Purpose

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Call to Action

From Sylvia Plummer, March 17, 2015


We are asking everyone to write a letter to Caltrans and request/demand:  
 

(1)  More time to review the SR-710 Draft EIR - At least 60 more days for a total of 180 days

(2)  More Public Hearings - At least two additional Public Hearings  for a total of five .   The Public Hearings should take place on a Saturday.
 


Below this paragraph you will find a sample letter .  You may copy and use the same wording, modify or   add to it.  We suggest you write your letter in a Word document  t hen copy and paste your letter into the Caltrans online Comment box .  (Calt rans is not accepting any letters by email.)  Save the Word document for your records and email a copy to the addresses shown below.    
 


Jan SooHoo:     jan@soohoos.org

No 710 Action Committee:     no710extension@aol.com


Here's the link to Caltrans online Comment box 
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Sample letter:
 




(date), 2015


Garrett Damrath, Chief Environmental Planner
Caltrans District 7, Division of Environmental Planning
100 South Main Street, MS-16
Los Angeles, CA 90012


SCH #: 1982092310
File: 07-LA-710 (SR 710)
Project: EFIS 0700000191 (EA: 187900)
State Route 710 North Study



Dear Mr. Damrath,


I am currently reviewing the SR-710 North Study Draft EIR which was released on March 6, 2015, with an 120-day public comment period ending on July 6, 2015.  I am requesting a 60-day extension and two additional Public Hearings.


I would like to submit comments on the DEIR in a timely manner. However, given the size of the entire document, 26,625 pages, the complexity of the DEIR documents and technical reports, and the timing of the DEIR release during the  busy spring and summer holidays, I am requesting an extension of the comment period by an additional 60 days for a total of 180 days. This time frame is consistent with other projects of this scope such as the I-710 Expansion and the High Desert Corridor.  The additional time would allow me to study the report further and to provide better, more informed comments.

To date, only two Public Hearings are scheduled; both are in April, one month after the release of the DEIR.  That is hardly enough time to read 26,625 pages and comment effectively at either Public Hearing.  The third Public Hearing has not been scheduled yet.  I am requesting at least two additional Saturday Public Hearings, one of which must be in Pasadena.  
 

The Public Hearings should be scheduled closer to the end of the comment period and on a Saturday, in the ground zero cities of Pasadena and El Sereno.  The Public Hearing that is currently scheduled on a Tuesday night in Pasadena is absolutely unacceptable.  A weekday meeting held at 5 pm, will be very difficult for people to get to on the clogged 210 Freeway.  It does not make sense.  Remember, this Public Hearing is not just for the citizens of Pasadena , but for anyone in the 100-square mile study area.  Additionally, the Saturday Public Hearing scheduled for East L.A. College is one hour longer than the Tuesday night Public Hearing in Pasadena .   There needs to be parity in all meetings held. 
 


Please contact me with your response by email at:  Your email address



Your Name
Your Address

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** The No710 Action Committee wants to keep track of all online comments.  Please remember to email a copy of your letter to: 

Jan SooHoo:     jan@soohoos.org
No 710 Action Committee:    no710extension@aol.com
 


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For helpful instructions on how to respond to the Draft EIR go to No710.com
and click on the green " DEIR-Info" button.



Please forward this message to your friends and neighbors.