Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada, who represents several San Gabriel communities including Arcadia, released this statement Tuesday following the Los Angeles City Council's unanimous vote for Councilmember Jose Huizar's resolution opposing current plans for the 710 extension.
"Today's action underscores the tremendous growing wind against the 710 freeway and tunnel. Neighborhood activists from all over the San Gabriel Valley have united to oppose this project. There have been more than enough legitimate public policy concerns raised about the viability of the 710 tunnel and the Los Angeles City Council stepped up and unanimously said NO Tunnel.
It's now time for Caltrans, the MTA and the California Transportation Commission to stop spending our limited tax dollars on a project that doesn't solve a problem and would adversely affect many of our neighborhoods."
According to La Cañada resident Jan SooHoo, a member of the No on 710 Action Committee who watched Tuesday's meeting online, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to adopt Jose Huizar's resolution opposing alternatives:
H-2 Highway alternative connecting the 710 stub to Concord Ave. then to Fremont, Monterey Rd., York Ave., to Ave 64 to Colorado Blvd., ending near the intersection of San Rafael Ave. and Linda Vista Ave.
H-6 Highway alternative also beginning at 710 stub connecting the 710 to Sheffield Ave., to Huntington Dr., to Fair Oaks, to Columbia St., then to Pasadena Ave. It would then split into a N-bound segment along Pasadena Ave. and a S-bound segment along Saint John Ave.
F-2 Bored tunnel connecting 710 stub north of I-10 to SR 2 between Verdugo Rd. and SR 134 interchanges.
F-5 Bored tunnel connecting 710 stub north of 1-10 to SR 134 near the Colorado Blvd. interchange.
F-6 Combination of surface and depressed freeway segments connecting the 710 stub north of I-10 to the existing SR 710 stub south of the I-210/SR 134 interchange.
F-7 The bored tunnel under the original surface freeway route known as the Meridian Route.