Please be wary of Metro's proposals. The tunnel project is a huge expenditure, not to mention the pollution. Metro will tell you that they will "scrub" the air that spews from the huge ventilation complexes at each end. Scientists at CalTech know that some of it can be "scrubbed," however, they also know that the smallest and most dangerous particulates cannot be "scrubbed." As we well know, Altadena is north of Pasadena, nestled at the foot of the mountains. Any smog that is to the south and west of them gets pushed up against the mountains by the off-shore flow of air.

So, playing devil's advocate, what if they *can* scrub the air from the tunnel clean? What happens when all of those vehicles exit the tunnel? They *cannot* scrub the air outside the tunnel. (Alhambra and Monterey Park, this means you too.) It is documented that this type of pollution is responsible for our children's growing issues with asthma and other respiratory complications and multiple types of cancers in children and adults. Yes, Altadena, the tunnel *will* affect your community.

There will be about a $15.00 toll -- each way -- to travel this route. What will happen when folks don't want to pay the toll? The traffic will take an alternate route through adjacent cities between Alhambra/El Sereno and Pasadena (San Marino, this means you too).

There will be no exit routes except at each end. What happens if there is an accident, fire, or explosion in the tunnel? How does one get out? Which city's emergency personnel will respond?

The tunnel must be bored through several earthquake faults and two aquifers, therefore, even more expensive precautions must be taken in the construction of the tunnel or it will collapse under strain. Would you want to take a chance on traveling through the tunnel?

The information above regarding the tunnel is from deep within Metro's own site, scientists and engineers from CalTech, doctors from USC, and what Metro's own officials have said and then contradicted themselves when they felt it was in their favor to do so.

If the only reason one is pro-tunnel is that one is worried about their commute time, please look at the other issues that come with this project. I guarantee it will make you think a little harder. There are better ways to move people and cargo to and from their destinations that Metro is ignoring. The statement from the Altadena resident that we "want to be stuck in the old ways" is far off point. We want to progress beyond the 1950s ideas of freeways.

So you say, "Who cares? We'll all be long gone by the time the tunnel is ready to use." What about your children and grandchildren? Great grandchildren? What fate will they suffer due to the tunnel? Cancer? Respiratory problems? Burned in a fire they could not escape from? Take your pick.

There is so much more information, and I don't want to write a book here. Please, if you are at all concerned with any of the issues with this tunnel, go to no710.com. You will find a wealth of information there. You cannot rely on Metro to give you correct answers. You will find a document at the aforementioned site that shows many contradictions.

As Mr. Picone states, we are a large group of people, some in organized groups and some not, but we have all educated ourselves on the pros and cons of the project. The cons far outweigh the pros. We aren't going away and we will not throw our neighbors under the bus. Yes, it's our backyard, but others don't deserve it in their backyards either.

Again, go to no710.com for further information and feel free to contact them if you have any questions about where the information came from or if you have a question that is not answered there. You may also visit No 710 Freeway Extension and/or No 710 on Avenue 64 at Facebook. Experts speaking at the Pasadena forum on the 710 can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4-OeHwwjmI. (Vicki Kea)


Thank you Ted Chen for coming out to Cal State L.A. for this story. Please remember, Cal State is NOT in East L.A., it is located in El Sereno, a neighborhood within Los Angeles that needs to hear her name! (Therese U. Hernandez-Cano)
 
I have lived in El Sereno for over 35 years and in Alhambra before that. The completion of the Long Beach Freeway (710) has been stalled all those years. Reasons have varied over the years, but South Pasadena has been a leader against being cut in half by a heartless project. However, twice a day, five days a week Alhambra is a parking lot for all the people passing through on their way to and from work. The freeway should at least be finished to Huntington Dr., a much larger street than Valley Blvd. The state already owns the property for the route, and it does not cut El Sereno in half. People who live in this area have been aware of the potential for completion for decades. I asked Mr. Chen to comment on the project, but he would not talk to a pro completion El Sereno resident. And, there are a lot of us. (Delmer Sandburg, Jr.)
 
I'm curious, is the commute and traffic all that your group is concerned about? If a better, less expensive, safer way to relieve the traffic, speed the commute, and reduce pollution exists would that be a better option in your perspective as long as those goals are met? Has anyone presented your group with any of these options? (Vicki Kea)