Collamer: Can a County Agency be Collectively Nuts?

Can an agency collectively benefit from group therapy? Inquiring minds would like to know. Toon by Jerry Collamer.

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TCA, our [Orange County, CA] Transportation Corridor Agency,
a private-public entity, purveyor of all things
OC toll roads (57-miles worth, but not the
91-toll lanes), trucked in their same’ol, dare
I say tired dog & pony show, revival meeting
forum, of failed, fantasy toll routes through
San Clemente’s pristine natural habitat, to sell
us (San Clemente residents) their 2016 Fantasy
Plan — a 241-south extension, beginning at Oso
Parkway (been denied), heading south to
Ortega Hwy (been denied), crossing Ortega
(denied), south through Rancho Mission
Viejo’s 34,000 acre Reserve (denied), south
to Cristianitos Rd (denied), terminating at I-5
at Trestles (totally denied).

The optimum word here, “denied.”

TCA’s been “denied” their dream toll route
literally, by everyone with an official say in
the matter including tens of thousands of
OC south county and SD north county
residents.

Transportation Corridor Agencies has two proposed routes, one, 13, would colonize the newly-built La Pata, then veer off into destroying hill after hill, cutting through newly built communities. Their other one, 14, is the same alignment rejected again and again in 2008, except that they avoid the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. The only hope for them is if the Coastal Commission agrees to approve a useless and destructive road that takes over a state park. Map defaced by Jerry Collamer

Transportation Corridor Agencies has two proposed routes, one, 13, would colonize the newly-built La Pata, then veer off into destroying hill after hill, cutting through newly built communities. Their other one, 14, is the same alignment rejected again and again in 2008, except that they avoid the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy (DOLC). The only hope for them is if the Coastal Commission agrees to approve a useless and destructive road that takes over a state park. Map defaced by Jerry Collamer

In a word, no one, but TCA wants, or needs,
a toll road here, ever. A ten year battle that
ended with “100% Denied!” we won.

But there they were, hosting a forum, here
in San Clemente, Weds evening, in the town
who’s city council voted 5-0, No Toll Road
anywhere within our borders. So it hits me
as I stroll past TCA’s 13 info stations, TCA
moderators extolling the virtues of their
brand new 2016 Plan, which is just a
reshuffling of deck chairs on TCA’s Titanic
of a toll route dream-denied scheme,
to make a grown man scream.

I’m not a psychiatrist, but I have a question
regarding TCA’s collective sanity, and or
total lack of, as I introduce this age old truism
from Einstein, or Twain, or who knows:

“Doing the same failed thing, over and over
again, expecting a different result, is a sure
sign of insanity”

Proof enough, TCA collectively, is completely
bonkers.

This cannot be denied.

Jerry Collamer is a creative communications specialist. Backgrounds in National Advertising and Television Communication. Writer. Artist. Native Californian with a world-view career arch. Pragmatic and common sense urban activist — co-founder of Wild Heritage Planners.

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  • Jacki Livingston

    Social Services Agency is collectively nuts and corrupt. That is a great combo. You have a mix of undereducated old timers who are clinging desperately for pensions, and sleazy, conniving scam artists with “degrees” they got online, who are using this cash cow agency to make deals with the devils already raiding the public coffers. Public service used to be an honor, something people did knowing that they would be paid less than private sector, but they would have a pension. Now it is just a bunch of fat, sleazy piggies feeding at a trough, and no one cares about the public they are supposed to serve. Are there still good people in SSA? Yes. There are some fantastic people there, but they are kept down, worn down and worn out from trying to fight the good fight.

  • Fullerton Rag

    Just like the Bureau of Land Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers, who built numerous dams all over the American West because that’s what they did, build dams, whether or not anyone else wanted them.

  • octaxpayer

    This toll road will not resolve any traffic issues and will
    cause more on the 91 . They just want to get in the open area so they can build
    more. Far as I’m concerned all new development should stop until the water
    crisis is over.

  • Bob Brock

    Yes, clearly the traffic problem in South Orange County has now been solved and no alternative route through this area is needed. If we can get enough people to ignore the problem, it will surely go away.

  • Debby Bodkin

    The FBI and USDOJ should immediately investigate the multiple RICO crimes committed by attorneys representing OC’s toll road agencies since at least 2001. Fraudulent court documents have repeatedly been filed in Orange County Superior Courts for years with default judgments, without the filing of initial court filing fees at the time toll roads’ attorneys file a Notice of Entry of Judgment. 1000 plus lawsuits at approximately $350 a pop adds up and the citizens of Orange County would benefit if a federal agency did the job they are required to do on behalf of the public.

    And we must all remember, bondholders are now in charge financially and politically…. The TCA’s attorneys sold those in charge that the answer to the criminal RICO

  • David Zenger

    Jerry, it’s not madness, it’s just tenacity. That’s how governments works. Eventually, they will wear everybody down until the road lobby and Tony Moiso get what they want. They have lots of time and lots of money.