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

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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