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Opinion: Three of My Colleagues Let Us Down Last Night…

first_img Three of my colleagues let us down last night. I moved to formally oppose the disastrous tunnel proposal for the 710 freeway extension, but my motion failed by a 4-3 vote; even though our Council only has seven members presently because of Chris Holden’s election to the State Assembly, five votes are still required for Council action. (You may recall that on August 13, I made a motion that the Council oppose three alternative routes around Avenue 64 in West Pasadena, and on that occasion my motion carried unanimously.)Before the roll call vote, I implored my colleagues to support my motion on the grounds that a huge 6-mile underground highway tunnel would have devastating consequences for Pasadena, would disrupt our quality of life and threaten historic neighborhoods, be unsafe and be deleterious to the health of all of us (particularly seniors, school-aged children and those with health problems such as patients at Huntington Memorial Hospital and the clinics and medical offices around the hospital).I asked my colleagues to follow the advice of virtually all the community members and groups and experts who have weighed in on this, as well as our friend and former Assembly member Anthony Portantino who spoke eloquently in favor of my motion last night. I reminded them, too, that I convened a forum at the Convention Center on 9/18, at which a panel of experts all described the tunnel as a major threat to our community’s health and safety, and hundreds of residents turned out to oppose the tunnel.I explained that Measure A presented no impediment whatsoever because of the three “T’s” — tunnel, trucks, and toll — which were not on the table when Measure A was voted on in 2001. I told them that we needed to be clear and unambiguous with CalTrans and Metro, the agencies that will make the decision about the scope of the EIR for the 710 freeway extension, that the tunnel is a non-starter.All we needed last night was one more vote. Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmember Victor Gordo, Councilmember Gene Masuda and I voted yes. Regrettably, Vice Mayor McAustin, Councilmember Jackie Robinson and Councilmember Terry Tornek voted no.Councilmember Tornek led the group unwilling to oppose the tunnel, stating that most of his constituents with whom he has spoken support the 710 extension! He said more study was needed, and that an environmental impact report should go forward on the tunnel project. I responded that we do not need an EIR to know the tunnel would be disastrous for our community. In and of itself, a lengthy EIR process including the tunnel as an alternative could severely impact property values in West Pasadena and move the tunnel closer to adoption.I asked the three dissenters to focus on leadership not arithmetic (i.e., politics). I told Terry and the others that one could not say he opposes the tunnel but not vote to oppose the tunnel. I said now was no time to get weak in the knees. All to no avail.Just a couple of weeks ago, Terry was the lone vote in opposition to an EIR commissioned by the Rose Bowl Operating Company regarding the potential temporary use of the Rose Bowl for professional football games on a short-term basis (I will be posting a more lengthy message about this issue soon). At the time he said he thought the mere approval of the EIR would negatively impact property values in the neighborhoods around the Rose Bowl. So the hypothetical possibility of additional football games in our football stadium for a season or two will diminish property values, but the construction and operation of a 6-mile tunnel under historic neighborhoods, schools and hospitals won’t? Ironic to say the least.I intend to raise the issue again, perhaps after Chris’s seat (Council District 3) is filled. Those interested in the threat of the tunnel proposal would be well served to pay close attention to the March municipal elections and where the candidates–and incumbents–stand on this important issue.P.S. –You can watch the meeting, our deliberations and the vote at: http://cityofpasadena.net/District6/ (Below the bio you will see information about last night’s meeting, including a link to the video.)Here are some of the officials who are handling the 710 freeway extension; I encourage you to share your view with them:METROBoard of Supervisors, chaired by the Honorable Mike Antonovich:Supervisor [email protected] Deputy Michael [email protected] METRO Board list available here: http://www.metro.net/about/board/executives/METRO CEO Art [email protected] Director Doug [email protected] Offices: (213) 922-6000CaltransDirector Malcolm [email protected] 7 (LA & Orange County) Director, Michael [email protected](213) 897-3656Office of Governor Jerry Brownhttp://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week OLD-top box left Opinion: Three of My Colleagues Let Us Down Last Night… By PASADENA CITY COUNCILMEMBER STEVE MADISON Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 5:16 pm Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Steve McClaren handed major boost as Newcastle see off Liverpool

first_img McClaren got the better of opposite number Jurgen Klopp, the man who beat him twice when they were in charge at Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund respectively, on a day when defeat was not an option. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how a big day went for the respective bosses. Press Association TOUCHLINE BEHAVIOUR McClaren, who hugged Klopp as they met in front of the Liverpool dug-out with the game just under way, was quick to head into his technical area to bark instructions to his players as he urged them to press from the off. He celebrated both goals in delighted fashion, and no one could blame him after a torrid few weeks. Klopp, who had signed autographs and had his photograph taken with home supporters before kick-off, prowled his technical area for much of the game and was clearly frustrated as his side failed to turn possession into chances, but strode on to the pitch on the final whistle to console his beaten players. CROWD RESPONSE McClaren could have walked into something of a bear pit with the home fans in open revolt after a dreadful start to the season, and his decision to make just one change to the team humbled at Crystal Palace did not impress many. However, an encouraging start on the pitch fuelled the atmosphere off it and the home fans were fully onside by the time the first goal arrived. McClaren was applauded warmly when, as is his normal practice, he went on to the pitch after the final whistle to thank supporters. The travelling fans sang throughout as they urged their side on, but it proved a thankless task as the Reds were unable to find the cutting edge which has served them so well in recent weeks. TEAM SELECTION Rather surprisingly, McClaren made just one change to the side thrashed 5-1 at Crystal Palace last weekend and even more surprisingly, it was striker Ayoze Perez who made way with the former Tenerife frontman one of the few bright spots so far this season. That left a back four which had shipped eight goals in its last two outings intact, although in McClaren’s defence, the lack of depth in his squad left him with few genuine options. By contrast, Klopp was able to recall six men who were left out the 6-1 demolition job at Southampton in midweek as Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Jordon Ibe, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke returned. TACTICS McClaren stuck with his usual 4-2-3-1 formation with Siem de Jong playing centrally behind lone striker Cisse. However, his players pressed the ball at every opportunity in an attempt to deny Liverpool space and were able to find a cohesion they have lacked for much of the season to date. Much of the visitors’ most dangerous play came down the right as Jordon Ibe repeatedly ran at Paul Dummett, while Roberto Firmino took up residence between the lines. However, the lack of a final ball cost them dearly with Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot having only one real save to make, and that in the 89th minute. PROSPECTS Newcastle remain inside the relegation zone, if only on goal difference. However, if they manage to summon up the same passion and organisation every week, it will not be long before McClaren will be able to breathe more easily. Klopp insisted after the game that he never considered his side to be title-contenders this season, but he will expect more from them as they attempt to bounce back from just the second defeat of his reign. center_img Steve McClaren was handed a major boost as his Newcastle side defied the odds to beat Liverpool and ease their relegation fears. last_img read more