Four potential routes for extending the 241 Toll Road to connect with I-5 in south Orange County have generated so much angst among residents that an upcoming Transportation Corridor Agencies public forum on mobility has reached its seating capacity.
The forum, to discuss a TCA mobility study, is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Saddleback College. The TCA says it secured the largest theater on campus and an overflow facility to provide nearly 700 seats.
Some people who tried to RSVP over Memorial Day Weekend at getmovingoc.com began receiving notifications that space was no longer available, and people could virtually attend by live-stream at getmovingoc.com or at “The Toll Roads” Facebook page.
Groups opposing potential 241 Toll Road routes connecting to I-5 in Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano and either of two locations in San Clemente launched protests.
San Clemente’s Eva O’Keefe, who has helped collect more than 3,100 signatures in an online petition, wrote to the TCA, “You mailed the invitation to the public forum to 25,000 San Clemente households. You heavily advertised on Facebook and Instagram and you even sent it to other communities like Ladera Ranch, but now you are essentially withdrawing the invitation by not offering sufficient accommodations.”
Jennifer Powers, a Ladera Ranch resident who recently organized some 1,000 Ladera Ranch, Rancho Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano residents to oppose mobility study options through those areas, said the TCA mailed 50,000 invitations plus social media and nowhere stated that people were in danger of being turned away.
“It wasn’t like ‘100 spots are left, or 50 spots, better sign up now!’“ she said.
Pamela Braunstein of Ladera Ranch suggested in a letter to TCA that the agency recognize that San Clemente, whose mayor has advocated the 241 option her group opposes, has had more time to mobilize than her group, “putting us at an unfair advantage.”
Sam Sumitani, a Rancho…