League Day

LWV-PA Annual Meeting: Voting Trends

Thursday June 4

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women’s City Club
160 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena

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State Route 710 North Public Mtgs.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the SR-710 North transportation network was released on March 6, 2015 by the California Department of Transportation.

The State Route 710 (SR 710) North Study evaluates ways to improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion in East/North East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. State and Federal environmental law requires that projects be subjected to a detailed environmental assessment to determine what the positive or negative environmental, social, and economic impacts might be. It examines 5 options for public input on the traffic impact for different approaches:

(1) a no-build alternative
(2) a roadway tunnel without exits
(3) a light rail line connecting East L.A. with Pasadena
(4) a bus rapid transit line from Montebello to Pasadena
(5) Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM)

Caltrans has extended the standard 45-day public review and comment period to 120-days, and has held four public hearings.

The EIR/EIS amounts to two volumes at 2,200 pages and a total of more than 26,000 pages when counting the technical studies, should be the basis of public commentary. The public has until July 6, 2015 to respond to it with comments, per the information on the Metro site.

On Monday April 13, the Pasadena City Council voted on a Resolution to oppose SR-710 Tunnels, and Pasadena’s local Alternative preference, at the Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom. City of Pasadena page covering both April 13 and April 14 meetings is here. The 3 1/2 hour video of the April 13 City Council meeting is here.

On Wednesday May 13, the City of South Pasadena held a community workshop on the Historical 710 information, education & evaluation of the DEIR. The 45-minute video of the meeting is here.

On Thursday May 28, a press conference was held at the Metro Gateway Plaza by the group “Beyond the 710“: A New Coalition of Cities, Communities, and Allies to Launch A New Plan to Replace SR-710 Tunnel Debate with 21st Century Smart Mobility Measures to Connect People and Relieve Congestion for All Communities. This includes:

The Hon. Adam Schiff, Member of Congress
The Hon. Ara Najarian, Mayor of Glendale, and Member, Metro Board
The Hon. Marina Khubesrian, Councilwoman, South Pasadena
Michael Beck, City Manager, City of Pasadena
The Hon. Jonathan Curtis, Mayor pro tem, La Cañada Flintridge
The Hon. John Capoccia, Mayor, Sierra Madre
Christina Morris, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Damon Nagami, National Resources Defense Council
Claire Bogaard, No 710 Action Committee
The Hon. Anthony Portantino, former member, Calif. State Assembly

Dr. Tom Williams, Citizen Coalition for A Safe Community and Sierra Club Transportation Committee, is offering free tutorial workshops on how to publicly respond to the DEIR: If you need help with any comment – send a draft and he will help convert it into appropriate response – never ask a question…always demand that something is added or deleted (so it will show up in FEIR)….always state that the DEIR is incomplete/inadequate because of the absence/presence of something. Contact him at his email.

 

Unit Meetings

Summer 2015 Schedule

The Units do not meet in June, July, and August. Please plan to join a Unit in September

Topic: TBA

BREAKFAST UNIT    Altadena

SOUTH UNIT     Monterey Park

EAST UNIT      Sierra Madre

NORTH UNIT     Altadena

For more information, call 626-798-0965, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday–Friday, or e-mail office@lwv-pa.org.