(April 19, 2003) -- A "Community Open House" on the 710 freeway expansion project will be held in LB on Monday, April 28...and the public can arrive anytime between 6:00-8:00 p.m. for the event at the LB Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave.
A flier states, "Come learn what improvements are being planned for the I-710 Corridor. Some of these improvements include widening of I-710, redesign and reconstruction of freeway interchanges. We want to hear your suggestions and comments...Each open house will have experts available to answer your questions. There will be no formal presentation..."
A spokesman for the organizer of the event tells LBReport.com that additional opportunities for public comment (meetings, open houses, etc.) are in the process of being scheduled.
The Gateway Cities Council of Governments is the lead agency for the 710 Major Corridor Study (undertaken jointly by the Gateway group, L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans and So. Cal. Ass'n of Governments).
The Gateway government group has been criticized for not making detailed maps of the 710 freeway options more easily accessible to the public and [to date of this posting] not putting neighborhood impact maps of the various options on the Gateway Cities' internet web site. [Some media accounts elsewhere have suggested this may be forthcoming.]
As previously reported by LBReport.com, the President of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments is LB Vice Mayor Frank Colonna. LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill is also a member of the group's 29 member Board of Directors (one Councilmember from each member city, plus the Port of LB and one member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors). Mayor O'Neill has delegated her duties to 1st district LB Councilmember Bonnie Lowenthal.
The Gateway group's Executive Committee includes Vice Mayor Colonna...who is also on the Gateway Council's I-710 Oversight Policy Committee which will make final decisions regarding the study.
In June, 2002, the Oversight Committee decided on five alternatives, summarized below (text from accompanying fact sheet disseminated on behalf of the agency):