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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

710 tunnel no solution to Alhambra traffic: Letters


July 15, 2014

Alhambra’s traffic stems not from the lack of a 710 Freeway extension. The traffic is created by the City Council’s irresponsible over-development. Their mega-mixed-use construction primarily on Main Street adds thousands of cars to our surface streets.

By the way, residents from Main Street will have no easy access to a 710 extension because there are no exits for Alhambra. The City Council has converted a large number of single-family houses to multi-unit residences so that instead of two to four cars per family, we have 16 to 24 additional cars added to Alhambra streets for each conversion.

We need only look at the population explosion in Alhambra to see the big picture: In 1980 we had 65,000 residents, in 1990 we had 80,000, and the latest figures show 86,000. This density has lowered our standard of living. The best way to stop Alhambra’s geometric growth and, therefore, quit increasing traffic congestion is to dump the City Council!

— Gloria Valladolid, Alhambra

Joe Cano Video: NO710 El Sereno's Rebuttal to Alhambra Councilwoman's Disinformation

Posted by Joe Cano on Facebook, July 15, 2014

Point by point rebuttal using her own words & public statements, public statements by former Metro executive, & published analysis by technical engineering experts. Even from SCAG the agency she is a member of.

O’Connor, Garcetti, and Bonin Launch Santa Monica’s New FlyAway Bus Route


July 15, 2014

 Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, and L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin gather in front of a FlyAway bus by the Santa Monica Civic Center Monday (photos by David Graham-Caso)

 Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, and L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin gather in front of a FlyAway bus by the Santa Monica Civic Center Monday.

 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Councilmember Mike Bonin joined Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor Monday morning to welcome the LAX FlyAway bus to the bayside city.

The three officials gathered outside the Santa Monica’s Civic Center where, starting on July 15, travelers will be able to leave their cars at home and catch a FlyAway bus, currently the region’s public mass transit service that connects directly to LAX.

“The FlyAway service provides a direct connection to LAX and helps residents who are traveling as well as when family & friends visit them,” O’Connor said. “The FlyAway also helps tourists who come to Santa Monica–and 80% of them rely on walking, biking & transit once they arrive here.”

Bonin and O'Connor chat during the launch of FlyAway's new Santa Monica bus route.
Bonin and O’Connor chat during the launch of FlyAway’s new Santa Monica bus route.

Bonin added that the FlyAway helps reduce people’s dependence on their cars to get to and from LAX.

“More ways to get to the airport means fewer cars on the Westside!” said Bonin in a public statement on his Facebook page Monday.

In an official statement on his website, Garcetti said, “Traffic isn’t an issue that stops at our city limits and LAX is a trade, tourism and economic engine that affects all of us in Southern California. It’s essential that we start working together regionally, and that’s what this new transit option is all about.”

According to the FlyAway website, once the bus starts service tomorrow, it will leave every hour for Pico and Main Street from 5:45 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. It will run from LAX every hour from 6:45 a.m. 11:45 p.m. It will also cost $8 for a one-way trip.
While Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus route 3 curren
tly serves LAX via Lincoln Boulevard, it requires that about 1.5 miles from the airport passengers transfer to a shuttle to connect to the terminals.

According to estimates by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City department that owns and operates LAX, about 125,000 passengers will ride the Santa Monica FlyAway in the first year.

The Santa Monica Civic Center stop is the latest addition to the growing number of locations travelers can board the buses that shuttle them directly to their gates for $7 to $10.

Travelers can also catch the FlyAway at Union Station, Westwood, Van Nuys, and the Expo line La Brea station.

There are also plans to begin service to Hollywood in September as part of a larger expansion of FlyAway service approved by the L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners in June.

LAWA must have nine FlyAway bus routes by 2015, according to a settlement LAWA signed in February 2006.

From the Daily Breeze: “The settlement allowed LAX to move forward with a project to separate the distance between two parallel runways on the south side of the airfield, which was completed in 2008.”

Cartoon Tuesday: Transit = Jobs


By Damien Newton, July 15, 2014

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 To see the full infographic from Jobs to Move America, click here or on the graphic itself.

Today’s submission isn’t really a cartoon, as much as an infographic. Via our friends at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy comes this graphic from LAANE’s Jobs to Move America campaign. The handsome image clearly and simply explains how a stronger investment in transit is good for everybody in a community, not just those that take advantage of the service.

That one of the graphic artists is Colleen Corcoran, who works on a lot of livability and green transportation projects, including CicLAvia, is just a bonus, to take nothing away from the rest of the team: Rosten Woo and Tiffanie Tran.

To see the rest of the graphic, click on through.

215 Freeway in Perris closed after bridge collapses


Video by Joe Cano: Alhambra Councilman Steve Placido

Posted by Joe Cano on Facebook, July 15, 2014

Steve Placido verbally assualts someone's grandmother:

This explains why Alhambra residents are reluctant to participate in their city government. They have to deal with thugs & bullies abusing their political power to shut people up & have them hauled off by the police department. When an Alhambran Against 710 called Placido out of order, two police officers started to move in but backed soon off. My cameras had a definite effect. I would have documented over aggressive behavior & they would have tried to arrested me to confiscate my footage. This city council has historically had people removed because they did not like what they are hearing.

Alhambra City Council Meeting Photos
Posted by Joe Cano on Facebook, July 15, 2014 

 I have never seen such a collection of this many dodgy people all gathered in one place since my time at 20th Century Fox in weekly staff meetings. They bully, dictate & lecture, & not govern. This is like a bad dream with some really f'ed up dwarfs.






 Frowny & Clueless










Moscow subway derailment: 20 dead, 150 injured


July 15, 2014


 Paramedics, a police officer and a voluenteer carry an injured man out from a subway station after a rush-hour subway train derailment in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

A rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 20 people and sending 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian officials said.

The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been hit by several terrorist attacks in the past two decades but multiple officials on Tuesday vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause.

The Moscow Metro is one of the most famous subway systems in the world, known for its palatial interiors with mosaics, chandeliers and marble benches. Park Pobedy, where the derailment occurred, is Moscow's deepest metro station - 84 meters (275 feet) deep, which was making the rescue particularly difficult. The station serves the vast western park where Russia's World War II museum is located.

Russian emergency officials initially said several cars derailed in the tunnel after a power surge Tuesday morning triggered an alarm that caused the train to stop abruptly. But Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Investigative Committee, told reporters later that a power surge was not the issue and that investigators were considering a fault in the train cars or the sinking of the roadbed among the possible causes.

Of the 150 people reported injured, at least 50 were in grave condition, Moscow health officials said. Over 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck between two stations, in a rescue operation that has already lasted at least seven hours.

By late afternoon, rescuers had recovered seven bodies and were working to extract 12 more trapped in two wrecked train cars, said Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of the Moscow emergency services. One woman taken from the scene died in a Moscow hospital.

In a video issued by the Emergency Situations Ministry, rescuers could be seen working inside the tunnel where several wrecked train cars looked almost coiled, occupying the entire width of the tunnel. Workers were trying to force open the mangled doors of one car to retrieve dead bodies.

Earlier photos on social media showed passengers walking along the tracks inside the dimly lit tunnel.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters that unnamed officials will not only be fired but also investigated and charged in the aftermath of the deadly derailment. He refused to elaborate on what charges they could face.

Traffic between the stations is likely to be suspended for at least two days, he said.

Dozens of injured people were carried out of the subway station on stretchers. Paramedics carried one woman covered with a blanket to the lawn by the famous Triumphal Arch and put her on a medical helicopter.

Several survivors sat on the sidewalk near the station's entrance in an apparent state of a shock, drinking water supplied by authorities on a hot summer day.

One man with a bloody cut on his brow told Rossiya 24 television outside the Park Pobedy station that he felt a jolt and the train abruptly came to a halt.

"There was smoke and we were trapped inside," he said. "It's a miracle we got out. I thought it was the end."

While technical glitches are regular occurrences in the Moscow Metro, the city's subway hasn't seen deadly accidents in decades.

Terrorism is another matter. More than 100 people have been killed in bombings on Moscow's subway trains or near stations since 2000, including two bomb blasts on the same day in 2010 that killed a total of 40 people.

Joe Cano Video: Alhambrans Against 710


By Joe Cano, July 15, 2014

Alhambrans Against 710 speak at City Council meeting 7/14/2014.