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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Meetings for next week

Sierra Madre City Council Meeting

The City of Sierra Madre will be considering whether to make a formal endorsement 
For or Against the SR 710 project or its components in a City Council meeting. 
We need to have some people show up for this meeting

Tuesday, October 9th - 6:30pm
Sierra Madre City Hall 
Council Chambers
232 W.  Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA  91024


Statewide Propositions and Los Angeles County Measures

Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA)
with the League of Women Voters (Pasadena Area) will sponsor a straight forward
presentation about Statewide Propositions & Los Angeles County Measures with a
pros & cons presentation.

Pros and Cons Presentation

Thursday, October 11    7pm - 8:30pm

South Pasadena Council Chambers
1424 Mission Street
Report on Candidates Forum 10/4
Pasadena Sun:

There were about 50 people in attendance.  The newspaper coverage is below.  
The 710 question was the first question asked to the candidates. 
The response from each in a nutshell is below:

State Assembly District 41

Donna Lowe:  Against the 710..... "Send me to Sacramento as your representative and I will work with fellow democrats who oppose this freeway to get real solutions in place and put the 710 extension to rest once and for all. I am a representative that would never throw good money after bad.  We have already spent millions upon millions studying this with the same old tired solutions." 

Chris Holden:  He supports the process.....He then talked about the 5 remaining alternatives,.......  he then stated:  "I do not support the tunnel if it includes trucks." 
State Senate District 25

Carol Liu:  Against the 710...  the tunnel option is not feasible, not now, not ever, for several reasons. It is too expensive, it is too disruptive, it does not solve the problem of growing truck traffic, it would open at an already congested and unacceptable operating level, and it would divert money from many more worthy transportation projects that have broad-based public support.

Gil Gonzales:  Against the 710 ..  "I am opposed to the 710 extension project because the 
MTA has continued to propose routes that disrupt and destroy our neighborhoods, and do not have community buy-in. This is wrong, plain and simple, and until MTA can provide alternatives that have a consensus of support, then I will stand with the community and reject the extension."

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

If you want to know more about PPPs, which are being discussed for the construction of the proposed 710 tunnel, Ellen Biasin has listed some links on the No 710 on Avenue 64 Facebook page:

From the World Bank:

from the National Conf. of State Legislatures:

Chu, Schiff see 710 study differently

Differences in their districts inform their points of view on the issue.


The two Democratic members of Congress whose districts would be most affected by a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway have opposing views of the controversial study of a tunnel connecting the freeway to Pasadena.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) wants regional transportation planners to complete a three-year study of the tunnel and other options for filling the 710 gap. She wrote a letter to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials on Sept. 27 urging that MTA consider “all options for solving the 710 gap problem.”

Her letter came after a week after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) lambasted the MTA over the proposed tunnel extending the 710, calling for the agency to spike the study of the roadway over likely cost overruns and opposition from affected communities.

To a degree, the letters reflect the politics of the districts Chu and Schiff serve. Cities in Schiff's district, including La CaƱada, South Pasadena and Glendale, oppose an extension, and Pasadena residents have become increasingly active in fighting a 710 extension.

Cities such as Alhambra and San Marino favor an extension.

Next year, however, district lines change. Should Chu win re-election, she will add Pasadena to her San Gabriel Valley district.

In her letter, Chu said dropping the tunnel from the study now would be a mistake.

“Denying the completion of the environmental review process runs counter to the need for an objective cost-benefit analysis of the 710 Freeway gap completion,” she said. “This would also be an affront to the voters of Los Angeles County, who voted to make $780 million available through Measure R to explore solutions to the 710 gap.”

Schiff's letter stated that estimates of the project have ranged from $1.5 billion to $5.6 billion, and he projected that the final price tag would be higher still.

Opposition to the tunnel has grown over the last two months, with the Los Angeles City Council weighing in against it, a state audit criticizing Caltrans over management of 500 properties it acquired to build a 710 extension, and Pasadena residents objecting to since-scuttled proposals for a freeway on Avenue 64.

But it appears MTA plans to keep the tunnel in the study, which is slated for completion in 2014.

MTA Chairman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said through a spokesman that the study should examine all the remaining alternatives, including the tunnel, light rail, new bus routes and street improvements.

“We think it's prudent to wait for the study to be complete, to look at the information the study provides and make decisions accordingly,” said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell.