Friday, June 3, 2016

Pasadena Weekly Election Endorsements: Why Are They All 710 Tunnel Supporters?

Mod: I have often believed that the Pasadena Weekly can be bought. Out of all our fine local publications (a few of whom often claim to have more influence than they actually do), the PW is at the top of my list of potential pay-to-play papers. If you have any doubts about this, click here for a quick refresher on last year's Tyron Hampton/Andre' Coleman controversies. And I have to tell you, their election endorsements this week smell awfully fishy to me. I mean, how can you endorse both Bernie Sanders and Michael Antonovich in the same breath?

Not that the Sage of Burlington is a known 710 Tunnel supporter mind you (at least not to me), but everyone local the Pasadena Weekly endorsed this week for next Tuesday's California primary just happens to be afflicted with tunnel vision. Perhaps not by chance alone. Check out this noisome bunch (link):


It all seems like too much of a coincidence. Support for the hole from hell is the only thing all four of these shopworn suspect political perennials have in common. So what gives?

Speaking of the 710 Tunnel ...

The real City of Pasadena is taking its opposition to the Alhambra Abattoir to next fall's ballot, and that really is a marvelous thing to see. Check out this Pasadena Star News editorial.


For the rest of this important editorial click here.

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42 comments:

  1. I am in favor of the tunnel.

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    1. Thanks Judy.

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    2. I bet you're also in favor of all day long 210 traffic and more air pollution, too? Woo hoo.

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    3. The 210 is already an incredible mess. Adding all that port truck traffic isn't going to improve the lives of those living here.

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    4. Where to is the port truck traffic currently going?

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    5. It snakes through the San Gabriel valley on side streets- unfiltered and next to schools.

      I'm in favor of the tunnel too.

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    6. I'm not sure getting cheaply made Asian goods to Wal*Mart a day or so quicker justifies laying waste to SGV cities. Just to put a different perspective to all of this. Better use of the train system makes a lot more sense.

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    7. Try harder, 10:39. You just stated that big rigs are driving down side streets which would be an easy ticket to write since those aren't approved truck routes. lol

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    8. 10:39 - silly rabbit. Tricks are for kids.

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    9. Just like everyone is using the Metro...

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    10. The NO on 710 website has a map graphic showing the traffic routes. More importantly, it states: The SR-710 North Extension is not being built for commuters. It's intended as part of a goods movement system that ties into the Expansion of the I-710 Freeway and the High Desert Corridor.1
      These 4.9 mile tunnels will not have exits or onramps, further demonstrating that it is not designed for local commuters, but pass-through traffic from the Ports. Therefore any discussion of the HSR being connected to this route is totally fallacious; it doesn't go there.

      http://www.no710.com/

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    11. 11:45 - containers of freight don't have as much freedom of choice as people when it comes to transportation.

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    12. The arguments on the no710 website are not conclusive. On the one hand traffic will get worse, on the other hand there will not be enough traffic. It cannot be both ways.

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    13. All those bogus safety concerns of the no710 folks can be addressed. JPL sends missions to Mars, but we shall be unable to build a safe tunnel?
      The technology is available:
      http://www.tunnel-online.info/en/news/tunnel__1850519.html
      We just have to insist that we get the best technology.

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    14. I believe NASA sent missions to Mars. JPL engineered some of the parts.

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    15. 5:58 - 210 traffic will get worse. Kind of like your comments.

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    16. 7:17 is so hostile. must have had a long commute home

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    17. 7:15, you are almost correct. JPL is part of NASA. Its full name is NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY. I used JPL as pars pro toto.
      But the center of the argument was that the technology is available. You just choose to divert from the topic by nitpicking on a word you deemed used incorrectly. You would make a great career in politics.

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    18. Ok, then we can safely ignore all the arguments that were made based on the assumption that there will not be enough traffic to pay for the maintenance.

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    19. Your analogy, 6:08, is one of the most bizarre not coming from a southern politician that I've heard in a long time.

      But you know what? I agree. You're referring to the Mars Climate Orbiter, right?

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    20. I am not sure how NASA could ever be stupid enough to build the 710 Tunnel, or make the kinds of arguments in favor of it that we see here.

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    21. What does Mars have to do with arguments for building the 710 Tunnel? Outside of being from deep and empty space?

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    22. 7:17 and all others who are concerned that the 210 traffic will get worse: Take the Metro!

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    23. 11:31
      Mars has nothing to do with the building of the tunnel, other than being an example of what technology can achieve in the 21st century. The smoke grenades were thrown in here to distract from the advancements in technology that we made.

      Be reminded, that America is the technology leader of the world but sometimes we tend to forget that. Some no710 tunnel folks brought up arguments that a tunnel cannot be built safely and that it is dangerous because people could not be rescued out of a tunnel. This argument ignores that state-of-the-art tunnels have rescue tubes designed to rescue people in the event of a fire. The 21st century has a lot of technological advances to offer that we can take advantage of. This also includes successful filtering of diesel exhausts (and even engineering better engines that reduce the emissions in the first place). If that were a priority to the no710 folks, they would push for the implementation of higher emission standards for all diesel trucks not only those who go through the SGV.

      Arguments that are aiming to stir up emotions (in this case fears of their health and safety) always should make us highly suspicious of the underlying motives.

      Switzerland was just been praised internationally for the completion of their Gotthard Base Tunnel, a railway tunnel that was placed underneath the previously existing car tunnel. Those who are in favor of railways should push for a plan that includes a railway tunnel.

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  2. Wow. Antonovich is wiser now because he's old? It's all over Sacramento that he's no longer functioning effectively and has memory issues.

    https://jwalshconfidential.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/supervisor-mike-antonovichs-recent-episodes-of-memory-loss-odd-behavior-while-chairing-supervisors-board-prompt-calls-for-early-alzheimers-disease-testing-if-la-county-mayor-antonovich-wi/

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    1. Not being able to function mentally does not disqualify someone from a career in Sacramento.

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    2. Actually, if true that means he'd be better qualified.

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    3. 8:10 sounds like a political operative, fer sure.

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    4. a screamer post on a random blog? Let me get right on that.

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    5. Senile he'd be a far more accurate representation of those that elected him.

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    6. This site is a little calmer in its documentation of the Antonovich issues, and it's also paid for by the Los Angeles Democrats

      http://www.uncensoredantonovich.com/ethical-lapses/

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    7. Mental incapacity won't disqualify him. It's not like the position will enable him to sign "legislation that will outlaw Russia forever," declare "Mission Accomplished," or "build a wall and make them pay for it."

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  3. Just a reminder for your vote on June 7:

    Two seats on the County Boards of Supervisors are up for election both in Los Angeles County and in Orange County. In these races, the primary could be the general election. If a candidate wins a simple majority of the votes cast in the primary, that candidate is elected to office.

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  4. It's quite exciting how the 710 tunnel will be yet another way to subsidize WalMart, which already gets tax breaks, infrastructure assistance, low-cost financing, grants from state and local governments, tax right-offs for high executive pay and bonuses, etc.

    And let's not forget the low paid, uninsured non-union WalMart employees who have no choice but to rely on food stamps, public healthcare, and other government benefits to get by, just like the former small business owners and former small business employees put out of business by WalMart.

    I'm surprised the Waltons don't hold contests getting people to find even more ways to enable them suckle our tax dollars away. Perhaps political contributions are just more efficient.

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    1. It is quite a cozy relationship. The Chinese manufacture many of the cheap goods Walmart sells. And since they also keep the current American political establishment in power through trillions of dollars in loans, they can demand things such as the 710 tunnel be built. Getting their products to market more quickly improves their profitability. The health concerns of those who stand in the way of that are of no concern.

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    2. Don't worry, WalMart will be paying a $15 min wage in CA. Until they close stores and then those employees will be making $0 minimum wage.

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    3. Sounds like 9:40 doesn't like workers being paid decent wages. No doubt 9:40 doesn't like paying taxes for food, housing, and medical subsidies for the poor either.

      Of course, 9:40 doesn't complain about the untold wealth the plutocrats accumulate at the expense of their workers.

      Why? Perhaps it's because the plutocrats have essentially bought him off with the low prices he pays for luxury goods, such as that inexpensive 72" flat screen a low paid worker loaded into his feature-rich SUV.

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    4. The people who want to build the tunnel are the plutocrats. International plutocrats. And they have our little monkey local pols in their pockets.

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  5. Hey Mod: It seems like I'm always about 2 for 3 or so with what you will post. You should post my Walmart comments.

    You, me, and everyone who pays taxes are subsidizing the Walton family significantly--in the manner I described and probably even more so. Although I didn't use the word, it's really difficult to think of it in terms of anything other than "disgusting."

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    1. Sorry about that. For some reason it got stuck in the spam file. Great comment.

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  6. 11:09 You have an interesting insight. Of course, the port is not only used to import, but also to export.
    One of the most outrageous things that California exports to China is water in the form of Alfalfa.
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-feeding-china-hay-20140609-story.html

    While exports from the Imperial Valley will likely not go through the 710 tunnel, exports of from the Central Valley (almonds and other tree nuts, wine, dairy) could easily be fed through the 710 tunnel.


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