May 28, 2015, Los Angeles –
Opponents of the SR 710 tunnel alternative have rebranded themselves in an effort to undermine Metro’s ongoing Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (DEIR/EIS) process. More than 300 community, advisory and related committee meetings have occurred over the past four years in preparation for the SR 710 project DEIR/EIS release, review and process. “To disrupt this process is unconscionable and disrespectful to the hundreds of residents that have participated in the process throughout the years,” said Alhambra Councilmember Barbara Messina.
Metro and Cal Trans have spent countless hours and millions of dollars to support the review and analysis of five alternatives to address the incomplete 710 freeway. City officials, businesses, labor and local residents have engaged in the ongoing public comment process, which began on March 6th.
Draft environmental documents clearly illustrate the benefits of a freeway tunnel. Opponents, increasingly desperate to combat growing support for the tunnel, are attempting to end a debate before it has started. “This group is beyond reasonable. They are not new, in fact, they are the same vocal minority that continues to oppose the increasingly popular tunnel alternative,” said Ron Miller, Executive Secretary at Los Angeles/ Orange Counties Buildings & Construction Trades Council. A recent poll showed 2-to-1 support for the freeway tunnel (56% favor vs. 27% oppose in Los Angeles County, and 59% favor vs. 30% oppose in cities near the proposed project), contradicting the supposed opposition claimed by a vocal minority.
About the 710 Coalition
The Coalition was formed in 1982 and represents communities united to see the 710 freeway completed as soon as possible. It is made up of businesses, school districts, cities, and individuals united under a common umbrella of action and information. The 710 Coalition's member organizations represent millions of people in Southern California. The member cities are: Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and San Marino. For a complete list of supporters and more information about the 710 Coalition please visit us at our website: http://www.710coalition.com/.