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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

June 7th Primary Election

From Sylvia Plummer, April 20, 2015

While the Presidential election has certainly monopolized the attention of the public in recent months, locally the campaigns for State Senate District 25 and County Supervisor District 5 stand to play a crucial role in the future of the SR 710 Project.  Two of our strongest supporters and most vocal opponents of the SR 710 Project are running for these offices – Anthony Portantino and Ara Najarian. Both face multiple opponents in the June 7th primary election.
 
With just over six weeks to go until the primary election,  the No 710 Action Committee is trying to do all it can to support the campaigns of these two leaders to whom we owe so much.  We hope that we can count on you to do your part.  Here are two ways you can participate in both:  
 
1.      NO 710 ACTION COMMITTEE CAMPAIGNS FOR ANTHONY PORTANTINO FOR STATE SENATE!  JOIN US ON SATURDAY APRIL 30TH!
 
Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino has been a strong and vocal opponent of the SR 710 Tunnels.  Anthony is running for State Senate for District 25, the seat currently held by Senator Carol Liu, who is termed out.
 
The 710 Corridor lost its biggest advocate in Sacramento when Anthony termed out of the State Assembly.  We need him back in Sacramento as a State Senator as the person who best understands this issue and whom we can count on to take the appropriate actions and leads.  
You can read more about Anthony’s campaign here:  http://www.anthonyportantino.com/
 
It is time for No 710 Action Committee to demonstrate our appreciation for his ongoing support and show him how much we want to see him as our voice in Sacramento as a State Senator.  You can help Anthony by participating in a No 710 Action Committee phone bank at his campaign headquarters in Pasadena.
 
Saturday, April 30th
Noon – 5 pm
Portantino Campaign Headquarters
232 North Lake Street (just south of the 210 Freeway)
Pasadena, CA  91101
Plenty of free parking is available behind the office building, and the parking entrance is from Locust St.  There is an entrance from the parking lot side of the building.
 
The campaign will provide beverages and snacks.  Please bring your cell phone and charger.  You will be given a script to follow to guide you in your calls. 
 
Please RSVP to Jan SooHoo at jan@soohoos.org to sign up by Tuesday, April 26.   If you have questions, you can reach Jan at 818-952-4103.
 
We hope you will want to join us for what should be a fun afternoon surrounded by other SR 710 tunnel opponents on a mission – to get Anthony elected!  This message is going out to 1200 recipients – let’s make sure we have a good turnout!
 
Can’t make it on the 30th?  No problem!  To support Anthony’s campaign at another time,   contact Bill Hacket at 626-705-2180 or billhacket2002@yahoo.com.
 
2.       SUPPORT ARA NAJARIAN FOR LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF DISTRICT 5.   MAKE A DONATION TODAY! 
 
  Glendale City Councilmember and former Mayor, Ara Najarian, is running for Los Angeles County Supervisor for District 5.  He served as Mayor of Glendale in 2007 and 2010, and has served as Chairman of the Glendale Redevelopment Agency and the Glendale Housing Authority. Currently, Ara has been re-elected to city council two times and recently completed his third term as Mayor.

In 2006, Ara was elected to represent the north cities of L.A. County on the Los Angeles Metro (MTA) Board of Directors and served as the Chairman of Metro in 2009 and 2010. In addition, he has served on the Metrolink board of Directors from 2006 to 2012 and from 2013 to present. 
 
The No 710 Action Committee is urging its supporters to make donations to Ara’s campaign.  You can donate online via his website at:  http://www.aranajarian2016.com.  If you prefer not to make your donation online, a donation form is attached to this message as is a campaign flyer.

There are multiple candidates for this position, but only one who has a history of opposing the SR 710 – Ara Najarian.  Others have recently danced around the issue when asked about their position on the SR 710 Tunnels.  Please donate whatever you can!

 
Although we haven’t yet organized a formal No 710 group workday at Ara’s headquarters, information about how to volunteer is available from his website.  Please do what you can to ensure that Ara becomes the next County Supervisor for District 5!
 
3.       LOS ANGELES LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS TO HOLD 5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISORIAL CANDIDATE FORUM ON APRIL 27TH.  EVENT WILL BE TELEVISED ON ABC CHANNEL 7.
 
This is your opportunity to hear the candidates, including Ara Najarian, speak on important issues   To attend event you must RSVP.  See the attached flyer for details.