Assemblymember Chris Holden Introduces Legislation Which Would Prohibit Building the 710 Freeway Extension Tunnel Under Pasadena

first_imgGovernment Assemblymember Chris Holden Introduces Legislation Which Would Prohibit Building the 710 Freeway Extension Tunnel Under Pasadena His bill, AB 287, would prohibit state from building 710 tunnel extension By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 11:05 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy State Assemblymember Chris Holden announces his proposed legislation that would prohibit building a tunnel to complete the 710 freeway gap at a press conference near the South Pasadena Metro Gold Line Station on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.In a dramatic development in the 50 year-old battle over the extension of the 710 Freeway and the construction of a tunnel to fill the corridor gap between the I-10 and I-210 Freeways, State Assemblymember Chris Holden has introduced a bill which, if passed, will completely remove the possibility of a tunnel to extend the freeway.“In light of California’s landmark climate legislation that mandates the rapid reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions, it is clear that the State Route 710 tunnel project is a misguided and obsolete solution,” said Holden at a press conference this morning at the South Pasadena Metro Station.Joining Holden in announcing the bill—AB 287—were Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, and Councilmembers Andy Wilson and Steve Madison, former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, along with leaders from a number of San Gabriel valley cities, including South Pasadena and Sierra Madre.The bill would establish the I-710 Gap Corridor Transit Study Zone Advisory Committee, with representatives from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Los Angeles, Caltrans and Metro. The committee would also include legislators representing the 710 Corridor Gap Communities.Said Holden, “This committee will be tasked with recommending the most appropriate and feasible solution for the 710 Corridor gap that effects the San Gabriel Valley. The committee will review a wide range of traffic calming, green space and mass transit options for the 6.2 mile gap and recommend a viable community supported solution that creates jobs for the San Gabriel Valley.”The bill specifically prohibits the State Department of Transportation from building the 710 Tunnel.Speaking to the cost of the proposed tunnel, Holden said, “Constructing a tunnel could cost up to a billion dollars per mile. Compare that to the recent extensions of the Gold Line which cost less than a billion dollars for 20 miles.”“It’s really important that (Assemblymember Holden) has added his powerful voice to the rising chorus of voices that continue to object to trying to impose this early 20th-Century solution to this 21st Century problem,” said Mayor Tornek. “The important thing is that it’s not enough to just say ‘no’ to something, you have to say, ‘What do we do?,’ and his bill contemplates taking a look at the alternatives, and simply objecting to something we are not even considering anymore.”“It’s nice that people like Chris are finally waking up to this problem,” said Jim Miller of the No 710 Action Committee. Asked what the bill would mean to the work that his committee has done, Miller said, “After fifty years, it may be over.”Thinking beyond the 710 issue, and discussing the larger transportation issues in the San Gabriel Valley, Holden also suggested extending the Metro light rail system to create a loop that connects cities beyond the San Gabriel Valley, into communities like Downey and Whittier.Added Holden, who cautiously anticipated swift movement of his bill, “Before any final recommendations are made, we have the opportunity to set a precedent for what transportation can be in California. Our state led the way by building one of the most advanced freeway systems in America, and we should lead the way now by taking a 21st Century approach to addressing our transportation needs.” 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. 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Michael O’Neill keen for Kyle Lafferty to play more club football

first_img Lafferty scored seven times in nine games to help his country qualify for Euro 2016 – their first major tournament in 30 years – but has seen his club career stall at Norwich. Despite his heroics on the international stage he has managed only two substitute appearances for the Canaries all season. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has welcomed interest in star striker Kyle Lafferty. Press Association The 28-year-old remains key to O’Neill’s plans next summer and managed 54 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 friendly win over Latvia despite suffering an upset stomach. But his lack of game time has had a clear effect on his sharpness and with Leeds having registered an interest in taking Lafferty on loan, O’Neill is hoping that will soon change. Asked if he had discussed Leeds with the striker, O’Neill said: “I’ve had absolutely no involvement in that at all, but the most important thing for me is that Kyle gets playing. “It’s a hard situation. It’s November now and he hasn’t started a game for his club. That’s not an easy situation to deal with. “I thought he did extremely well given the circumstances. “But there’s no secret and he knows it himself, to be at his best he needs to be playing. “That applies to any player and I know that personally. There were times I played internationally when I wasn’t playing for my club and it’s a very difficult situation for a player to find themselves in.” Captain Steven Davis was the match-winner at Windsor Park, converting from close range after his initial header had been well saved. Having scored twice in the history-making win over Greece last month, he now has eight Northern Ireland goals to his name and five for club and country this season. Like so many of his team-mates, the Southampton midfielder has seen lean times in a green shirt but he admits things are currently better than ever. “It has been the best year in my career as a Northern Ireland player and it was fantastic to end it on a high with another win,” he said. “I have always said that I love playing in front of our fans at Windsor. They have always been great to me and they gave the team fantastic backing again. To get the standing ovation at the end was really special. “It was nice to score again but I won’t be getting too carried away. It was a great ball from Craig Cathcart and I got the rebound in. I had another few chances as well but to score again was great.” O’Neill’s side are now eight matches unbeaten and could find themselves moving to a new record high in the FIFA rankings when the standings update. They are currently 29th in the world, with a previous best of 27th under Lawrie Sanchez. “We wanted to keep the momentum going and keep that intensity and desire in our play,” said Davis. “We knew going into the game we were on a good run and we knew that the last Northern Ireland team to go unbeaten in eight matches was 30 years ago so we wanted to match that. “We will all keep in touch over the course of the next few months before we meet up again in March. “Now it is important now that everyone does well for their club. We want everyone to be coming into games next year with good fitness and feeling confident.” last_img read more

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