Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Two 4th of July Parades

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Tomorrow is our 4th of July Parade, an event we are always very proud of here in Sierra Madre. My son Jack will be marching in the parade with the band from The Gooden School. The Gooden's marching band got the #5 slot in the parade, which to my mind is the very best one there is because they will be playing just before this year's Grand Marshal, our military veterans from VFW Post 3208.

The kids have all been hard at work practicing their favorite patriotic songs, and are very excited that they will get to do this. It is quite an honor for them.

This year in particular we will all be able to honor Sierra Madre's veterans from World War II, something we can thank the 4th of July Parade Committee for working to make happen. To my mind this makes it even more of a special event than usual, something that goes to the heart of what our parade and community is all about. This is where my family plans to be tomorrow.

Another important matter that the 4th of July is all about is celebrating the freedom of the American people to freely speak their minds in whatever way they choose. Hopefully people remember this, it is a right many made the ultimate sacrifice to protect. In South Pasadena a lot of people, and from many different towns, will be doing just this by marching in that city's 4th of July Parade. And for one very special reason, to stop any further consideration of the environmentally devastating and state bureaucracy driven 710 Tunnel.

Here is how the good people at the No 710 Action Committee describe what is going on over there:

Seven Cities Celebrate 60 year 710 Freeway Battle with 4th of July Parade Protest March in South Pasadena. South Pasadena fights 710 Freeway for Half of its 125 years of history, 7 times longer than the American Revolution.

South Pasadena has been fighting the extension of the 710 freeway through its community for half of it's 125 year existence as an incorporated city.

Recognizing this citizen-led freeway fight has lasted seven times longer than the American Revolution, we are joined by our friends and neighbors from seven cities marching in solidarity with South Pasadena citizens to say no freeway tunnels should ever ruin anyone's city.

Citizens from Alhambra, Altadena, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles, San Marino, Sierra Madre, La Crescenta and other cities will march with residents from Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno who would be directly impacted by a freeway tunnel in South Pasadena's Festival of Balloons 4th of  July Parade, Thursday July 4th.

Background: Since 1947, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Caltrans and its predecessors have proposed, studied and advocated for the building of a freeway through the heart of South Pasadena's historic community. The proposed freeway route would extend the 710 Freeway from the 10 Freeway in the Los Angeles community of El Sereno at the Alhambra border to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena.

The latest freeway proposal is to bore one to two 4.6 mile tunnels underneath South Pasadena and make it a tollway, threatening to divert traffic onto residential streets.

Parade Location and Times: Parade runs the length of Mission Street from Meridian to Garfield Park in South Pasadena. 10:30 opening ceremonies at footsteps of the South Pasadena Library Community Room. 11 am, 31st annual South Pasadena Fourth of July parade begins.

Like I said, I plan on being here for Sierra Madre's 4th of July parade. But I know that some people, like me, also feel very strongly about the 710 Tunnel issue. That includes our Sierra Madre City Council which voted unanimously to oppose this unnecessary and environmentally destructive example of bureaucratic madness.

Should you choose here is a good opportunity to do something about it. And in the most patriotic and celebratory of ways.

For those of you who do oppose the 710 Tunnel, here is some good news: Metro Board removes 710 extension from accelerated projects (link).

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73 comments:

  1. Michael Antonovich, Judy Chu and Chris Holden are all in our parade. All three support the 710 Beijing Tunnel. Plenty to boo at right here in Sierra Madre.

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    1. Why are they even in our parade?

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    2. They want to show us their teeth.

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    3. Too bad none of the Tunnel Triplets wants to work for the interests of us Americans.

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  2. Michael Antonovich, Judy Chu and Chris Holden will all be in Sierra Madre parade, take along the center tube from a paper towel roll and show then what a tunnel sounds like when you voice your protest opinion's through the megaphone like cardboard tube..

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    1. Why are those 3 coming here?

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    2. I don't know, but they would be a big draw at the dunk tank.

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    3. They must read Sierra Madre as supportive. Politicians are busy on the 4th, and this won't be there only stop. That's why it's great that the parades are becoming more overtly political (GMO Labeling, No on 710) because as long as the pols get out there and wave and smile, parades already are political activities.

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    4. Their support of the tunnel makes impossible to vote for any of them. By coming here they show just how shameless they are.

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    5. Most likely because sombody(ies) invited them...

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    6. They are here to remind us of all the freedoms we have lost.

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    7. That's it 8:19, too true.

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    8. the three stooges are coming?

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    9. We'd be far better off with the Three Stooges. There are three tunnel tramps, but they are not quite so amusing.

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    10. If you were Judy, Chris, and Mike, would you want to be in the So. Pas parade this year?

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  3. City staff has just sent out a very nice email about the Fourth.
    The city mailed out a list of the parade entries.
    I thought we were short on staff time and money.
    If they didn't do those things, no one would come to the parade?

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    1. Staff likes to make emails, and thank volunteers.

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    2. That email no doubt took up 20 or more hours of staff time. A policy needs to be put in place that all celebrations/parties/festivities are done solely by volunteers.

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    3. 8:17 am, may I amend your statement to say, "...and no taxpayer dollars shall be used"? Seconded.

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    4. They would march in the parade but we would have to compensate them for their time.

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    5. They had time to generate this information because they are now "closed to the public" for the first 3 hours of every day. That way they can get some work done without interruption from those pesky citizens.

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    6. I am actually OK with the reduced city hall hours, and have experienced that in other towns.
      What I am not OK with is any participation in the social events in town. City hall staff is hired to take care of the details that keep the city functioning at the most basic level, not the frills.

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    7. It is a money business for them. They are desperate for cash these days. Keeping an old school city hall in operation is no easy thing today.

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    8. City Staff did not do the 4th mailer, the 4th of July Committee did all the work from design, to folding, to addressing and paying for the mailing. The cost comes from the 4th of July Committee budget which is managed by the Foundation. That it came from City Hall is because they have the address list. Kudo's to the 4th of July Committee for this labor intensive job. They also made up the no parking signs and put them up along the streets. This is a super hard working committee and we should thank them for all the hard work. There is a staff person working with the Committee, this has to do with liability insurance which the Committee could not possibly afford.

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    9. Thanks for that 10:12 am! It's a great step in getting back to the spirit of volunteerism that has historically made this such a great community. Forgive our skepticism. We'll work on our attitude.

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    10. You're welcome.

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    11. That's great news about the mailer, but it still leaves the razzle dazzle email that was sent out today - unless volunteers did that too.
      No city staff should be involved in parades etc. None.

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    12. Old Lyin' Harriet Susan Poole Henderson's "paper" has a full page ad for the parade.
      Hope that was also volunteer money.

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    13. The 4th of July Committee also designed the Mountain Views News page and the ad space was donated.

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    14. The 4th of July Committee did a great job this year. They even got free advertising out of Susan! Count me impressed.

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  4. It would be ok with me if they appeared in the parade if they truly understood and supported what the day is all about.....celebrating our independence as a nation. Unfortunately, I have grave doubts about their allegiance to the concepts of independence, individual responsibility, and limited government.

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    1. Exactly,8:09
      They represent the policies of big central government aka socialism.
      Big government produces unhappiness and poverty.
      Small government produces hope and productivity and prosperity.
      These 3 "representatives" are enemies of small government and should not be honored in our parade or any parade.

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    2. Only big government could think that running the horribly polluted 710 corridor up through the San Gabriel Valley would be a good idea. Obviously Chu, Holden and Antonovich don't give a damn about us. Our worst enemies wouldn't treat us this bad!

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    3. Ah small government could do that 710 mess too. It's just about money.

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  5. the tunnel triplets are working for the contractors who will build the tune!

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  6. It's always about money 8:49....that is until people realize there are more of us than them.

    Check out what's happening on the streets of Cairo right now.
    Millions of Egyptians in the streets protesting the evil Islamic fascist government.


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    1. That would be the evil Islamic fascist government that came with the "Arab Spring" supported by the current US administration. Oops.

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  7. Please give a shout out to the Marching Mothers for honest food labeling.
    This is such an important issue. We all have a right to clean food and drink....free of dangerous GMO's and pesticides.

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    1. Oh Marching mothers. I hope you won't be carrying hybrid tea roses.

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  8. The tunnel triplets are probably on show because they're pushing back on a funding setback for the 710 Tunnel project, which means it's removed from the accelerated Measure J projects:

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23588606/metro-board-removes-710-extension-from-accelerated-projects

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board voted not to include the controversial freeway completion in a plan to accelerate projects funded by Measure R.

    The board voted 9-3 to approve $9.4 billion in accelerated funding for second and third decade Measure R transit and highway projects approved by voters in 2008 half cent sales tax referendum, as a substitute to the failed Measure J last November.

    At the request of Board Member Ara Najarian, a vocal opponent to the 710 extension from Alhambra to Pasadena, *the board removed the 710 project from the acceleration schedule*.

    Najarian said accelerating the 710 project doesn't make sense because the proposed freeway extension is still in the environmental study phase.

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    1. Don't forget, MTA didn't get the Gold Line from Azusa to Calremont put on the "acceleration schedule". Gotta build that "Subway To The Sea" for West LA rich folks.

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  9. Congratulations to the people who have fought so hard against this dumb tunnel.

    Your win is a win for all of us who are fighting big government abuse.

    Enjoy your parade tomorrow! You are winners!

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  10. Thank God for South Pasadena! Showing that the little guys CAN fight and win! The 710 extension with its spent Nuclear fuel rods being hauled through the valley would be a HUGE disaster for us all. This is really about a truck route to all the warehouses that have moved out from central LA it the IE for lower wages. Move the goods on rail, you dummies!

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  11. It is so fortunate that we have the likes of Judy Chu fighting for what is really important here, and that is getting slave labor asian made goods to Wal*Mart's inland warehouses three hours earlier. Quality of life, clean air, how could any of that matter when there are brightly colored picnic supplies to be sold? judy knows what is really important. Pleasing Beijing.

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    1. my my how utterly American you are.

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    2. I hope this doesn't interfere with the process!

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    3. Can someone please explain to me the difference between "the process" and "the force?"

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    4. Use the process, Luke.

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    5. Yes. "The process" is pollitical; "the force" is pure Hollywood at its best.

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    6. Yoda Mayor Pro Tem*July 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      The process is all powerful.

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    7. Beware the dark side of the process, young Harabidiwalker.

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    8. The Force is your chi, the Process is your cheese, like Velveeta.

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    9. Cheese is the result of a manufacturing process that takes the intestine out of the mix.

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    10. It's all Nixon's fault

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  12. It's very unfortunate that so many no/low information voters in this State would vote for a rattle snake, as long as it had a D behind it.

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    1. If only an R was any better.

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    2. The Rs only have one hand in your pocket, the Ds use both hands. Theory of Relativity.

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    3. In this state the Ds own everything, and then try to tell you about how oppressed they are.

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  13. I believe it was Mrs. Chu that gave a heartfelt speech at this years Memorial Service, thank you Mrs. Chu and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and all the boy scouts that placed the crosses on the gravesites of the heros here in Sierra Madre.

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    1. A nice gesture, but it hardly excuses her support for the 710 Tunnel.

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    2. Our Congresswoman should not be putting the interests of foreign countries ahead of the people she is supposed to be serving.

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    3. If Ms. Chu did that out of the goodness of her heart, I'll eat my hat.

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    4. Maybe she just likes graveyards. Because that is where her tunnel is going to send a lot of people.

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  14. To whome it may concern: Mr. Antonovich, Ms. Jucy Chu, and Mr. Holden;

    Don't send us to the tunnels to be gassed. No 710 tunnel.

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  15. THE CITY MANAGER,

    the PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR,

    the FINANCE DIRECTOR

    and CITY COUNCIL GANG OF 4

    needs to move on and find another job.... just like termites...

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  16. THANK YOU, 4TH OF JULY COMMITTEE OF 2013.

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    1. I am looking forward to tomorrow!

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  17. Good News:

    Metro Board removes 710 extension from accelerated projects, Board also denies motion to update information on Gold Line in Measure R resolution.

    Just in this afternoon, July 03, 2013

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  18. Why can't the measure R funds bu used to build a walk and bike path around the wet lands in sierra Madre?

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    1. It might be your money, but it is never about you. It all goes to Los Angeles and the subway to the sea. They couldn't care less about Sierra Madre. Let them know how you feel tomorrow.

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    2. Sierra Madre has wet lands? We're in the midst of a multi-year drought, buying water, residents are severey restricted in water usage, and Sierra Madre has wet lands? Drain 'em!

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    3. I think 6:12 was talking about the settling ponds.

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  19. The end of the story for the South Pasadena 4th of July parade was that it was a huge success for the No 710 Action Committee folks. Check out the photos on FB.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/No710freewayextension/

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