Let’s take a Victory Lap at 4th of July Festival of Balloons Parade

Calling all No-710’ers in Alhambra!

This is the victory lap for the No 710 Fight. It’s time to honor all the freeway fighters from 1947 to 2017.

When: Tues. July 4, 2017  10am-1pm

Where: 806 Meridian Ave (1 block north of Mission.) Pick up balloons, signs, water and free t-shirts.

About parade: You can walk, bike, skateboard along this approx. 1 mile long parade route.  We will all walk together to celebrate the amazing work of the No 710 freeway fighters and the community.

Post-parade lunch celebration: El Super Burrito is a hosting taco lunch, and there will be margaritas and cold drinks.  Meet back at 806 Meridian Avenue.

Don't tunnel our town

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Metro puts a nail in the freeway coffin

http://mailchi.mp/5890dbe4463d/sr-710-north-study-update-march-1281905?e=4adea888c7

On May 25, 2017, by a 12-0 vote, the Metro Board of Directors approved directing the SR-710 project funds to local operational improvement projects to address traffic congestion caused by the 4.5-mile gap in the 710 freeway between Alhambra and Pasadena.

Under the motion approved by the Board, $105 million from Measure R would be used for local improvements listed in the Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM) option in the environmental document including: traffic signal upgrades and synchronization, local street and intersection improvements, improved connections to existing bus service and the promotion of rideshare in the area. The remaining Measure R funds could be used for other mobility improvement projects that can alleviate congestion on local streets along the SR-710 corridor.
The SR 710 North Study undertaken in 2011 explored solutions to traffic congestion caused by the freeway gap. The project’s environmental study looked at five alternatives: a “no build” option, a freeway tunnel, light rail, bus rapid transit and TSM/TDM.  The Study results indicate that the alternative that best addresses the project’s purpose and need is the Single Bore Freeway Tunnel.

While the Metro Board adopted the TSM/TDM as the Locally Preferred Alternative, the decision on a Preferred Alternative will be made by Caltrans later this year.

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Front Page News: The 710 Tunnel is Dead!

On May 25 the Metro Board voted unanimously in favor of using existing funds to fix local transportation issues, and have decided a freeway tunnel is NOT the way to go. Not surprisingly, Alhambra’s legislators are still clinging on to the antiquated pie in the sky.

Front page news in the LA Times today!

But Alhambra’s City Council is still clinging on:

“Supporting the tunnel should be a no-brainer for the board. Our goal is to relieve congestion in our neighborhoods,” Alhambra Mayor David Mejia said.  Pasadena Patch

 

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Assemblymember Chris Holden Announces Legislation to Kill 710 Freeway Tunnel

 

Pasadena Star News, Feb. 9, 2017: Chris Holden Introduces Bill to Kill 710 Freeway Tunnel: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170209/assemblyman-chris-holden-of-pasadena-introduces-bill-to-kill-710-freeway-tunnel-project

Alhambra Councilwoman Barbara Messina, who leads the 710 Coalition of cities and labor unions in support of constructing the gap-tunnel, took Holden’s announcement personally. She said she and Holden were in lock-step on the freeway completion for decades and had been friends since the early 1980s. “This really upsets me. I feel betrayed by him,” Messina said

Assembly Bill 287 establishes a local advisory committee to recommend a definitive solution for the State Route 710 corridor between the 10 and 210, but would prohibit this advisory committee from considering or recommending a freeway tunnel alternative.

WHO:
·        Chris Holden, Assemblymember, 41st Assembly District
·        Terry Tornek, Mayor, Pasadena
·        Michael Cacciotti, Mayor, South Pasadena
·        Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC)
·        Will Eley, Policy Advocate, California Public Interest Research Group
(CALPIRG)

WHEN:
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
WHERE:
Mission Street Metro Station
901 Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Read the bill here:20170ab287holdensr-710-advisory-committee_99

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Who are you voting for in the local race?

  1. USEFUL VOTING GUIDE FROM NO 710 ACTION COMMITTEE – PROVIDES VOTER INFORMATION FOR LOCAL RACES. CHECK IT OUT BEFORE YOU VOTE!  http://www.no710.com/voter-info.html
  2. PASADENA STAR NEWS ENDORSES TWO NON-ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATES FOR ALHAMBRA CITY COUNCIL WHO OPPOSE THE SR 710 TUNNEL ALTERNATIVE.   READ THE ENDORSEMENT HERE: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinion/20161018/nisall-toh-for-alhambra-city-council-endorsement

 

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Alhambrans Against 710 Endorse two Candidates

Alhambra finally has two anti-710 candidates running for two separate open seats, and Alhambrans Against 710 have endorsed them both: Mark Nisall and Ken Toh.  Both are running against candidates who are supported by our current city council members. None of the incumbent City Councilmembers are running because they will be termed out (and the others will term out in the next election cycle.)  This is a chance to turn the 710 tide in our neck of the woods!  Please read Pasadena Star’s Sep. 23, 2016 “Is Alhambra Ready to Elect Councilmembers who Oppose the 710 Freeway Tunnel”, which also mentions our group.

Ken Toh

You can read about Ken Toh in the Sept. 26, 2016 LA Weekly article “Ken Toh Exposed a Cover-Up at the Alhambra Fire Department.”

Also, here is something written by  a community member about Ken:

Hi, all,

I just wanted to share my reasons for supporting Ken Toh.  I’m convinced that he has the residents at heart and will fight for us.

But I’m worried about the election.  I’m worried because by nature he’s modest and outwardly reserved, and it’s people like this who often get looked over.  So I’m asking for your help to spread the word that people should take notice, because deep-down this man is a fighter.  And if they feel as strongly as I do, to consider volunteering to his campaign http://www.kentohforalhambracitycouncil2016.com/

Mark Nisall

A resident of Alhambra for 16 years and with experience in law enforcement, he is opposed to building the 710 freeway toll tunnel and to overdevelopment, which causes local traffic jams. You can find out more about Mark Nisall from his campaign’s website as well as this Alhambra Source article.

What can I do?

Get to know the candidates before you vote on November 8! There will be a candidates’ forum where you and your family and Alhambra friends and neighbors can engage with all four candidates, and ask questions and get to know their positions.

  • When: Wed. Oct. 5  moderated by the League of Women Voters, hosted by Alhambra Preservation Group.
  • Where: Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor Street, 7-9pm. Free refreshments with RSVP before Oct. 5.

Volunteer! You can volunteer to do phone banking or canvassing to help them get elected. please fill out this volunteer sign-up sheet.

Request a lawn sign: You can request lawn signs directly from Nisall’s and Toh’s campaigns.

Know your voting status! Check that you’re registered to vote at  your current address: https://www.lavote.net/vrstatus/  You can also register to vote at that site if you’re not registered. The deadline to do so is Oct. 24.

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