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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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New Business Focus: Plan Ahead Events

Marketing professional Lynne Graves has launched Plan Ahead Events Pasadena & The Foothills, after 25 years as an accomplished sales and marketing professional and volunteer in the nonprofit sector. Graves is channeling her talents, energy and passion into her new business venture. She introduced her new business at a local […]


Smogtown:
The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles
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by Chip Jacobs and William J. Kelly Overlook Press, 2008 Smogtown isn’t a new book, but the conflicts covered in its last chapters are still breaking news. The LA Times’ Trash talk and the real dirt on a toxic tour of Los Angeles, just featured one of Smogtown‘s history makers, […]

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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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AB 162 Off California Assembly Calendar (for 2013)

Updates from former City of Glendale wireless siting consultant Jonathan Kramer: Assembly Bill 162 Pulled – Will Not Come Back Until At Least 2014 AB 162 has been pulled from this year’s legislative calender… AB 162 is not dead; merely pushed to next year’s legislative calendar. In the update below, […]


SR-710 Developments: 1-Najarian Metro Motion Passes; 2-Study Team Presents New Tunnel Concepts 4

 Ara Najarian began his new MTA Board term by getting unanimous support (including from Duarte Mayor John Fasana) for his motion asking for a clear answer as to which agency, Metro or Caltrans, has the authority to select and fund an SR-710 study alternative. Caltrans officials had asserted it had […]

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Rick Caruso, Bill Bogaard Discuss Sustainability, Economics, and City Planning at ULI Los Angeles 1

Introduced as the man who “literally changed the retail landscape in Southern California,“ Rick Caruso opened a recent Urban Land Institute conference with thoughts on the economics of sustainable development. Up next, Mayor Bill Bogaard talked about milestones in Pasadena’s Green City Action Plan. Caruso noted he hasn’t been successful […]