LOS ANGELES - The City Council postponed a vote Friday on a resolution to oppose five of the SR-710 extension alternatives put forward by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Councilman Jose Huizar, who proposed the resolution, said the Transportation Commission will discuss the issue at a special meeting Monday and it will come back to the council on Tuesday.
Huizar said he rushed to put the resolution on Friday's agenda because he anticipated a decision from Metro soon. But he said the city should take time to look at the issue further after Metro announced Thursday it will eliminate all five of those alternatives from the final list for environmental study.
On the final list are a bus route, light rail, intelligent traffic solutions and a "no-build" option.
"We want to fully understand what we are doing as a city before we move forward," Huizar said.
Huizar said he opposed any freeway routes that would negatively affect Los Angeles neighborhoods, and was skeptical about the tunnel option that remains on Metro's study list. But, he said, the city needs more information.
"I don't support (the tunnel), but let's get the information and then at that point we'll decide whether we agree with it or not," Huizar said.
About 40 community members from El Sereno to San Rafael attended Friday's meeting, hoping to speak during public comment, San Rafael Neighborhood Association member John Shaffer


said. Though they were not able to speak to the council, Shaffer said Huizar did step out of the meeting to hear their concerns. But Shaffer said he was disappointed that the council chose to wait on its 710 decision.
"We frankly got no indication as to where any of the other council members were on the matter," Shaffer said. "It was frustrating."
Val Marquez, president of Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno, said he was "surprised" by the council's decision, but that it won't stop him from fighting the freeway. He said he plans to organize a town hall meeting next month to unify the community against the remaining tunnel option.
"I think we're going to come together and unite against the tunnel ... from here on," Marquez said.
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