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Councilman Gil Cedillo’s tunnel vision

Twin, double-decker tunnels would close the 710 Freeway gap | Metro

The L.A. City Council on Wednesday voted 10-1 to support state legislation prohibiting the construction of approximately six miles of roadway tunnels to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena. Who was the lone vote in favor of the tunnels? It was First District Councilman Gil Cedillo.

The proposed tunnel would not pass under Cedillo’s district. The south end of the tunnel would begin near Cal State L.A. in El Sereno, which is represented by 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar. It was Huizar who introduced the motion opposing the tunnel and supporting street improvements and other alternative measures. “It’s time to get away from this boondoggle of a project,” Huizar told his council colleagues.

But Cedillo was not swayed. In his remarks on the council floor on Wednesday, the recently re-elected councilman noted that the congestion caused by the 710 Freeway gap spills over into Lincoln Heights, which is in his district, and contributes to unhealthy air in the immediate area. Cedillo defended the tunnel this way:

“The tunnel will leave intact every house, every tree, every street that was meant to be protected. The tunnel is the alternative that does protect these communities …. We should move away from the kind of hysteria that gets engendered by this discussion and move into a dispassionate discussion about the benefits of a tunnel and how it accomplishes the goals of all of those communities impacted.”

Cedillo’s last-minute appeal failed to win over the rest of the council.  Today, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will also vote on whether to drop the freeway tunnels as an alternative to close the 710 gap.

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7 comments

  1. I wonder what was in it for him.

  2. Roadkill Gil really is the worst! So glad I no longer live in his district.

  3. Why is this paper so misinformed about the history of this 710???
    Did you just move here?
    Your criticism of Cedillo is getting really old.
    Clearly this blog has a bias.
    The tunnel was to appease S. Pasadena residents but ultimately save other communities smog and congestion.
    So now since the tunnel is voted down all the drivers from Pasadena and Tujunga will drive down the
    2 freeway or take surface streets.to get to south Los Angeles.
    The rich NIMBYS of La Canada and S. Pasadena were for opposing the 710 and the tunnel for years.
    They got their wish and now we the eastsiders have to endure their smog and traffic.

    • Building more freeways is never going to “save other communities smog and congestion.” So unless you want more smog and more congestion, you should be happy with this result.

      And about that bias…the LA City Council, LA Metro Board, and most speakers from the eastside who spoke on this at the board meeting have all agreed this is a bad idea. I’d start with looking in the mirror when it comes to talking about misinformation.

  4. It’s great to see racism alive and well in 2017 I’m sorry Trump Jr. Didn’t make the cuz but you have to get over it don’t be a sore loser. I seen Joe his bike goons nothing but obnoxious drunks who talk loud when in a crowd

  5. The tunnels would have destroyed old homes and communities. The Tunnels were a bad idea. Northeast would really have suffered.

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