to use the darn thing. Besides the connection with I-5 there will not work, too many Indian burial grounds, pocket mice, endangered frogs, and a registered wetland located there...
Mr Salty January 06, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I'm cynical about John Moorlach's ability to hold the needs of the citizens above his need to KOWTOW to the TCA. TCA and their toll roads are an outright embarrassment to the county and Moorloch has been one of their biggest cheerleaders. Poorly managed and never once meeting ridership projections and yet the TCA CEO makes twice as much money per year as the head of CALTRANS. REALLY?! Overall, the agency has borrowed about $4.4 billion for the roads and faces at least $10.5 billion in debt payments by the time its bonds mature. Despite the roads' sagging ridership, the agency has increased tolls repeatedly to keep pace with their expenses (high salaries) and debt payments—at least 12 times since 1996 on the San Joaquin Hills alone. No TRUE surfer would EVER endorse a BOONDOGGLE Tollroad, much less one that would seriously impact one of the world's premier surfbreaks. TCA GO AWAY!
San Juan January 06, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Jeff and Salty, your both right and I agree, "dump the toll fees", open it up to the citizens. But how does it impact the surf? More than just a "true surfer" thank you very much. Are their tribal burial grounds in the "impact zone" of the proposed construction zone? If so then I can also relate to that. Personally I'd rather walk than drive anyway. Goin surfin Mr. Salty, no shoulder hoppin Mr.!
Sicmarc January 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Toll road fees are outrageous coupled with the 3 dollar a month they charge for each transponder whether you use their roads or not. I desided to turn my 3 in, save the 9 bucks a month and not pay $108 a year plus tolls for the use of their roads maybe 3 times a year.
Joe January 07, 2013 at 01:28 AM
The only reason we have toll roads is because the Democrats in Sacramento refused to build the highways needed in South Orange County. They said if we want roads, we'll need to build them ourselves... so we did.
Lindsey Hanson January 07, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Anyone who thinks another toll road is a good idea has no clue about math or business. Nor are they up to date on the current news regarding the toll raods in our area.The toll roads that are in existance now don't support themselves. I am so sick of hearing fools talk from the uninformed. It's frigthening http://www.ocregister.com/articles/toll-380898-roads-road.html
San Juan January 07, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Lindsey, stop calling the uninformed fools, try a different approach, for instance, educating us. I just want a nice road we can all travel on, is that ok with you? Or does that scare you too? A roadway in that area isn't going to hurt any surf break and likely will save some animals lives, don't be a fool girl, something is going to happen in regards to a transportation by-way exactly where the alleged toll road is planned. Just hopefully not a toll road! Peace
Joe January 07, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Moorlach clearly doesn't know much about the area's surf history or culture. San Onofre was surfed as far back as the 1930's, prior to Camp Pendleton even existing. The marines leased the beach to the San Onofre Surfing Club ever since, until it was made into a State Park. It's more than just a surf spot, it's a gathering place for families and surf tribes up and down the coast. Besides, we don't need an historic designation to stop the toll road, the Coastal Commission did it for us ;-)


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