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Transportation Plans Around, Through Glendale…

The upcoming Glendale Mayor’s Ride 2014, taking place November 8 and starting at 9:30am, will highlight major transportation projects now being studied or in the works, including the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk. Major road, rail, and river transformations are planned, and big things are happening now, though it seems as if […]

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Portantino’s “The Question Is” (for $10+ Billion): To Tunnel or Not To Tunnel?

Anthony Portantino’s latest “The Question Is” focuses on the 710 Tunnel, with Glendale City Council / Metro Board member Ara Najarian, South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, and Crescenta Valley Town Council President Robbyn Battles discussing economic, environmental, technical (think Seattle and Big Bertha!), social justice and quality of life problems with the proposal, and emphasizing several better ways to spend $10 billion to improve regional transportation […]


Connecting Glendale East to West: Move LA Notes 2

Notes of interest to Glendale on Move LA’s “strawman” proposal for the 2016 ballot- a new 1/2 cent county sales tax – from discussions at the recent day-long meeting with transportation sector leaders, advocacy groups and elected officials. Mentions: Burbank/Bob Hope Airport terminal and intermodal facility improvements, Doran Street rail crossing, reduced transit fares for students?, and a “Grand Boulevards” proposal […]

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710 Report Looms w/ Rose Parade, Old Town Impacts – Shakeups at Caltrans & Metro – Garcetti at Occidental

The SR-710 Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for release; cities are mobilizing to fight a huge freeway/tunnel proposal. Pasadena Council member Steve Madison, and Joe from El Sereno raise alarms about the Rose Parade and impacts to Old Town Pasadena. Meanwhile, Caltrans is criticized for being highway-centric by an independent review commissioned by Governor Jerry Brown, and senior Metro leaders who are the public face of the SR-710 study are let go. Finally, a great interview with Eric Garcetti at Occidental College where he states, “The old way of navigating the city no longer works.”


Metro Extends SR-710 EIR Comment Period to 90 Days; Glendale Part of 5-City, $250K Coalition Studying EIR

Those anticipating release of the SR-710 Study Environmental Impact Report will now have 90 days to submit comments instead of 60. At its regular meeting January 23, the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Agency Board of Directors passed Glendale City Council member Ara Najarian’s motion to extend the comment period for […]

Pasadena City Council voted January 13 to join multi-city study of SR-710 EIR.

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State Senator Liu Wants Closed Memo on Agency Roles in SR-710 Made Public

State Senator Carol Liu sent this letter August 6 to MTA Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy and Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty (1) adding to her original request for a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies to include a request for the “written justification” and the […]


Answer to Najarian’s MTA Motion Only in Closed Memo: Two Media Outlets Demand Release 1

Director Ara Najarian’s motion asking for clarification on which agency is legally responsible for the SR-710 study passed at the MTA April board meeting. Set to be brought back in July, Najarian found out the week before that the item wasn’t on the agenda. After he got it back onto […]

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“No710” Saturday: Morning Press Conference on YouTube

A big lineup of local elected officials who are against the SR-710 Tunnel proposal, including Glendale City Council member/ MTA Board member Ara Najarian and former 44th District Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, spoke at a July 20 press conference in Pasadena, just ahead of a Metro community meeting on the study. […]


Officials Against SR-710 Tunnel Option Will Hold Press Conference Ahead of Metro Meeting Saturday in Pasadena

Residents from 18 communities and local elected officials will hold a press conference and meeting Saturday, July 20th, 8:45am at Blair High School in Pasadena to rally against the SR-710 freeway tunnel option now being studied by Metro. Invited speakers are Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, South Pasadena Mayor Richard Schneider, […]

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MTA Board Room, Thursday morning, June 27, 2013

Antonovich on 710, Measure J, Metrolink Route to Burbank Airport & More – Wednesday in Glendale, Today at MTA 1

LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich cited “A regional transportation system that meets all of our needs and not just some of them” “Rail connections to all our major airports” and “Synchronization between regional transit providers and local operators” [such as the Glendale Beeline] as his priorities on the MTA. He […]