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

Saturday, August 8, 2015

710 tunnel proposal is not fiscally sound: Letters

http://www.sgvtribune.com/opinion/20150806/710-tunnel-proposal-is-not-fiscally-sound-letters

Posted August 6, 2015

710 tunnel proposal not proven fiscally sound

Alhambra Vice Mayor Barbara Messina’s letter (Aug. 2) is right about one thing: The city should not be accused of being “imploded by humans.” Rather, it is being imploded by over-development and the increased traffic congestion and pollution resulting from that over-development. Messina claims that Alhambra has been overrun by cut-through traffic. The truth is that Alhambra suffers no more cut-through traffic than any of the neighboring cities. Traffic studies by independent transportation planners have consistently shown that 87 percent of that traffic is local.

When Alhambra residents learn that the proposed tunnel will have no entrances or exits for its entire 4.5-mile length; that it will not be a freeway because tolls will be charged; that it will be virtually impossible to rescue people when there is a fire in the tunnel, they are overwhelmingly opposed. The proponents of the tunnel have not been able to prove that it is fiscally sound. Let’s use our resources more responsibly to build a mass-transit system that will provide commuters with viable options. That will reduce traffic congestion on local streets as well as on all of the region’s freeways.

— Janet Ervin, Alhambra

Not bothered by the facts on proposed 710 tunnel 

It is a good thing Barbara Messina isn’t bothered by the facts or she would have to change her views. The Draft Environmental Impact Report notes that only half of the 13 percent of cut-through drivers would use the tunnel if it was built. The tunnel would take very little of the traffic off Alhambra streets. The DEIR notes that some intersections would see an increase in delays and traffic. Contrary to her assertion that South Pasadena and Pasadena are rich cities, half of the people in South Pasadena are renters. These are not wealthy folks. Pasadena is also a city with a variety of neighborhoods, some wealthy and some not so wealthy.

Alhambra city government is wealthy from the taxes it earns from the many multi-family dwellings and the many businesses in town. It can spend millions and millions promoting the tunnel. The tunnel is not a solution to what ails transportation in Southern California.

— Bill Sherman, South Pasadena

No ‘virgin air’ from the 710 

Barbara Messina seems to be for selling out our city’s residents. She claims opponents are non-Alhambran wealthy people. Poor Alhambrans belong to Responsible Alhambrans Against the 710. We are witness to Messina’s destructive development. Her City Council demolished houses in favor of eight-unit condominiums, which changes allowing two autos per house to the new 24 to 36 cars for each conversion. She demolished our historic Main Street in favor of monstrous 3- to 8-story mixed-use buildings that equal “imploding with humans.” She caused thousands of additional cars on Main Street. If the terrible tunnel is built, per Metro’s EIR, Alhambra residents would experience increased pollution and nightmare traffic with closed streets and lanes during construction. That we deserve to live without harmful toxic emission is true, so why did she irresponsibly overdevelop? Contrary to her inference that the tunnel will affect emissions, the EIR says all options, including no build, will not provide “virgin air.”

 — Gloria Valladolid, Alhambra