IMPORTANT MEETING UPDATE: Venue Change Announced for METRO'S August 8 Community Liaison Council Meeting in Pasadena
Due to the overwhelming response from the Community of Pasadena, and in an attempt to best facilitate the projected amount of attendees, the location of Metro's Pasadena/Altadena Community Liaison Council (CLC) meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 has been changed:
From: Chefs Center, 45 North San Gabriel Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91107, Tel: (626) 744-9995
To: Pasadena Scottish Rite Center, 150 N. Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, Tel: (626) 795-4213
Go online to Metro's website for a complete list of Community Liaison Council meetings and other updated information at www.metro.net/sr710study.
The previously announced special meeting of the Pasadena City Council (noted below) beginning at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, remains unchanged.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING AUG. 13 ON 710 FREEWAY AT CONVENTION CENTER
PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to attend a special meeting of the Pasadena City Council on Monday, Aug. 13 regarding the “SR-710 Study” project. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., in the Conference Building, Rooms101-105, on the lower level. The Council is holding the meeting off-site from the Council Chambers at City Hall to accommodate a larger audience.
KPAS, the City’s government access TV station, will broadcast the meeting live on Channel 3 for Charter cable subscribers and on Channel 99 on the AT&T U-verse system. The broadcast will be streamed live on the City’s website at www.cityofpasadena.net/CouncilAgendas/Video and can be viewed by clicking the link that says “Watch KPAS Live.”
The current SR-710 Study is in an early phase of analysis. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is the lead local agency for the study. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is the lead state agency. While Pasadena, its residents and businesses will be directly impacted if the project is built, the project is not under local control by the City.
Information from Metro’s website indicates the project is in a pre-Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) stage. Metro is working with technical advisors, the public and other stakeholders to help determine alternative concepts and routes for further study and environmental analysis. Metro’s schedule shows it plans to begin writing the Draft EIR later this year and to have Public Hearings on the document completed by the end of 2013.
A primary goal of the project is to complete the I-710 Freeway “gap” by building an extension through Pasadena that connects the freeway with other transportation corridors—including possible connections to the I-210 Freeway or Highway 134—to help alleviate congestion and improve mobility in the overall study area bounded by State Route 2 and the Interstate 10, 210 and 605 Freeways. Options for the 4.5-mile “gap” include surface-level roadways as well as a tunnel bored underneath South Pasadena and Pasadena. Caltrans has sought since the 1960s to build an I-710 Freeway connection route.
In addition to the Council’s Aug. 13 meeting, the public can attend “Community Liaison Council” meetings hosted by Metro. A Community Liaison Council meeting in Pasadena is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Pasadena Scottish Rite Center, 150 N. Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, Tel: (626) 795-4213.
Also on Aug. 8, another Community Liaison Council will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Alhambra Library, 101 S. First St., Alhambra. Check Metro’s website at www.metro.net/sr710study for updated information on times and locations for these meetings.
Community Liaison Council meetings are informal discussion groups hosted by Metro, but organized by interested members of the public. The sessions will include information about the status of the study and the alternative route process. For more information about Community Liaison Council meetings or to learn about organizing similar sessions, contact Metro by email to email@example.com.
Pasadena City Council member Steve Madison also plans to hold two meetings on the freeway project, including:
District 6 Forum—The 710 Freeway, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 18, at the Pasadena Convention Center; and
District 6 Quarterly Town Hall Meeting, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sept. 25, Braun Auditorium, Westridge School, 324 Madeline Drive
The next meeting for Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee is set for 1:30 p.m., Aug. 29 at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Conference Room C, 900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra.
Metro has provided several ways for the public to stay informed and engaged. More detailed information is available online at www.metro.net/sr710study and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sr710 study. Send email comments to Metro on the study at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Metro at (855) 477-7100 for more information.
For more information about the City of Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net.
# # #
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 2, 2012 #048-12
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office
(626) 744-4755, email@example.com