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Huizar Introduces 710 Resolution

Huizar's motion calls for the City Council to oppose all of Metro's currently proposed freeway and highway routes, save for one, F-7, which is a tunnel that would be built beneath the city of South Pasadena.

At a contentious community forumon Monday, August 6,  residents of Highland Park demanded to know where Councilmember José Huizar stood on the proposed extension of State Route 710 through their community.

Nate Hayward, a field deputy who spoke on Huizar's behalf at the meeting, said the Councilmember was opposed to any surface route option. However, he said Huizar was still waiting to take a public stance on the proposed tunnels.

On Friday, August 17, SR-710 opponents got a clearer picture of where Huizar stood on the issue, as the Councilmember introduced a resolution that calls on the City Council to oppose five of Metro's proposed extensions routes.

"Of Metro’s 12 remaining options, the Freeway and Highway alternatives would have detrimental impacts on the communities they would go through. Therefore, I categorically oppose the following routes: H-2, H-6, F-2, F-5, and F-6," Huizar wrote in an e-mail to constituents.

The motion calls also on the City Council to oppose any above ground routes.

Metro and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are currently undergoing their latest attempt to attain a valid Environmental Impact Report for their plans to extend Interstate-710 beyond its northern terminus in Alhambra and connect it to the SR-210 in Pasadena.

The study has been narrowed down to 12 options, which in addition to rail and bus options, include several freeway and highway routes that would potentially be built through or below the communities of Garvanza, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena.

Huizar's motion calls for the City Council to oppose all of Metro's currently proposed freeway and highway routes, save for one, F-7, which is a tunnel that would be built beneath the city of South Pasadena.

"These routes would not link communities, they would destroy them," Huizar added in the letter.

Chris Smith, the President of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and a member of the No 710 on Avenue 64 group, said he believed that Huizar's motion was a "good start," but that he hoped the resolution would eventually include language opposing all underground routes as well.

Several phone calls to Huizar's office were not returned regarding the resolution.

Rob Schraff August 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
The tunnel in the only option Huizar is supporting - above ground on the same alignment would be off the table if his resolution is passed, and had any authority.(Which it wouldn't.) Above ground would be WAY cheaper (and, again additional tunnel costs borne by the region, not South Pas, which would get the ostensible benefits). South Pas begged for a super-expensive tunnel for decades, and now that they might get, they're making the same sort of environmental complaints against the tunnel that they made against above-ground.
Marino August 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I agree that South Pasadena supported a tunnel option until CalTrans actually considered it. Then they turned against it which in my opinion is stupid. An above ground option would destroy hundreds of historical homes and a beautiful community and I and many others have always opposed it. Huizar is supporting the under Pasadena tunnel because: #1 it's the only realistic option (the options to tunnel to the 605 or the 2 etc was some bizarre PR attempt to "consider all options" that blew up in CalTrans face by freaking out and uniting NIMBYists across the region) #2 It would benefit us, his constituents of downtown and NELA by diverting non local traffic to where it belongs. #3 He gets to collect millions in contributions from labor and big time contractors who will build the darn thing.
Rob Schraff August 23, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Very cogent. I think you are pretty much right on. I might quibble with the order, and note that lots of (ahem, non-white) neighborhoods with histories have been destroyed by freeways, including Huizar's "native" Boyle Heights. Which I suppose cuts both ways now that he reps El Sereno.
Moira Clegg August 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
frank van neutra lautner is right. Freight rail lines are the only way to deal with the huge volume of freight coming through the Port. Certainly the old-established residential neighborhoods of L.A. should not be asked to let more trucks through. South Pasadena is right. (I am a resident of Highland Park).
Marino August 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
We gave credit to Huizar too soon. He turned around to support the DO NOTHING proposal. http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/huizar-motion-opposing-all-710-routes-passed-by-committee-heads-to-council

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