Two 710 Meetings Scheduled This Week

More technical details are expected to be shared with concerned citizens.

Though Metro decided late last month to no longer consider 710 Freeway extension routes that would run through the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Mount Washington and Garvanza, many locals have remained engaged in the issue.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, those locals will have the opportunity to discuss with experts and officials plans for the one extension route that Metro has yet to scratch from its list: an underground tunnel that would run beneath the South Pasadena and El Sereno.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom, 300 E. Green St.

This forum, hosted by Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison, will feature experts from several fields who will answer specific questions about the proposed freeway tunnel.

Those slated to attend are Dr. Rob McConnell University of Southern California, who will speak about health concerns related to freeways; Dr. Ken Hudnut, who will discuss the technical challenges of building the proposed F7 tunnel; Susan Mossman, who will speak briefly on concerns about the impact on historic properties; Dr. John Seinfeld, who will address pollution issues resulting from freeways and  Ara Najarian, who currently serves on the Glendale Housing Authority. 

A representative from Metro has also been invited to attend the meeting.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
El Sereno Senior Center, 4818 Klamath Pl.

According to Metro, "the meeting will include a description of the environmental review process and an opportunity to hear about the proposed [F7 Tunnel] alternative from Metro technical staff. All homeowners, residents, and prospective residents are urged to attend the meeting and voice their opinions on this important issue."


Highland Park Prefers 'No Build' Option

Tsalagi1 September 18, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I attend as many meetings as I possibly can. We are not going away. We follow everything closely. Just because some routes have been eliminated does not mean we have forgotten our neighbors, regardless of which side of us they are on.
Joanne Nuckols September 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
After we hear the gift bag of negative environmental impacts, not to mention the extreme cost from $5-12 Billion, of F-7 toll tunnels Tuesday night in Pasadena, we will be armed and ready tomorrow night to tell Metro we are all opposed and want it eliminated from the environmental review NOW!!!!!
S.E.C.G. September 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I try to make it to most meetings also; it's important to show Metro and Caltrans that we are not going away!
Charles Miller September 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
This remains a HIghland Park and NELA issue as we will be expected to pay for this for 60 years or longer financially and forever as a broader community with our health. Measure J on November's ballot plans to extend a 1/2 cent sales tax another 30 years, then immediately mortgage that commitment with interest laden bonds to complete the 710 extension. It's like taking your 30 year mortgage, extending that to 60 years, then spend it all in 5 years - sounds too much like the thinking that got us into the Great Recession in the first place. This should be a non-starter for us. Vote No on Measure J and this project is dead in the water. The other way we will pay is with out health. Voters in San Marino and other east SGV communities will bear the brunt of the negative health impacts, yet when the Santa Ana winds blow, NELA will be a direct hit. Going back to the financial side for a moment, will sick workers missing work due to related asthma be reliable tax payers to live long enough to pay this off? These are at the core of why we remain in this fight. It's bad public policy with poor transparency with no clearly approved and accountable deliverables. This is a blank check that I do not plan to write and urge you all not to as well.
Tsalagi1 September 19, 2012 at 05:40 AM
And oh boy, did we ever get a gift bag! Now we can quote the experts we just heard tonight! We also got insight into the workings of the Metro board from Ara Najarian and Anthony Portantino. They told it like it is!


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