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State of Montrose: 710 Tunnel, Downtown Glendale Expansion (Video)

Glendale City Councilmembers Laura Friedman and Ara Najarian addressed a crowd last month on the 710 Tunnel Expansion project and how officials are working to attract businesses.

Glendale City Councilmembers Laura Friedman and Ara Najarian spoke on the state of Montrose on Nov. 28, however, the main focus of the evening turned to the 710 Tunnel Expansion Project and discussion of expanding Glendale's business community in the downtown area. 

About 75,000 people commute daily to Glendale for work, according to former Mayor Laura Friedman. 

She spoke about the city's efforts to draw creative companies, the film industry and revamp its business community. 

Friedman discussed economic development in Glendale:

  • Council is aiming to promote Downtown Glendale as an 18-hour day location, with a more lively downtown closing near 9 or 10 p.m.
  • Decrease empty office space left from banking and insurance industries that decreased during the Recession.
  • Whole Foods moved its West Coast offices to Good Street in South Glendale. 
  • Museum of Neon Art (considered the second museum in Glendale besides Forest Lawn) will open downtown. 
  • Creative Corridor of Glendale can be expanded and already hosts Disney, Dreamworks, LegalZoom and other companies. 
  • Bloomingdale's will replace Mervyn's and should be open by Christmas 2013 and is part of a nearly $100 million Glendale Galleria renovation. 
  • Laemmle Playhouse and loft project is expected to attract creative, artists, single people in their 20s and 30s and retired people who want the amenities of living downtown or walking and biking to work. 
  • 5 Star Cinemas will feature international films and will replace the Mann Theater on Maryland. 

Najarian, Glendale City Councilmember and Metro Board Chair, spoke against the proposed 710 Freeway Extension Tunnel

  • "This is something we have to stop and I am committed to stop," Najarian said. 
  • Najarian suggested a light rail between Pasadena and the ports to place shipping containers to head on the Alameda Corridor East. 
  • Expects the tunnel will directly impact Foothill communities, including Montrose, La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena, Altadena and South Pasadena. 
  • "Once you get on this tunnel, you are on it for five miles... It's a catastrophe waiting to happen if a truck flips and starts on fire. It makes no sense at all for you and me," Najarian said. 

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ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM
After reading all of this, I am convinced this Messina is ....mentally challenged. She actually thinks Glendale People are stupid enough to buy this. This...person..needs to get her rocks off on some elses rocks....
Tsalagi1 December 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Robert, the tunnel will run from El Sereno to Pasadena. If we sit back on our laurels they WILL build it. Do you know the history of South Pasadena and the 710? It is has been a 60-year fight for them. If they had not fought (and still fighting) tooth and nail, their fair city would be a jungle of freeway overpasses, underpasses, cut-throughs, pollution, filth, and more. I suggest that if you really want to learn about this, go to www.no710.com to study the facts for yourself. Then go to youtube.com and find Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison's 710 forum. It runs for about 1 hour and 47 minutes. It is a forum, not a documentary, so may not have the entertainment value, but it definitely will inform you of the issues we are looking at for our future. You are also free to come to any meeting of any city council that has to do with the 710 and listen to those addressing the council. We all had to educate ourselves on this matter. You are welcome to join us. As for Mayor Messina of Alhambra, she is money and power-driven and has no scruples. She only pays attention to what she wants to hear. If it at all contradicts what she wants (even when it is apparent that what she wants is wrong), she will attempt to remove the threat. Ara Najarian has the guts to stand up to her and her cronies and be the voice of not only his constituents, but those in other affected communities that surround his. I applaud his courage in doing so and stand behind him 100 percent.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 13, 2012 at 03:26 AM
VickyK: Thank you for all the info. I am from that area but now live in oklahoma. I probably sounded like I lived there. This woman sounds dangerous. Why was she elected mayor ? She will step on the wrong toes someday. I am surprised she seems to have so many spooked. I remember Glendale as a quiet little town of hard working and nice people. At least I have the memories. Thanks again for your kindness. I will look at the videos...B.
Tsalagi1 December 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Robert, it just shows that you do still care about your once-home of Glendale. You can still be involved by learning as much as you can by internet, look for no 710 on facebook, etc. You can always write your opinion to the suggested e-mail addresses of those involved. Just because you don't live here anymore doesn't mean you don't care. Keep googling! You'll find info!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Deat Vicki: I will keep Googling....I have a real bizzare sense of humor and there is another furor going about a police raid on the Cactus Art Studio. I responded to one agitated soul by saying thats what you get when 15 mil people live in one locale. I said the country was allot easier to settle problems: "That is my cow" No, it's my cow"...Bang..."I told you it was my cow" Problem settled.

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