Special Council Meeting Monday

Expect talks of the proposed 710 Freeway extension and a revocation hearing for the massage business, King Spa.

The City of South Pasadena has scheduled a special meeting 7 p.m. Monday at to discuss its stance on the 710 Freeway extension—as well as the possibility of revoking King Spa Massage's business license. 

Here is the slated agenda (also attached): 

  • Roll call, Pledge of Allegiance
  • Public comment: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.3(a), members of the public will be provided with an opportunity to address any item described on the agenda only, at the time the matter is considered by the City Council.
  • License revocation hearing pursuant to South Pasadena Municipal Code Section 18.35 - 18.38: King Spa Massage located at 1318 Huntington Drive
  • Strategy regarding proposed SR-710 extension 
  • Review Resolution No. 7172: City's official position on the SR-710 Freeway extension 
  • Update regarding status of Senate Bill 204 

Revocation Hearing

Mengdong Wang, the owner of King Spa, and prostitution after an undercover investigation was conducted by South Pas Police in February.

Wang was also cited and convicted in 2010 for employing non-certificated massage technicians, according to a staff report.

While a hearing was originally set for March 7, City Council postponed it saying it first needed to build up a case, reported Pasadena Sun.

710 Freeway Extension 

With the city of to oppose some of the 710 Freeway extension alternatives, South Pas is taking steps to ensure the freeway doesn't end up in its yard. 

"We need to make sure they're not working to just eliminate their route and not eliminate the South Pasadena routes," Councilmember Philip Putnam said Wednesday, according to Pasadena Star-News.

"We want to be sure even if they eliminate those Avenue 64 routes that the people in other cities see the impact it would have on our city that it could have had on theirs."

South Pas transportation manager Dennis Woods told Patch Thursday: "The city council really wants to rediscuss how we might coordinate with surrounding cities." 

Senate Bill 204

State Sen. Carol Liu in June asking that Caltrans sell the homes it owns along the proposed 710 Freeway extension. 

This Thursday, the California State Auditor confirming Caltrans' mismanagement of those 345 homes in South Pas, Pasadena, Alhambra and L.A. 

Patch Asks: Will you be at the meeting Monday? Which issue concerns you most? 

Tom Williams August 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM
thanks to So Pas Residents and the Council Members I will be there but the most important NOW is the sale of CalTrans houses and shops since most are in El Sereno/City of LA and now they want to kick out the existing tenants/resident who have had to suffer for one of if not the largest slumlord in LA...Now they want to sell the properties at some price other/higher than that of the Roberti Bill...not have to bring them up to occupiable condition, and not return the money to the cities that have had to deal with Caltrans for 20+ years and losses of property taxes...OBTW two additional "MTA/710 Open House" snow jobs should be scheduled for SoPas and Eagle Rock
Marie August 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
has anyone ever tallied up just how much taxpayer money has been wasted on this decades-old rte 710 debate? the 710 is NEVER going to happen (oh yeah, let's build a miles long tunnel...in earthquake country...choked with exhaust fumes that need to be vented by gigantic ventilation stacks. sure, put one of those in my backyard) and yet millions of dollars are devoted to the debate like a bad drug habit. if only that money had been spent improving/expanding public transit and existing road conditions.


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