Pasadena City Council Votes to Oppose 710 Extension Plans

The city council's opposition is limited to the three projects that would run through Garvanza and Pasadena.

With approximately 400 people filling the Pasadena City Council meeting chambers to overflow capacity on Monday evening, the board voted to formally state their opposition three proposed State Route 710 extension projects that would be built through or below the communities of Garvanza and San Rafael.

Members of community organizations--including the Garvanza Improvement Association and the San Rafael Neighborhood Association--rallied extensively in the days leading up the to the city council meeting to ensure a large turnout. 

The result was a chorus of voices speaking out against Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (Metro) proposed expansions of the 710 Freeway, which would extend it beyond its northern terminus in Alhambra to either the SR-210 or the Ventura Freeway in Pasadena.

The Pasadena City Council's opposition to the 710 Freeway extension project was limited to three proposals; Alternative H-2, an arterial road along the current Avenue 64; Alternative H-6,  a highway along Huntington Drive/Fair Oaks/Pasadena Avenue connecting the I-10 to I-210 and Alternative F-5, a freeway tunnel connecting I-10 to SR-134.  

According to the Pasadena Star News, residents used Monday's meeting to express their frustration with Metro's handling of the proposed freeway extension.

Throughout the night, [Metro's 710 Project Manager Michelle] Smith was yelled at and shouted down by audience members frustrated with the process and an hour-long glitch brought on by technical difficulties.

Metro representatives could scarcely get through a sentence or a PowerPoint slide without a reaction from the crowd, from boos to cheers to shouts of discontent.

ABC7 reports that Smith told meeting attendees that Metro is still considering all 710 Freeway options, including some "hybrid alternatives"

"We're taking a fresh look at it. The transportation landscape has changed. The transportation attitudes have changed. And this particular study is a comprehensive, multimodal look at all of the transportation modes and perhaps some hybrid alternatives," said Michelle Smith with Metro.

The concerns expressed by community members on Monday echo those from a Monday, , where 710 opponents criticized Metro for their lack of outreach, and described the project as a thinly veiled attempt to accelerate freight traffic from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

On Tuesday, the No 710 on Avenue 64 action committee had already planned their next tactic to express opposition to the freeway extension.

"We are forming a flash-mob phone call to the office of Mike Antonovich (Chair of the MTA Board) between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. this afternoon," posted Tina Gulotta-Miller on the No 710 on Avenue 64 Facebook page. "Call their office at (213) 974-5555."

Tom Allen August 14, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Actually once the tech difficulties were behind us, the meeting went quite orderly. Only at the points when Metro gave a ridiculous reply to a question directed at them did the audience react... and quite passionately I might add. Very proud of them. Now, that said, I am from the Mount Washington area, and I do sincerely hope that when the time comes for us to get support for the anti F-2 proposed route that we will get the same fighting spirit from others that I have personally help to deliver for the past three out of four meetings. And by others I mean the Pasadena crowd, Garvanza, Highland Park, etc, etc. Will we continue to fight, yes!!! But I am concerned that I have not seen ANY representation coming from the Mount Washington area.
ezio giraldo August 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
why can china build 3 coal plants a year? put up mass infrastructure? highspeed trains? cuase they dont have the yuppies and red tape we do here. a few complain about a little noise and some good progress gets thrown out the window
Stella Meridian August 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
You should move to China, Ezio. I like democracy.
frank van neutra lautner August 14, 2012 at 08:33 PM
It seems you would prefer to live in China.
Lauren August 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
It's not merely a little noise. Many homes and historic communities are at stake. My home is in the path of one of the proposed routes and I am not a yuppie. I bet if your house was in the killzone, you'd be singing a different tune.
Red Metal Ticket August 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Are any meetings to discuss the F-2 option currently scheduled?
Tom Allen August 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Red Metal: not that I know of. Hoping to dig in and find out more about defending our territory at this point.
Hank Hill August 15, 2012 at 02:21 AM
China is a communist country. Not so sure they even allow yuppies there. Since you respect the Chinese methods of efficiency and industrialization so much I suggest you move there, ezio. You'll have to find a different way to update us on your adventures though since you'll be banned from writing criticisms on internet message boards over there. Godspeed your "good progress."
Sandy Egan August 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I live near the F2 option - I worry that without a loud response - it will become the path lf least resistence. The LA City Council seems less likely to oppose a tunnel. I attended an informational meeting three months ago - it was the first of them I think - but only two other residents showed up. I am hoping we can group together and get some press for our neighborhood as well.
ezio giraldo August 15, 2012 at 07:10 AM
all the jobs are going there and so are our resources. maybe i should
Sara August 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
China is also one of the most highly polluted countries in the entire world, due to those "3 coal plants a year" and many other completely unregulated industrial activities. This Wikipedia article quotes directly from a New York Times article describing the extreme severity of environmental degredation in China: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution_in_China#Pollution_ratings_in_China. Our pesky CEQA and NEPA laws (state and federal, respectively) are a hassle for developers, no doubt, but they are saving your life.
Tina Gulotta-Miller August 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Garvanza Improvement Association is in this fight for the long haul. I know much more now than when we initially disovered the newly proposed routes through Garvanza and San Rafael. Since Metro announced these alternatives at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena some time in late June.. Please join us at no 710 freeway extension on Facebook. We also have a Twitter presence @metro719pr. We formed the no710onave64 Facebook group at the beginning of this process to inform the immediate community around us and to form a partnership with the San Rafael Neighborhood Association. People's reactions were in disbelief, panic and defiance but when it finally sank in everyone started gravitating toward social media for solidarity. We my husband) Charles Miller, a social media exert, formed the social media strategies and then after some feedback from other people we decided to form a broader Facebook platform with the no 710 freeway extension group. What we have in place are some great volunteers all over Highland Park, Pasadena, South Pasadenathat are assisting us with admin on both pages. We have a strategy team as well as cross-city/community strategy team that is very engaged. several of us were featured on ABC 7, NBC 4. Mt. Washington Highland Park Patch, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Sun and th Los Angeles Times. We hav high powered public relations contacts on Twitter that Charles knows across the country. Some Of them have 10,000 followers.
Stella Meridian August 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Good one Ezio, those jobs pay really well too.
Hector Huezo August 15, 2012 at 06:10 PM
the answer to your questions, Ezio, is that China can do all those things because dissenters get thrown in jail and organized groups of people against harmful/invasive infrastructure development are made to "disappear". Coal plants aren't exactly what I would call "good progress" and I can't understand why you'd use that as an example. Lastly, high speed trains are not the same as the freeway that is being opposed. Yes... all of these things are infrastructure, but not all infrastructure development equals "good progress"...
ezio giraldo August 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM
more power. ohohohohoho
Ivan G August 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
What is wrong with tunneling under South Pasadena?
amyjones August 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
A lot of things are wrong with it, but here's just one: where does it come to the surface? At some point it has to connect to the 210 or 134, and that neighborhood is destroyed.
Tom Allen August 16, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Tina, thanks for getting back to this article. I lost your info and couldn't find it on facebook. now I can... many thanks...
Betty Jean August 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Doug August 16, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Aside from the fantasy of a magic tunnel (costing billions of dollars) is the absolutely ignored fact that the 710 extension is an absolute joke. First, take a little drive on the 210 any week day afternoon. Average speed? About 10 mph. Okay, now add a multibillion dollar tunnel or slam a surface freeway right up the backside of Pasadena on Ave. 64. How exactly does this relieve any type of traffic anywhere? Semis are not running up FairOaks from Alhambra. This Cal Trans smoke and mirrors merely shifts massive gridlock to the 210. I invite any Caltrans "executive" to get their fat asses out of their comfy chair and ride with me on the 210 some afternoon.
Ron Rosen August 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM
South Pas City Council will discuss strategic planning for dealing with Metro's various plans at a special meeting on August 20. (The first part of the meeting with deal with a business license for a massage parlor.) Also, there will be a South Pasadena community forum on the subject of Metro's plans in September.
Tom Williams August 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
F-1, F-2, and F-5-7 were covered, supposedly in our efforts two years ago to get City Council to oppose any Tunnel from ElSereno to I-5/SR2 or to SR2-Verdugo/EAgleRock, and to oppose any surface construction north of Valley Blvd/I-710 - did our representative enforce it with MTA - NO, Reyes/Huizar/Garcetti apparently haven't told MTA, their Consultants, or the LACity representatives to the Technical and Stakeholders Oversight Advisory Committees that all of the suface construction has to be south of Valley and that no F-2 and F-5 are opposed by the City and F-6 - 7 portals and any surface freeway north of Vlley is opposed, including the Highway options for the "Grade Separations" (Bridges and Connector Roads) in LA City are opposed....Since they are doing it WE got to F-2 is the cheapest tunnel, F-5 is the second cheapest, and F-6 is most expensive if our of their portals are OUT of EL SERENO and south of Valley... Alhambra City representation with less than 1% of our population gets their ways but not LACity....where is Huizar (he is at the MTA Board Mtgs...he is a board member but says nothing and Where is Reyes, and Garcetti...??? Tom
john August 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
The freeway wont get built but they can complete it to the boarders of South Pasadena and end it on Huntington Dr from Alhambra side.
matthew lazlo October 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I have to say im with caltrans i know it would be a fantastic thing to happen to los angeles to resolve traffic proplems
matthew lazlo October 02, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I also think by building the fwy over ave 64 will eliminate all of those mexican thugs that pollute garvanza ,come on white people its one white nation.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »