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Monday, August 24, 2015

Measure R-2

Joe Cano on Facebook, August 24, 2015

Here is a recent developement on the SR710 Tunnel. Mayor Garcetti & Metro are getting the message Measure 2 will not pass if the tunnel is included in the new tax initative. My fellow activists and I have appeared before the Metro Baord of Directors and warned them of the threat to Measure R 2 if the tunnel is included.

San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Deletes SR-710 Tunnel from Priority Funding List after COG admits inclusion of tunnel project would probably doom sales tax measure.

August 24, 2015 – The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments on Thursday approved a transportation priority list that did not include the SR-710 tunnel, in effect admitting that the proposed project suffers from so much opposition that inclusion in a proposed county-wide sales tax measure would probably doom it to defeat. Instead, the SGVCOG adopted a report that noted that possible funding for a tunnel could come from a future and undefined public private partnership.
“The SGVCOG’s action confirms what we’ve always known,” said Terry Tornek, mayor of the City of Pasadena and the city’s representative to the SGVCOG. “The tunnel project is deeply flawed, politically unpopular, and presents so many environmental, health, legal, engineering, and economic concerns that it cannot be funded, let alone actually built,”

The SGVCOG’s action is part of a process set up by the Metro board to gather a set of priority projects from each Council of Governments in the county that might receive funding from a new measure to raise the sales tax. That measure is expected to be on the ballot in November 2016. Exclusion from the SGVCOG priority list makes it highly unlikely that the tunnel will be on the final county-wide project list.

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