In case you missed it...on Thursday the LA Metro Board dropped support for the 710 Freeway tunnel - effectively killing plans for a 710 extension. Kudos to everyone who helped in the lead up to this historic vote, including the leadership of the South Pasadena City Council, BeyondThe710, Connected Communities and Cities (C3), and of course all the NO 710 activists who have been fighting for so many years.
Councilmember Dr. Marina Khubesrian said in the aftermath of Thursday's decision, "We are beyond the 710 and moving forward!" Here are more quotes marking the momentous occasion:
- LA Times: "The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to withdraw its support and funding for a five-mile, $3.2-billion tunnel through El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena connecting the 710 and 210 freeways. Instead, the board voted to spend $700 million on a range of transportation fixes to ease congestion and other problems arising from traffic spilling onto the streets of Alhambra at the 710’s abrupt northern terminus."
- California Sec'y of Transportation Brian Kelly:
photo via @HildaSolis
- Senator Anthony Portantino released this statement:
We had a wonderful Q&A on April 11 with our Congresswoman Judy Chu! ABC7 covered the town hall in the evening news.
Here are some photos:
photo courtesy ABC7:
photo courtesy ABC7:
Congresswoman Judy Chu is joined in the photo below by SPHS Senior Anthony Chen, and SPHS Sophomore Sophie Dreskin who were on the panel that read questions from the audience. Dr. Suzie Abajian (SPUSD School Board Member) was also present, as was South Pasadena Democratic Club Vice President Sean Abajian
Looking for Ways to Get Involved? Here are numerous opportunities provided by speakers at our February 8 South Pasadena Democratic Club meeting. Are we missing anything? Please let us know by posting it in the comments.
Monica Ratliff -- LAUSD School Board Member & candidate for LA City Council District 7 (Sunland-Tujunga) https://monicaratliff2017.nationbuilder.com/
Joe Bray-Ali, candidate for LA City Council District 1 (North East LA) http://www.joe4cd1.com/
Tracy Van Houten - candidate for US Congressional District 34 (DTLA/North East LA)
Contact Adam Murray about homelessness issue & South Pasadena Families United: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1889923764575203/
Dr. Suzie Abajian, SPUSD School Board Member: website is SuzieAbajian.com to sign up for her monthly newsletter on school district news. School Board to vote on Safe Haven resolution on February 14.
David Beadle (Indivisible group) & Tanya Parker (Planned Parenthood)...& South Pasadena Progressive Folks: https://www.facebook.com/South-Pasadena-Progressive-Folks-714228525384110/
Gretchen Robinette: Belly Fire Women & Friends. Social Media workshop South Pas Library Community Room for Sunday, February 26th at 3:00pm
Elizabeth Nowlin: South Pasadena Tenants Union: https://www.facebook.com/SouthPasTenantsUnion/
Gloria Mushonga-Roberts of Common Sense Parent Meetup: February 19 1:30-3pm South Pas Library Community Room https://www.cakidscampaign.org/ngpvanforms/598
Amy Turk. Yes on H, No on S. Read more here: http://voteyesonh.com/ http://www.goestoofar.com/facts/why https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ramya-sivasubramanian/no-angeles-city-measure-s-yes-county-measure-h
Zahir Robb announced Assemblymember Chris Holden's AB287 bill to legislatively end the option of a 710 tunnel extension. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170209/assemblyman-chris-holden-of-pasadena-introduces-bill-to-kill-710-freeway-tunnel-project
On November 16, 2016 progressive voices from the community were heard at the South Pasadena City Council, particularly regarding the issue of rent control and also calling on the Council to pass a resolution affirming the City's commitment to ensuring that the rights of all citizens are respected in light of the increase across the country of xenophobia, racism and homophobia during and subsequent to the national election campaign.
Dr. Suzie Abajian (South Pas Dems member):
Linda Krausen (South Pas Dems member):
David Beadle (South Pas Dems member):
Congratulations to South Pasadena resident and South Pasadena Democratic Club member Maricela Guzman who was just recognized in Sacramento by Assemblymember Chris Holden as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for Assembly District 41! She was accompanied by her service dog, Tula.
Photos from our May 16 meeting: