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August 25, 2012
Caltrans has seven fewer reasons to hold on to homes it has mismanaged for years, now that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency has eliminated seven routes from its proposed fix for the so-called 710 gap. MTA moved more quickly than expected. On Aug. 13, MTA planners told the Pasadena City Council and 300 or so angry residents that it would be late October before it could eliminate from study any of the 12 proposals for easing congestion near the eastern end of the Long Beach (710)
NEWS
August 28, 2013
In an article in Monday's Los Angeles Times the EPA publicly acknowledges that nearly one million Southern Californians are at a greater risk of respiratory illness because they live within 300 feet of a freeway. It has been suggested that “local authorities take more aggressive steps to reduce emissions and curtail residential development near freeways.” The other side of the coin is Caltrans, who is hell bent on building new freeways through residential neighborhoods, such as extending the 710 through South Pasadena, Pasadena, and tripling the already horrendous big-rig truck traffic through La Cañada and La Crescenta.
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By Bill Kisliuk and Adolfo Flores, Times Community News | August 22, 2012
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino on Wednesday demanded that the California Department of Transportation stop all work on a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway, citing a recent state audit that has fueled mistrust in the agency. The scathing audit released last week pointed to the mismanagement of nearly 500 homes Caltrans acquired decades ago along the expected right-of-way. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) cited the findings in contending that planning for a tunnel extending the 710 from its Alhambra terminus to Pasadena has been “tainted and biased.” “The recent state audit highlighted the complete lack of trust that I have for the folks shepherding the 710 corridor and this historically massive project,” Portantino said in a statement.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill to require the California Department of Transportation to begin selling the homes it owns in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles. Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), introduced the bill in July, with the intention of compelling Caltrans to sell any homes not needed for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Beach (710) Freeway extension project, and then using the proceeds to fund local transportation projects.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 3, 2012
Conditions in the 710 gap are slow and go, as Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed a bill that would have forced the California Department of Transportation to quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns in Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena. In his veto message, Brown said he is working to find a solution in the so-called 710 gap, where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel that would connect the Long Beach (710) Freeway and the Foothill (210) Freeway even as local leaders and residents raise alarms about the proposal.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | March 5, 2009
Truck traffic does come over Angeles Crest Highway, despite what Caltrans officials have said. This, according to an in-depth study presented at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Malia Mailes, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, who recently thoroughly researched the issue for her Girl Scout Gold Award, provided the study and presentation. In addition to driving the routes connecting with Angeles Crest Highway, Mailes read through Caltrans documents, pored over its maps, as well as maps — such as the Rand McNally Road Atlas — sold to truckers and other drivers at truck stops and fuel stations along routes that feed into the highway.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 23, 2009
Finding a way to keep residents apprised of upcoming information and events involving Caltrans? proposed 710 Tunnel may be much more difficult for the city of La Cañada Flintridge than for Caltrans itself, since Caltrans isn?t forthcoming with sharing information from a recent community meeting held in this city. This despite the fact that Caltrans officials repeatedly told people attending the meeting that the purpose of that event was to provide ?transparency? between the agency and the public.
NEWS
By Erna Taylor-Stark | October 18, 2007
In an effort to keep traffic flowing smoothly, Caltrans is installing on-ramp meters for all entrances to the Foothill (210) Freeway. They began putting the meters on the ramps in February of this year and plan to complete the project all the way to the San Bernadino County Line by the summer of 2008, according to Caltrans spokesperson Jeanne Bonfilio. ?This is a part of the system-wide adaptive ramp metering program which allows Caltrans to control the traffic flow automatically according to the ?
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By Carol Cormaci | April 2, 2009
The scene has become all-too-familiar to La Canada residents, business owners and city officials: a vehicle loses its brakes--or has some other mechanical failure while traveling southbound on Angeles Crest Highway--and crashes into the route's terminus on Foothill Boulevard in the heart of the city's commercial district. Sometimes, as in Wednesday evening's crash, the results are deadly. Prior to this week's tragic accident, the most recent event took place during the morning commuter hour on Friday, Sept.
NEWS
By Michael J. Arvizu | May 6, 2010
Motorists on the Foothill (210) Freeway between Angeles Crest Highway and just west of Marengo Avenue can expect a smoother ride due to a recently completed roadway improvement project. The project, completed during two weekends in March, involved replacing concrete slabs that have undergone erosion deteriorated due to years of exposure to rain, wind, sand and heavy traffic, causing an uneven surface on the freeway. Both directions of the freeway’s No. 3 and 4 lanes received replacement concrete slabs, said Caltrans spokeswoman Maria Raptis.
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March 25, 2014
In a letter to Caltrans Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) urged transportation officials to extend the amount of time cities will have to respond to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) related to the 710 Freeway expansion project , expected to be released this spring. Currently, members of the public have 60 days to respond to the report's conclusions. Cities or agencies who wish to conduct their own studies to analyze those findings are held to the same time window. Schiff addressed his letter to Carrie Bowen, the director of District 7 overseeing Los Angeles and Ventura counties, requesting the period be extended to 120 days to allow for an adequate response.
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August 28, 2013
In an article in Monday's Los Angeles Times the EPA publicly acknowledges that nearly one million Southern Californians are at a greater risk of respiratory illness because they live within 300 feet of a freeway. It has been suggested that “local authorities take more aggressive steps to reduce emissions and curtail residential development near freeways.” The other side of the coin is Caltrans, who is hell bent on building new freeways through residential neighborhoods, such as extending the 710 through South Pasadena, Pasadena, and tripling the already horrendous big-rig truck traffic through La Cañada and La Crescenta.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | January 9, 2013
Caltrans, slammed by a state audit for mismanaging the 500-plus properties it owns in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles, has identified 17 homes that could be sold. The state transportation agency bought the properties up to six decades earlier in preparation for the potential connection of the Long Beach (710) Freeway from its current terminus in Alhambra to Pasadena. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's report on the five remaining alternatives for closing that gap will be finalized this month, allowing Caltrans to identify surplus homes.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 3, 2012
Conditions in the 710 gap are slow and go, as Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed a bill that would have forced the California Department of Transportation to quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns in Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena. In his veto message, Brown said he is working to find a solution in the so-called 710 gap, where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel that would connect the Long Beach (710) Freeway and the Foothill (210) Freeway even as local leaders and residents raise alarms about the proposal.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill to require the California Department of Transportation to begin selling the homes it owns in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles. Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), introduced the bill in July, with the intention of compelling Caltrans to sell any homes not needed for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Beach (710) Freeway extension project, and then using the proceeds to fund local transportation projects.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 12, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge residents tired of dodging potholes on their commutes soon will get relief, as Caltrans will resurface all of the Foothill (210) Freeway's on- and off-ramps in the city this fall. Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish said the repaving project is scheduled to begin in mid-October and should take about three months to complete. All of the pavement in the agency's purview is regularly monitored to make sure it is in good condition or is flagged for repair, Gish said.
NEWS
August 25, 2012
Caltrans has seven fewer reasons to hold on to homes it has mismanaged for years, now that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency has eliminated seven routes from its proposed fix for the so-called 710 gap. MTA moved more quickly than expected. On Aug. 13, MTA planners told the Pasadena City Council and 300 or so angry residents that it would be late October before it could eliminate from study any of the 12 proposals for easing congestion near the eastern end of the Long Beach (710)
NEWS
August 22, 2012
Pushing for quicker construction of sound walls along the Foothill (210) Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge, on Wednesday state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) announced they have bolstered an existing Liu bill to compel Caltrans to use potential proceeds from the sale of homes to build the barriers. Last month Liu introduced SB 204, a measure pushing Caltrans to sell the homes it owns in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles, which were acquired decades ago to build an extension of the Long Beach 9(710)
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By Bill Kisliuk and Adolfo Flores, Times Community News | August 22, 2012
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino on Wednesday demanded that the California Department of Transportation stop all work on a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway, citing a recent state audit that has fueled mistrust in the agency. The scathing audit released last week pointed to the mismanagement of nearly 500 homes Caltrans acquired decades ago along the expected right-of-way. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) cited the findings in contending that planning for a tunnel extending the 710 from its Alhambra terminus to Pasadena has been “tainted and biased.” “The recent state audit highlighted the complete lack of trust that I have for the folks shepherding the 710 corridor and this historically massive project,” Portantino said in a statement.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 8, 2011
A La Cañada resident is asking Caltrans to increase bicyclist safety along Angeles Crest Highway by replacing missing signage that reminds vehicle drivers to share the road. In the wake of the recently re-opened highway’s increasing popularity as a route for bicyclists, La Cañadan Trent Sanders emphasized in an email to Dale Benson, Caltrans senior transportation engineer in charge of bicycle and pedestrian safety, the importance of replacing three such signs that burned down in the 2009 Station fire.
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