Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sierra Madre Becomes Part of a Five City Alliance to Fight the 710 Tunnel

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Now here is an expenditure everyone can get behind. Sierra Madre, along with South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Glendale and Pasadena, have joined in a "5-Cities Alliance" to fight the 710 Tunnel. Which is a very good thing.

Should this tunnel ever actually happen, it would be environmentally devastating to our portion of the San Gabriel Valley. If built countless diesel trucks and other unwanted traffic out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be funneled up the 710 Corridor (one of the most ecologically devastated in the U.S.), and straight out onto the already distressed 210, befouling our air with cancer and asthma causing pollutants while also causing traffic here to grind to a halt.

All so that the producers of cheap goods imported from low wage overseas labor markets can save a little money and get their goods inland to Wal*Mart more quickly.

Paradoxically, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Chris "Cheap Houses" Holden and L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich all support this tunnel (link). Which I have to assume means that the prospect of lining the pockets of their corrupt lobbyist patrons with plenteous amounts of overseas vigorish means more to them than the health and welfare of their own constituents.

But how many in government actually work for the people anymore? Certainly not that unhappy trio. Each of that bunch sold us out in a heartbeat.

Enough gratuitous vitriol. Here is how the Pasadena Star News describes the Five City Alliance:

South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge join forces against 710 Freeway extension (link): The City Council strengthened its and other cities’ ability to fight off the proposed SR-710 freeway extension.

In a 5-0 vote, members elected to join the “5-Cities Alliance,” comprising South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Glendale, Pasadena and Sierra Madre. All five cities oppose extending the 710 Freeway, which has been debated for decades.

Newly appointed Mayor Marina Khubesrian called the compact historic.

“Financially, you know people are willing to put up money, and that really makes us really confident,” she said. “And I think it sends a strong message to Metro and the politicians on the board looking at this issue. We are serious and basically we are going to put our money where our words are.”

Together they have $250,000 to spend on studies that they hope will support their stance against connecting the SR-710 freeway.

The California Department of Transportation and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority are working together to publish a draft environmental impact report by spring 2014. The five options are “no build,” traffic management solutions, light rail, bus rapid transit and freeway tunnel.

The Alliance would allow participating cities to save money and share information related to SR-710 North studies. It is meant to eliminate expensive, patchwork consultant work.

Every city that agrees to the Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) will contribute $50,000. South Pasadena will be responsible for the safekeeping and management of the quarter million dollars.

Each city will issue a request for qualification for study consultants: South Pasadena, transportation; Sierra Madre, air quality; Pasadena, legal and California Environmental Quality Act; La Canada Flintridge, soils geology and seismologist; Glendale, safety and security.

Once the proposals come back, the Alliance members will evaluate the contenders and decide to whom to award the contract.

Councilwoman Diana Mahmud called the agreement “a tremendous step forward for our city and for the effort to fight Metro on its proposed construction of the tunnel.”

I think this is great news. If we can't get our so-called representatives in Sacramento and Washington DC to work on our behalf, then we'll just have to do it ourselves. Get behind this.

I Need A Christmas Present From You Guys

The people from the United Against 710 group have worked hard and long to help protect our little slice of paradise against what Metro, Caltrans and the likes of Cheap Houses Holden have planned for us. Which is basically mainlining environmental devastation right through the heart of the San Gabriel Valley.

And what are the UA710 people asking in exchange for the hundreds of hours of hard work they have put into fighting a government that believes it no longer has to answer to the likes of us? Your name on a petition. It is the best deal you will ever get.

So sign the petition. Here is how you do it:

Current signature count for NO710 Tunnel Petition: 1,681 --- Goal: 5,000

Recruit friends, family and neighbors to sign the petition!!
  
1.  Go to www.NO710.com (click here)

2. Click on the words "Sign the Petition" that appear in the yellow oval. This will take you to a page that shows all the officials who will be contacted each time the petition is signed.

3. Click on the words "Sign the Petition" in the yellow box on this page and you will taken to the petition at Change.org.

4. Fill in the information at the right to sign the petition, and if you wish, leave your comments on why this is important to you.  You can also uncheck the box under your information to opt out of receiving more petitions from Change.org.

5. Finally, click on the red box that says "Sign".

Sign it. Right now. Before you get busy with something else. Otherwise Santa is going to be very angry with you.

Thanks!

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45 comments:

  1. Good morning Mr. Tattler, going to sign it when I'm done wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, and the best new year ever. Thank you.

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  2. What's a couple of tunnels between friends?

    Sometimes progress takes on many faces or disguise's?

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    1. When the world is in a general state of decline, sometimes just staying the same is progress. I think that is what explains the incredible rise in Sierra Madre property values.

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  3. A means of moving goods and food is needed. Their proposal is to old fashion and polluting, we need to see something more friendly to the environment and residents.

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  4. Signed the petition, done! You're welcome

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    1. Thanks to the Tattler and to each who sign our petition! But don't stop with just one signature. Please get everyone in your household to sign, then talk to your friends and neighbors about it. How about your out of town family and friends? They care about your health and well being, don't they? Out of state signatures also demonstrate the desire/need for responsible government and accountability to constituents. Our goal is 5,000 signatures by the time the draft EIR is released in Spring 2014.

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  5. When will this 5 city alliance take on Sacramento for the RHNA numbers, and the homeless shelters mandate?

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    1. From things like this great movements are born. Cities need to take back their planning rights from the crooks in Sacramento.

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    2. 11:00 and 11:33 - You are right on! We NEED someone to stand up for us against the absurdities that come down from Sacramento. Our local politicians certainly don't watch out for us!

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    3. Your probably better off moving to Alaska.

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  6. I hate to break it to you, but the Obama administration wants this tunnel built. That is what happens when the lender nation keeping the house of cards from collapsing wants something. Of course Chu and Holden are for it. They're trying to kiss up to power.

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    1. Oh please! I hate to break it to YOU but Obama doesn't care whether a two mile tunnel (or however long it is) gets built.

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    2. Have another egg nog.

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  7. I am standing on a very long line at Vroman's waiting to buy a gift certificate. By the time Christmas rolls around next year I will have forgotten this and I will be shopping on December 24 once again. Merry Christmas.

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  8. Sorry, but no, couldn't start digging soon enough for me, also, the use of my tax dollars needs to be voted on. Let's roll with the tunnel. You do know about the Alameda Corridor East project and what it's purpose is....didn't think so.

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    1. Beijing thanks you.

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    2. Beijing thanks Richard Nixon and Ronnie too...

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    3. To think that our current problems with China began with Richard Nixon needing to know what George McGovern was up to.

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    4. Obviously 12:55 has no problem doing the bidding of a hostile foreign economic power.

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  9. So SMPD reports of another crime last night. A women was robbed by two black men in hoodies...our PD is getting good at reporting crimes they never solve...if they're even true at all.

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    1. Usually Sierra Madre's finest finds a way to blame the victim. They left a door unlocked, or a window open. That way they don't have to do anything.

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    2. Anybody know where that happened?

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    3. walking on grandview late at night

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    4. You can read about it on the city- crime alert email

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  10. I lоve іt whenevеr people comе together and share thoughts.

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  11. A change of thought . The Mountain View Sushi went out of buisness ofer the weekend

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    1. Sounds fishy to me.

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    2. Another business that Nancy could not save.

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  12. Anybody get their Rachelle Arizmendi for City Council card today? Why would anyone spend that much money to send out a card that arrives on Christmas eve? And who put together all that money? This smells odd.

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    1. Rachelle uses the word "vibrant." Smart growth jargon.

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    2. The card I got says "limit and control development."

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    3. So did the cards of Joe Mosca, Josh Moran, Nancy Walsh ...

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    4. Joe Mosca never said he would limit development. Never.
      Neither did Moran or Walsh. All three spoke in favor of development.

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    5. Uh oh. An historical revisionist.

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    6. Mosca was for "reasonable development" "appropriate development" meaning, all development. Moran too, never pretended otherwise. Maybe he'd say something like "develop to preserve", but a reverse mortgage salesman is only going to love development. And Walsh did a spectacular pro-development pitch when she got up a few weeks before the election at one of the only council meetings she attended and said that Measure V was a mistake because we need development.

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    7. Nancy Walsh, when she ran for her City Council seat, made a big deal about how she voted for Measure V. Moran also spoke of his intense "love for this town." All dirt candidates claim they are for preserving Sierra Madre. It is a kind of ritual they engage in.

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  13. This is the work of a well know OUT OF TOWN CONSULTANT. Arizmendi is a climber and connected to the GOVERNMENT TYPES who give out government grants. This is just a stepping stone for her.

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    1. As I don't know her, I'll give her a chance to convince me that she'll trim city hall, bring it into budget, cut taxes, and yes, limit development.

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    2. Any specifics on the out of town consultant?

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    3. Here we go again. I'll see what she has to say. Arizmendi...a good Basque name.

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  14. Could it be possible a third tunnel is being considered to be used for mass transit type vehicle, trains of some sort?

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    1. The Chinese want a better way to get truck traffic out of the ports and inland. And since they hold all the loans our illustrious elected leaders are falling all over themselves to make it happen. Metro has all this nonsense they're feeding us about transportation alternatives, but this is about trucks. The EIR will be the biggest BS ever.

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