The imminent approval of a state Senate bill that promises to bring to fruition the construction of a tunnel linking the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways was of utmost concern to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council during its meeting Monday night.
Senate Bill 1350, in a “gut and amend” process, had its original contents regarding equestrian safety in Bear Valley completely removed and changed to address a public/private partnership in the development, operation and maintenance of the Long Beach tunnel connecting the two freeways.
Much to the frustration of the LCF City Council, who opposes immediate construction, “gut and amend” is a truncated process that allows very little public input. Mayor Pro Tem Laura Olhasso traveled to a public hearing in Sacramento in order to represent La Cañada’s concerns, only to return in disappointment. The construction of the Long Beach tunnel has long been an issue of debate and approval of the bill will make it a reality.