Letter Blasts Neighboring City Council's 710 Views

In a letter to San Marino City Manager John Schaefer, former South Pasadena Patch contributor Petrea Burchard criticized the "old-fashioned thinking" of the San Marino City Council's view that the 710 freeway extension tunnel is a good id

The and alternatives have been and continue to be a heated topic as locals have weighed in on the possible effects of different options.

Author , who has contributed to Patch and also runs the blog Pasadena Daily Photo, shared her criticism of the San Marino City Council's views of the 710 freeway tunnel extension in a letter to City Manager John Schaefer Wednesday morning. She gave Patch permission to share the following letter:

Dear Mr. Schaefer,

Do I read this right? The City Council of San Marino thinks the 710 Freeway Extension tunnel through South Pasadena and Pasadena is a good idea?

Is San Marino not in proximity to South Pasadena and Pasadena?

Do you not breathe the same air as we do?

Will your air somehow escape the pollution?

Will your businesses not suffer?

Will your property values not plummet?

You do. They will.

Not to mention that a freeway and its tunnel are ideas straight out of the 1950s, and access to the the fuels to operate them is receding faster than you can say "electric rail."

I'm shocked at the old-fashioned thinking of the San Marino City Council.

Petrea Burchard Sandel

Margaret Doherty September 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Maybe we can reroute the 710 through San Marino. He wouldn't just change his tune, he'd take up a whole different instrument to play that warn out song.
EagleRockMom September 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM
No one in their right mind should support any facet of the 710 expansion.
kay mouradian September 14, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thank you Petrea! Has he responded or commented on your letter? If not, why not?
Janet Cartwright September 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Typical of San Marino...
Patrizzi Intergalactica September 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Endorsements from organizations were used to get Measure R approved by the voters. All have been betrayed: Environment Now American Lung Association in California Breathe CA of LA CicLAvia Clean Air Now Coalition for Clean Air Earth Day Los Angeles Endangered Habitats League Heal the Bay Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc Los Angeles Walks Montebello Bus Lines Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Ocean Conservation Society Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Southern California Public Health Assoc. Subway to the Sea Coalition The River Project Southern California Association of Governments Cedars-Sinai Medical Center California Center for Public Health Advocacy Downtown LA Neighborhood Council Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Silver Lake Neighborhood Counci Breathe California Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Physicians for Social Responsibility Measure R is the 30 year sales tax bill that provides the funding for the 710 projects. On the Metro website "R Tracker" most of the projects listed are freeway and highway improvements, HOV lanes, underpasses, sound barrier walls, ramps, etc. Only a few offer improvements in alternative transportation modes. http://www.metro.net/projects/progress_tracker/ These organizations signed on to promote the passing of Measure R because they support alternative transportation.  Measure J will extend the sales tax for another 30 years on the same hollow promises?
kevin fox September 14, 2012 at 04:29 PM
1950's thinking out of San Marino? Of course. Who could be surprised? Don't forget, San Marino was the birth place and home of the John Burch Society for decades. San Marino property values won't decline. If an extension goes through, they are hoping that some of the traffic that gets funneled along Huntington Drive will go away. Their businesses won't suffer; they hardly have anything anyone would want and few out of towners ever stop as they commute through (always keeping a keen eye out for San Marino's finest's speed traps). This is the same city that is intentionally out of compliance with affordable housing requirements - opting to pay fines rather than even think of having lower class folks sharing their community. Their domestic help can ride the bus back to where they came from.
Petrea Burchard September 14, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thanks, Kay. No, I've not heard back from him. But there are a lot of responses to my letter here and on San Marino Patch, most of them in agreement. Most citizens apparently don't feel the need to destroy homes and neighborhoods and historic sites just to take four or five minutes off their commute.
Petrea Burchard September 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Good point, Kevin.
Sam Burgess September 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Many additional comments on San Marino Patch.
Sam Burgess September 14, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Los Angeles County's Measure J is a 30-year tax. For the 710 to go forward it must pass. O.K., San Marino, are you for taxes or not? Your beloved freeway is dependent on your decision.
Harry A. Knapp September 14, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It always amazes me that people in SGV believe that the 710 extension will relieve their N-S arterials. There is only a 20% pass through to?from Pasadena (MTA number), the rest going to/from Alhambra, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, and perhaps Duarte. A tunnel would not change that dispersion from Valley Blvd. Who would want to pay a toll to be able to get to/from the 210 and then filter to/from those cities? Harry Knapp
Petrea Burchard September 14, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you, Ann!
Janet Cartwright September 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Not to mention closing Lacy Park on the weekends to non-residents i.e. brown/black people.
klmb September 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I love having driving through town during rush hour and I have absolutely no concern about my children crossing Fremont,Fair Oaks, or Monterey to get to school. The air quality through these commuter corridors must be great, especially when traffic is stopped in front of the high school. Go 710 tunnel!!!
Patrizzi Intergalactica September 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM
You might want to reconsider driving through town at rush hour, and by the time the tunnel is built your children will be out of school. Your concerns are valid, as valid as parents in Highland Park, Garvanza, South Pasadena, Pasadena, La Cañada, El Sereno... What we are finding out now is that the 710 expansion and massive tunnel will not diminish traffic...it will attract traffic and create more re-routing. Lot's more public safety issues too that really changed my mind.
Judith Trout September 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Good letter Petrea. Thank you Harry for your good point, Lets just go with no freeway. LA county is nothing but one big freeway. I live next to the Pasadena Parkway & the dirt & dust is alful & we breath this every night & day. After 50 years here, I have COPD another freeway is not what we need.
klmb September 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM
While I may have related my situation living here, that's just the point Patrizzi Intergalactica, it's for the future. There aren't ever going to be any less people in Los Angeles and between public transportation and the tunnel, South Pasadena might be a more awesome place to live.
Marvion September 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Drat, seven-hundred-ten views,, and only seventeen comments..
Harry A. Knapp September 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I have been researching air pollution and its health consequences and the reports are devastating. USC Keck School of Medicine reports on the I-710 (lower) indicate elevated incidents of asthma, emphysema, life-long lung deficiencies, breast cancer, diabetes, etc. Tunnels concentrate pollution by up to 1000 times and there will be no scrubber system - only 2 are used in the world. In June WHO ruled diesel to be a carcinogen with the expectation of USEPA to follow. Chemically tagged LA pollution can be found in the bottom of the Grand Canyon 2 days later. Unregulated Asian pollution contributes up to 20% of West Coast ozone. A tunnel would just shift LA pollution to this corridor and there are better ways to move traffic, people and goods - light rail, electrified rail from the ports to distribution centers, light synchronization. Your children's future and health are at risk with this project. Google no710.com for more information. CASK
Gary V Fitzgerald September 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I truely like living in South Pasadena. It is almost an oasis in this vast, calamitous Los Angeles metropolitan area . The residents here are sane and friendly. They seem to come from all walks of life. I do not want any of that to ever change. The 710 project would cause negative changes in the quality of life in this town without significantly improving anyone's commute.
Roderick Spilman September 20, 2012 at 03:25 AM
good point
Roderick Spilman September 20, 2012 at 03:28 AM
We already have one freeway in South Pas. We don't need another one.


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