The 710 Decision & Why It’s Important to Stay Engaged

A major game-changing victory, but it's certainly not over.

Response to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Decision on SR 710 Alternative

May 25, 2017

Jan SooHoo
Claire Bogaard

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Los Angeles, CA – The No 710 Action Committee has spent more than seven years engaging in every aspect of the 710 North Study. Today we were represented by over 30 members at the meeting at which the Metro Board voted unanimously to eliminate the 710 tunnel alternative from funding in favor of the Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management alternative from the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Following the meeting the committee issued this statement: “The No 710 Action Committee enthusiastically supports today’s unanimous landmark decision by the Metro Board of Directors for multiple reasons:

• It demonstrates that Metro is ready to move beyond the era of addressing congestion by adding more lane miles in favor of focusing on locally-supported, sensible transportation options that are feasible today, fiscally sound, reduce pollution, lower health risks, relieve congestion and serve the specific needs of the communities they serve.

• It confirms the ruling by a court of law in the State of California that inclusion of “(tunnel)” in
Measure R has no force in effect—that is, it does not mandate the construction of the tunnel.

• It releases funds that have been locked away in the hope of a return to 1950s planning mindset
that can now be spent on creating immediate and real 21st century solutions to traffic.

• It effectively removes the spectre of the 710 tunnel from consideration for the foreseeable future. Our primary goal of eliminating the tunnel alternative has been achieved with today’s historic decision, but there is still much to do. Moving forward, our committee plans to support and participate in the process set forth by the Board for defining and implementing individualized solutions for mitigating traffic impacts in the communities named in the motion. In addition, we will focus on supporting our elected officials in their efforts to insure that neither the tunnel nor any freeway extension of the 710 to the 210 ever again presents a threat to future generations. Finally, we are committed to continue working to insure the fair treatment of the Caltrans tenants and to support the expedient sale of Caltrans-owned houses in the corridor. We congratulate the Directors on the consensus they were able to reach on what has long been a contentious issue, their focus on a new direction for 710 Corridor solutions, the respect the Directors showed to each other and the Board’s sensitivity to the concerns of everyone who spoke at today’s meeting.“
Caltrans Tenants of the 710 Corridor
Natural Resources Defense Council
East Yard Communities for Environ. Justice
Glassell Park Improvement Association
Far North Glendale Homeowners Association
San Rafael Neighborhoods Association
West Pasadena Residents Association
Highland Park Heritage Trust
Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council
Crescenta Valley Town Council
La Canada Unified School District
LA RED, El Sereno

City of South Pasadena
Sierra Club
National Trust for Historic Preservation
California Preservation Foundation
Los Angeles Conservancy
Pasadena Heritage
South Pasadena Preservation Foundation
South Pasadena Unified School District
Arroyo Seco
Cypress Park
Eagle Rock
El Sereno
Glassell Park
Highland Park
Lincoln Heights
Sunland -Tujunga

City of Glendale City of Sierra Madre
City of Los Angeles City of South Pasadena
City of La Canada Flintridge
City of Pasadena
581 Garden Lane
Pasadena, CA 91105

Friends of the Earth
Taxpayers for Common Sense
The Heartland Institute
Public Citizen

Resolutions and Statements Against
Cities, Councils, and Civic Leaders
City of Glendale City of La Cañada Flintridge
City of Los Angeles City of Pasadena
City of Sierra Madre City of South Pasadena
Congressman Adam Schiff State Senator Anthony Portantino
Assemblymember Laura Friedman Assemblymember Chris Holden
Candidate for L.A. City Council, Joe Bray-Ali

Neighborhood Organizations
Crescenta Valley Town Council Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council El Sereno Neighborhood Council
Glassell Park Neighborhood Council Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council
Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Crescenta Valley Community Association
Far North Glendale Homeowners Association Glassell Park Improvements Association
Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council Linda Vista-Annandale Association
Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance San Rafael Neighborhoods Association
West Pasadena Residents Association Caltrans Tenants Association
LA RED, El Sereno The Eagle Rock Association (TERA)
Highland Park Heritage Trust Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors
Sequoyah School Day One
South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Pasadena Roving Archers
Responsible Alhambrans Against the 710 Beyond the 710
Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association
Five Star Coalition of School Districts
Glendale Unified School District South Pasadena Unified School District
Burbank Unified School District Pasadena Unified School District
La Cañada Unified School District
Green Scissors Reports of 2010 & 2011
Friends of the Earth Taxpayers for Common Sense
The Heartland Institute Environment America
Public Citizen
Other Organizations
California Public Interest Research Group Environment Defense Fund
Natural Resources Defense Council Trust for Public Land
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Plaintiffs Listed on Lawsuit Resulting in Federal Injunction Against the Project
City of South Pasadena Pasadena Heritage
Sierra Club South Pasadena Preservation Foundation
National Trust for Historic Preservation Los Angeles Conservancy
South Pasadena Unified School District California Preservation Foundation

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