Question of the Week editorial involved the dispute between the city of
Irwindale and David Tran’s Huy Fong Food Company and its Sriracha hot
The question was, “Would Sriracha be your good neighbor?”
The article went on to say that “we want the beauty parts of this world,
but we’d like to skip the hassle parts we have to pass through on the
way.” “They want the water, but they’d just as soon do without the
rain,” which was a quote from American poet Ed Dorn, can go on to
describe another bad neighbor relationship. That neighbor is the city of
South Pasadena. For decades, South Pas has been fighting transportation
progress that is sorely needed throughout the greater Los Angeles
region, in the form of the Long Beach Freeway extension from Alhambra to
Pasadena. Each time the more than a dozen Southern California freeways
were built, sacrifices were made by cities and citizens alike but always
for the greater good of all involved. I have heard some refer to this
fight as David against Goliath, but in this case Goliath is the good
guys. Someone needs to pick up the torch in our fight against this
ongoing battle and impose sanctions against South Pasadena. Let’s bring
our collective efforts to bear against this tiny minority of preventers
— Mike Vercillo, Arcadia
In response to the above letter:
Not just South Pasadenans who oppose the 710: Letters
Old Pasadenans against extension of the 710
a 20-year resident of Pasadena I am totally against the extension of
the 710. It will destroy Old Pasadena for eight to 10 years while the
tunnel is built and the increased traffic will cause the area traffic to
come to a standstill. The current slowdown at the 210-134 transition
will look like a dream after the added flow onto the 210 causes miles of
backup in both directions.
Every promised improvement in traffic
from freeway extensions has resulted in the traffic backups instead.
Remember the promises we were given when the 210 was being extended
eastward? Notice the daily traffic jams experienced by those using the
210 now. We have a slowdown, not improved speeds.
Now we are being threatened with a 5-mile tunnel project that
will result in years of construction detours and eyesores. That will be
followed by a massive increase in traffic density. South Pasadena
residents are not alone in opposing this project.
— Anne Marie Dazé Floyd, Pasadena
Money for and pollution from 710 would be endless
710 tunnel is a very bad idea, taking pollution to a neighborhood that
doesn’t want it! The money is endless. It seems like a no-brainer. Cut
your losses and just give up so we can go on with our lives that are
hard enough without further complications and bad air. We don’t want the
710 and we don’t want the tunnel.
— Rita Salazar-Ashford, Pasadena
710 is the wrong solution to the right problem
problem with the 710 tunnel is that it is the wrong solution to the
right problem. We didn’t need to spend $37 million on an EIR to know
that our freeways are congested. The problems on our freeways include
the 5, 10, 210, 2, 710, 405, 605, 101, 405 and the 60. Did I leave out
Look at the data from the EIR released to date. So far
the only benefit on any freeway is on the I-5 through the downtown area.
The 710 tunnel would divert 25,000 vehicles per day from that freeway.
That is the upside. The downside is that it helps none of the other
freeways or the surface streets in the San Gabriel Valley. There are
just too many vehicles on the freeways and arterials during peak hours.
The EIR has come up with some ideas, but even these are not
enough for a solution to the mess we are in. Did we mention the cost?
Six to 10 billion dollars is too much to spend for the small benefit
achieved on the I-5.
The other downside is the pollution and
disease the tunnel will bring to Pasadena and the surrounding areas
(including Arcadia, home of a recent pro-tunnel letter writer).
Pasadena is not the only one skeptical of the tunnel. The Five Cities
Alliance includes Pasadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge and
Glendale. The Sierra Club is opposed and there are many other citizen
groups against this white elephant.
— Bill Sherman, South Pasadena
Toll lanes are just a money grab by the bureaucrats
Should it be any surprise that the gluttonous bureaucrats in Sacramento are making another money grab?
“trial” express toll lanes on the L.A. freeways are just too visible a
target for these ravenous “public servants” to resist. Hold onto your
wallets, Angelenos, the politicians are on the prowl again!
— Roland Taylor, Covina
The political heat
Krauthammer says political donors need to keep their names secret. As
Harry Truman said, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the
— Ray Sherman, Duarte