By Carol Cormaci, July 3, 2014
Residents hold up signs and make a little noise with a sound system
malfunctioned as Michelle Smith, Project Manager of the LA Metropolitan
Transportation Authority, (standing at podium) was speaking. Hundreds of
Pasadena-area residents showed up at the Pasadena Convention Center
Monday night, August 13, 2012, the majority of them, to protest the 710
Freeway Extension through their city. Members of Metro and Caltrans came
with several different proposal options.
Activists opposed to one of the options under consideration for the
completion of the 710 Freeway — a multibillion-dollar, 4.9-mile tunnel —
have announced plans to march Friday in the annual Independence Day
Festival of Balloons parade in South Pasadena.
Organizers say that citizens and some officials from La Cañada
Flintridge, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, San
Marino and Monterey Park, as well as representatives from Los Angeles
neighborhoods, will participate in the event. One local politician, Anthony Portantino, a former member of the state Assembly who is seeking a seat on the state Senate, has also vowed to be there.
"We still don't know the cost, the benefit and they (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)
are still trying to sell the public a bill of goods that if you bring
more cars and trucks into the neighborhood that somehow pollution will
decrease." Portantino stated in a news release.
The city of La Cañada
Flintridge is a member of the recently formed 5 Cities Alliance, which
includes Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Sierra Madre and was
designed to respond efficiently to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
underway by Metro and Caltrans
related to the tunnel project. La Cañada leaders have long taken a
stance against the completion of the 710 Freeway, citing environmental
and traffic concerns.
Marchers will meet at the intersection of Hope Street and Meridian
Avenue in South Pasadena in time for the 10 a.m. start of the parade.
Locals who want to join the cause are asked to wear red shirts.