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Do not yield in 710 fight

April 06, 2011|By Carol Cormaci

Get a move on, those of you La Cañadans who hope to put the brakes on completion of the 710 Freeway. A key deadline is looming for you to make known any worries you may have — environmental or otherwise — about the state going forward with completing the so-called “gap” by constructing a multi-billion dollar, 4.5-mile tunnel connecting the 710 to the 210 Freeway.

Specifically, your comments must be received by next Thursday, April 14. Address them to: Ron Kosinski, Deputy District Director, Caltrans District 7, 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

A series of public meetings dubbed “SR-710 Conversations” has been held in the region by Metropolitan Transit Authority (“Metro”)/Caltrans, with one drawing a respectable-sized crowd, including yours truly, to the cafeteria at La Cañada High School Tuesday night.

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These “conversations” have provided the opportunity for people to step up to the mike and state their concerns and wishes for specific potential impacts of the 710’s completion to be studied during the environmental impact report stage.

About two dozen area residents spoke up at Tuesday’s meeting. Only one of the speakers, Nat Read, a Glendale resident who is paid to chair the 710 Freeway Coalition, was not opposed to closing the gap.

Understandably, too, since his group comprises a host of entities that stand to financially gain from the construction of a massive tunnel (or any other method chosen to extend the 710), including Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Local 4; Boilermakers Local 92; Los Angeles/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council; International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12; Carpenters Contractors Cooperation Committee; Heat & Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local 5; Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 108; Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association locals 200 and 600; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental Iron Workers, Riggers, Heavy Machinery Movers, and Sheeters locals 416 and 433; and the list goes on. The following cities are also members of the group: Arcadia, Long Beach, Monrovia, Commerce, San Marino, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Azusa, Pico Rivera and San Gabriel.

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