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Democratic Party Endorses Chris Holden in Assembly Race

Holden, a Pasadena councilman, is running in the 41st State Assembly District, which includes Altadena.

The California Democratic Party has endorsed Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden in his run for State Assembly in the 41st district, which includes Altadena.

Also running as Democrats are Michael Cacciotti, the mayor of South Pasadena, and Victoria Rusnak, the president of the Rusnak Auto Group, a Southern California luxury car dealer.

Donna Lowe, a member of the Claremont branch of the Tea Party is running as a Republican.

For more on all the candidates in the race, click here.

Holden is the son of former Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden and has been in the Pasadena City Council for 21 years.  

He has received endorsements from council members in Monrovia, Claremont and Pasadena, and also has picked up the endorsement of the Armenian Community Coalition.

The 41st District runs far east on the foothills as well as down to South Pasadena and besides Altadena also includes La Verne, Pasadena, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.

reality check May 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Chris Holden “a longtime proponent of finishing the 710 Freeway” when it was a surface freeway (quote from previous interview of Mr. Holden in the LA Times http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/30/news/mn-37728) has been pushing for years to complete the 710 freeway for use by the LA/LB ports cargo trucks. He doesn’t care if it is a surface freeway or tunnel he just wants to get it done. Ask yourself: Why is he now fighting to build a toll freeway that will only clog our streets with diverted traffic from cars unwilling to pay the tolls required to finance this tunnel, instead of supporting alternatives like the GRID and electric train systems for goods movement? Do you think this indicates there is big money involved in Holden’s campaign? Is he showing he really cares about local concerns by promoting better alternatives to the freeway, or is he selling us out to the ports and freeway construction firms like Parsons Brinckerhoff so we can instead suffer from traffic and pollution that a cargo freeway will bring to this area while the greedy few line their pockets?
reality check May 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Part 2 The 710 Freeway is being built for use by the LA/LB ports for "GOODS MOVEMENT". http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/metro-transportation-projects-2011/ In this article, Doug Failing FROM METRO gave information to the reporter explaining that while 18 projects” in the works “are designed primarily to give people a better commute” – 3 other projects; the I-710 south, 710 NORTH gap closure, the High Desert Corridor are intended to “ADDRESS THE DEMANDS OF COMMERCE — specifically goods movement” (this means trucks) Quote from Metro regarding increased truck traffic from the ports: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/images/final-2009-LRTP.pdf _page Sec1:42 5th paragraph "This trade activity, in turn, will result in DAILY PORT-generated TRUCK traffic increasing from 60,000 in 2005 to 140,000 truck trips PER DAY by 2030 despite significant efforts by the Ports to increase on-dock rail capacity and usage." PG 18 http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/images/2009_lrtp_techdoc.pdf "Currently, goods movement-related traffic is growing at a faster rate than that of automobiles. DAILY TRUCK TRAFFIC on I-710 ALONE is expected to increase from 38,000 to _approximately 90,000 trucks A DAY by the year 2035." Also, is everyone aware that the tunnel will have no on or off ramps? It’s obviously not intended for local traffic congestion relief (another aspect Metro and Chris Holden don't advertise).
reality check May 27, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Part 3 The 710 Tunnel will be a tolled freeway. _Tolled freeway costs can skyrocket: _http://news.yahoo.com/states-looking-tolls-pay-highways-161604357.html;_ylc=X3oDMTNuNGRpcmEyBF9TAzIxNDYwMjEzNzMEYWN0A21haWxfY2IEY3QDYQRpbnRsA3VzBGxhbmcDZW4tVVMEcGtnAzg1ZGFmYWVmLTc1MDMtMzc2My1hYjQzLThhMjVlZjA3N2M2NARzZWMDbWl0X3NoYXJlBHNsawNtYWlsBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3 _5th to last paragraph: _“Some tolling agencies could also use "a dose of sunshine," Baxandall said. Because many are quasi-governmental, public disclosure, open meeting and other transparency rules don't always apply, he said. As a result, they frequently operate out of public sight, creating opportunities for corruption or manipulation by industry, he said.” 3rd to last paragraph: _“The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently raised cash fares on six Interstate bridges and tunnels to $12 for CARS. By 2015, it will cost a five-axle TRUCK paying cash $105 to cross between New York and New Jersey, three times as much as for any other bridge or tunnel in the country, according to the American Trucking Association.”
reality check May 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Holden has talked about "mitigation" for the pollution the tunnel will pump out, but the engineers working on the project have said that the type of scrubbing system that would be necessary for actually removing the pollution is “NOT practicable” – you’d have to have a system like in an operating room and on the scale needed, it would be “too costly”.
reality check May 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Having attended the outreach meetings that Metro has been hosting about the EIR we have learned that they are not looking at the alternatives as they have promised. The EIR is a joke. What is taking place right now appears fraudulent. And Holden is either asleep at the switch or in on the deal. Here are 3 alternatives that the ports could use instead of killing our area with CARGO TRUCK induced CONGESTION and pollution: 1) the GRID - a sorting and zero-emission container supply chain http://planetforward.org/idea/the-grid-project-green-rail-intelligent-development/ 2) CargoWay - flexible (CNG/electric) trams that travel on both roads and rail lines. http://www.megarail.com/pdf/CRLBLA-7a.pdf 3) Freight Shuttle – Electric powered transporters over elevated guideways. http://www.freightshuttle.com/

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