Thursday, October 6, 2016

Economic Imperialism and the 710 Tunnel

(Mod: Earlier this week the No 710 Freeway Tunnel folks recirculated an old column I wrote for the Pasadena Star News in early 2013. I thought I'd repost it here along with their reasons for bringing this op-ed back up.) 

Jan SooHoo: Read this article from 2013 that addresses the pressures for the tunnel as a necessary part of the economic engine that is the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. If you watched Assemblymember Chris Holden's hearing on Transportation Funding via livestream on Thursday, one theme was woven through most of the speakers' comments -- goods movement. The handwriting may not be in the DEIR/EIS, but it sure is on the wall!


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20 comments:

  1. Moderator; you are mighty with the pen, and your insight and writting style are par non.
    This is your calling in life.
    Steve Lopez from L.A. Times shares a similar style. Thank you for the Tattler.

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  2. Does Holden have an opponent in this election?

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    1. If your an Energy Voter; don't vote for this.

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    2. Holden probably has an opponent, but it won't make much difference, because he will win anyway. From various sources I've heard that Holden may come out fully against the tunnel, not just against it if it has trucks which has been his stated position for a long time. Everyone that sees this reply and is against the truck toll tunnels, call Holden's office and tell him that we all want him to be fully against this monstrous boondoggle.

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    3. For VOTER information on the 710 issue - see the candidates stances by doing a google search for " voter information NO 710" the info is on the No 710 Action Committee website - I'd post a link, but I'm not sure that is allowed.

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  3. It's the bag for Holden, he's following in his dads footsteps.

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  4. I would vote for a solution to the L.A. basin water shortage over the financial soaking voters are getting over that nonsensical coffin of a tunnel. Isnt Los Angels 50 years over due on the big shake out? Every 300 years for the San Andreas?

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    1. Yep.
      The real really big one is north of us though - the Cascadia subduction zone.
      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one?intcid=mod-most-popular

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  5. Glad to see the economic imperialism article get the attention it deserves.

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  6. The problem with borrowing vast amounts of money from foreign economic powers is the influence it gives them over our domestic affairs. The 710 Tunnel is being pushed for by countries now wielding a lot of financial influence in Sacramento and Washington. That is the reason why the push for this tunnel never seems to go away. The real players are hidden. The local officials pushing for this extremely unpopular project are just strawmen.

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    1. It's purely "follow the money" for profit to line the pockets of folks in China, in the case of the west coast ports. Ironically, cargo freight volume is dropping in LA/LB ports now. Just when we have TONS of rail capacity needing cargo traffic which can use this route instead of the 710 and get the cheap, polluting trucks off of our freeways. Which the taxpayers built, not the shipping or trucking industries.

      http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20160924/alameda-corridor-dream-becomes-financial-nightmare-for-los-angeles-and-long-beach-ports

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  7. And the OTHER boodoggle, the twin water tunnels in the Bay Delta. "If peripheral tunnels are Moby Dick, Jerry Brown has become Captain Ahab."

    https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/community/2016/10/04/growing-evidence-highlights-cracks-in-california-delta-tunnels-plan

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  8. Vote for Portantino who opposes the tunnel

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  9. So China owns the USA, because they bought this Countries debth?

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  10. Alhambra wants 210 fry connection tunnel.

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    1. All Alhambra wants is more overdevelopment, which causes their traffic problems, and more people coming into their city. The tunnel will quadruple the number of cars now at the stub at Valley Blvd, which, by the way, is in Los Angeles (El Sereno), not Alhambra.

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  11. Opps; debth as in tunnel to China because the Chinese own the USA.

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  12. A tunnel to China would get our goods here a lot faster. Imagine a tunnel that takes advantage of gravity with containers of our cherished items plummeting faster and faster downward. Then, as they pass the center of the earth, gravity acts as a brake slowing the containers down as they head toward the U.S. Evacuate the air from the tunnel and all you'll need is a little shove in China and they'll pop up on our side. Fast, energy efficient, and virtually nonpolluting. Some magma, rotational, and magnetic field issues, but we can engineer our way past them. Best of all, no need for a 710 tunnel!

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  13. Thank you Tattler, this was an excellent article in 2013. I think it's time for an updated article in the Star News to this one now that the DEIR came out, with it's 8,000 comments which are mostly negative, is out.

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