May 7, 2015: Public Hearing on D-EIR in El Sereno, Los Angeles:

  • Approximately 300 people attended
  • Map/Chart viewing with Metro/Caltrans Staff with Consultant Outreach Groups MBI and ConsensusInc taking names at the door.
  • 40 Public Speakers – 12 pro 710 Tunnel/ 28 anti 710 tunnel and for re-evaluation of EIR with true community input
  • Political/Org Attendees to Note:
    • South Pasadena City Council Member Richard Schneider
    • Rep from Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez’s Office
    • Rep from Assemblyman Ed Chau’s Office
    • Rep from Congress Woman Lucille Roybal-Allard’s Office
    • Chief of Staff Paul Habib from LA City Council Member Jose Huizar’s Office
    • Rep from LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis’ Office
    • Chris Morris, National Trust for Historic Preservation 
    • Damon Nagami, National Resource Defense Council
    • Labor Union 300
    • Iron Workers Union 433
    • Eddie Torres, East LA Chamber of Commerce President
  • Public Comments to Note, Anti 710 Tunnel:
    • Chief of Staff, Paul Habib, from Huizar’s Office criticized tunnel options as “falling short”, wants more inclusive process on LRT and the Cost Benefit Analysis.
    • Various No 710 Action Committee Reps
    • South Pasadena Councilman Schneider, highlighted new “Beyond the 710” coalition
    • Sierra Club Transportation Committee Rep
    • Chris Morris from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Professor Rico from USC Keck Medical School, USC’s Children’s Environmental Director McConnell & Professor Diaz of Cal State University LA all highlighting EIR failure in accurately conveying air pollutants.
    • Nagami from the National Resource Defense Council
  • Eddie Torres from East LA Chamber of Commerce spoke against the EIR
  • Dona Hernandez, Chair of East LA Advisory Community spoke against EIR
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