Purpose

To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Friday, August 10, 2012

From Carla Riggs: I've read several disgruntled letters regarding the fact that the Metro meetings are a waste of time. People attend, only to find that a PR person has been dispatched to handle the unruly crowds. 
These PR know nothing about the information we want.  ("I'm not one of the technical people".)  It's insulting.  Metro apparently believes they can give us a pat on the head, stating that they will take care of everything.
We know this is untrue.

These meetings must be held so that Metro can attest that they had 'Community Outreach', and the people were informed. If you sign your name on a paper there, that is used as proof.
It's time that Metro had a knowledgeable person attend the meetings; one who can answer intelligently the questions asked.

Please write Metro and let them know your dismay at their lack of true response to this situation.  Below are two letters written, which may give you a thought of what you'd like to tell Metro.
Email the board at  MetroBoard@wpra.net and tell them what you think.
~Carla


1st letter:

Metro Board,

I attended your Pasadena meeting on August 8 and walked away extremely disappointed and upset, because the PR firm that you hired to hold the meeting lacked any information regarding the SR 710 study.  The Metro employee that conducted the Q and A session could not give any answers, much less correct answers.  One of the questions asked by a gentlemen, referred to the Historic Resources map for Plans H-2 and F-5.  She stated that none had been done yet.  Not True...  Take a look at page 11 of the handout from the Stakeholder Outreach Advisory Committee Meeting that took place on July 20th, 2012.    This whole process has been shady.  I would like you to setup another community meeting before October, with the Metro managers and engineers working on the project present so questions can be answered.  One question of concern to the people is what criteria was used to pair down the list of 40 alternative routes to 12?  Would Metro consider other alternatives than the 12?  And what criteria are you using to pair down the 12 routes to 5 in October?

Please let me know when this meeting will occur.

Sylvia Plummer

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Letter 2:

Metro Board,

I attended your South Pasadena meeting last night and walked away extremely disappointed because the PR firm that you hired to hold the meeting lack any information regarding the SR 710 study.  The representatives weren't able to answer any questions from the attendees.  I would like you to setup another community meeting asap with the Metro managers and engineers working on the project present so questions can be answered.  One question of concern to the people is what criteria was used to pair down the list of 40 alternative routes to 12?  And what criteria are you using to pair down the 12 routes to 5 in October?

Please let me know when this meeting will occur.

Gary Ching