The council agreed to a list of legislative goals for 2007-08 that's largely in keeping with past objectives. One controversial point pulled off the list was official city support for completion of the Foothill-Eastern Toll Road, which has been controversial because the new southern extension would cut through San Onofre State Park.
The city so far has not taken a position on the toll road. It was included in the legislative goals as a way to reduce pressure on John Wayne Airports by making it easier to get to other airports. Councilwoman Nancy Gardner asked to take the issue off the list, noting that the governor has spoken against the road extension and that the state attorney general filed a suit to block it.
The council will discuss the toll road issue separately at a future meeting. The rest of the legislative package was approved in a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Keith Curry abstaining. Key legislative items on the list were seeking money for city environmental projects, preventing expansion of John Wayne Airport and requesting more authority to regulate the city's drug and alcohol recovery facilities.
WHAT IT MEANS
The council will continue to engage lobbyists to pursue city goals at the state and federal levels.
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