By Joanne Nuckols, November 3, 2013
How much weight should we place in the endorsements of candidates for
South Pasadena City Council? With the issue of the 710 freeway/tunnel
hanging like a black cloud over our city, and our neighboring cities of
LA (El Sereno) and Pasadena, for the last 60 years, a lot! There is a
reason all of the long time 710 freeway fighters, State Senator
Carol Liu, former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino support Diana Mahmud's
candidacy for South Pasadena City Council. Diana is against the 710 in
any form and a woman of action. We have all seen her in action and in
the case of the 710, actions speak louder than words.
working with the grassroots No 710 Action Committee to oppose the tunnel
alternative from being adopted by Metro and Caltrans. Her previous
legal background and her extensive construction law experience have
provided valuable input which is helping to bolster our efforts to stop
the tunnel project as soon as we can by exposing the flaws in Metro's
EIR process, among other strategies.
With her "can do"
attitude, Diana is exactly the person we need on the city council at
this exact time to finally rid the city of this longtime burden. Just
as the election, two years ago, of Dr. Marina Khubesrian and Bob Joe
brought a new life to our longtime 710 struggle, that ultimately lead to
the elimination of the surface freeway threat a few weeks ago, we need a
necessary shot in the arm now if we ever expect to win this battle and
rid the city of this tunnel threat once and for all.
To keep our City's positive momentum going, please join me in voting for Diana Mahmud for City Council.