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Sunday July 19

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Garfield Park
1750 Mission St, South 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 150-days, and has held five 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 August 5, 2015 to respond to it with comments, per the information on the Metro site.

Caltrans and Metro released on June 19, 2015 the Analysis of Costs and Benefits (CBA) for the SR-710 North study alternatives. That document is here.

Community Meetings:

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. The proposed route is here. Supporters include:

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 – their press release here
Damon Nagami, National Resources Defense Council
Claire Bogaard, No 710 Action Committee
The Hon. Anthony Portantino, former member, Calif. State Assembly

The half-hour video of the “Beyond the 710″ press conference is here.

Responsible Alhambrans Against the 710 – alternative approach

On Thursday June 18 there was an El Sereno 710 Community workshop on the 710 information, education & evaluation of the DEIR. The 1-hour, 45-minute video of the meeting is here.

Freight transportation projection from DOT is here.

How to comment on the DEIR by August 5

How to Submit Effective Written Comments for the SR‐710 North Draft EIR
Materials from the Feb. 28, 2015 CEQA Workshop – page is here with examples

Dr. Tom Williams, PhD, Citizen Coalition for A Safe Community and Sierra Club Transportation Committee, is is moderating free walk-in tutorial workshops on how to publicly respond to the DEIR. Questions? contact him at his email.

WHEN: June 22-July 30 2015 Tuesdays/Wednesday/Thursday 3-5+pm
23-25 Jun, 30-2 Jul, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 July

WHERE: City of Los Angeles, El Sereno Branch Library, Community Room
5226 Huntington Dr. (South) – South Side, East of VanHorne and West of Poplar, Los Angeles, CA 90032

 

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.