Held December 11, 2013, in Riverside, California
Posted on Facebook, by Anthony Portantino, December 12, 2013:
I thought I had witnessed everything in my day but today takes the cake. After spending the better part of the past 7 years fighting every proposed cost benefit analysis and feasibility study for the 710 tunnel, a former Caltrans and current MTA staffer proclaimed that "he had pushed for such a study." The entire 'No" 710 crowd was aghast at such posturing before the California Transportation Commission. Here we are years into and millions of dollars spent and we have no fundamental understanding of the cost of the largest public works project in California history. It's almost like these folks want to put the 710 in the same conversation as Boston’s Big Dig or the recent debacle of the bay bridge. Come on folks, just tell us how much it's going to cost and stop the nonsense.
An example of what Prof. Bent Flyvbjerg refers to as "strategic misrepresentation."
Those two making that presentation did themselves and their respective agencies no favors yesterday. I loved how you incorporated his comments about having essentially nothing new to report since he last appeared before them a year ago. 40 million dollars later, and yet nothing new to report? It got even better after you left.
This certainly is contrary to MetroTrans posture that all options were being considered equally. Something we all knew but now it cannot be denied.
It's a boondoggle any way you look at it. The real "gap closure" would be connecting the 2 Freeway to the 405, underneath Santa Monica Boulevard as was originally intended. You talk about traffic calming...
Photos by Joe Cano:
Doug Falling of Metro.
Barbara Messina with Leeland Dolley.
Dario Frohmer, CTC Commissioner,
Anthony Portantino on the left.
Malcolm Dougherty cornered by No710.
Harry, Richard, Joanne.
Richard Schneider, So Pasadena.
No710 Joanne, Harry, Diana, Richard.