I VIGOROUSLY OPPOSE ALL OF THE METRO/Caltrans ROUTES
(Sent July, 19, 2012)
Many of you have contacted me about the appalling 710 Freeway routes that METRO/Caltrans has proposed. As you know, back in 2000, I proposed and achieved passage of a resolution by the City Council opposing the completion of the 710 in Pasadsena. Thereafter, in March 2001, the residents of Pasadena voted on a local ballot initiative reversing the Council’s resolution, and proposing instead that the policy of the City be to support the completion of the 710. At that time the a surface route along Pasadena Avenue was the option being proposed. Since then, Caltrans proposed a tunnel project and now METRO and Caltrans have proposed several options that would have a devastating impact on our neighborhoods and our quality on life in West Pasadena. Let me be clear: I vigorously oppose all of the METRO/Caltrans routes.
UPDATE FROM THE COUNCIL MEETING OF JULY 23, 2012
(Sent July 24, 2012)
want to thank the many constituents who came to City Council last night to express their deep concern about the potential 710 freeway routes proposed for West Pasadena by METRO/Caltrans.
As I have expressed earlier, I am adamantly opposed to any 710 routes that would cut through West Pasadena and threaten our quality of life and the environmental integrity of our neighborhoods. At my request this topic will be formally agendized for discussion at the August 13 City Council meeting. In anticipation of a larger audience, another venue for the meeting may be selected. We will let you know once that's been determined.
Measure A, which was passed in 2001 by Pasadena voters (but soundly rejected by District 6 constituents!) gives rise to a procedural issue regarding the degree to which the City Council can oppose the specific routes being proposed by METRO/Caltrans, or the process by which those routes were proposed. I have asked the City Attorney to carefully review this issue, and to seek the guidance of outside counsel if appropriate. I do not believe that Measure A should impede any opposition by the Council to these newly proposed routes, or the flawed process that produced these routes.
Please note the following meetings that our office is convening on this subject as well:
710 Community Forum
Pasadena Convention Center
District 6 Quarterly Town Hall Meeting
Location to be Arranged
I know that many of you have corresponded directly with METRO/Caltrans. I urge you to continue to do so. METRO staff reports that in a single afternoon over 60 messages were sent in opposition to the proposed options. I understand the matter may be discussed at a meeting of the METRO board on August 29; we will keep you posted on that as well.
I am working with our elected legislators and recommend that you contact them as well--Congressman Adam Schiff, State Senator Carol Liu, State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
Thanks for your interest in this important issue, and please let us know any thoughts or questions you may have.
For those of you who want more information on these routes, you can find the alternatives at this link: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/route_710/images/sr710_open_house_alt_concepts.pdf
If you receive the West Pasadena Residents Association Newsletter, see page 11 of the Summer 2012 issue where you will find an informative article on the SR710.
The most important step to take now is to express your opinion. METRO and Caltrans are now in the process of paring down the list of alternatives and will issue a new list by the end of August. So, the time for us to speak out is now. To weigh in directly with METRO go to http://www.metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations/ click on “CONTACT US” and complete the short form.
We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of this. In the meantime please do not hesitate to let us hear from you with any questions, concerns or information you have. Thanks.