SR-710 Study


Seven Years at the Sunroom Desk:
2008 to 2015 . . . R to R2
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Sustainability, civic engagement and online publishing are the major topics explored on Sunroom Desk, today celebrating seven years since its launch in October 2008! This post reviews regional transportation policy highlights from 2008 to 2015.

Zero emission vehicles on display at Mobility 21 in August 2015

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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 […]


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 […]

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Zócalo Panel on 710 Controversy

A panel discussion on the 710 extension, organized by Zócalo Public Square, filled the Museum of Contemporary Art auditorium in downtown LA on Wednesday night. All of the invited speakers at the Metro-sponsored event shared the viewpoint that the 710 should be extended, saying that something should be done to […]


Beyond Freeways: Commerce, Community and Contention Along Los Angeles’ 710 Corridor

From the introduction to Beyond Freeways, a four-part series: “In an era of global warming, peak oil, obesity, stress, and foundering economies, it becomes imperative to find better ways to move ourselves, and our goods, among our neighborhoods. More specifically, if we wish to keep the economy we favor in this country and remain somewhat human, we must move as much transport as possible to modes such as rail, which uses one-third the fuel and orders of magnitude less land than individual motor vehicles do to move goods and people alike.
“…This series, by environmental reporter Justin Gerdes and documentary photographer and videographer Leila Dee Dougan, will investigate the premises and promises of differing visions for the 710 corridor and its communities, and how it grew into its present form […]

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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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Petition Asks for Better Alternatives to Freeway Tunnel Linking 710 to 210 2

An update on the SR-710 North Extension study (including the proposed freeway tunnel linking the 710 to the 210) is on the agenda of the California Transportation Commission (CTC) meeting in Riverside this Wednesday, December 11th. Members of the No 710 Action Committee have gathered more than 1,100 signatures to […]


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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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 […]