No on 710 Supporters in CD14 Given Backhand
L.A. City Council Delays No on 710 Resolution
In typical L.A. City Council fashion, local No on 710 protesters from CD14 were given the back hand today, as all their work to organize and show up in support of the resolution of opposition was derailed by a slick city council procedural move which made all their hard work for nothing, likely discouraging protesters from showing up next time, thus denying them their chance to have their say.
What most likely happened is that CD14 councilman Jose Huizar, who has to maintain the support of his constituents, attempted to placate them by offering this resolution of opposition, when the City Council actually has no intention of opposing the 710 alternatives. This is a common occurrence in the L.A. City Council and happens regularly. They already have the plan down, and don’t need to discuss it beforehand. The item comes up, and then it goes down. The protests and protesters are diminished and dismissed as regularly as the sun rises, by citing procedure, council rules, precedent, or some other lame excuse.
This time, the excuse was that the transportation committee had to consider it, and would take it up at their Tuesday August 28 meeting, when all the protesters can come back and get their chance to speak. I am searching to confirm the when and where of this meeting. Will post when I find out.
In related news, Metro announced on August 23 that Metro staff, working with Caltrans would recommend eliminating the Ave. 64 highway route and Mt Washington tunnel route alternatives from consideration.
” Metro staff, working in conjunction with Caltrans, is recommending that the list of alternatives being studied for the SR 710 north-south connection from Alhambra to Pasadena be pared from 12 to five for further environmental study based on operational, engineering, financial and environmental considerations as well as public input. Among alternatives that would not continue are surface route options for Avenue 64 and San Rafael, or underground in the Mount Washington area or any surface highway options in those corridors.
The multi-modal options Metro is recommending go forward for further review include expanded bus rapid transit, light rail, a freeway tunnel, an alternative focused on expanded bus service, intersection and hot spot improvements, ridesharing and telecommuting and intelligent technology system improvements, and a no build option.
These recommendations will be presented Aug. 29 to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of more than 30 engineering and other technical experts representing jurisdictions throughout the region who are working with Metro and its consultants on the SR 710 environmental study.
At the meeting the performance criteria for culling the list of alternatives for further environmental study will be reviewed. The four alternatives plus the no build option will be further refined through the environmental phase, which should be completed by winter 2014. The public will be actively involved in the process as it has been since the SR 710 environmental study began earlier this year.”