Bill to Improve Health and Traffic Conditions Along I-710 Corridor Vetoed, Yet Hope Not Lost

October 11, 2013

SACRAMENTO- Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed SB 811 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach). This bill would have ensured that communities along the I-710 freeway had a meaningful mechanism to provide input about mitigation and local benefits, appropriate freight impacts, sustainability, and public health protections for the proposed I-710 Corridor Project.

“While I am disappointed that key components and guarantees provided by SB 811 will not be implemented in standards, the extensive work and discussions we have had this year on community impacts, mitigation and benefits were not in vain,” stated Lara. “Last week, Malcolm Dougherty the Director of Caltrans, toured my district, met with members of the community and stakeholders, and assured me that the concerns of the community will be heard and Community Alternative 7 will be analyzed. Though this bill was not signed, we have a relationship and a seat at the table that will still enable us to advocate for clean air, safe roads and healthy communities.”
 
The I-710 corridor is an essential component of the regional, statewide, and national transportation system, serving both passenger and goods movement vehicles. It also currently has elevated health risks related to high levels of diesel particulate emissions, traffic congestion, high truck volumes, high accident rates, and many design features in need of modernization as the original freeway was built in the 1950’s and 1960’s. To address some of the issues the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), partnered with city and county entities to propose improvements to the I-710 through a corridor project of the freeway area between Long Beach and East Los Angeles. 

SB 811 codified the motion approved by the I-710 EIR/EIS Project Committee on January 31st, 2013 to include Community Alternative 7, the communities’ proposed build option, as a project build option in the re-circulated version of the EIR. The measure required the lead agency to study the Community Alternative 7, build option in its entirety, and report back to the legislature the identified mitigation and community benefits that would be included in the project.

For more information please visit this link: http://www.senate.ca.gov/lara

Senator Ricardo Lara was elected in 2012 to represent the 33rd Senate District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Los Angeles, Vernon, and Walnut Park. CONTACT: Lizette Mata (916) 651-4033
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