Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If METRO Doesn't Kill the SR 710 Tunnel Should We Kill LA County Sales Tax Measure R2?

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(Mod: Great rundown by Sylvia Plummer of a very interesting situation developing with METRO, the 710 Tunnel and a sales tax increase ballot initiative called Measure R2. Something I personally will vote against no matter what happens. But that is just me. I have trust issues. Especially when it comes to the likes of Metro and "The COG." At the bottom of this post you will be asked to participate in something very important. Please give it a good look and go for it. Let's get ourselves heard.)

On Thursday, October 22, the METRO Board will be meeting at 9:00 am. Included on the METRO Agenda for Receive and File action is a preliminary staff report on the November, 2016 Potential Ballot Measure ­ R2 - which would raise significant and needed funds for transportation projects for many years. As you may recall, the last effort (Measure J) failed by a small percentage.

We are hearing that there is growing concern in METRO circles that the “activists" in the San Gabriel Valley who oppose the SR 710 tunnel could be a serious threat to the passage of Measure R2.  According to some, Metro has even considered withholding the Final EIR until after the November, 2016 election – but we have not been able to substantiate that yet.  Several of the “activists" have been meeting to discuss delivering a letter to the METRO Board at its next meeting on this Thursday, the 22nd, with our strongest message yet:  KILL THE TUNNEL before the November, 2016 election -- and then, and only then, we can work together to pass Measure R2. The letter states that if the tunnel is not killed before the election, we will campaign to defeat the Measure in spite of the many worthwhile transit projects it will contain.  The tunnel can be killed by selecting “No Build” as the preferred alternative. They cannot be not required to build anything.

You may have read a month or so ago that the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments elected to exclude the SR 710 project from its list of priority projects. This alone does not mean that it would not appear in Measure R2, but it is unlikely that it will be explicitly listed as a project in Measure R2.  This does not mean that the project is dead – Metro/Caltrans could continue to find other funding for it.  That is why it is not enough for us to say that we will support Measure R2 if it does not contain the tunnel.  

How you can help:

 1.  By attending the METRO Board Meeting on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at Metro Headquarters (behind Union Station). Comments from the public are limited to one minute. As an attachment, I am sending an early draft of a letter we have been working on. Please feel free to use some of the points included in the draft for your 1-minute comment at the METRO Board meeting.  We are continuing a message that has been voiced before to METRO by some of our members ­ but it is important that we continue to repeat our message loud and clear over the coming months as Metro continues to make decisions regarding this potential ballot measure.

2.  By sending your permission to use your name in the letter that the NO 710 Action Committee will be delivering to the METRO Board. It will be similar to the draft that I am attaching but we are still working to shorten the written text. We would like to list many, many signatures as possible on our letter and are asking you to sign your name and your city ­ if that is possible, on such short notice.

E-mail Jan SooHoo with your permission to use your name at:  jan@soohoos.org

Please respond to Jan SooHoo via email if you are able to help in any way. ­This could be our chance to KILL the tunnel. Jan's email address:  jan@soohoos.org

(Mod: Below is a screen shot of the draft letter Sylvia mentioned above.)


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22 comments:

  1. Even if Metro says they have killed the 710 Tunnel, how do we know they won't roll back the stone and bring it back to life after the sales tax hike is approved by the voters? I won't vote for a sales tax increase. I do not trust these people one bit.

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    1. I agree, but it's something to discuss. The build til you make 'em sick crowd is hard to reason with.

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  2. Done. Thanks, Mod

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  3. Multiple Choice Question
    Q) Which is most likely to result in the 710 Tunnel not being built?
    1) Take METRO's word that they won't build it.
    2) Take away their money by voting down Measure R2.

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    1. Rule #1: It's always about the money.

      Rule #2: If you think it's not about the money, read Rule #1.

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    2. Trust us until you can't.

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    3. I never did.

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  4. WPRA Response to SR-710 Study Draft Environmental Impact Report, August 2015, says it all:

    http://www.wpra.net/m/pages.cfm?pageid=3433

    From its inception,the SR-710 Study environmental process has been improperly conducted. The project definition is unstable and distorted. The SR-710 and I-710 projects have been improperly segmented, preventing the public and stakeholders from fully understanding the entirety of the project and its co-related impacts. The Project Need statement also is unstable. The Draft EIR/EIS has a different Project Need statement than what was presented in the Alternatives Analysis Report. This substitution was made without explanation. Such tactics call into question the validity of the alternatives selection process.

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  5. Why would Sierra Made residents be against the tunnel? It goes no where near your houses.

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    1. All of that diesel truck port traffic being funneled up the 710 and on to the 210 for starters. The 210 is a parking lot already. Plus all of the toxins from a bunch of beat up old trucks won't help. Asthma, cancer, respiratory illnesses. Nasty stuff. That clear things up a little for you?

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    2. Some people have a greater capacity for misery than others.

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    3. The people who want the tunnel have admitted the fact that cancer rates increase around the mouths of the tunnels. Isn't that enough for you?

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    4. What's 50,000 kids with asthma when you can get plasticware to WalMart a day earlier?

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    5. Remember Barbara Messina's caring rebuke: we have these illnesses, so you should, too.

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    6. Barbara is such a sweet and tender hearted thing.

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    7. Kind of like Nancy Walsh.

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    8. They may be sisters.

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    9. Sisters by different misters.

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  6. The freeway systems are hopelessly inadequate as they are. There is never a time the 210 is clear by Sierra Madre, except from maybe 11 at night to 3 in the morning. There has got to be less freeway building and more thinking. Metro trains to all airports will be a start.
    Oh yeah, we could think about controlling density, too.

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    1. Oh, yoo-hoo! Don't forget birth control! Density can be a thing of the past in a couple of generations!

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  7. I don't get it - send an email, but know that you don't really support the idea behind it?

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  8. 12:55, because Sierra Madre cares about all things that hurt the environment. We can not sustain southern California as it is why would we be for something that would hurt our neighbors. We have to all work together to protect what we here in California have been enjoying for so long.

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