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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Close the 710 Gap

From Sylvia Plummer, August 29, 2013

The "Close the 710 Gap" group (City of Alhambra) has sent out another email message asking their people to email the City of Monrovia to support the completion of the 710.  A copy of the email is below.  We need to counter this action with our emails, Instructions are near the bottom of this email.  

City of Alhambra email:

From: 710 Close the Gap <710closethegap@cityofalhambra.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Dear 710 Close the Gap Supporter:
Monrovia’s City Council meeting is only a few days away and the City Council needs to hear that you support the freeway. 
We have prepared a draft email message that you are welcome to cut and paste into your email to the City Council, City Manager and City Clerk.
We have also included a list of email addresses  for Monrovia’s City Council members, City Manager  and City Clerk. 
Please send your email of support to all of these individuals as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support.
710 Close the Gap

SAMPLE  EMAIL
Dear Monrovia City Council, I am writing to encourage you to vote to support the completion of the 710 freeway.  The gap in the 710 freeway affects all of the residents in the San Gabriel Valley.  Closing the gap will end bottleneck freeway congestion, cut-through street congestion, while improving air quality, health and quality of life issues.  Thank you for your consideration.
Name
Address
  
Email Addresses: 
    1. Mary Ann Lutz, Mayor – mlutz@ci.monrovia.ca.us     
    2. Alexander C. Blackburn, Councilmember – ablackburn@ci.monrovia.ca.us  
    3. Becky Shevlin, Councilmember –  bshevlin@ci.monrovia.ca.us 
    4. Steve Baker, Councilmember – sbaker@ci.monrovia.ca.us   
    5. Tom Adams, Councilmember – tadams@ci.monrovia.ca.us  
    6. City Manager Laurie Lile – llile@ci.monrovia.ca.us    
    7. City Clerk – aatkins@ci.monrovia.ca.us

THE MONROVIA CITY COUNCIL WILL BE MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 (7:30 PM, MONROVIA CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 415 S. IVY AVE., MONROVIA 91016)
TO CONSIDER A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR COMPLETION OF THE 710 FREEWAY. COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY ATTENDING THE MEETING AND WEARING SOMETHING BLUE!
 End of City of Alhambra email.

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Instructions for NO 710 Group:

CALL TO ACTION:  If you have not already done this, please send an email to the Monrovia City Council ASAP and ask them to vote against the Resolution to complete the SR710, also ask friends & family to email them as well.  

WHAT IS HAPPENING:

The Monrovia City Council will meet Tuesday, September 3rd, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  On the agenda is a recommended action to pass a resolution to support the “completion” of the 710.  A representative(s) of Metro will speak at this meeting, it could be Doug Failing or someone from his staff.  Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of SCAG, has also been asked to speak at this meeting.


WHAT WE NEED TO DO:

STEP 1:   Send a brief email to each Monrovia City Council member, the City Manager and the City Clerk (same message to all)  Our messages should be polite and concise.  Remember, the goal is to get them to oppose or at least be neutral.  Please take action!  It won't require a lot of your time, and the impact of hundreds of messages could make the difference in swaying their votes.  I have heard that Monrovia wants the Gold Line completed to Claremont and that it's a top priority for them, so be sure to include the point below that is highlighted in blue.  

Some points for your messages:
  • Be sure to tell what community you live in and what the impacts to your community will be.
  • Impacts to Monrovia will be similar to those in Pasadena, La Canada, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre and other 210 corridor communities – an increase in car and truck traffic, noise, pollution, spillover during congestion to their surface streets.
  • Mention the 294,000 truckloads of dirt that will be excavated from the North Portal located next to the 210.  The dirt will be hauled by trucks on the 210 to Irwindale during the many years it will take for construction of the tunnel.  
  • Discuss the completion of the 210 to the 15 which resulted in the increase in traffic on the 210 we see today.  
  • Point out that Measure R money NOT spent on the 710 extension can be transferred to the transit budget and could be used to complete the Gold Line from Azusa to Claremont (currently not funded), directly benefiting the citizens and City of Monrovia.  Emphasize that there is a procedure in place for doing this at Metro.
STEP 2:   Below is the list of names and email addresses.  Be sure to email everyone on this list.

Monrovia City Council members:

Mayor:  Mary Ann Lutz    maryann@lutz-co.com

Councilmember:   Tom Adams    thomas.adams@century21.com
Councilmember:   Alexander C. Blackburn    ablackburn@ci.monrovia.ca.us 
Mayor Pro Tem:   Becky Shevlin      beckyshevlin@gmail.com 

Councilmember:   Larry J Spicer       lspicer@ci.monrovia.ca.us
City Manager:    Laurie Lile      llile@ci.monrovia.ca.us
City Clerk:    Alice Atkins        aatkins@ci.monrovia.ca.us 


STEP 3:  Able to Attend?

For those that can attend and speak, or just come and support those that will speak, here is the city council meeting info:

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

City Council Chambers
415 S. Ivy Avenue
Monrovia, CA  91016 

Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Public Speakers are given up to 5 minutes to speak.  

Please wear No-710 T-shirt or red shirt or white shirt.
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