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710 Alternatives Include 2 Garvanza Routes

As Metro and Caltrans look to narrow their proposed 710 Freeway extension alternatives, Garvanza residents are worried they'll be caught in the crosshairs.

A pair of proposed freeways that would run through the neighborhood of Garvanza are still on the table as Metro and Caltrans look to narrow down their list of proposed SR-710 Freeway extension projects.

Metro will host a Community Liaison Council Meeting on Monday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at on 4580 N. Figueroa St. to gather further community feedback about the proposed 710 extension alternatives. It will be one of the final community meetings held by Metro before the public comment period closes on Wednesday, August 29. 

Metro has been fighting for decades to extend SR-710 beyond its northern terminus in Alhambra to SR-210 in Pasadena--in an effort to alleviate commercial traffic from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles--but has been met by strong community opposition from residents of South Pasadena.

After conducting an extensive series of community meetings throughout the spring of 2011, Metro defined an approximately 110-square mile study area, which included 12 traffic mitigating "alternative concepts." Those 12 alternatives will be narrowed down to five following the conclusion of the public comment period, and will be studied during a two-year Environmental Impact Report (EIR) phase.

Among the 12 alternatives--which include "no build" and light rail/bus rail projects--are two freeway extensions that would run directly through the heart of Garvanza.

Alternative F5 would connect to SR-134 at a new interchange created near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Avenue 64. According to maps provided by Metro, the bulk of the route would run beneath the neighborhood of Garvanza.

A proposed above ground route, Alternative H2, would connect to SR-134 in the north by way of Avenue 64.

Tina Gulotta-Miller of the Garvanza Improvement Association said she is strongly opposed to the construction of any freeway extension through Garvanza.

In addition to the potential disruption of the historic neighborhood's character due to a massive construction project, she feared that even the potential for building in the area would deter new families from moving to the neighborhood.

"This is a major concern to our community, [if we were to land on the short list of potential projects]," Gulotta-Miller said. "Anyone who looks to buy property in Garvanza would be subject to a disclosure by a real estate agent that these projects might be built. That's a mandated blight on our community, and it would stop a lot of the momentum we've built up."

Gulotta-Miller, who is also a member of the , has placed a discussion item on about the proposed SR-710 extension options.

Tom Allen August 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Much of the land above the proposed F-2 is land fill with houses built on it (such as mine - built on the downside of a typical hillside road. I wonder what all that subtle micro-shaking/vibration is going do to our fragile land?
Michael Jimenez August 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
The 710 extension will destroy neighborhoods, cost billions and take forever to complete. What's the alternative? Leave it alone! The Port of Long Beach and San Pedro will still get their trucks full of stuff delivered, just maybe not as efficient as they would like. Leave it alone and fix our Pot Hole instead...!
Pasadena Adjacent August 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Not one BUT two proposed routes through Garvanza/Highland Park - and no doubt the EIR will reveal what we already know - you can't tunnel into a water table (not to mention the fault line that runs through Meridian.) So they'll probably try to shove it onto us above ground and make Garvanza an island between freeways? My understanding is that a neighborhood meeting it taking place tonight concerning the 710 expansion for Highland Park and Pasadena. August 2nd at the Highland Park Senior Center at 6152 N. Figueroa St. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm with the 710 extension discussion to start at 7:00 pm
Pasadena Adjacent August 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I forgot to add that the meeting is being presented by the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council. Tina Gulotta-Miller will be there to hand out additional information on the expansion. Try to make it if you can. Really try try try try to make the August 6th meeting
ChickenBoyFan August 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
1st and always: FOLLOW THE CLUCKIN' MONEY! 2nd: HIGHLAND PARK is a weak link in the chain. They are more inclined to choose us because they see how little the community shows up to raise any protest. What do you think the "710 Community Meetings" were about? How many can say they showed up at such meetings? Don't worry, there is still time to get it together. Start by coming to the HHPNC meeting tonight, and get ready to fight. Now,...... take a nice deep breath of freeway toxin, particulate- free air while you still can still can, and show up tonight. and be part of the strategy.
Jane Demian August 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This is an enormously expensive project that does not help the community at all. It is designed to help trucks speed through the area on their way to the 210. Foreign investors are hoping to make it a toll road or tunnel which will help increase their largesse. The disruption to home values, schools, churches, whole neighborhoods will be enormous There will be increased pollution, noise, and seismic concerns as it may cause earthquakes. Trucks from the ports have plenty of routes already. Our representatives need to support the huge opposition from the community. No 710 expansion.
Gil August 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
causing earthquakes?? There is no actual way of knowing that. I hope all of you against the proposed new freeway routes show up to the meeting.
Gil August 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
They was almost nobody there that last meetings
LEE LATTIN August 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
There are more meetings including ones at the Pasadena City Council on August 13 and there is a meeting on August 6 which is a public forum for people to speak out. If you are interested in learning all you can learn about the destruction of Avenue 64, you should contact sylviaplummer@gmail.com. She has all the dates, times and proposals and also a youtube viewing of the last Pasadena City Council meeting and the public omments.
LEE LATTIN August 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Attend Metro/Caltrans meeting on Monday, August 6, 2012, 6:30pm – 7-30pm Ramona Hall, 4580 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90065 2. For more information on the Avenue 64 Highway go to: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/route_710/images/sr710_open_house_alt_concepts.pdf (Look at pages 5.6 & 5.7) 3. Then express your opinion about Metro’s Plan H-2. METRO/Caltrans is now in the process of paring down the list of the 12 alternatives to 5 plans and will issue a new list by the end of August. The time for you to speak out is now. Go to: http://www.metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations/ Click on: “CONTACT US” and complete the short form. 4. Contact Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar, tell him you oppose Metro’s Plan H-2. Email: Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org
Pasadena Adjacent August 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Excellent Lee - great link - thank you. We need to join forces with our upper ave 64 neighbors. I listened to the recent Pasadena City Hall meeting that took place and speaker after speaker declared that they had no idea about that particular meeting until the last moment (including me) I didn't make it - but I would have. Here is another date to save August 22 at Church of Angels http://srnapasadena.org/stop-710/special-meeting-aug-22-700pm-church-of-the-angels/
maryam hosseinzadeh August 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Isn't Garvanza an HPOZ? Is it legal to build a freeway through a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone?
Janet Alvarado Dodson August 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
MTA clearly expects little opposition from sleepy HP. MTA does not want to discuss the trucks. MTA refuses to address the real problem: how do we move goods in and out of the ports to the rest of the continent with Los Angeles sitting in between? Fortunately there are several practical, technically feasible ways to do this right now. None of them involves cars. MTA/CalTrans think by concentrating on car congestion, which everybody hates, they can get approval for anything they want no matter how dangerous, inefficient, expensive, and polluting. By saying no to any extension of the 710 ANYWHERE AT ALL, We can alter the argument. Let’s ask instead how do we move cargo? And as Chicken Boy Fan asks, who profits from this ridiculous plan? So show up at all the meetings. Crowds of people really really make a difference. MTA hates to operate in the light.
Hector Huezo August 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Are any of the alternatives to Freeway and Highway route extensions more favorable or have more support?
a t August 02, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Non-freeway/highway route in the videos below... http://www.youtube.com/user/SR710Study/feed?feature=context-cha Can't help but notice that the Light Rail Transit/Bus Rapid Transit alternative is for South Pasadena, but it's Highways and Freeways for HLP! I really hope there's an actual logistical reason for that.
joanne August 03, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Yet again, I get notification of a meeting the day of or after the event. Would have loved to have gont to tonights meeting. Anyone else have difficulties with the Patch's untimely posting of events?
Charlotte August 03, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Scary stuff, my friends. We all need to band together and fight this one. If the corporate interests behind this succeed, we as a community pay the price, but hey, they get their goods from point A to point B. Please, contact your politicians every week (including Obama? He attended Oxy after all) and let them know you are firmly against this. Do we want increased truck traffic into the San Gabriel Valley? Do we want to lose homes to imminent domain? Do we want our property values to plummet? Any of the proposed options would be disastrous to our beloved NELA be it tunnel or street level. Get involved!
El Cid August 03, 2012 at 05:35 AM
No on 710 and No to Gil Cedillo candidate for upcoming CD 1 election. Let Gil Cedillo know what HP thinks of the 710 proposed plans through Historic Highland Park.
David Fonseca (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 05:48 AM
This article was posted on the site on Wednesday morning, and the agenda for the HHPNC meeting was posted on Monday. I'm not sure how one would miss them if they checked the site semi-regularly. However, feel free to contact me at david.fonseca@patch.com if you're having trouble accessing our articles, and I'll see what I can do to help.
ChickenBoyFan August 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Thanks Rosario. Gil $edillo will not mind being the new $lum overlord/eroder- in- chief, of the most prolific little community in Los Angeles. His representative stormed out of the meeting last night. He was out- gunned, and he knew it. (I can just imagine the panicky phone call(s) made out in the parking lot. When he returned later, only to cite some chicken shite about how the 8 billion was out of reach for the city, I knew, that he knew, he was grasping at last straws. Every one knows the cost of the tunnel is closer to 15-20 billion, and the billionaires in the shipping industry are getting in line to fund it. Word of the behemoth is spreading like wildfire, Mr. $edillo, and Highland Park was the flashpoint. Last night's HHPNC meeting was a great show of the power of collective consciousness. It was stunning.
David D August 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
This is terrible news. I have a lot at stake here in this neighborhood & it would really destroy what I've built here in the last 7 years. I like the suggestion to join forces with the San Rafael people. Besides meetings I think we need a grassroots neighborhood campaign to raise awareness. How to do it?
frank van neutra lautner August 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
They're all terrible.
Anonymous August 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Frank is 100% correct! We are all under attack by these guys – don’t fall for the divide and conquer techniques – they know that they can’t build the freeway if we all stand strong together!
frank van neutra lautner August 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It's clearly obvious that it's a matter of who is the largest source of tax revenues and has the most political clout.
Gil August 03, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Wow people showed up.
frank van neutra lautner August 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
"This article was posted on the site on Wednesday morning, and the agenda for the HHPNC meeting was posted on Monday. I'm not sure how one would miss them if they checked the site semi-regularly. However, feel free to contact me at david.fonseca@patch.com if you're having trouble accessing our articles, and I'll see what I can do to help." @ David Fonseca: I suppose some of us with a job or an education and a life to attend to might define "semi-regularly" a bit differently than you seem to.
Anonymous August 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM
David – part of the “raise awareness” you need to get out is this: The SR-710 North Extension is not being built for commuters. It's intended as part of a goods movement system that ties into the Expansion of the I-710 South and the High Desert Corridor. http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/metro-transportation-projects-2011/ http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/keston/documents/710FinancingCharretteFinalReport_001.pdf The SR-710 North Extension tunnel(s) would likely connect the lower 710 freeway with the already heavily congested 210 freeway which will lead to gridlock conditions for everyone. http://www.burbankusa.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3034 http://www.lacanadaflintridge.com/docfiles/city/cc_na_mis_090721_092848.pdf To pay for the huge construction and upkeep costs (based on the $5.6 billion estimate) a Public Private Partnership must be forged. These investors need to make a profit from this deal and tolls will be charged. Tolls create 35% diversion traffic (probably more do to tolls). Drivers unwilling to pay the “average” fees of $5.64 for cars and $15.23 for cargo trucks will likely take the “short cut” through local neighborhood streets. http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2010%2007%2008%20Metro%20Study%20Infraconsult%20Exec%20Sum%20PPP.pdf http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2008%20Draft%20RTP%20Tunnel%20Financial%20Assessment.pdf Vehicle exhaust cannot be properly filtered leading to health issues
Anonymous August 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Sorry typo - should be: They expect 35% diversion traffic (probably more do to these pricy tolls of $5.64 for cars and $15.23 for freight trucks) http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2008%20Draft%20RTP%20Tunnel%20Financial%20Assessment.pdf Page 4 Health info extended: Vehicle exhaust cannot be properly filtered and will lead to health issues not only for the drivers who use the tunnel but also for the surrounding communities where the exhaust is vented. Tunnels Concentrate Air Pollution By Up To 1,000 Times: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090827101241.htm http://eprints.qut.edu.au/27536/ People who live withinup to 1.5 miles of a major freeway ...: http://www.azcentral.com/news/air-quality/?content=1-overview Lung Cancer, Cardiopulmonary Mortality, and Long-term Exposure to Fine Particulate Air Pollution: http://psr-la.org/files/Cardiovascular_Pope.pdf Disruption of the Blood-Brain Barrier: http://tpx.sagepub.com/content/36/2/289
ChickenBoyFan August 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Just remember to VOTE NO on the Measure R tax extension. It will be on the ballot in November. Say it with me....."NO on measure R!!!
ChickenBoyFan August 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
They will report what they are told to report. It seems to be the way biz is conducted in the LA government now. There have been outside studies done that will prove otherwise. Yes we live in a fragile geological area, with watersheds and faultlines that will be bored into, in the event of a tunnel. The tunnel will be 100 feet underground.

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