09/06/11 – Access Alert Update – Register Article on Proposed Staging Area for Santiago Truck Trail (Luge)

Santiago Truck Trail Access Alert Update:

Thanks to Dave Whiting for his coverage of this issue now posted and in print tomorrow (Tuesday, September 6th) in the Orange County Register:


We really need a BIG response in support of this purchase and the vote is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6th.

Here’s a recap:

Due to concerns raised by the County office of Risk Management, the Orange County Board of Supervisors postponed voting (Agenda Item #44) on the purchase of land for a parking lot at the trail head of the Santiago Truck Trail as well as other improvements. They will be casting their votes on Tuesday, September 6th at the County Hall of Administration in downtown Santa Ana.

As stated in our last update, the county plans to build a parking area near the top of Modjeska Grade Road for Santiago Truck Trail by acquiring 100 acres from a private landowner at a below-market cost. This purchase of land is designed to:

1. Ensure public access to this trail is locked up permanently.
2. Provide a parking area at the top of Modjeska Grade Road.
3. The additional 100 acres will open the County to future recreational improvements beyond just a parking area.

The votes needed to pass this are in doubt and we still need you to re-email, or if you haven’t already, email the Supervisors. It is extremely important for those of you who live in the Supervisory Districts of Supervisors Bates, Moorlach, Nelson and Nguyen to email them and state that you live in their district and this issue is important to you.

From what we understand Bates is the key vote so if you live in her District in South County she needs to hear your voice.

When emailing Supervisor Campbell thank him for his support of this proposal and his continued support or our access. He has truly been a “trail hero” to the recreation community.

We cannot stress enough that your messages to the Supervisors could help shove Item #44 over the edge and pass it.

If you are free on Tuesday, September 6th please attend the Board Meeting. The item will be heard early in the meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the Hall of Administration which is shown on the map in this link:


Messages to the supervisors could mention Santiago Truck Trail as:

1. “Item 44” on the agenda to help the Supervisors recognize it easily.

2. The most popular trail based on overall usage of any trail in Orange County and important to all user groups

3. It would protect the safety of recreationist who now has to ride up narrow Modjeska Grade Road to access the trail. The new parking lot would create a more accessible environment for trail runners and Bikers with parking at the trailhead. An equestrian loading and unloading zone is also in the plans. So this isn’t just limited to Mountain Bikers. Pass the word.

John M.W. Moorlach, Vice Chairman
email: district2@ocgov.com
Second District

Janet Nguyen
First District
Fax: 714.834.5754

Shawn Nelson
Fourth District

Patricia C. Bates
Fifth District

Bill Campbell, Chairman
Third District

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