Metro has its mind made up already
the “Too early for conclusions on 710 Freeway tunnels” letter, I have
been actively engaged in this issue for the past five years. I have
witnessed countless statements by Metro that they are studying the five
alternatives in the same “robust” manner but their behind the scenes
actions do not support that.
The study isn’t even compete and
they have been marketing the tunnel concept to investors for the past
two years. They are not marketing light rail. busways or other
strategies. They are only marketing twin bore tunnels along the Meridian
Will any of us be surprised when the draft EIR/EIS comes out and
names the tunnel alternative as the “preferred alternative”?
Metro/Caltrans have been working backward to this conclusion since 2003.
Sign the petition at no710.com.
— Susan Bolan, La Crescenta, Pasadena Business Owner,
710 tunnel fumes would affect two hospitals
Alhambra, we are subjected to Chamber of Commerce perspectives. Our
City Council uses the All Around Alhambra for their propaganda, in
wishful attempts to brainwash their citizenry. Perhaps they think that
by inundating us in each issue that the 710 Freeway is good for us we
may begin to believe their nonsense.
So, in answer to Metro saying in your newspaper it is too early
for our perspectives in opposition to the proposed tunnels, we must
speak out repeatedly to counteract the ubiquitous, one-sided pro view.
The Jan 27 article about the 710 addressed the impact on Pasadena,
specifically mentioning the harm from the fumes from the proposed
northern exhaust portal to the Huntington Hospital.
The parallel result is that the portal at the southern end of the 710 tunnel will send exhaust to Alhambra Hospital.
Our planners are gravely lacking in placing their tunnel with
exhaust portals that empty their noxious fumes directly into the two
hospitals in our neighborhoods. They need to admit that, indeed,
freeways anywhere now are a bad idea. There is no good place to put them
where they do no harm.
Yes, when the EIR finally is made public,
we will again respond to the outdated direction from last century to
continue building freeways. We need a new-century idea for addressing
traffic problems and resulting health issues.
— Gloria Valladolid, Alhambra