Upcoming Meetings: October 6 and October 19

1) Community Open House

The Rail Authority will hold what it is calling a community open house for the I-10 corridor, including Alhambra, on Wednesday, October 6 from 4pm – 8pm. Because it is an open house format you do not need to be there at 4pm and can come when convenient for you during that time frame.

It is essentially a scoping meeting in format. I confirmed with the Rail Authority that there will be a series of information stations and people to talk to. The format will be similar to its initial scoping meetings held at the end of 2009 in Monterey Park and other cities along the 60 freeway and Union Pacific right of way routes.

I cannot vouch for what occurred at the Monterey Park scoping meeting (I did not attend); however, I have attended open house format scoping meetings in the past. For example, a scoping meeting to discuss reconfiguration of entrances/exits for the 101 highway in the bay area had map boards showing satellite photos and design mock-ups of possible routes. Each set of map boards had engineers and transit planners standing around answering questions.

The goals of scoping meetings, and I believe this meeting, is to (1) inform the community about the plans and (2) seek public input about (a) what issues and concerns an agency’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)1 need to address and (b) what other reasonable alternatives exist to its proposed project and that the agency needs to consider.

UPDATE: The Rail Authority is now distributing a flyer to the community with some information. View and print. (Google Docs) (PDF)

Location: Grace T. Black Auditorium, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731.



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Source: http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/calendar.htm

2) Presentation to the San Gabriel City Council

On Tuesday, October 19, the Rail Authority will  California High Speed Rail Authority will give a presentation during the regularly scheduled San Gabriel City Council meeting. The meeting is scheduled from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

The high speed trains that go through Alhambra would also go through Rosemead and San Gabriel. It is probably safe to assume it will be similar to the presentation given the Alhambra City Council meeting on Monday, August 9. The presentation is open to the public.

Location: San Gabriel City Hall 425 South Mission Drive San Gabriel, CA 91776



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Source: http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/calendar.htm

Footnotes:

1. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required by the federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). The EIR and EIS will be in one joint document.

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