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By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 11:05 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy State Assemblymember Chris Holden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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3 ways to help employees adjust to change

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Companies experience change on a constant basis. Whether the change is tiny or huge, it can be difficult for your staff to adjust. Sometimes change can be scary, and as a leader it’s your job to help your employees understand and adapt to the changes. Here are three ways you can help your team succeed during this adjustment process.Feedback: When change occurs, it can be overwhelming. Your employees may immediately have a million questions, but sometimes there can be a lot confusion. Seek feedback from every member of your team and to make sure everyone is on the same page. Giving your team detailed explanations to their questions will hopefully lead to more discussion that will eventually lead to clarity and understanding.Training: When new processes and products are launched, make sure the training required is adequate and thorough. The last thing you want is for your team to feel like they’re running around like headless chickens. Make sure each and every employee feels confident, prepared, and ready to perform their new responsibilities with excellence.Availability: Just because training is completed, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your transition will be smooth sailing. Even if your staff is prepared, there will be bumps along the way. Check in frequently at first and be more encouraging than critical. Your team wants to adjust and be able to handle things on their own, but they’ll definitely need you to be supportive along the way.last_img read more

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Another hike in UK’s Air Passenger Duty

first_img Sharing is caring! Share St. John’s Antigua- Britain’s controversial Air Passenger Duty is being increased again, leaving industry bodies in the UK furious over the decision by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne.The tax is one that continues to be heavily criticised by Antigua & Barbuda and the rest of the Caribbean, because of its alleged discriminatory nature and its negative impact on tourist destinations in the region.While the annual increase was widely expected, the government in London has been heavily criticised following an announcement during the Autumn Statement earlier on Wednesday.The Caribbean is continuing to lobby against a tax that some industry officials insist is also hurting the UK economy.Dale Keller, chief executive, Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, said the pre-Budget levels of APD could not be justified.He also argued that the latest increase takes Britain dangerously beyond the tipping point where the impact can only be negative to the economy.According to Keller, the announcement comes as unsurprising from a government that is not listening to the wider industry, or international opinion, and is self-destructive to its own objectives of attracting foreign investment and tourism.Osborne confirmed earlier that the tax on all long-haul flights and in premium cabins including those to the Caribbean will rise by £2 (EC$9) per passenger from April 2013.The levy on short-haul economy flights will remain at £13 (EC$56).The government has also introduced a new tax rate for private jets, which were previously exempt from APD.Passengers on flights with fewer than 19 seats will have to pay £52 or EC$225 to £376 or a little over EC$1,600, depending on the length of flight, again from April 2013.Antigua Observer LifestyleTravel Another hike in UK’s Air Passenger Duty by: – December 6, 2012 Sharecenter_img 51 Views   one comment Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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