Last Friday’s show of force by state and local legislators on a bridge overlooking a crowded 10 Freeway interchange had no apparent effect on the California Transportation Commission. A revised list of recommendations by CTC staffers released Monday nearly doubled the amount of money available for freeway funding from a recently approved transportation bond measure. Despite the extra money, San Gabriel Valley cities not only failed to get funding for one long-awaited project, they also lost funding for another project that had already been approved. “The bottom line is, the San Gabriel Valley got totally screwed,” said state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. “What did we do to lose every single dollar?” The updated list again leaves out $70.5 million in upgrades to the long-congested San Gabriel River (605) and San Bernardino (10) freeway junction. Commission staffers also cut $97.3 million for a first-phase car-pool lane extension on the 10 between Puente and Citrus avenues. The latter funding had been included in an initial list of projects recommended for approval. At the same time, CTC staff added a $730 million car-pool project on the San Diego (405) Freeway that was initially left off the list. Local lawmakers have long claimed that San Gabriel Valley projects are regularly scuttled in favor of those in the politically powerful Westside. At Friday’s freeway press conference, Romero accused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of lobbying more strongly for the 405 project, at the expense of the 605/10 interchange. On Monday, Romero pointed to the latest CTC recommendations as proof that the eastern portion of the county is being shortchanged. She added that if further lobbying efforts fail, San Gabriel Valley cities may have to reconsider how well they are represented on the MTA. “This is the Los Angeles County MTA, and I would reiterate the word county,” Romero said. “There are 10 million residents in L.A. County, and 4 million in the city of L.A. That leaves 6 million who should be questioning how this money was recommended.” Baldwin Park Councilman David Olivas echoed Romero’s concerns. “It is clear that the lobbying effort for that part of Los Angeles County overwhelmed the voice of the San Gabriel Valley, and that is not acceptable,” Olivas said. Local politicians have pointed out that L.A. County initially received 12 percent of the initial $2.8 billion available for freeway improvements statewide. Yet the county accounts for more than 28 percent of California’s population. The new CTC recommendations increased the amount of funding available this year for freeway improvements statewide to $4.5 billion from $2.8 billion. The money comes from $20 billion in transportation bonds approved by voters through Proposition 1B in the November election. And while projects in San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties got additional funds, the lion’s share of the increases in L.A. County went to the Westside’s 405 project. “There appears to not have been an effort to distribute the funds more evenly throughout the area, and that is certainly a concern,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, a member of the MTA Board of Directors. “It is bad news for the San Gabriel Valley.” Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano said he has contacted Romero’s office, as well as the office of Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina to help lobby for reinstating at least some of the funding taken away by the CTC. He said he will be part of a delegation that will head to the CTC hearing Wednesday in Irvine, where a final decision on the funding will be made. “We have been totally disenfranchised,” said Lozano, pointing out that in addition to the 405 project, Orange County also received $387 million for car-pool lane upgrades. “We are tired of having to hear every morning about Sigalerts in Baldwin Park. The fight is not over.” Lozano added that if local politicians cannot persuade the CTC to change course, they will lobby the MTA directly to fund the 605/10 interchange upgrade with whatever state money the agency gets. Federal officials also expressed disappointment at the CTC recommendations. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, who co-authored a bipartisan letter from the state congressional delegation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking for additional funding for L.A. County, said she felt the CTC had undermined the San Gabriel Valley. “This is not just about Baldwin Park but about all the communities that traverse this area,” said Solis. She added that she would work through the congressional appropriations process to get more money for San Gabriel Valley transportation improvements. “I agree the 405 needs to be funded,” Solis said, “but not at our expense.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
International Document Services (IDS), a Salt Lake City, Utah-based mortgage document preparation vendor, announced the formation of an internal team with the sole function of developing and maintaining integrations between idsDoc, the IDS flagship document preparation system, and the company’s third-party vendors.The new integrations team will work in conjunction with IDS’s customer service department and collaborate with the company’s LOS partners to create various idsDoc interface functionalities, such as two-way transferring and blind interfaces. The idsDoc interfaces developed by the new interface team will minimize manual data entry by including more core data from mortgage documents.”Doc prep systems don’t operate in vacuum,” said Mark Mackey, EVP at IDS. “Collaboration and connectivity are the name of the game in today’s automated mortgage operations environment. Because our integrations play such a key role in the idsDoc user experience, we felt it was important enough to establish a team dedicated to keeping our integrations best-in-class.”All of the members of the new integrations team will attend training and certification courses for the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) in order to apply the latest industry standards to implement mortgage document data. Part of the team’s responsibility will be not only to expand the offerings of IDS’s MISMO 2.6, but also to facilitate the company’s transition from MISMO 2.6 to MISMO 3.3.”We are excited to have gathered a team of highly-skilled individuals who will help IDS become more serviceable to our loan origination system (LOS) partners and our customers accessing idsDoc through an LOS,” said David Clement, director of operations at IDS. “With their combined knowledge and skillsets, this team will enhance our customer service offerings and heighten our capacity to support our customers.” November 6, 2014 482 Views Share Company News International Document Services 2014-11-06 Seth Welborn in Headlines, News, Technology IDS Creates Integrations Team for Doc Prep System