Ara even thought there needed to be some definition as to what MTA is getting the County into with this $10B boodoogle.
The 18 meeting only include 6 for actual CEQA/NEPA compliance the rest are trying to exhaust the opposition and provide an appearance of doing something. Monterey Park and Rosemead were included in the 2009-10 go-around but not this time. Highland Park, Glassel Park, ArroyoSeco, Lincoln Heights, and Cypress Park were included last time, but not this time. So "Outreach" Not this time.
The $780M approved as part of Measure R has a proviso to release the funds to the SGValley if the 710North fails therefore, is it all being setup to release these funds to the SGValley (Molina and Fasana)??
Ara and others are not opposed to the "Project" they are opposed to wasting $10B for no "significant" effect on the 210 and other commuter congestion, They are opposed to the eventual LACo bail out of the failed toll tunnel, unless Caltrans bans trucks from the downtown I-5 and diverts them to the toll tunnel - "build and Caltrans will fill it up".
It is not the LACounty's transit officials - it is the "Highway" officials who want to get money for other highways after they are forced to divert moneys to the SGValley.
An alternative is as Failing says: "everything is on the Table"...including a surface freeway or cut-n-cover freeway "tunnel"....
As indicated above the "18 meetings" are not the scoping process - only the last six, the first two sets of meetings are the attempts to divert attention by teaching history of the last three years and "educate" some communities to sell the project, this is all PR and to exhuast and diffuse the process and opposition. Scoping may include NEPA (Federal) and CEQA (State) processes which will bite them in the As.... as the Federal injunction remains in place and is quite specific...MTA has not thought out the process of what they are starting.
Actually I disagree that MTA wants to do the tunnel...MTA may want to return to the surface freeway, with interchanges at Huntington Drive and SR110 along the old Meridian Route (Zone2), no one is lining up to pay for the $10B tunnel...but a $2B tollway remains possible and practical - BUT fully opposed by federal injunctions and communities.
In fact, MTA/CTs has already moved forward with the Tunnel Portal alternative to begin and end in Alhambra, but Alhambra has failed to realize that they will have to suffer the impacts that they had shifted onto El Sereno BUT which El Sereno has put back on Alhambra's side of Valley...