To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

California Transportation Commission will meet in Glendale on Wed. Oct. 8th.

From Sylvia Plummer, October 1, 2014

As reported previously, the CTC will meet in Glendale on Wed., Oct. 8.  According to the agenda (attached), the meeting will convene at 12:30 p.m.

Emerald Salon
Embassy Suites Los Angeles Glendale
800 N. Central Avenue
Glendale, CA 

According to hotel staff, there is an on-site parking structure. The representative I spoke to was uncertain about the cost for parking on that day, but suggested it should be about $7.

The SR-710 is not on the agenda (http://www.slideshare.net/peggydrouet/100814ctcagenda), but it is very important that we attend and continue our dialogue with the commissioners.  Our comments will have to be made during the Public Comment period.  The No 710 Action committee suggests that your comments focus on two issues:

A.  Getting the support of the CTC in asking Caltrans/Metro to increase the public review period for the draft EIR/EIS from the current 90 days. 

B.  Informing the CTC that the number of public hearings planned (only 2)  during the review period is inadequate and unfair -- especially since there have been 4 public hearings held during the past week for the recently-released Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 DEIR/EIS. The study area for the East Side Transit Corridor Phase 2 EIR/EIS 80 square miles and has a population of 720,850.  The study area for the SR-710 North EIR/EIS is 100 square miles with a population of 1.18 million (2008 census).  These numbers clearly demonstrate the inequity in the opportunities afforded the public. 

If you attend, be prepared to wait while the commission addresses the items on the agenda -- it can be a lengthy process.  Public comment, as you can see from the agenda, is usually held at the end.