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Friday, June 12, 2015

Proposed 710 extension a toll road, not a freeway: Letters


June 12, 2015

Building 710 toll road is an inside job for Alhambrans

Your story on the Alhambra pro-freeway rally stated that 100 people came to support “Close the Gap.” The people wearing 710 blue shirts were paid city employees. Even if they were genuine supporters, does that justify spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to have a party on Fremont? There were also many police and firefighters there as well, all adding to the costs of the event. Alhambra residents are clearly not getting their money’s worth.

It is dangerous to clog streets. At last year’s “Gridlock Day,” at least one resident was unable to rouse anyone at the neighborhood fire station. The City Council is putting Alhambrans’ lives at risk with their intolerable, frivolous parties.

Councilwoman Barbara Messina seems to be the biggest proponent of the tunnel, and her argument is always because she wrongly says that the air will improve and asthma in our children will disappear. With all due respect to Ms. Messina, who clings to her 40-year pro-freeway stance, the current Draft Environmental Impact Report clearly states that air pollution will show no measurable improvement if a tunnel is built.

It also states that traffic congestion on Alhambra streets would actually increase because drivers will chose to avoid paying the tunnel tolls. That’s right, Ms. Messina; it’s not a freeway. It’s a toll road.

— Janet Ervin, Alhambra

Stop overdeveloping Alhambra, improve the air

Councilwoman Barbara Messina pushes us to build this 710 tunnel as she lies that it will improve our air quality. She stays on message perhaps as dictated by her publicist. If you can start a war based on lies, you can build a tunnel based on lies. Fremont does not cause our air problem; look to the 10 Freeway and the rest of Los Angeles air being swept into the San Gabriel Valley by the southwest winds. The EIR actually says the air quality will be the same for every one of the five alternatives, including the no-build alternative, which means doing nothing.

At best, if the EIR is to be believed, the air quality stays the same for all alternatives. At worst, the air quality will get worse for Alhambra because of the trucks that will use the tunnel that do not use Fremont now will spew their fumes coming from the vents at the south end into Alhambra. They will carry that additional particulate matter which causes heart and lung disease. The scrubbers do not clean all contaminants. In the morning commute, the cool ambient air will simply drop the contaminated air into Alhambra.

Messina can improve air quality if she stops overdeveloping Alhambra, which brings multitudes and their fleets of polluting and traffic-jamming automobiles.

— Gloria Valladolid, Alhambra