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, February 28, 2015

Getting Ready for the EIR!

Posted on Facebook by A-Team Portantino, February 28, 2015

A big shout out to the City of La Canada Flintridge and the outstanding citizen activists who put on and attended this very important EIR workshop this morning. Our numbers are growing!!!! ‪#‎no710‬ ‪#‎pasadena‬ ‪#‎southpasadena‬ ‪#‎lacanada‬ ‪#‎sierramadre‬ ‪#‎lacrescenta‬ ‪#‎glendale‬ ‪#‎sunlandtujunga‬ ‪#‎losangeles‬ ‪#‎MTA‬ ‪#‎Caltrans‬

 City Holds 710 EIR Workshop:


  Photos from this monring's workshop — in La Canada Flintridge, California.


 Cities from LA to the San Gabriel Valley and West to through the foothills are coming together to oppose the 710 tunnel and bracing for the release of the EIR.

Helping any and every way I can to get the word out.


Oh no, we don't want this at the base of Huntington Hospital on one end and the great community of El Sereno on the other.

1 comment:

I guarantee they won't have that image for Pasadena....but are.have already planned it for El Sereno...current designs would place the starter shaft on the north side of Valley Blvd between the Recycle Plant and Grifols. The hole in the ground would be about 200ft wide, along Valley and extend north about 800ft toward the UPRR tracks (about half the vacant lot's length) and be about 200ft deep -total excavation of 1.5-2,000,000 cu yd. Also all vent exhaust during the 4-7 year construction would be exhausted next to the Front Str. Neighborhood of Alhambra (but remember BM says that they want it). So it is now getting real and everyone want to do something.... If you are real and not just digital...I can help your review and commenting on the DEIR BUT I need 5-9 people for 3 hrs to really learn how to review and comment on an EIR...not like what we got today....this is now REAL time not just talk and chatting...Send me a mail and I will help...ctwilliams2012@yahoo.com

Potential Tunnel Trouble


By Bill Glazier, February 28, 2015

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MACHINERY FAILS – They call it “Bertha,” a massive tunnel-boring machine that arrived Seattle in July 2013. Seattle city officials expected a tunnel underneath the city to be completed this year. The machinery has remained motionless since December 2013 after it was damaged. Now no one in the City of Seattle is saying when work will restart and be completed. 

It might be fascinating, admits South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, talking about a boring machine that could work its way under the city someday, but the reality is they can fail miserably.

A case in point in what might happen close to home, explained Gonzalez, can be found in the Northwest where an underground tunnel project has been less than successful. The “Bertha” drilling machine, as it is known to those living in Seattle, got stuck in the ground not long after arriving in 2013. Only 11 percent of a two-mile tunnel route is complete to date. City officials can’t confirm when the project will resume or be completed, yet some are projecting sometime in 2017 – long past its 2015 timetable.

“The boring machine broke down more than a year ago,” stressed Gonzalez. “It’s broken down, stalled. Not only is it causing cost overruns, but it’s causing physical damage to the area.”
In Seattle, a 120-foot-deep pit has been dug to allow a giant crane to pull out the “Bertha” drilling machine and repair it.

Metro is expected to release a draft Environmental EIR/EIS report by the end of the month. It will provide information about the best way to close the State Route 710 between its terminus just outside the Alhambra city limits to Pasadena after studying five proposed options. They range from leaving the 4.5-mile gap alone to implementing traffic signal upgrades and synchronization, increasing bus service, making better use of light rail, and, finally building a tunnel freeway, much of which would go under South Pasadena.

Gonzalez already suspects the latter.

“The reality is machine’s fail,” stressed the city manager, explaining that the City Council is reaching out to the City of Seattle to learn more about the failure of “Bertha” as Metro looks at the idea of a tunnel under South Pasadena.

“We’re very concerned about it,” said Gonzalez. “We want to make it clear to our residents that we are going to continue to fight as smart and hard as we can to prevent a 60-foot in diameter hole from being drilled under our city. There are much better ways to improve mobility in the region, create jobs and improve air quality than having to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on a dream of a project that will most-likely fail.”

South Pasadena City Council members approved a letter going to the Seattle Councilman Mike O’Brien, an opponent of the tunnel project in that city. “We want to partner with the City of Seattle because the same thing could happen here. Our letter states that we may be going down the same path and we’re very concerned.”

Boosters of proposed transit sales tax woo San Fernando Valley voters


By Dana Bartholomew, February 27, 2015

 Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian speaks at a San Fernando Valley Transit Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 regarding Measure R2.

 Seven years ago, voters across Los Angeles County barely approved Measure R, a half -cent sales tax that resulted in nearly no transportation upgrades for the San Fernando Valley.

 Now mass transit boosters are appealing to snubbed Valley voters for their crucial support in passing another proposed half-cent transportation sales tax known as Measure R2 for the November 2016 ballot.

“This is a really important moment in the transportation history of the San Fernando Valley,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, a Metro and Metrolink board member, addressing a packed rally for a Measure R2 late Thursday at the Van Nuys Civic Center. “We’re embarking on a discussion that will affect transportation in the San Fernando Valley for generations to come.

“The Valley now wants public transit that works.”

The “Imagining Our Transportation Future” transit town hall meeting drew elected leaders, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials, public transit advocates and hundreds of Valley and Santa Clarita residents for a three-hour conversation about local transit needs.

At its heart was a draft for a so-called Measure R2, a second sales tax measure that could raise $90 billion over 45 years for a raft of transportation upgrades.

Supporters, including town hall hosts Move LA, a Santa Monica-based public transit advocacy group, and the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, which Krekorian chairs, hope to put it before voters in late 2016. It would add to the current half-cent tax.

To win their support, they had to address a shortcoming of bond Measure R, a 30-year half-cent sales tax that narrowly passed in 2008. Of $40 billion in rail, bus and highway projects, few were destined for the Valley — which makes up 30 percent of Los Angeles but got only 13 percent of the money, county Supervisor Michael Antonovich said, getting just two of 80 Metro rail stops.

Another transportation sales tax initiative in 2012 would have extended the countywide transportation sales tax, but Measure J failed to achieve a required two-thirds vote.

While he didn’t support the first transportation tax, Antonovich said it’s time voters step up to bankroll new rail lines, “grand boulevard” street improvements, bicycle lanes and a potential tunnel beneath the traffic-choked Sepulveda Pass.

He called for a “bottom up” approach to transportation planning, with buy-in from 88 cities and half a dozen councils of government.

“We’re all in agreement to see that the San Fernando Valley and the north county receive the resources that they need,” Antonovich told the town hall meeting. “Historically, the (Valley) has not received its fair share in the Measure R proposition.

“In the past, you had cotton candy — a lot of fluff, no substance. This time, we want broccoli, all substance.”

The improvements being championed by Metro and such groups as Move LA would be funded by $27 billion in new railroad money.

Some proposals include: Convert the Metro Orange Line into a faster light rail line. Extend a light rail line down Van Nuys Boulevard, also known as the East Valley North-South Transit Corridor.

Punch a rail line from the North Hollywood Red Line Station to Burbank Airport, then loop down Interstate 5 to Union Station. Run a rail line from Glendale along the 134 Freeway to the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena, then out to the San Gabriel Valley.

And the whopper: A proposed tunnel drilled under the Sepulveda Pass with a potential toll road and rail line connecting Sylmar with Los Angeles International Airport. Minimum cost: $6 billion.

“The San Fernando Valley needs to be very happy,” said Denny Zane, executive director of Move LA and a former mayor of Santa Monica. “Because we have to win a two-thirds vote.”

Many residents at the town hall, however, were skeptical.

How can Valley voters support a Measure R2 when the Valley stands to be disrupted by a high-speed bullet train? they asked. And what about the current Metro stations that lack parking, bathrooms, cafes and even drinking fountains. And why should a majority of taxpayers ante up more money to shore up a public transit system used by only 10 percent of voters?

“The bulk of the people who are paying for this will not be taking rapid transit,” one man said. “They own cars, they want something in return -- like fixing the 101/405 (freeway) interchange.”