Caltrans is expected to offer 120 days; 'great news' for local activist.
By Sara Cardine, March 4, 2015
The offices of two California assemblymen announced this week that the
California Department of Transportation has decided to extend the public
comment period on the still-unreleased Environmental Impact Report for
its 710 Freeway extension project.
News releases — one Tuesday
from Rep. Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and another Wednesday from Rep. Mike
Gatto (D-Glendale) — stated that Caltrans will offer the public 120
days to comment on the project, as opposed to a previously mentioned
“I believe Caltrans’ actions reflect a genuine
desire to engage the residents of the San Gabriel Valley in a thoughtful
and open discussion on the best course of action regarding the 710,”
Holden stated in his release.
Local 710 activist Jan Soo Hoo, who organized a workshop Saturday with the city of La Canada Flintridge to teach residents how to effectively comment on the EIR, reacted to the news Wednesday.
extension of the review period is no doubt a result of the pressure
exerted on Caltrans, the lead agency for the Environmental Impact
Study,” Soo Hoo said in an email interview. “(But) while the extension
is great news, there is more to be done. We have to have additional
public hearings beyond the two Caltrans has scheduled.”
public hearing on the EIR is scheduled for April 11 at East Los Angeles
College’s Rosco C. Ingalls Auditorium, where a map viewing from 10 to
11 a.m. precedes a public hearing that lasts until 4 p.m. The second
hearing takes place April 14 at the Pasadena Convention Center, with a
map viewing from 5 to 6 p.m. and a public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.