" Absence of leadership in CD 14 and who is the guy with the suitcase??"
Tom voted to support the Wilshire subway project after being sworn in as a temporary METRO board member yesterday. He filled in for Councilmember Jose Huizar who was unable to attend. The board re-affirmed its plan to apply for federal funding for the Subway to the Sea, which will provide a much-needed link between the Westside and the rest of the Metro system, via a Wilshire Boulevard subway line. If Metro, a County agency, receives federal funding for this project, the subway could be completed in as little as ten years.
To this blogger, it makes no sense that the CD 14 councilperson, who was just appointed to the MTA board by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, would be absent from this historic meeting where MTA's "Long Range Transportation Plan " would be approved. This plan and its assorted projects, which we list below, is an thirty year plan to spend some $298 Billion dollars from federal, state, and local sources (Measure R in LA County). Being that Councilman Huizar is or was an voting member of the MTA board, it should be an given that Huizar would be present to represent his constituents. CD 14 related projects in bold
Completion of the Eastside light rail project·
Completion of the Exposition Light Rail project to Culver City·
Phase II Exposition light rail to Santa Monica·
Wilshire Boulevard Bus Rapid transit·
Downtown Regional Connector (Blue & Gold Line connection) ·
The Crenshaw Corridor Transit project·
San Fernando Valley North/South Metro Orange Line Canoga Extension·
San Fernando Valley East North/South Rapidways ·
Eastside Light Rail Access (Pedestrian & Bicycle link)·
Gold Line Foothill Light Rail Extension (Segment including vehicles & yard)·
Green Line Extension to LAX·
Westside Subway extension to Fairfax/Century City/Westwood·
Gold Line Eastside Extension·
Green Line Extension Redondo Beach Station to South Bay Corridor·
San Fernando Valley I-405 Corridor Connection·
West Santa Ana Branch Corridor·
California High Speed Rail (Los Angeles County)
Some examples of highway projects in the LRTP include: ·
I-405 northbound carpool lane from I-10 to US-101·
I-405 carpool lanes from SR 90 to I-10·
I-5/State Route 126 interchange reconstruction phase I & II·
SR-60 carpool lanes from I-605 to Brea Canyon Road·
I-5/SR-14 carpool lane direct connector·
I-5 carpool lanes from SR-118 to SR-170·
I-5 carpool lanes from SR-134 to SR-170·
I-10 carpool lanes from I-605 to Puente Ave & from Puente to Citrus avenues·
I-5 Carmenita Road interchange improvements·
I-5 carpool and mixed flow lanes from I-605 to Orange County Line·
** I-710 South and Route 710 North Gap Closure projects·
But in the case of the 710 Freeway issue, some are questioning the lack of leadership from Councilman Huizar. The October issue of "The Voice Newspaper"
, has an excellent, extensive missive on the impact of State Senator Gil Cedillo's SB 545, known as the "710 Tunnel Bill".
This would of made the tunnel the only option in completing the 6.2 mile gap between the current terminus of the 710 freeway in Alhambra and the 210 Freeway in Pasadena.
Activists in areas that would of been impacted by an proposed tunnel, whether in Mt. Washington, El Sereno, La Canada, South Pasadena, minus Alhambra, were united in condemning the tunnel proposal. CD 1 Councilman Ed Reyes, went so far to author the two-page letter pictured above that stated his opposition to the proposed tunnel routing under the Mt. Washington area. But where was Councilman Huizar?, local activists ask. This question became mute when Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger veto SB 545. The result of the governor's vetoing Cedillo's Tunnel Bill, was to send MTA board members into the backrooms and come up with this counter proposal, the "I-710 south and route 710 north gap closures projects". Any comments from Councilman Huizar regarding this counter proposal and how it would effect his El Sereno constituents? Were still waiting.
And while the likes of Don Jones are lefted to ponder past motives regarding his former taxpayer owned rental, hundreds of eastern El Sereno residents face an uncertain future wondering if a above-ground option for the 710 targets their homes and whether their councilman will be present at future MTA meetings to give then a voice.