Thursday, August 9, 2012

710 Extension: Metro Gets An Earful

Residents of Sierra Madre should be strongly opposed to Metro and whoever's interests they are working for when it comes to plowing under vast stretches of the Pasadenas in order to add 4 additional miles to the 710 Freeway. By connecting the San Gabriel Valley's 210 Freeway with the 710 "Cancer Alley" Corridor, one of the truly significant ecological disaster areas in the United States, Metro would be endangering the health and quality of life of everyone living here.

What exactly is it that makes this such a danger to Sierra Madre and all of the other communities located along the 210 Freeway? Simply put, connecting the 710 to the 210 would funnel vast quantities of highly toxic diesel truck traffic from the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles and right into our neighborhoods. And as anyone who is aware of just how bad things are in the 710 Corridor now in this regard, imagine how it will be once the connector is finished. The combined freeways would become the one major conduit connecting these ports to the inland distribution centers of the hundreds billions of dollars in cheap imported goods being shipped into the United States every month. The effects here would be environmentally catastrophic.

In case you are wondering why Metro, Caltrans and the subservient politicians that enable them have suddenly decided that connecting the 710 to the 210 is such a burning priority in these cash-strapped times, the reasons could very well be economic. Those nations currently holding trillions of dollars in U.S. debt want more efficient and cost effective ways of getting their products into the still quite lucrative American market. The result being that their enabling debtors in Washington DC and Sacramento can't move fast enough in the effort to please them.

Could this be possible contributing factor to why Sacramento can find it in their hearts to take away billions of dollars in school funding, yet still come up with the money to build a 710-210 connector tunnel? I suspect so. It is just a matter of figuring out who these people really work for. Certainly it appears that would not be us.

Then there are those who just don't want to see their neighborhoods destroyed so that the freeway extension can be built. The frontline cities in the fight to stop this ruinous boondoggle have very immediate reasons for their opposition, and that is saving their homes and neighborhoods. And as two articles currently up on the Pasadena Star News website show, people are very angry.

Tempers flare in Pasadena over 710 (click here) - Angered residents filled the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple Wednesday evening to voice their opposition to a proposed 710 Freeway route that would carve through the upscale San Rafael neighborhood. The residents jeered a battery of Metropolitan Transit Authority consultants dispatched by the agency to allay fears that the state has immediate plans to transform a portion of their neighborhood into six lanes of asphalt highway.

As the crowd grew agitated, a Metro consultant said they needed to keep quiet or leave. Long-time San Rafael resident nancy Youngblut wanted to turn the request into a political statement. She's right. If you want to save your home, we should get up and walk out now," Youngblut said.

It is rather telling that the somewhat less than courageous folks running Metro did not attend this particular meeting, choosing instead to pay consultants to do that dirty work for them. And what was the message their mercenary test-crash dummies delivered for them?

Metro officials insisted Wednesday that no definite plans for finishing the freeway are being hatched, but the agency is pressing forward with schematics and is bust eliminating the less likely route alternatives, officials said.

In other words, they are working hard to find out which possible routes will cause the greatest amounts of political difficulty for them, which will by inference then indicate where they can possibly get away with building the 710-210 Connector. By floating the idea that surface routes through politically potent places like San Rafael are a possibility, Metro can then propose the 710 Tunnel as the compromise solution to everyone's concern. There is a definite "divide and conquer" aspect in this, and people need to recognize it.

When State Assembly candidate and longtime Pasadena City Councilmember Chris Holden stated that he is opposed to building "surface routes" connecting the 710 with the 210, he also by inference lent his support to the Metro's so-called "710 Solution." Which is, and always has been, building the tunnel.

And where exactly are the courageous politicians that purport to run Pasadena on these matters? According to another Star News article today entitled "Pasadena residents express strong opposition to 710 plan" (click here), the answer is running away as fast as their feet can take them.

Many accused the council of shying away from the issue and asked for an official opinion against the proposals, citing the South Pasadena City Council's firm stance as an example.

"In South Pasadena the city councilmen are behind (the residents) 100 percent, they were fighting together on one side against the 710 issue," said San Rafael resident Ronda Dagher. "I think it would make a big difference ... we elect them to protect us, to protect our interests."

Too bad the Pasadena City Council can't do the Metro two-step and send in consultants to take their seats when any 710-210 Connector questions come up.

One thing that we can definitely do now is make certain to vote for candidates this fall that openly oppose the building of the 710-210 Connector in any form, be it tunnel, surface route or suspended from dirigibles. So far we do know that Assembly candidate Chris Holden supports construction of the environmentally ruinous the 710 tunnel, while his opponent, Donna Lowe, has clearly stated that she opposes building the 710-210 Connector, and in any form.

Now we need to find out where the rest of the candidates stand. Be sure to hold their feet to the fire every time you get the chance.

Services for Lee Cline

Services for Lee Cline will be held Saturday at 11 AM at the Arcadia Congregational Church. The address is 2607 S. Santa Anita Avenue in Arcadia.

Lee is one of the great heroes of Sierra Madre, and his tireless work both as a member of the City Council and resident must be recognized. Our City is a much better place because Lee Cline cared. He will be deeply missed.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

57 comments:

  1. Holden is the typical pol who would fit right in with all the Sacramento types who brought us AB32 and everything that went with it including SCAG, to enforce that insane law. Holden also has the machine behind him to make it difficult to oppose him. Lets hope that Donna Lowe can beat that machine.

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    1. Holden is part of a machine that includes Metro, Caltrans, SCAG, the SGVCOG, CAR, BIA and all the pols they own in Sacramento. They don't give a damn for the people living here. All they want to do is keep their fat snouts in the trough.

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    2. If you're serious about supporting Donna Lowe, go to VoteDonnaLowe.com and donate, volunteer or both. Holden has hundreds of thousands of union $$ coming in and will be tough to beat!

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    3. California is a one party state. That is how they keep their control on the piggy bank. Holden owes all he has to his daddy and the Hahn family.

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    4. I will vote for Lowe for just this one reason, and then hope she gets out of office once that issue is killed. She's an idiot.

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    5. "idiot" is a pretty strong statement. Have you met her? spoken with her?
      Did you know that she got started much like many of you here on the tattler...fighting back against her local City Council in Claremont. She organized a grass roots campaign and fought a really outrageous property tax proposal which was being put forward by the Council.

      While I don't agree with every one of her decisions, she is an average taxpaying citizen who is getting involved because she is fed up with the nonsense we are exposed to by our elected officials....I like her!

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    6. You are right that 'idiot' is a strong word.
      Instead, how about a person with 'a shallow nature and a lack of mental acuity'?

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  2. Services for Lee Cline will be held on Saturday 11:00 at the Arcadia Congregational Church on Santa Anita.

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  3. Chief Black KettleAugust 9, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Lee was a force to be reckoned with and a hero to Sierra Madreans. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Lee.

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  4. Does anyone actually want this tunnel? Who are the people who are for it? Nobody i talk to wants it built. Obviously all those people turning up to meetings in Pasadena don't want it. So who does?

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    1. Start with pckets in search of cash. The list is formable with millions / billions for the taking. 1. Real Estate transactions. 2. Earth moving and rearanging Firms 3 Freeway Construction Firms. 4. Labor Unions. 5. Gravel Pit Owners. 6. Concret Firms. 7. Trucking Firms. 8. Paving Firms. Politicians drooling over this slush fund. 9. The Chamber of Commerace. 10.Local Officials with Campaign Fund needs. And all of the "heaavy hitters" have hundreds of "subs" who have already been advised to put the pressure on to get this project approved. The money is coming in more ways than you can imagine.

      This is a "dirty fight" coming and will require that tactic in turn if the 710 tunnel project is deniied.

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  5. The politicians so they have a place to hide when California totally collapses.

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  6. John and Diane ShearAugust 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    When Lee Cline passed, Sierra Madre lost their finest citizen. The man was honest to a fault and gave his all to this town.
    We remember first meeting Lee, when he came to our door in the pouring rain to ask for our vote in the upcoming city council meeting. We had recently moved to Sierra Madre and were very impressed with this gentleman. We voted for him in that election.....he lost by a small handful of votes....to a man a lot of Sierra Madreans wish they had not voted for, Bart Doyle.

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    1. Lee was a wonderful man.

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  7. The contractors who contributed to the politicians want to build the tunnel, big profits for them.

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  8. I really dont know why everyone on this blog has issue with Dart Boyle. I am well acquainted with him and find Fart to be a very knowledgeable professional. I dont know all the in-n-outs of our policy makers doings but knowing him I place confidence that he has the city best interest in mind. Im to busy to worry about all the initiatives etc they are working on. All I know is that when Bart was in office Sierra Madre seemed to be a much happier place to live. Now with this blog SM seems to be divided.

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    1. Getting kind of sick of Steve. Should I remove this post? I'll leave it up to you guys. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

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    2. Mod - I vote remove it.

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    3. It is juvenile and offensive. Steve needs to be banned.

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    4. "steve" probably is Bart. DELETE HIM.

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    5. "Steve" is likely some sort of political operative. Who knows, maybe it is Ahlswede himself. These posts have that random jackass kind of feel typical of him. Delete.

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    6. Leave it up. The poster proves the Mark Twain quote:
      "Its better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."

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    7. If this troll brought anything truly thoughtful or creative to the blog, I would be for allowing the posts in the interests of representing all points of view and vigorous discussion. But this latest whoever is just not bright enough. Delete.

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    8. "Steve's" obvious purpose here is to disrupt. Delete, please.

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    9. This variation on a troll has been with us for, what, 3 weeks or so? Has plenty of free daytime to try to direct the thread in certain directions. Has plenty of hostility but not much intellectual capability. Might as well delete because there are more important things to address than the troll's petulance.

      Tattler, great nickname for the 710: Cancer Alley Corridor. Maybe just Cancer Corridor for pithiness. That's a name that people will hear.

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    10. Maybe not bright - but maybe cunning. Trying to draw out reasons why Bart Doyle is not a friend to Tatters, indeed not a fried to Sierra Madre. I say dump the post and anymore like it.

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  9. I took a quick look at my key board and tried to make the same "mistake" b for the f and it is possible, but a stretch, for the first digit, left hand. ffffffbbbbbb. What a dodo!

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  11. Crazy auto-spellcheck "correction"?

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  12. I'm party crashing because I know you have local viewers. Thought I might ask everyone to mosey over to facebook to give Sierra Madre Elementary some votes to get money. 25 votes is $25. Money keeps going up until it's all used up. The most votes the soonest wins!

    https://apps.facebook.com/givewithtarget/schools/4173

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  13. Fine Tattler if your going to be so pissy about my innocent provocations that are FREE FROM obscenities, vulgar language, character assassinations, threats, and offensive remarks regarding race, religion or any other protected rights. Then you have proven my point that the Tattler is just a private blog for people who only have the same mind set. The Tattler is not an open forum that allows freedom of speech for all including those who disagree or who point out differing opinions. In other words the Tattler is a Marxist blog which is contrary to the fundamental mission of the Tattler to air out and make transparent. It is obvious that you censor my comments purely on my IP address as I place innocent and blog supported comments that never get posted. So Mr Long John jerk off. Kiss my rear end.! I can always go to another blog or use another computer to screw with your myopic and limited readership.

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    1. Marvelous exit speech. Don't ruin it by appearing again.

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    2. Poor fellow has lost his mind. Of course, it was very small to begin with and therefore very hard to find.

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    3. Obviously Steve made one very important contribution to the Tattler. He left.

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    4. Ah, the pathos.

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    5. Please delete this one as well. Thanks!

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    6. Maybe it is the heat. It plays funny tricks on people sometimes. Steve, are you getting enough water?

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    7. Clear to most of us that Steve has been breathing the toxic disease causing unclean air. Please, Steve, seek help.

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    8. A waste is a terrible thing to mind.

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    9. Some people do not handle rejection well.

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    10. It's Cartman.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyltK6pmJGg&feature=related

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  14. Far be it for me to get this one back on topic, but there is a great article up on the LA Streetsblog site. "Derision Grows for Caltrans 710 Study that Argues for Massive Road Widening for Cleaner Air."

    So now Caltrans thinks truck traffic is green, too? Anyone let the Green Committee know?

    http://la.streetsblog.com/

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    1. Thanks 2:41. It's astonishing that the clean air (read toxic disease causing) hustle has gotten so far.

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    2. That is just the absolute limit. Caltrans thinks building bigger freeways is now green? And you thought the "condos are green" thing was crazy. What's next?

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    3. Add to that sheer, willful blindness to health concerns, the idea to plow over large areas of residences. I disagree with the characterization of the whole area as 'upscale' though some of it certainly is. It's a lot of land they are targeting, with a variety of homes. And it wouldn't be any better to plow under it.

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  15. 1:22 pm

    Promise you'll leave? Promises, promises, you'll be reading tomorrow.

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  16. A good friend supplied the following list should any Tattlers be moved to complain:

    Mayor Bill Bogaard: bbogaard@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4311

    District 1: Councilmember Jacque Robinson - district1@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4444 (Field Representative is Trina Williams)

    District 2: Vice Mayor Margaret McAustin - mmcaustin@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4742 (Field Representative is Margo Morales-Fuller)

    District 3: Councilmember Chris Holden - jmcintyre@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4738 (Field Representative is Jacqueline McIntyre)

    District 4: Councilmember Gene Masuda - nsullivan@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4740 (Field Representative is Noreen Sullivan)

    District 5: Councilmember Victor M. Gordo - vdelacuba@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4741 and 626-831-8609 (Field Representative is Vannie DeLaCuba)

    District 6: Councilmember Steve Madison (OUR COUNCILMEMBER) - smadison@cityofpasadena.net
    626-744-4739 (Field Representative is Takako Suzuki)

    District 7: Councilmember Terry Tornek - ttornek@cityofpasadena.net
    626-441-4802 (Field Representative is Pam Thyret)

    LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich - fifthdistrict@lacbos.org (HE IS A MEMBER OF THE METRO BOARD OF DIRECTORS)

    State Senator Carol Liu - http://www.senate.ca.gov/liu
    (use form on website to send email)

    · State Assemblymen Anthony Portantino - http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a44
    (use form on website to send email)

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  17. Just build the freaking thing already!

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  18. My guess is "Steve" is Patrick Simcock. Pretty sure about it.

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    1. Ah who cares. A troll by any other name....

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    2. Oh, that just can't be! Patrick Simcock posted here during the last election campaign and was sooooo very careful to use his real name - made a big point of calling out the anonymous posters. Patrick would only post here using his own name especially in support of Mayor Moron. Do you really think Patrick Simcock would use an alias? What is the world coming to?

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    3. Patrick is one of the glitter Nazi crowd.

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