EAGLE ROCK — The grass-roots effort to block a proposed underground tunnel connecting the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways coalesced onstage this weekend when a number of elected officials and scholars panned the project as wasteful and unwanted.
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) delivered a keynote address at Occidental College against the proposed extension and said there’d likely never be enough money to fund the project.
“Shoving tunnels down the throats of the people . . . is shortsighted,” he said before his speech.
He pointed to the possible $15-billion price tag as wasteful spending.
“For a four-mile extension, that just doesn’t make much sense,” he said. “Trucks and cars coming down is going to be devastating [for nearby communities].”