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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Letters in Response to Opinion: Too early for conclusions on 710 Freeway tunnels

See: http://www.710studysanrafaelneighborhoodposts.com/2014/02/raising-alarm-about-metros-proposed-710.html


Metro has its mind made up already

Regarding 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 route.

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

In 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Yes, when the EIR finally is made public, we will again respond to the outdated direction from last century to continue building freeways.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