This is too rich not to share. Clint Eastwood, an opponent of the toll road proposed through San Onofre State Beach, has not been reappointed the state Park and Recreation Commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Eastwood blames his toll road opposition — contrasted against the governor’s support for the project, which was rejected by the California Coastal Commission in February.

The Los Angeles Times writes:

The governor has said that he decided not to reappoint [Eastwood and Bobby Shriver, Schwarzenegger’s brother-in-law,] who were first named to the Park and Recreation in 2001 by then-Gov. Gray Davis and reappointed by Schwarzenegger in 2004. He said their terms had expired and he wanted to give others a chance to serve.

But Eastwood and Shriver have attributed the governor’s move to their opposition to a plan to build the Foothill South toll road through San Onofre State Beach, a park in [San Diego County] that is popular for its surfing and scenery. The project was defeated by the California Coastal Commission in February.

“I think it was just somebody got a bee under their bonnet at the right moment, so there we are,” Eastwood said. Of the governor, he added: “I guess he felt we were going to be guys who were going to be obstructionists for anything through state parks.”

ROB DAVIS

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