- Joe Cano · Top Commenter · Cathedral High / College PrepBarbara Messina makes self serving statements like this all the time when she is cornered about her truthfulness. All video footage recorded & photography by me of this event at no time shows anyone protesting, carrying signs or acting in a disruptive manner. She forgets that there are Constitutional protections for freedom of the press, freedom of movement, freedom of speech & freedom to gather. Alhambra city employees where filming & photographing NO710 members also. I challenge Messina to provide access to those images & show where there were protests of any kind. Barbara Messina has shown a great disregard for the law. She was fined $14K a few years ago for campaign violations, last year she was found to have violated the Brown Act. She sees these things as an inconvenience.
- Jan SooHoo · La Canada Flintridge, CaliforniaMore than 10 members of the No 710 Action Committee were there, but we were not there to protest as Ms. Messina claims. Instead, we were there to talk with people about the project and share the results of Metro's EIR/EIS as presented in the Alternatives Analysis report and presented to the Technical Advisory Committee and Stakeholder Outreach Advisory Committee. We came to share data from these reports with citizens of Alhambra. Most I spoke to did not know that the tunnel would be tolled, that it had no exits between Alhambra and Pasadena, that it could only be accessed from the 710 or that the vehicle exhaust would be dispelled from the ends of the tunnel into the surrounding community. Most were shocked to find out that only about 16% (taking into account the projected toll avoidance rate of 35%) of the vehicles now exiting the 710 would use the tunnel, leaving 84% still on surface streets. Another surprise to most was that 180,000 vehicles per day are projected to be on the 710 north of the 10 -- about 4 times the 44,000 that are there now. These are all facts contained in Metro presentations and reports. If Alhambra's officials are reading them, they sure aren't sharing them with their residents!
- Jane Demian · L.Ac, MTOM, MA, Dipl, Ac. at Acupuncturist/HerbalistBarbara Messina doesn't like it when people confuse her with the facts. 710 Day was Alhambra's idea of a pep rally pushing for completion of the 710 freeway, however very little in the form of facts were presented. City officials threw out numbers and were chanting "close the gap" while disregarding such realities as a toll that will be charged to drivers, and that pollution from exhaust will be released by venting towers. The No710 Action Committee members were present to educate Alhambrans about the realities of the tunnel, something Messina and Placido have not done.
- Joanne Nuckols · UC DavisNote, the 710 Extension tunnels goes through/under El Sereno, So Pasadena and Pasadena...NOT ALHAMBRA! Talk about rude, an elected official trying to push a freeway through neighboring communities. Messina and her cohorts on the Alhambra City Council are nothing but TRANSPORTATION BULLIES.