Pasadena Star News Letter to the Editor (10/24/14)

Who funds studies supporting the 710?: Letters

Posted: 10/24/14, 11:53 AM PDT  |

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Who funds studies supporting the 710?

Regarding the news release headlined “Public support for 710 north freeway tunnel remains strong”: The public, surely, cannot believe the publication of a survey that is presented as objective research when the source is the October 2014 Around Alhambra, the business newspaper of Alhambra.

The newspaper has never printed facts that support opposition to the 710.

Therefore, we cannot possibly believe that this article is objective journalism.

The first “key finding” in this article is that traffic congestion on local streets is an important issue. I could have told you that without an expensive survey paid for with public dollars.

What if the first question had been, “Does the Alhambra City Council play a role in having increased traffic to current levels by overdevelopment?”

The key finding would have been, “The Alhambra City Council is at fault for creating more of the unbearable traffic congestion in Alhambra.” What if another question was, “Do you think the thousands of new tenants of the overdevelopment on Main Street are going to walk to the 710 extension in El Sereno or Pasadena so that they do not cause traffic on local streets?”

Perhaps another “key finding” would be that Alhambra residents would support a no position on the 710 because, clearly, council-created traffic would not be ameliorated. Yet another question in my survey would ask if residents want the geotechnical risk of a tunnel in Alhambra that will likely bore through our water aquifer or natural gas pools.

My survey’s key findings would show residents of Alhambra say no to the 710.

— Gloria Valladolid, Alhambra

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