Barbara Messina and John Fasana, both of whom are in favor of the tunnel, are both on the governing board of the San Gabriel Valley COG as well as being on the transportation committee which meets tomorrow. I am surmising that one of the two of them was involved in getting this proposed action regarding the SR 710 North onto the agendas of both the transportation committee as well as on the full board agenda for next week.
We need people to attend these two meetings and speak against the proposed action to support the SR-710 tunnel alternative.
Below is the link for the agenda for the San Gabriel Valley COG transportation committee (See item # 7) which meets on:
Thursday, June 11 @ 4pm
The Garvey Center, 9108 Garvey Avenue in Rosemead
Below is the link for the agenda for the full governing board meeting of the San Gabriel Valley COG (See item # 22) which meets:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Offices of the Upper San Gabriel Water District Offices
Suite B, 602 Huntington Drive in Monrovia.
As you can see from the agenda descriptions, they want the board to provide direction to staff to prepare comments for the SR 710 North EIR. The fact that this comes so late in the comment process could be interpreted as an indication that they may be attempting to do a last minute end run to attempt to get the San Gabriel Valley COG to support the tunnel.
Also you should note that they do not describe the project properly as the EIR/EIS for the Western San Gabriel Valley Gap Closure Project – which contains five alternatives – only one of which involves the SR 710 North. Instead this has been agendized as providing direction to staff with respect to the “SR 710 North EIR/EIS”. Completion of the 710 North is only one of the five alternatives in the EIR/EIS. There is no mention of the other EIR/EIS alternatives. Although the agenda description does not indicate what the “directions to staff” might entail, a reasonable person might conclude that there is the possibility here that Barbara Messina and John Fasana may be attempting to influence the San Gabriel Valley COG’s governing board to endorse completion of the SR 710 North tunnel.