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Pasadena City Council Votes to Oppose 710 Extension Plans

The city council's opposition is limited to the three projects that would run through Garvanza and Pasadena.

With approximately 400 people filling the Pasadena City Council meeting chambers to overflow capacity on Monday evening, the board voted to formally state their opposition three proposed State Route 710 extension projects that would be built through or below the communities of Garvanza and San Rafael.

Members of community organizations--including the Garvanza Improvement Association and the San Rafael Neighborhood Association--rallied extensively in the days leading up the to the city council meeting to ensure a large turnout. 

The result was a chorus of voices speaking out against Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) proposed expansions of the 710 Freeway, which would extend it beyond its northern terminus in Alhambra to either the SR-210 or the Ventura Freeway in Pasadena.

The Pasadena City Council's opposition to the 710 Freeway extension project was limited to three proposals; Alternative H-2, an arterial road along the current Avenue 64; Alternative H-6,  a highway along Huntington Drive/Fair Oaks/Pasadena Avenue connecting the I-10 to I-210 and Alternative F-5, a freeway tunnel connecting I-10 to SR-134.  

According to the Pasadena Star News, residents used Monday's meeting to express their frustration with Metro's handling of the proposed freeway extension.

Throughout the night, [Metro's 710 Project Manager Michelle] Smith was yelled at and shouted down by audience members frustrated with the process and an hour-long glitch brought on by technical difficulties.

Metro representatives could scarcely get through a sentence or a PowerPoint slide without a reaction from the crowd, from boos to cheers to shouts of discontent.

ABC7 reports that Smith told meeting attendees that Metro is still considering all 710 Freeway options, including some "hybrid alternatives"

"We're taking a fresh look at it. The transportation landscape has changed. The transportation attitudes have changed. And this particular study is a comprehensive, multimodal look at all of the transportation modes and perhaps some hybrid alternatives," said Michelle Smith with Metro.

The concerns expressed by community members on Monday echo those from a Monday, , where 710 opponents criticized Metro for their lack of outreach, and described the project as a thinly veiled attempt to accelerate freight traffic from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

On Tuesday, the No 710 on Avenue 64 action committee had already planned their next tactic to express opposition to the freeway extension.

"We are forming a flash-mob phone call to the office of Mike Antonovich (Chair of the MTA Board) between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. this afternoon," posted Tina Gulotta-Miller on the No 710 on Avenue 64 Facebook page. "Call their office at (213) 974-5555."

Ron Rosen August 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
South Pas City Council will discuss strategic planning for dealing with Metro's various plans at a special meeting on August 20. (The first part of the meeting with deal with a business license for a massage parlor.) Also, there will be a South Pasadena community forum on the subject of Metro's plans in September.
Tom Williams August 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
F-1, F-2, and F-5-7 were covered, supposedly in our efforts two years ago to get City Council to oppose any Tunnel from ElSereno to I-5/SR2 or to SR2-Verdugo/EAgleRock, and to oppose any surface construction north of Valley Blvd/I-710 - did our representative enforce it with MTA - NO, Reyes/Huizar/Garcetti apparently haven't told MTA, their Consultants, or the LACity representatives to the Technical and Stakeholders Oversight Advisory Committees that all of the suface construction has to be south of Valley and that no F-2 and F-5 are opposed by the City and F-6 - 7 portals and any surface freeway north of Vlley is opposed, including the Highway options for the "Grade Separations" (Bridges and Connector Roads) in LA City are opposed....Since they are doing it WE got to F-2 is the cheapest tunnel, F-5 is the second cheapest, and F-6 is most expensive if our of their portals are OUT of EL SERENO and south of Valley... Alhambra City representation with less than 1% of our population gets their ways but not LACity....where is Huizar (he is at the MTA Board Mtgs...he is a board member but says nothing and Where is Reyes, and Garcetti...??? Tom
john August 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
The freeway wont get built but they can complete it to the boarders of South Pasadena and end it on Huntington Dr from Alhambra side.
matthew lazlo October 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I have to say im with caltrans i know it would be a fantastic thing to happen to los angeles to resolve traffic proplems
matthew lazlo October 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I also think by building the fwy over ave 64 will eliminate all of those mexican thugs that pollute garvanza ,come on white people its one white nation.

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