Saturday, August 18, 2012

Is Metro Employing a Divide and Conquer Strategy with the 710 Extension?

There are just so many good blogs around these days. Blogs taking on the powers that be in the ways these folks dislike the most, that being they tell the truth. And there is no organization that so badly needs the bright lights of an unvarnished reality shown down upon it than Metro. One blog that has been doing an especially solid job of covering the resident uprising against the 710 so-called "extension" over in Pasadena is Pasadena Adjacent (click here).

Here is a quote from a recent Pasadena Adjacent article related to today's topic that really opened my eyes to some perspectives I hadn't thought a lot about before.

"As a citizen of Garvanza/Highland Park, I'm not only against the inclusion of my neighborhood in the nefarious 710 extension, but ALL 710 extensions. I believe, after listening to today's radio broadcast, the interview in the Pasadena Weekly, the Romana Community gathering last Monday, and the questionable way this has been fast tracked ... we can only conclude that our community has been recruited into a game of ill will "Corpo Speak." A cleverly played hand in order to turn one community against the other, once race against another, rich against poor; and whatever else you can throw against the wall to divide and conquer us. My hope, through action, is to see a united front for all those communities you have placed in your cross hairs. No on the 710 Extension."

I have come to believe that Metro may very well be scaring the crap out of certain Pasadena neighborhoods with their "surface route alternatives" in order to make the 710 Tunnel seem like an acceptable compromise. The massive turnouts at various meetings, including one in particular with the Pasadena City Council, have shown that any targeted neighborhoods will react and let their opposition be known, and loudly. And, as we saw in Pasadena, elected officials will support them.

The responses from some widely quoted officials, elected or government employed, have been to oppose certain Metro proposed routes for the 710 Extension. But how many times do you hear anything from these folks about opposing the linking of the 710 Corridor with the 210 altogether? Something that would funnel massive truck and auto traffic from one of the most polluted stretches of freeway anywhere right into our portion of the San Gabriel Valley?

Here is a particularly obvious "divide and conquer" take on the situation from Chris Holden, as quoted in an August 14th article published in the Pasadena Star News (click here):

Pasadena City Councilman and State Assembly candidate Chris Holden urged Metro to divulge which routes are "simply dead on arrival."

"I'm asking Metro to cut to the chase and bring down the temperature," Holden said. "Because for all of us to have to go through this kind of anxiety unnecessarily is cruel and unusual punishment.

Holden also said Monday he was not necessarily opposed to all options for the 710 extension.

In other words, after winding up certain neighborhoods about the possibility of their being consumed by the 710, you then let them off the hook. Thereby allowing these particular neighborhoods the sense of having won their battle. Something that effectively leaves those still in the path of Metro's wave of freeway terror with fewer motivated allies left to help them fight their particular fight.

The paid consultant charged with conning people into supporting the 710 Extension, Nat Read, also seems to have bought into the "divide and conquer" strategy, and pretty much says so in an August 18th Star News article (click here).

... Nat Read, chairman of the 710 Freeway Coalition, said he thinks the anger in Pasadena will simmer down once the San Rafael routes are eliminated as possibilities for the final project.

"This has happened in neighborhood after neighborhood - everywhere alternative routes were suggested," Read said. "Once the process goes forward and that route is no longer considered, then there isn't anything to get agitated about."

The "process" in this case apparently being first threatening key influential neighborhoods with being plowed under to build a freeway, then allowing them the sense of having escaped a terrible fate. Which to me is about as coercive and cynical a strategy as any government entity has ever rolled out here. And you do have to ask exactly what these surface "alternative routes" are an alternative to. With the only answer available being the 710 Tunnel. The tunnel having been the goal of Metro (and Caltrans) from the very start, and apparently remaining so even today.

What we need to remember is that this fight is important to everyone in the area. If you think the 210 Freeway is crowded now, or the air quality isn't so hot, just wait until Metro begins dumping massive gouts of 710 "Cancer Alley" Corridor diesel truck traffic from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on us. Environmentally you will think you're now living in Bell, Paramount or Cudahy. Just because an extended 710 Freeway won't be going right next your house, or maybe even under it, doesn't mean you won't be suffering from some of the deadlier consequences.

Fortunately there are those who have seen through this. Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison sees the "no build" option as being the only acceptable one. Plus you can add to that select list the entire town of South Pasadena, whose elected officials now believe the goal of this "process" is to once again make them the target. Again, from the August 18 PSN:

City Councilman Philip Putnam said Wednesday he thinks the city should be wary that a recent opposition vote by the Pasadena City Council against some of the 710 Freeway extension alternatives could push the chosen route back into South Pasadena.

Which, if true, would mean everything is back to square one. Except this time with much of Pasadena having been conditioned to believe that the tunnel is an acceptable alternative to the 710 Extension being built in their backyard.

As Sierra Madre begins to consider how best to show our opposition, and what exactly it is that we need to be opposed to, it must be kept in mind that no matter where this thing gets built, the final result will be a 210 Freeway choked with massive truck traffic out of the ports, and environmental conditions far worse than any this town has ever seen. Our quality of life here will suffer greatly.

Accept no alternatives. The only real choice is to build no 710 Extension at all.

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45 comments:

  1. Just so you know, they are serving waffles at the Holden for Assembly headquarters this morning.

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    1. Holden is very much in the tank for the 710 extention.
      He is a dishonest man, and doesn't deserve any of our votes.

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    2. Dammit, backed into a corner again & have to vote for Lowe,even though I have no respect for her at all,except on this one issue.But it's an important enough issue that it must be done.Just hope her handlers don't have her do too much damage on other matters.

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  2. Let's try floating an idea! How about taking the "high speed rail" money and build a rail line from the harbor to distribution centers in victorville. Plus tax all loads to help differ costs. It would seem a green type project. No need to make ask our cog rep!

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  3. 6:37..... Just goes to show you, they sweet talk you with their money. Guess we are going to see a marketing campaign to rival the best and were the targets.

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  4. There should be a United Cities of Citizens against the 710 Extension. Tee shirts and hats. "No 710 Extension" I'll buy one.

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  5. There has got to be a better way to get imported products from the ports to market than leveling vast stretches of the Pasadenas. Building a train route to take containers inland is best. Besides, I though all of these government bureaucracies were all about being "green." Why are they pushing as dirty an option as this one?

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  6. Check out this video - not only do they want to extend the 710, they are talking about widening it to 14 lanes in Long Beach. http://news.yahoo.com/video/losangelescbs2-15750780/#crsl=%252Fvideo%252Flosangelescbs2-15750780%252Fexpansion-makeover-proposed-for-710-fwy-30227885.html

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  7. Who is holding the gun to Metro's fat head to do this crime? Sacramento? Washington? Maybe the foreign powers that lend us the trillions of dollars needed to keep the gravy train rolling for a little longer now want a more efficient way to pump their cheap slave labor made products into this country? Is this what it is like to live in a economically dominated country?

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    1. Are you implying going green is really going red?

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    2. Green is just a marketing tool that can mean anything. Caltrans actually said that widening the 710 to 14 lanes down by Long Beach would help improve air quality. You'd have to be a perfect idiot to believe anything these people say.

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    3. Just wait - Holden will sell the tunnel (which he supports) as a jobs project.

      Gotta pay back all his inion buddies for their campaign $$.

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  8. Why not route the extension through Sierra Madre. Wouldn't that "invigorate" our downtown?

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    1. Good idea. How about a green truck stop?

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  9. Just listen now to the noise of the 210 freeway as pulses up the slopes to Sierra Madre. It will never decrease (better, more expensive tires would help). The 710 extension will only add to the horror of it all.

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    1. The noise will decrease when the extension is built. The traffic will be so heavy nobody will be able to move.

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    2. The noise I could (almost) tolerate. It's the smog that will back up against our mountains that will kill me.

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    3. If you listen to the noise carefully, it's loudest when there are fewer vehicles that are going fast, not when it's jammed going slow. When I lived near VIctory Park, I knew whether I'd be taking the 210 to 110 downtown (noisy) or Huntington Drive (quiet) before getting in my car.

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  10. Very simply,

    Stop the 710
    Vote NO on Measure R

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  11. Very interesting story by Steve Scauzillo in today's Pasadena Star News re SGVCOG. Be sure to read and support Gil Aguirre!

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    1. "In order to stave off more defections by local cities, the governing board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments has moved to separate itself from its embattled Executive Director Nick Conway, who is facing four felony conflict-of-interest charges.

      The regional agency Thursday night cancelled key portions of a contract with Conway's firm, Arroyo & Associates Inc., and hired away three of his employees. The COG board also gave a qualified thumbs up to a plan to hire a new executive director and make that hire an employee, instead of a contractor."

      Day late, much more than a dollar short.

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    2. The COG needs to go. And we need to get out. This whole "we're not crooks anymore" media offensive isn't working for me.

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    3. I know what hired is, I know what fired is, but what is "hired away"?

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    4. It means those hired will be covered by CalPers pensions and all the attached costs. Contract it out, instead. Duh.

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  12. Perhaps our Green Committee, (Commission, Committee, Group) should be coming forward to objecting to the 710 extention freeway?

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    1. Josh said he was against it. But is he against it like Madison is against it, or against it like Holden is against some of it? It will be interesting to see how that all breaks down. I personally don't trust either him or his phony Green whatever. My guess is Josh is in the pocket of Metro. After all, he is John Buchanan's boy.

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    2. What an excellent idea! That is exactly how they could demonstrate that their motive is to protect the environment and that they are capable of more than talking.

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    3. If the "green" committee formally opposes the 710 extension, then they can support Donna Lowe for Assembly. Think that will happen?

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    4. But is it sustainable? Huh, is it?

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    5. Sustainable? That depends on what the meaning of is, is.

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  13. EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THE NEW MOVIE "2016"

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    1. Yes, I plan to go see it. It's playing in Alhambra.

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  14. Having been around before the 210 was completed, I remember a time when you could hear the birds in the morning, and enjoy the quite of the area.
    It was a long lost era.
    If we turn it into a truck transshipping roadway, you will wake up to the sounds and odors that will want to make you leave the area.
    Enjoy what you have now. With all that "free" money the current Administration has,and is promising to expend for freeway expansion, it won't last.
    We will be paying for our own environmental demise.
    When November comes around, vote out those incumbants who support this.
    This has nothing to do with what party you are in. I myself am a member of the SPP, the Self Preservation Party.

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    1. I belong to the NDT Party. (No Damn Trucks).

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  15. We need to support our neighbors in Pasadena who rightfully oppose this.

    Will the Pasadena Star News print today's Tattler column, Crawford?

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    1. If I wrote it up and submitted it I believe they would. My problem is never getting the Star News to print my stuff. They are completely open to anything I submit. My problem is time. This blog, family life plus a 50 to 60 hour a week job is a full load.

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    2. Crawford,
      9:55 has a good idea. You should submit this to the PSN.

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    3. Agreed. This one would be especially good to get out beyond our 3 square miles.

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  16. More California Cities at Risk of Bankruptcy!

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_BANKRUPTCIES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-17-19-12-49

    This is very serious. People need to be aware of this.
    NO MORE FOOLISH DEVELOPMENT SPENDING.

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  17. Thank you Tattler for the "Shout Out" but I in turn must give credit where credit is due - and thats to Highland Park/Garvanza residents (artist, firecracker, community activist) Tina Gulotta Miller and (social media expert) Charles Miller who grabbed that unexpected ball and dug up hidden agendas, encouraged a united front while recruiting volunteers, kept citizens bi-lingually informed, gave out numbers, created flash mob attacks on the bad guys, hit the downtown metro meetings, revealed who okayed what, held toes to the fire, found what had disappeared from record etc.

    As one of the recruited, I point and shoot and blog

    Editors note: Ramona Hall in Highland Park

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    1. You are putting out some great stuff, friend. Now we just need to shut the whole damn thing down. All of it. Let us know what you need us to do. Sierra Madre could be out officially against this thing in a month or two. A lot of opposition on the City Council.

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  18. We've got a newly created web page for the latest up to date information. It may need a little more time to pick out the kinks, but it's here

    http://www.no710.com/

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    1. That is a great site. Thanks!

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