Save San Onofre and Panhe!
San Onofre looking south from Trail 6
A proposed six-lane toll road through San Onofre State Beach would compromise sacred Acjachemen and Juaneño grounds at Panhe, harm recreation along trails and a nearby campground, threaten endangered species, diminish precious coastal open space, impact panoramic views of the sea and world renowned surfing spots such as Trestles, and violate environmental laws, according to a Coastal Commission staff analysis released in September 2007. With 2.7 million visitors a year, San Onofre is the fifth-most popular destination in the state’s 278-park system. The Coastal Commission will consider the proposed toll road at its hearing in February 2008.
The City Project is working with the United Coalition to Protect Panhe and others. Panhe is a 4,000-year-old village of the Acjachemen and Juaneño Indian people near the proposed route. The sacred site is used today for religious and cultural activities. Representatives of the Acjachemen and Juaneño people have formed the Coalition.
The cultural, recreational, and environmental benefits outweigh any need for the toll road through the park.