Whittier Considers Hiring Lobbyist to Counter Montebello's Gold Line Lobbyist

Nov 16, 2011 Read more: www.wavenewspapers.com 13

Hoping to bring commuter traffic to the city, the City Council is considering hiring a lobbyist to promote the Whittier coalition preferred route of Washington Blvd. for the extension of the Gold Line commuter rail system.

That route has support from the cities of Commerce, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, the Whittier Chamber of Commerce, Whittier College and area school districts. However, cities supporting the Washington Boulevard alignment have disagreed on hiring a lobbyist, at an estimated cost of $3,000 to $4,000 a month, Whittier Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez noted.

Montebello is promoting the Pomona Freeway (60) route and has hired a lobbyist, Mike Roos and Company, to lobby with county, state and federal officials for that route, Mendez said.

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“Hilltop Park Above All”

Since: Sep 08

Montebello, CA

#1 Nov 16, 2011
This is the first I have heard about this contract. Does anyone know how much Montebello is paying, and whether this contract went out for RFP, RFQs?
trash ralk

United States

#2 Nov 17, 2011
SCE ROW south to UP East to existing bridges over river and 605 all the way to Brea is the best route
Just SCE and UP to agree.
60 freeway route leads nowhere
best not to build anything
Would Mall traffic alone justify this project?

“Hilltop Park Above All”

Since: Sep 08

Montebello, CA

#3 Nov 17, 2011
trash ralk wrote:
SCE ROW south to UP East to existing bridges over river and 605 all the way to Brea is the best route
Just SCE and UP to agree.
60 freeway route leads nowhere
best not to build anything
Would Mall traffic alone justify this project?
Mall traffic alone, probably not. Montebello wants two stops in Montebello, one around Garfield for the two shopping areas at Wilcox, and one for the Mall and Town Square areas. That might barely justify that route for Metro standards.

Btw, the new line of heavy duty pylons is really progressing along San Gabriel. When do the high voltage lines come through? Do you see the large gap on the Rio Hondo Bridge? Looks to me like a potential breakage apot in a major earthquake.
trash talk

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Nov 17, 2011
Putting up a very big pole next to the old farmhouse today. I'll check the bridge
Lots of good infor in the comments on Whittier Oil Project.
Still the businesses near via campo and Garfield get nuked either way.
Check out the SCE North South ROW through Montebello lots of room there
ytw

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Nov 17, 2011
The SR-60 Gold Line Extension Coalition is the entity that hired Mike Roos and Company. The coalition is made up of the cities of Rosemead, Montebello, Monterey Park, El Monte and South El Monte. Each of these cities share the cost which comes out to about $2,000 a month per city. It appears the contract was initiated by the City of South El Monte.

Source:
Rosemead City Council Staff Report, Sept. 28, 2010
http://cityofrosemead.granicus.com/MetaViewer...

See also:
SR-60 Freeway Gold Line Extension Support
http://www.facebook.com/group.php...

“Hilltop Park Above All”

Since: Sep 08

Montebello, CA

#6 Nov 17, 2011
ytw wrote:
The SR-60 Gold Line Extension Coalition is the entity that hired Mike Roos and Company. The coalition is made up of the cities of Rosemead, Montebello, Monterey Park, El Monte and South El Monte. Each of these cities share the cost which comes out to about $2,000 a month per city. It appears the contract was initiated by the City of South El Monte.
Source:
Rosemead City Council Staff Report, Sept. 28, 2010
http://cityofrosemead.granicus.com/MetaViewer...
See also:
SR-60 Freeway Gold Line Extension Support
http://www.facebook.com/group.php...
I haven't really been watching this too closely, so thanks for the info. I didn't even know that there was a SR60 coalition. The story makes it sound like Montebello is standing alone against the crowd, thanks again for giving accurate AND more complete information.
reality check

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Nov 18, 2011
Do you really wan to join facebook with all the hacking and security and privacy problems
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_19351928
ytw

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Nov 18, 2011
reality check wrote:
Do you really wan to join facebook with all the hacking and security and privacy problems
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_19351928
The SR-60 Coalition Facebook page is open to the pubic. You don't have to join Facebook in order to view it.
trash talk

United States

#9 Dec 2, 2011
http://egpnews.com/...
CONFLICT WITH GOLD LINE EXTENSION
Commerce Opposes Planned Truck-Only Lanes On the 60 Freeway
By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer
Commerce recently joined other cities in opposing a plan to build truck-only lanes on the 60 Pomona Freeway. Officials said there was not enough outreach or consideration of the impacts prior to a decision to settle on lanes near or along the 60 Freeway.
The truck-only lanes were proposed for a five-mile stretch of the 60 Freeway between the I-710 and the I-605 freeways as part of a 2012 long-range plan by the Southern California Council of Governments, a regional planning agency.
Commerce city council approved a resolution against the 60-freeway alignment on Nov 15. City planning officials say SCAG met once with city staff in April and provided no follow-up information on potential property impacts.
Meanwhile SCAG “refused” to consider truck-only freight lanes on the I-91, I-10, and I-210 freeways, say Commerce officials.
The 60-freeway alignment was chosen due to an assumption that it would result in the least impact on homes and private property, but Commerce officials said they were never consulted to confirm that this would be true.
Now that it is part of SCAG’s long-range plan, the 60-freeway alignment could get special consideration for future project funding, said Commerce Assistant Director of Planning Alex Hamilton.
The planned truck lanes could potentially be built as double-decker lanes through East Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Pico Rivera.
SCAG says those lanes would be dedicated to zero-emission vehicles, but some members of the public at the Nov. 15th Commerce council meeting had doubts the lanes would be used exclusively by zero-emission vehicles.
SCAG approved the inclusion of the 60-freeway alignment into its long-range plan during a Nov. 3 meeting. The long-range plan is still awaiting an environmental impact study.
Several projects, including the Metro Eastside light rail extension project, the high speed rail project, and the Alameda Corridor East project, are competing for the right to build on the 60 Freeway.
SCAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata told EGP on Tuesday they plan on doing more outreach, but said he could not be sure how many times they met with Commerce officials.
He says the truck-only lanepas the potential of being financed through tolls, or other sources “that have not been identified.”
Ikhrata said they chose the 60 Freeway over other east to west corridors because of the high volume of warehousing,” more than any other corridor in the region” along the 60 Freeway.
“We believe it’s the kind of investment that’s going to yield good jobs and improve quality of life who live in the area,” he said.
ANOTHER SCAM BY THE CITY OF INDUSTRY
trash talk

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Nov 7, 2013
Nothing mentioned in campaigns..
If South Montebello is to be re-developed and modernized this is one way to do it.

Whittier Determined to Get the Gold Line to Reach Them

Friday, October 25, 2013, by Neal Broverman

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/10/whittie...

In advance of Metro's decision on the route for the second eastward extension of the Gold Line, Whittier decided this week to hire a lobbyist to argue for a route that runs to the city.
The transit agency should decide in the spring if the Gold Line will travel down Washington Boulevard and terminate in Whittier or move along the 60 and end in South El Monte.(When the Regional Connector opens in 2019, the line will travel to Santa Monica instead of Pasadena.)

A Whittier councilmember fretted that her city was paying the entire $90,000 lobbyist fee, instead of sharing the expense with cities along the Washington Boulevard route, including Santa Fe Springs, Commerce, and Montebello, but in the end, the council decided they have to move on the matter themselves.
The 60 route would cost less than the Whittier route ($1.5 billion compared to $1.65 billion), but would have fewer riders, according to estimates. As it stands now, this project won't open for at least 15 years anyway, though there is more and more talk of accelerating projects through a new ballot initiative (a 2012 measure narrowly failed to get the required three-fourths two-thirds vote).
The Whittier council, meanwhile, also ok'd $5,000 to expedite necessary studies on the project.
trash talk

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Nov 7, 2013
Wonder why

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Nov 7, 2013
Wouldn't the 60 Freeway route cross the Montebello Hills Fault referenced in the Public Utility Commission's report on the decommissioning of the Howard Street Gas Facility? According to the report that fault originates in the Whittier Narrows, goes under the Montebello Oilfield, Montebello Bllvd. near Liberty Street, Raquet Mountain, the EPA Superfund Site then breaks the surface in Monterey Park. Wouldn't crossing that fault require special engineering?
Trash Talk

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Nov 8, 2013
Yes, special engineering but that was done already through the coyote pass escarpment however faults are quite different.
60 Freeway rout also crosses Whittier-Elsinore Fault near the Rio Hondo River then traverses the very seismically hazardous Whittier narrows where "The BIG ONE" could cause ground motions measured in yards and lasting for minuets.
(Roaring Rapids effect down the river channel meets the "perfect storm" (reflection from Monteello hills) and "bowl of jello" (deep alluvial basin)effects
Worst spot in LA County not directly astride the San Andreas
Hello Santa Fe and Whittier Narrows Dams..., freeway bridges, South El Monte High School...etc.
Same effect at site of Montebello's water supply...

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