Immediate Attention: Caltrans/SANDAG's Public Works Plan (PWP)
Torrey Pines Association and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation urge you to comment on the PWP -- its implications for the lagoon, hiking/biking trails, transportation hubs, and project funding. Deadline for public comment is April 29, 2013.
SANDAG and Caltrans have developed the PWP that will spend $6.5 billion in your TransNet taxes for rail, highway, environmental and coastal access improvements between La Jolla and Oceanside over the next 40 years. PWP is an integrated regulatory document to be submitted to the Coastal Commission in order to streamline project review.
TPA and Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation are concerned about the health of the lagoon and the piece-meal approach to railway modifications and environmental enhancements detailed in the PWP.
What You Can Do:
Your voice is important -- please let Caltrans and SANDAG know that we have a detailed, comprehensive, publicly vetted plan developed in our five public workshops for lagoon restoration and enhancement.
Notes from the sixth workshop held April 20, 2013, provides background on the PWP and its implications for the lagoon.
Sample letter that you can print out and mail to Caltrans. If you want a Word doc version, please email <
List of public officials so you can cc them with the letter.
Summaries of Past Workshops:
"Building upon the Past - Envisioning the Future"
The first workshop was held October 20, 2012, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The focus of Workshop I was to determine if project goals and objectives were comprehensive in meeting key values of individual participants and stakeholder groups. Working together in breakout groups, participants reviewed, assessed, and modified a draft set of project goals and objectives developed to guide the evaluation of alternatives for lagoon restoration and management.
"Framing the Future of Los Peñasquitos Lagoon"
Workshop II on November 14, 2012, began with a presentation of the results generated by breakout groups during Workshop I. These results included refinement of existing draft goals and objectives, addition of new goals and objectives, as well as additional comments provided by workshop participants. Workshop II participants met in joint session to discuss opportunities and constraints for improving, protecting and preserving habitat at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon based upon goals and objectives refined during Workshop I.
"Assessing Opportunities and Constraints for Improving Public Education/Access & Long-Term Sustainability"
Workshop III on January 19, 2013, continued the efforts started in the second workshop, focusing this time on project goals and objectives refined during the first workshop by Breakout Group 2 – Access, Safety, Education, Cultural. Working together, participants discussed the opportunities and constraints associated with achieving the goals and objectives as they relate to public access, safety, education, and cultural resources. As in previous workshops, comments and insight from participants was captured for use in the future development and evaluation of restoration alternatives for Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.
"Assessing Opportunities and Constraints for Long-Term Sustainability and Alternative Development to Enhance Los Peñasquitos Lagoon"
Workshop IV focused on project goals and objectives refined during the first workshop by Breakout Group 3 – Sustainability (see Results below). Working together, participants discussed the opportunities and constraints associated with achieving the goals and objectives as they relate to sustainability of the proposed enhancement plan, specifically environmental opportunities arising from climate change, economic sustainability, and infrastructure impacts. We also began developing restoration alternatives for Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.
Notes from Previous Workshops
Download the results from Workshop II: Group 1
Download the results from Workshop III: Group 2
Download the results from Workshop IV: Group 3