By Sara Cardine, March 6, 2015
The beginning (left) and end (right) of the southern section of the 210
Freeway as seen from Del Mar Blvd. towards California Blvd. in Pasadena
on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
[UPDATED 3/6 5:15 p.m.] The California Department of Transportation released Friday its initial environmental review for the proposed 710 Freeway extension project, causing a flurry of activity among agencies and activists who’ve waited months for the data and their chance to respond.
Now that the document has been officially submitted, the public will
have 120 days to put forth their comments and concerns on the project,
which floats five potential alternatives, including beefing up bus and
rail lines as well as a 4.2-mile dual bore tunnel connecting the cities
of Alhambra and Pasadena.
The public comment period, required by law to be at least 45 days, was initially extended to 90 days and then, on Wednesday, to 120 days to allow more time and opportunities for groups and individuals to respond.
710 activist Jan Soo Hoo, who is not in favor of the tunnel option,
said Friday she’d begun reviewing the 2,260-page report’s executive
summary. The longer comment period will help, she said, but it would be
better if Caltrans planned to hold more than the two public hearings
scheduled during the comment period.
“We’re going to press for
more public hearings,” Soo Hoo said. “Given the volume of the report,
(two) is crazy. It’s just not OK.”
Forum to be held Monday, March 9
one of the first local discussions scheduled to take place after the
release of the EIR, Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian — a vocal
opponent of the tunnel option — will speak Monday in a forum hosted by
Pasadena League of Women Voters and Cal State Los Angeles’ Pat Brown
Institute of Public Affairs on the college campus.
Friday he’d completed the executive summary and took objection to the
fact that the document’s traffic statistics were provided Southern
California Assn. of Governments, a group whose executive director has
publicly spoken in favor of the tunnel.
“Any information that
comes out of SCAG should be treated as highly suspect and have very
little credibility and validity,” he said.
Sharing the podium with Najarian on Monday will be an advocate of the tunnel option.
encouraged citizens to do what they could to make their voices heard
before Caltrans and Metro during the 120-day comment period.
like them all to try and make sense of a very complicated document and
submit their comments, addressing their concerns to Caltrans, so at the
end of the period no person says, ‘Gee, I wish I would have issued a
concern,’” he said.
Monday’s forum on the 710 freeway extension proposal takes place from
6 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor Golden Eagle Ballroom of the Cal
State L.A. campus, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. To reserve a
spot, call (323) 343-3770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.