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Doug makes these claims despite the existence of plentiful documents from Metro, SCAG and various other American taxpayer funded agents of hostile foreign economic interests, showing that their intention clearly is for this tunnel to serve as a conduit for vast quantities of port generated truck traffic. The unfortunate effect here being the extension of the environmentally toxic 710 Corridor into South Pasadena, and then up through Pasadena, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge and Sierra Madre, among others.
We posted some excerpts from these inconvenient documents last Friday. If you missed all of the excitement the article is called "Metro's 710 Tunnel Disinformation Process," and you can easily access it by clicking here.
Now what often happens here on The Tattler is that we post information that we feel is pretty important, but then in the comments someone will come along and post something else so good that we realize our efforts are no longer complete. At least not until we take whatever that great new information is and bring it to the attention of you, our esteemed and highly valued readers. And on Friday we got that just that kind of comment. Here it is:
There is no doubt that there are many forces trying to get the 710 Tunnel built. Failing, Ikhrata, Fasana, Messina, Huddy and far more than you can imagine. There is so much evidence that it is being built as a freight corridor; this article outlines just a portion of it. High traffic, high tolls, and Level of Service F projected on the 210 from opening day forward. It's in their own reports.
The surrounding areas will be jammed, including Fremont when people leap off the freeway to avoid the tolls. Be careful what you wish for, Barbara Messina. And speaking of trolls, uh, I mean tolls, how many of you supporters are going to pay up to $20 one-way, just to go 4.5 miles? I didn't think so.
And yes, Virginia, trucks will choose to use it whether for local or long haul. Forty per cent of US goods come into the LA/LB ports, 70 % continue on to somewhere else, mostly by truck. They already use the 210 as an east-west corridor and this gap closure will allow them to bypass downtown and go directly up the middle. Metro is doing outreach to investors right now using the assumption that the tunnel will be built.
This particular presentation to the International Chinese Transportation Professional Association outlines the plan to financially bundle the SR-710 with the I-710 and the High Desert Corridor. It also includes tolling on the I-405, Sepulveda Pass and on the I-5 between the SR-14 and Parker Road, which is being advertised as well. Welcome to the "new normal" per Metro. Local taxes and Highway Tolling in LA County!
The document our star poster refers to here is called "Innovative Project Delivery Strategies," and it was delivered to the International Chinese Professional Association (ICTPA) by Doug Failing at a very happening confab held on October 5, 2012. It shows that anyone with a few billion bucks to invest can get in on the action, with the payoff being real time access to vast amounts of toll money reaped not just at the tunnel itself, but throughout the greater Los Angeles region as well. Yes, nearly everything is now up for grabs. Call Metro today and ask for Doug. It's even better than buying the Brooklyn Bridge.
China, of course, being one of those countries pressuring to have the 710 Tunnel built so its cheaply made products can get from the ports to big box retailers all across America much more efficiently. Time is money, as you know.
You can view this amazing document by clicking here. Metro is holding the first of their three latest Truck-Tunnel Denial Process meetings on January 23rd. This one goes down at Maranatha High School in Pasadena at 6 PM. Perhaps you might wish to print a copy and bring it along so that you can ask Executive Director "Tax & Toll" Failing about it personally. I am sure he will be more than glad to answer any and all of your questions.
Live Blog Tonight's City Council Meeting!
One of the most popular event features on the Sierra Madre Tattler is City Council meeting Live Blogging. We usually end up with well over 100 posts from folks watching the meeting at home and posting their reactions to what is going on right here, as it happens. I will be dialed in, as will many of our regular commenting friends.
Which I hope will now include you.