High Speed Rail One Year Anniversary – Alternative E2 Must Be Eliminated NOW!
We face being sucked into and held hostage by a multi-year environmental review process much like we’ve witnessed on the neighboring 710 Freeway extension project unless we remain strong, united and pro-active. We vowed in our earliest days to get these most destructive routes (and our people and communities) out of the long, draining EIR/environmental review process. Now is the time for strategic, united and focused action.
It’s clear that E2, which is the sole remaining Foothills route with above ground features while also tunneling through the Forest, is the worst alternative facing ALL of the Foothills communities. The current E2 proposal would cause immense physical and psychological damage to our region and result in 5-6 above ground, high speed trains PER HOUR EVERY DAY destroying the quietude and character of our Foothills communities for EVERYONE (not just Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills), as well as seriously threatening and damaging ALL WATERS and sensitive environmental resources within the Big Tujunga Wash (Haines Creek, Big Tujunga Creek, Tujunga Mitigation Ponds, etc.).
It is critical that we all keep in mind that the environmental review period will span 3-5 years and the construction period will span yet another 5-7 years. If we don’t unite to remove E2 now, we will be hostage during all of this time, depressing our spirit, community character, property values and more. We need your active involvement in this effort – letters, phone calls, financial contributions, attendance at meetings, displaying a lawn sign and more. When we ask for help or involvement, we need you to be there and fast!
Some in the Foothills area are puzzled by or reluctant to pursue the above strategy due to their passionate support of the Forest and Monument, believing this E2 removal strategy implies support for either of the fully tunneled routes, E1 or E3. Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply put, the immediate discussion and opportunity is about what is studied in the multi-year EIR/environmental studies, and NOT about a long-term position on a preferred route. We are certain that political support is growing to remove above ground routes; we are equally certain that political support is practically non-existent to remove tunneled routes from further study. We will lead the fight for the Forest, but let’s get E2 removed first. Today’s fight is to remove above ground E2 permanently so ALL of the Foothill communities are spared the threat of the above ground routes.
The S.A.F.E. Coalition believes it is important for those in this region who have been spared the above ground threats of the old E1 and E3 routes, which were successfully changed due to the efforts of the S.A.F.E. Coalition, to stick together and be part of the fight for immediate removal of E2 which helps ALL of our Foothills communities and, of course, Shadow Hills and Lake View Terrace, where the proposed alternatives are most damaging.
While we are at it, and to avoid certain litigation against CHSRA down the road, we must demand that CHSRA revisit the many dozens of routes they have studied previously and/or removed prematurely from further consideration. We also call upon CHSRA to research new routes for their SAA Report and EIR/environmental studies, and include at least one non-Burbank alternative in their environmental studies.
Please use this website to find detailed contact information for local elected officials such as Councilmember Fuentes (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assemblywoman Lopez (email@example.com), Supervisor Antonovich (firstname.lastname@example.org), Senator Hertzberg (email@example.com) and Senator Liu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and CHSRA to communicate your requests. Please take a few minutes and write, email and call them today with the message that you want E2 removed NOW!
Please follow this issue, order a lawn sign, register to vote, vote, be prepared to support informational and protest events (being planned) and respond quickly when we ask for your involvement and assistance. Thank you.