Meeting Announcement: Bike Plan and 710 meetings on Monday, Nov. 19. *Updated

The City of Alhambra has two meetings (that are of particular interest to me and perhaps to you) scheduled for next Monday, November 19.

5:30 p.m.: City staff will present a draft Bicycle Master Plan to the City Council during a study session meeting.  According to Chris Paulson, assistant to the city manager, the draft Bicycle Master Plan will be available on a bike plan specific web site —  — by the close of business tomorrow (Nov. 14). I’ll update this post at that time. Click to view the official meeting announcement (PDF).

Update: The draft Bicycle Master Plan is now available from:

7:00 p.m.: The City Council invites the community to attend an informational meeting to “find out more on the status of the 710 Gap Closure and to show [our] support for the completion of the 710 Freeway.” Click the image to the right to read the invitation.Text invitation to a meeting regarding the710 freeway

Both meetings happen in the Ruth Reese Hall at the Alhambra Civic Center Library.

101 South 1st Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Tell everyone you know in Alhambra about the meetings including your friends, family, colleagues, and your child’s teacher and school principal. Encourage them to attend both, even if they don’t intend to speak up. Meeting attendance, particularly for the bike plan, will tell the City Council whether that topic is a priority for Alhambra residents. If you cannot attend, contact Chris Paulson (626-570-5067 |  and give him your feedback regarding the bike plan and/or whether you think the bike plan should be a priority for the city. Low turnout at the meeting, or otherwise little interest expressed by the community will indicate to the City Council that it should spend the city’s scarce resources on other things.

P.S. I’m back in Alhambra so I expect to post more often regarding the bike plan, the 710, and other quality of life issues relative to Alhambra.

Meeting Announcements: Several upcoming meetings in Alhambra, San Gabriel, and elsewhere

The California High Speed Rail Authority scheduled 16 community meetings about its high speed rail project over the next 6 weeks throughout the local area. More meetings are scheduled for the Inland Empire and San Diego area.

The Alhambra meeting is scheduled for June 23 but you do not need to wait that long to find out more information about the project. Feel free to attend any of the meetings and ask questions. Meetings will be held in El Monte on May 25, San Gabriel on May 31, in and Downtown LA on June 1.

Note: We will find out on Monday whether the governor’s revised budget provides any funds for the L.A. to San Diego segment of the high speed rail project. If not, we need to expect that these will be the last meetings for a few years. The original state budget contained no money for the segment of the high speed rail project through the San Gabriel Valley but does fund other segments of the high speed rail project.

I added all meetings within a relatively easy drive to my Google Calendar, listed below. Click to see more information:

Folks along the route were mailed the following flyer, also with all the dates and locations listed:
(Google Docs) | (PDF)

Meeting Announcement: Rail Authority Board meeting in downtown L.A. on March 3 @ 9:00 a.m.

The California High Speed Rail Authority Board will hold its regular monthly meeting for March in downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Headquarters. Metro Headquarters is at the backside of Union Station.

The L.A. to San Diego line is on the agenda (posted below). The contractors responsible for that line will present their preliminary alternatives analysis report. That report is expected to recommend that the Rail Authority board consider only the I-10 freeway and SR-60 freeway routes for the high speed rail project between Union Station and the 605 freeway. It will also recommend the board withdraw routes that use and run adjacent to the Union Pacific right of way. The report is expected to be released a few days before the board meeting.

Public Comments

Public comments are taken at the very beginning of the meeting, at 9 a.m. If you would like to speak, you must get there early. You likely need to fill out a card before proceedings begin to notify the Board that you wish to address them. I intend to make public comments during the meeting.


Thursday March 3, 2011

9:00 a.m.


One Gateway Plaza – Metro Board Room
Los Angeles, California

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Public transit options:

You can get to Union Station from Alhambra using public transit. I recommend Metro’s Trip Planner.

  1. Metro Local Bus — Line 76: This bus travels down Valley Blvd. and will go directly to Union Station. Time table.  Cost: $1.50 each way.
  2. Metro Local Bus — Line 78: This bus travels down Main St. and will go directly to Union Station. Time table. Cost: $1.50 each way.
  3. Alhambra Community Transit (ACT) Blue Line to Metro Silver Line: The ACT Blue Line travels in a loop around Alhambra. Part of that loop includes the Metrolink station at Cal State L.A. Metro runs an express bus service, the Silver Line, from El Monte station that will stop at Cal State L.A. Time table: ACT (PDF); Silver Line. Cost: $0.25 (ACT) + $2.45 (Silver Line) = $2.70 each way.


The Board has published its agenda.

Meeting Announcement (MONDAY): Alhambra City Council meeting

This is short notice, but an update regarding the high speed rail will be given at the regular Alhambra City Council meeting — on MONDAY.

According to the city web site, the Rail Authority staff will only recommend one route to its board — the I-10 freeway. We already knew it would drop the routes using and adjacent to the Union Pacific right of way, but now it appears the SR-60 route will not receive further consideration either. In addition, the trains will run on an elevated platform that averages 74 feet above street level through Alhambra (I’m not sure about the other cities). I called and emailed the Rail Authority’s outreach contacts as well as the City Manager’s office for clarification.

So attend the meeting to hear an update and give comments. And tell your neighbors, family, friends, and anyone else you think will be interested.

Monday, January 24, 2010

Regular City Council Meeting

7 p.m., City Council Chambers

“The train will utilize a tunnel from Union Station in Los Angeles to a portal in East Los Angeles around Eastern Avenue in Los Angeles. The train will climb to approximately 475 feet above sea level. The I-10/710 interchange will be easily cleared, in that it stands about 415 feet above sea level at its highest point. The train will maintain a level course of travel through the City of Alhambra at approximately 474 feet above sea level, which is about 74 feet above grade.”

The top part of the diagram shows a cross section showing elevations, while the bottom part shows a bird eye view of the route. You might need to scroll to see either portion of the diagram.

Stay tuned for more info, and I will see you on Monday.

Meeting Announcements: Alhambra (11/8); S. El Monte (11/9); Commerce (11/16); and Montebello (11/18)

The Rail Authority will present to several city councils in the San Gabriel Valley over the next few weeks. It will also host another scoping meeting in Montebello regarding the L.A. to Anaheim and the L.A. to San Diego segments.
See the Scheduled Meetings page (also linked above).

Monday, November 8 – Alhambra

Presentation to the City Council of Alhambra

  • When: 7:00 pm
  • Where: Alhambra City Hall, 111 South First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801 (map)
  • What: The California High Speed Rail Authority will give a follow-up presentation to the Alhambra City Council. The presentation is open to the public and public comments occur at the end of the meeting. It is part of the regularly scheduled city council meeting.
  • High Speed Rail Authority Contact: Genoveva Arellano, 909-627-2974,
  • Source:

Tuesday, November 9 – South El Monte

Presentation to the City Council of South El Monte

  • When: 6:00pm
  • Where: South El Monte City Council Chambers 1415 N. Santa Anita Avenue South El Monte, CA 91733 (map)
  • What: The California High Speed Rail Authority will give a presentation to the South El Monte City Council. The presentation is open to the public.
  • High Speed Rail Authority Contact: Genoveva Arellano, 909-627-2974,
  • Source:

Tuesday, November 16 – City of Commerce

Presentation to the City Council of Commerce

  • When: 6:00pm
  • Where: Commerce City Hall, 2535 Commerce Way Commerce, CA 90040 (map)
  • Topic: The California High Speed Rail Authority will give a presentation to the Commerce City Council. The presentation is open to the public.
    High Speed Rail Authority contact: Chelsea Dickerson, 213-438-1755,
  • Source:

Thursday, November 18 – Montebello

Montebello Scoping Meeting

  • When: 5:30pm-8:0pm
  • Where: Washington Elementary School, 1400 W Madison Avenue Montebello, CA 90640 (map)
  • Topic: The scoping meeting will be structured as an open house, with map boards showing the possible routes, engineers and transit planners standing around answering questions, and a small presentation (time unknown). This scoping meeting is for both the L.A. to Anaheim and L.A. to San Diego segments of the high speed rail project. The scoping meeting likely will be very similar to the recent meetings in Rosemead and Alhambra. See my posts giving a recap of what occurred during those meetings along with some photos: (1) Alhambra Scoping Meeting: Recap with pictures and (2) Rosemead Scoping Meeting: Update and Pictures
  • High Speed Rail Authority contact: unknown
  • Source:

The Rail Authority posted its latest presentation slide show to its web site. This is the one it gave at the Rosemead and Alhambra scoping meetings on Oct 27 and 28. I expect it will give this at the meetings listed above. Remember to view the presentation skeptically without coming to one of the meetings. As I’ve pointed out numerous times already the Union Pacific is not a feasible route because California lacks the power of eminent domain over the freight railroads. See: Why the I-10 corridor is a possible route. Also, there are apples to oranges comparisons with regard to noise levels in the presentation among other issues.