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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quotes from Elected Officials who are
Against the SR-710 Extension

Federal Congressman

Adam Schiff,  U.S. Congressman, 29th District. District Map
Quote: "The environmental review process Metro is engaged in has been excessively focused on the tunnel option. I have expressed my concern over Metro's apparent rush to judgment on a tunnel option many times, but without success. This has only confirmed what many in the community suspected, that Metro was once again starting with the conclusion it wished to reach and working backwards.

I urge Metro to give full and serious consideration as to how funds for a tunnel project could be better spent. I suspect that for less than the actual cost of a tunnel, Metro would have the funds necessary to undertake all of the remaining options under consideration -- combined. These options, transportation system management, bus rapid transit and light-rail would help move people in an environmentally friendly manner without disrupting our long-established neighborhoods.

We can and we must pursue better options than constructing a tunnel for meeting our future transportation needs. I look forward to continuing our work on this vital issue, and appreciate your consideration of my thoughts on the way forward.

Source: Letter to Metro Board on 710 Options. Spetember 20, 2012

State Senate

Carol Liu, Current State Senator, 21st District, Candidate for California State Senate District 25, Nov 2012, District Map (PDF)

Quote: To summarize, 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.
Source: Letter to Metro Board(PDF). September 25th, 2012

Gil Gonzalez, Candidate for State Senate District 25, Nov 2012, District Map (PDF)
Quote: "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."
Source: WISPPA (Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action) Candidates’ Forum. October 4, 2012

State Assemblymembers

Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember, 44th District. District Map
Quote: "When you have a project of this magnitude, with this many unanswered questions, manipulations and false information, one has to wonder why decision makers aren’t immediately putting a halt to this insanity. It’s a fraud being perpetrated upon the taxpayers of California at the expense of taxpayers and the quality of life of those neighborhoods in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley which will be devastated by a project that is unwelcome and disastrous."

Source: Portantino Demands that State Transportation Officials Stop 710 Extension. Press Release, Official website of Assemblymember Anthony Portantino  August 22, 2012

Donna Lowe, Candidate for the Assembly 41st District, Nov 2012 District Map
Quote: "This Freeway is a last century solution for a 21st century problem. 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."

Source: Statement supplied to No 710 Action Committee by Donna Lowe. October 5, 2012
From an article: Donna Lowe, Holden's opponent in the 41st Assembly District, said she would support a solution to the 710 Freeway problem as long as it didn't include a freeway. She said she thinks Metro's EIR is a waste of money and is ultimately geared toward trucking needs from the ports.
Quote: "Our state is notorious for wasting taxpayer dollars and I think that's what this is," Lowe said. "I'm not in favor of the tunnel or surface routes, both are very invasive, expensive and they don't take into account the infrastructure that's already in place."
Source: Metro board chairman would oppose San Rafael routes. Pasadena Star News. August 14, 2012

Greg Krikorian, Candidate for the Assembly 43rd District, Nov 2012 District Map 
Quote: "The increased air pollution and the disruption to local neighborhoods will cause much more harm than good. The SR-710 extension is simply unnecessary, and its continued study is another example of mismanagement at the state level. I am committed to representing constituents, not special interests, and I oppose the proposed extension of the 710 Freeway."

Source: Outcry Against 710 Tunnel Plan for Southern California.  Azbarez Armenian News.  September 20, 2012

Mike Gatto, Assemblymember and Candidate for the Assembly 43rd District, Nov 2012 District Map
Quote:  "A recent article ("Leader: Stop 710-gap plans," Aug. 23) implied my support of the 710 extension. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have been, and continue to be, opposed to the extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway in any form."
Source: Gatto does not support 710 extension.  La Cañada Valley Sun.  Opinion Page.  August 29, 2012

Jimmy Gomez, Candidate for the Assembly 51st District, Nov 2012 District Map
Quote:  "I have consistently opposed the extension of the 710 freeway via a surface route or a tunnel. The proposed “solutions” do nothing to solve our long-term regional transportation problem. These solutions will only have a devastating impact on the communities of Northeast Los Angeles. I will work endlessly to make sure this does not happen."
Source: Submitted to No 710 Action Committee by Frank Torres, Campaign Manager, Jimmy Gomez for Assembly. October 12, 2012

Luis Lopez, Candidate for the Assembly 51st District seat, Nov 2012 District Map
Quote: "A costly extension of the 710 Freeway through Northeast Los Angeles is a mistake from a fiscal perspective, from a planning perspective, and from a standpoint of basic fairness. Extending the 710 may sound harmless to outsiders. But it's a bad move for our community. That's why I have joined with local residents to oppose a new freight corridor through our neighborhoods.

I have participated in the community forums surrounding the proposed construction routes, both surface and underground. And I have listened to the pro-build arguments. But the lack of fluency by transportation consultants in communicating plans and responding to neighbors' concerns left me disappointed. If the need to move freight cargo north and east from nearby ports really is the driving force behind this new freeway, then economics indicate that upgrading or extension of existing rail is actually a smarter investment."

Source: Why I oppose a 710 Freeway Extension. Eagle Rock Patch. October 11, 2012

City Council Members


Elizabeth Salinas, Candidate for Alhambra City Council, Nov 2012
Quote: I have lived in Alhambra long enough (32 years) to not buy into the myth that the 710 will be the answer to all our traffic problems. While I recognize that there is a traffic problem and Fremont bears the brunt of it, I don't believe a build option will necessarily solve the problem. I would like to see a feasible no-build option to addressing our traffic problem. I also recognize that our local officials, in their quest to overdevelop the City are only contributing to the problem and thus creating a further alleged need for the 710 expansion.

Source: Submitted to No 710 Action Committee in response to the question: "What is your position on extending the 710 freeway?" On October 5, 2012


Ara Najarian, Metro Board Member & Council member, City of Glendale
Quote: "The purpose of this letter is to reiterate the position of the City of Glendale vis-a-vis the SR710 gap closure project. The City of Glendale remains consistent with Resolution No. 09-111 as approved by the Glendale City Council on July 28, 2009, which addresses the tunnel feasibility specifically and the general subject of "gap closure" alternatives for the SR 710 freeway from I-10 to SR 134/I-210. On behalf of my colleagues and the citizens of Glendale I want to reiterate our opposition to the SR 710 tunnel alternative or any "gap closure" alternative that has or could be developed.  I would like to express our opposition as well to the continued effort and expenditure of tax payer monies in exploring, studying or developing any type of "gap closure" project. We do not believe that any type of "gap closure" alternative is in the best interest of the City or the region. We would like to express our belief and desire to instead look at other alternatives to addressing the concerns of mobility, congestion and the movement of freight from our ports. These alternatives would include the expansion of mass transit systems, upgrades and improvements to existing infrastructure and limiting the long distance movement of cargo/freight from our ports to only rail.  
Again, the position of the City of Glendale is clear in this matter and we remain opposed to any other gap closure alternatives."

Source: Letter from Ara Najarian to Doug Failing of Metro. October 8, 2010

La Canada Flintridge

Stephen Del Guercio, Laura Olhasso, Dave Spence, Don Voss Council members, City of La Cañada Flintridge
Quote: "Among the challenges is the health threat presented to our community by the proposed northward extension of the 710 Freeway, which I have vigorously opposed."
Source: The Race Is On for City Council. La Canada Outlook. February, 24, 2011

along with Dave Spence, Stephen Del Guercio and Laura Olhasso, members of  La Canada Flintridge City Council, participated in a unanimous decision to adopt Resolution 10-12.
Quote from Resolution 12-12:  "NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of La Canada Flintridge opposes any approval or expenditure of funds related to the proposed SR-710 tunnel project and the state adopted surface alternative, neither of which have passed CEQA review, and finds that both alternatives are ineffective, 20th-century solutions for the existing regional congestion problems, which require 21st-century solutions.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of La Cañada Flintridge calls on Metro, Caltrans and SCAG to find other new, effective alternatives to these projects, including those alternatives using rail as the mode of transportation, which will truly solve the region's congestion problems.
PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED this 29th Day of March, 2010."

Source: City of La Cañada Flintridge website. March 28, 2010

Los Angeles

Jose Gardea, Candidate for Highland Park and Mount Washington region, Nov 2012 District Map
Quote: "I'm absolutely against it. When you look at a project like the tunnel project and the alternatives that are proposed, you're looking at bad planning. You're not working with community; you're not working with neighborhoods. It's just contrary to what we believe in in terms of good planning. It's easy for for me to say I'm opposed to it. You can talk about job creation, you can talk about moving cargo, but it doesn't replace good planning. So, I'm against it, and I'll do whatever I can in my power to fight any other "good ideas" they may have."

Source: Candidate Jose Gardea Answers Questions at Mount Washington
Association Meeting


Steve Madison, Pasadena City Council member, District 6, District Map
Quote: "Many of you have contacted me about the appalling 710 Freeway routes that METRO/Caltrans has proposed. As you know, back in 2000, I proposed and achieved passage of a resolution by the City Council opposing the completion of the 710 in Pasadena. Thereafter, in March 2001, the residents of Pasadena voted on a local ballot initiative reversing the Council’s resolution, and proposing instead that the policy of the City be to support the completion of the 710. At that time the a surface route along Pasadena Avenue was the option being proposed. Since then, Caltrans proposed a tunnel project and now METRO and Caltrans have proposed several options that would have a devastating impact on our neighborhoods and our quality on life in West Pasadena. Let me be clear: I vigorously oppose all of the METRO/Caltrans routes."

Source: District 6: Council member Steve Madison webpage. City of Pasadena website. July 19, 2012

South Pasadena

Bob Joe, South Pasadena City Council Member
Quote: "No 710—surface or tunnel. When I was on the 710 Tunnel Technical Advisory Committee, I was very concerned with the potential health impacts from the emission ventilation towers and the very expensive cost estimate to do the tunnel. There are others alternatives to consider that are more viable and a lot less expensive to the tunnel options: expand the light rail line; improve the bus system; and distribute the containers from the ports by rail"

Source: Candidate Q&A: The 710 Freeway. South Pasadena Patch. November 2, 2011

Marina Khubesrian, M.D.  South Pasadena City Council Member
 Quote: "To clarify, I am strongly opposed to a 710 tunnel in this region, and have compared it to an invasive, costly, and dangerous medical procedure that will make symptoms (more surface and truck traffic) worse. There should be no doubts as to my commitment to defeat attempts from CalTrans or Metro to shove a 710 tunnel freeway beneath our city."

Source: Metro Awards $37.3 Million for 710 Environmental Study (Response to reader comment). South Pasadena Patch. October 27, 2011

Richard Schneider, M.D.  South Pasadena City Council Member
Quote: "My position is unequivocal, NO EXTENSION OF THE 710 IN ANY FORM! I have always opposed the freeway in any form for some of the following reasons: It will not solve the traffic problem in the corridor; it would, in fact, increase the traffic and pollution; it would be an environmental disaster for South Pasadena and our neighbors; it would produce serious health hazards for everyone, and for seniors and children in particular; the cost for construction, operation and maintenance are prohibitive.
Light rail for commuters and heavy rail for goods movement from the ports are more cost effective, efficient and environmentally responsible. For the billions a tunnel would cost, light rail lines could be constructed throughout L.A. County, providing seamless connectivity that commuters want."

Source: Candidate Q&A: The 710 Freeway. South Pasadena Patch. November 2, 2011

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