710 Call to Action

Ξ September 11th, 2009 | → 5 Comments | ∇ 90041, 90042, 90065, Beyond Northeast, Politics |

The Future Intersection of Eagle Rock Blvd. and Verdugo? (kcet.org)

The Future Intersection of Eagle Rock Blvd. and Verdugo? (kcet.org)

According ot the Stop the 710 Yahoo Group, State Senator Gil Cedillo is hoping to succeed with a bill to build the 710 extension tunnel.

SB545, Cedillo’s bill removing the surface 710 and substituting tunnels for the project, did not pass yesterday as the vote was 34 to 14.  Mike Eng asked for a motion of recosideration to agendize it again today.  It would help a lot if people would call Assemblyman DeLeon (916) 319-2045 or Assemblyman John Perez (916) 319-2046 (at their Sacramento offices) to object to passage of this bill.  The Assembly session will be going until midnight probably, so even if you get this after coming home it would help to call.

Cedillo’s own website offers this summary of his bill:

This bill would ensure that no surface highway will be constructed between Valley Boulevard in the City ofLos Angeles and Del Mar Boulevard in the city of Pasadena, leaving construction of a tunnel as the only alternative to close the 710 gap. SB 545 is a huge victory for the City of South Pasadena, the surrounding communities and the people that travel and live in the region.

This is only a victory for those who don’t mind a six-lane freeway being built under, or having the tunnel’s terminus in, their neighborhood.  For the rest of us, this is still a problem.

In case you’re more comfortable sending an email, the two Assemblyman’s contacts are at the bottom of the page.  Here is the brief letter I wrote.

Dear Assemblyman,

I oppose the 710 freeway extension in any form.  Spending money that neither California nor the federal government has, jeapordizing the respiratory health of the residents in these communities, and destroying the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people is not worth the small savings in transit times for trucks.  I expect you to oppose any attempt at building this freeway.  Thank you.

See the text of SB545.

Read a Sacramento Bee article about SB545.

Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon’s contact page.

Assemblyman John Peréz’s contact page.

 

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