There were 14 of us from the NO710 group. Anthony Portantino, as well as other politicians from South Pasadena and La Canada were there to represent us as they spoke before the CTC. Metro's Doug Failing stated before the Commission that essentially he had nothing new to report since the last time he appeared before them a year ago. (Haven't they spent 40 million dollars? Yet he has nothing new to report) The most interesting part of this meeting was at the end of the public comment, when Metro's Doug Failing and Caltrans District 7 Director, Carrie Bowen, were called up and asked about having a Cost Benefit Analysis. They stated that there would be a cost benefit analysis for this project and it would take place (parallel/separately) during the EIR. (Isn't that a little late? What if it doesn't cost out?)
As Portantino has previously stated: "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's history. Come on folks, just tell us how much it's going to cost and stop the nonsense"