Portantino Lauds Council Vote on 710 Resolution

Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of a resolution opposing all tunnel alternatives and several highway alternatives.

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada, who represents several San Gabriel communities including South Pasadena, released this statement Tuesday following the Los Angeles City Council's unanimous vote for Councilmember Jose Huizar's resolution opposing current plans for the 710 extension.

"Today's action underscores the tremendous growing wind against the 710 freeway and tunnel. Neighborhood activists from all over the San Gabriel Valley have united to oppose this project. There have been more than enough legitimate public policy concerns raised about the viability of the 710 tunnel and the Los Angeles City Council stepped up and unanimously said NO Tunnel.

It's now time for Caltrans, the MTA and the California Transportation Commission to stop spending our limited tax dollars on a project that doesn't solve a problem and would adversely affect many of our neighborhoods."

According to La Cañada resident Jan SooHoo, a member of the No on 710 Action Committee who watched Tuesday's meeting online, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to adopt Jose Huizar's resolution opposing alternatives:

H-2    Highway alternative connecting the 710 stub to Concord Ave. then to Fremont, Monterey Rd., York Ave., to Ave 64 to Colorado Blvd., ending near the intersection of San Rafael Ave. and Linda Vista Ave.

H-6    Highway alternative also beginning at 710 stub connecting the 710 to Sheffield Ave., to Huntington Dr., to Fair Oaks, to Columbia St., then to Pasadena Ave.  It would then split into a N-bound segment along Pasadena Ave. and a S-bound segment along Saint John Ave.

F-2    Bored tunnel connecting 710 stub north of I-10 to SR 2 between Verdugo Rd. and SR 134 interchanges.

F-5    Bored tunnel connecting 710 stub north of 1-10 to SR 134 near the Colorado Blvd. interchange.

F-6    Combination of surface and depressed freeway segments connecting the 710 stub north of I-10 to the existing SR 710 stub south of the I-210/SR 134 interchange.

F-7 The bored tunnel under the original surface freeway route known as the Meridian Route.

Jan SooHoo August 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Important to note: The resolution was amended yesterday by the LA Transportation Committee to also include alternative F-7, the bored tunnel under the original surface freeway route known as the Meridian Route.
Jan SooHoo August 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
One additional correction. At the last minute, I was unable to actually attend the meeting. I reported on the outcome after watching the meeting online.
Donna Evans August 28, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thanks, Jan! Will note that immediately
monica August 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Pasadena Adjacent August 29, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Excellent! this is the first where I've actually seen the streets involved in these nasty alternatives. Thank you Jan. I was at yesterdays council vote. I wouldn't have wanted to miss that historical moment for the world.


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