Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pasadena Star News: Has The Fix Been In On The 710 Tunnel All Along?

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There is a heavily used bureaucratic term that reveals more than intended. It is called "The Process," and for many who have chosen to spend unremarkable lives working in the vast cloaca maxima of government in L. A. County, it has a near religious significance.

"The Process," in case you are not aware, is a procedure where new ideas and projects are nurtured from infancy and eventually brought into being. All of which sounds fairly benign.

However, it also has the unfortunate effect of dominating the debate on an issue as important as, say, the 710 Tunnel. Certain things can only be spoken about at certain times, and only by certain personages during The Process, and then only in properly recognized forums fronted by appropriate officials.

It is something that works quite well for bureaucrats paid to work with this stuff on a full-time basis. If this is about all you do with your work-a-day hours, you to can become a master of The Process. You need to be. It is a vital part of your ability to control events and agendas.

But what about the inevitable irate citizens who are not enamored with the idea of vast quantities of toxic truck traffic rumbling up the 710 Corridor from L.A.'s ports and into their slice of the SGV dream?

They might get together and head over to one of those coma-inducing Caltrans/Metro meetings and give them a piece of their minds. Only to be informed that, due to The Process, this would not be the appropriate time to discuss such matters. Would they please come back in 18 months?

This serves to stifle all real time debate, which is the point. The Process does have its Dickensian aspects.

According to the 710 "Bridge The Gap" Process many different options are being explored. In addition to that tunnel, Caltrans/Metro claims it is also studying a light-rail line, expanded bus service, improvements to local streets, bicycle transit and even walking.

All of which sounds nicer than merely funneling lethal and cancerous 710 truck traffic out onto an already paralyzed 210 Freeway.

But are they seriously looking at those options? I doubt it. Rather this is all "Process" designed to give an appearance that other options are being considered, but are not really.

So why have county bureaucrats lavished so much attention upon a tunnel few want, and the taxpayers can ill afford? Geopolitical and international economic politics. Leavened by all that American debt, much of it held in China.

According to a 2005 SCAG memo to its Plans Programs Technical Advisory Committee, written by regional planner Nancy Pfeffer, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was "criticized by government and business leaders in Asia for allowing congestion at the San Pedro Bay Ports to impede the flow of goods from Asia to U.S. markets. On his return he tasked BT&H Sec'y Sunne Wright McPeak with developing a strategy on this issue."

When you are a foreign economic superpower holding a few trillion dollars in American debt, you will be heard in the corridors of government. Both here and Washington. And one thing upsetting to China is that huge bottleneck at L.A.'s ports. They want their products on big box retail shelves tout suite, and the "710 Gap" is an unhappy impediment to speed and efficiency.

So yes, the fix is in on the 710 Tunnel. All that other stuff was made up so that you'd feel your opinions were taken seriously.

They were not. The Process has other goals.

(Mod: This is my latest "every other Sunday" column in the Pasadena Star News. Link here.)

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37 comments:

  1. Talking about those Muthers on Mothers day are we. How anyone can consider a tunnel in this earthquake rich zone is beyond me and every other sane person. The lives that would be lost by both users and rescuers is not a coffin we should be building. This would be so expensive of a death trap that to me it is inconceivable that any one could even think of such a project.

    Get real people and don't be influenced by foreign money.

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    1. Foreign money is all any one cares about anymore. We will sell the United States to the highest bidder.

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    2. Uncle Sugar needs to keep the gravy train going for as long as it can. So it borrows trillions of dollars from China. So what if they have to put a tunnel straight through Pasadena to keep the loans coming?

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    3. How do you think Gov. Moonbeam is going to keep CA afloat? Gotta pay for those Platinum Pensions, somehow.

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  2. The real story about the tunnel is ugly. So are the government officials who refuse to tell the truth about it.

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  3. It was not too long ago that the 210 freeway was hardly ever congested. Lately its getting as bad as the 405. We all know the old saying "If you build it, they will come". Once that 710 connection is made then its over. We will have bumper to bumper traffic every day at almost all times. Is that really what we want? It will also attract the big rigs like flies on honey. But evidently the old rule applies that its all about the money. Moving goods from China faster throughout the country so that China can earn more money and reclaim more land in the South China Sea to threaten their neighbors and build up their drone force so that they are a threat to every country in the world including the United States. As Lenin said, we will supply the rope that hangs us".

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    1. Once they connected the 210 to the 15, we were toast.

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    2. It will get even worse when the 710 is connected as well. There is a reason why the 710 Corridor is called "cancer alley."

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  4. The real evidence for this (710-210 tunnel to be) is the 60 freeway, any morning, any time, lines of trucks with cargo containers, launchng this drek from China eastward.

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  5. The same "process" takes place in Sierra Madre every day.

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  6. What they will try next is to fly the containers out of San Pedro with drones. There is a company here in southern Ca. that does just such a thing. A drone on each corner would deliver the container out of the city or directly to the store. Imagine tons of supplies flying over head at any given time. You would not be safe in your house or car. Think bomb shelter.

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  7. Our government has sold us out for overseas loans. Can we call it treason yet?

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    1. Call it Manchurian Candidate financing.

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    2. When is Judy Chu's next trip to Beijing scheduled?

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    3. Whenever they want her there.

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  8. Treason, NO, call it progress of our growing population. If we don't build it they wont come. We still have a good life here and it's worth preserving. The more the 8 to fivers learn of this problem the more they will vote to preserve.
    Education is the key to preserving and sustaining Sierra Madre.

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    1. You actually make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be actually something which I feel I might never understand. It seems too complicated and very vast for me.

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  9. California is eating its middle class. Heavy water fines are not being shared with development or agricultural interests. And stick a cancer producing tunnel right through middle class neighborhoods in the SGV? Sure. Whatever it takes to fund their pensions and kiss the fannies of the guys who lend them money.

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    1. What middle class? Most of the provate sector middle class has left.

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    2. Can you blame them?

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  10. Yes 9:34, you are right. That is why presenting the facts to the voting population is key to a continued life style our parents have provided for us. It is up to us to preserve our standard of living for our children, this is the least we can do for all the lady's celebrating Mothers Day. If for no other reason lets do it for all the mothers of the world.

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  11. The tunnel concept was introduced in 2002-03. The ball got rolling with the memo to Sunne McPeak in 2005. But it was the 2007 USC Keston Financial Charrette that gave them the "roadmap" to build the thing. It lays out a plan, saying the tunnel is necessary for goods movement. The rest, they say, is history. They have segmented the I-710 and SR-710 EIRs to attempt to hide this fact and purposely thrown together bad alternatives so that the tunnel would look like the only viable option. The "process" is ruled by money and power. The people must keep their voices strong. no710.com

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  12. Just another example of how our tax money is used for things that will harm us and our families. Why do we allow these things to happen?

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  13. 11;25AM Those of us active against these things fight the good fight every day. There aren't enough of us who care and are willing to give the time to go to meetings, write blogs, write elected officials. It's really hard to get people interested in anything. When it's to late, they will all wonder how this happened.

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    1. It is always a handful of very smart people that fight. Thank God for them.

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  14. Do I want to spend my limited time fighting for a done deal cause? Do I go to a place where one can make a real difference? Los Angeles will change! God bless the future residents.

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  15. I agree totally 11:43 and 11:51. Along those lines - please attend the City Council meeting Tuesday night, 6:30 pm. The zoning changes will be up again, strengthening the rules for tear downs. A two story add on would need a Conditional Use Permit. If you haven't been following this - John Harabedian and Gene Goss told those who spoke at previous City Council meetings that they were "paranoid" if they thought the developers were ready to swoop into Sierra Madre. Goss cited "lots" of residents who want the right to do anything they want with their property regardless of how it affects their neighbors. Of course, he couldn't come up with any names or addresses of these phantom people and they are too busy to show up to Council meetings to make their views known. You think it can't happen to you? I'm the one mentioned in last week's Tattler about the letter from a realtor who wants to buy my house. Now my neighbor has gotten a similar letter. Another resident read her letter before City Council which said "name your price." Yet another house has been slated to be torn down on Grand View. Please show up on Tuesday to show the Council that you are watching, and you do care!

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  17. The houses on both sides of us have added a second story to their properties. Both are well planned and well done. I have no objection to adding a second floor to houses. I do object to one that totally destroys the integrity of a neighbor's property. A CUP will make sure that our community does the right thing for property owners, Goss' phantom homeowner be damned.

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    1. An existing property owner has rights as well. There should be no ordinance that privileges one neighbor over another.

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    2. The existing property owner does not lose his rights for a second story. They just have to go through the proper procedure to build it, which means a CUP.

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    3. That CUP better include the input of the person who who have to live on the shadow of that second story.

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    4. That's the whole point of having a CUP.

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  18. 11:18 is an IGM'er. I Got Mine, good luck to the rest of you. 11:18 do you even vote?

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