THE COUNCIL’S DECISION WAS UNANIMOUS (AUGUST 14, 2012)
Last night, hundreds of residents came to the City Council meeting to voice their opposition to LA METRO’s proposed alternative routes for the 710 freeway—routes that would have decimated neighborhoods throughout West Pasadena. I am deeply grateful to all who attended (notwithstanding some daunting technical problems with the sound system) and especially to my fellow Councilmembers who unanimously supported my resolution to oppose Alternatives F-5 (tunnel connecting I-10 to SR-134), H-2 (arterial road along Avenue 64), and H-6 (highway along Huntington Dr./Fair Oaks/Pasadena Avenue).
Unfortunately, my Council colleagues would not agree to oppose proposed route F-7 (tunnel connecting I-10 with I-210) as I requested. The Council did direct staff to continue analyzing whether we can oppose Alternative F-7 notwithstanding Measure A. It will be important to pay close attention to this issue as I continue to oppose the alternatives.
The Council’s decision is just a first step. It’s time to let the METRO board know that they must no longer consider these routes as part of any study or EIR. Although I asked the METRO staff repeatedly last night when the METRO board will eliminate certain routes from consideration, they could only answer that in October there will be an information item regarding the status of staff’s analysis of potential routes to be studied.
I urge everyone to write to the METRO board to express your adamant opposition to the alternatives . The METRO board meets every fourth Thursday of the month (except August), at 9 a.m. in the 3rd Floor METRO Boardroom at 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The chair of the METRO board is LA County Board of Supervisor Mike Antonovich. Here is his contact information:
For those interested in knowing more about the meeting last night, the video of the meeting is available on the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net/CouncilAgendas/Videos. Scroll down and look for: Archive Meetings. KPAS, Charter Cable Channel 3 will rebroadcast the meeting on Saturday August 18th at 2:30 and 10 p.m.
KABC 7 posted some immediate post-meeting thoughts: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=8772234
NBC 4’s video coverage of the meeting is still in the process of being uploaded, but one part is available athttp://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Resident-to-Metro—22You-Cannot-Dig-Up-People-s-Homes-22/166078156
Finally, the Pasadena Sun shared its perspective of last night’s meeting, here:http://www.pasadenasun.com/the626now/tn-626-pasadena-slams-freeway-proposals,0,1238765.story & the San Gabriel Valley Tribune updated their comments, here: http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_21306478/pasadena-city-council-considers-opposition-710-extension
Check periodically on the District 6 website www.cityofpasadena.net/district6 for updates. Posted messages contain important information about the District 6 Forum on the SR710 on September 18th and the Quarterly Town Hall Meeting on September 25th.