La Cañada Flintridge's role on an advisory board addressing the proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway is off to a bumpy start.
City Council members voted unanimously on Monday to buck a request by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority to swap out their preferred representatives for the State Route 710 Stakeholder Outreach Advisory Committee.
The group's first meeting is Friday.
In March, the council appointed three of its own members to serve on the advisory committee despite Metro's insistence that the 17 participating cities send planning commissioners, not elected officials. City leaders staunchly oppose a surface route or tunnel that would link the 710 to the Foothill (210) Freeway.
Monday's vote refused Metro's proposed compromise that a commissioner serve as La Cañada's lead representative with a council member as an alternate.
“We felt strongly that we needed somebody from the council because we have the longest history and institutional memory on the 710 issue,” said Councilman Donald Voss. “I think it's cheeky for [Metro] to suggest we go back and change our minds.”