710 expansion plans anger Pasadena residents; City Council meeting Monday night

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Pasadena City Council members Monday night will likely get an earful from homeowners who don’t like plans to extend the 710 Freeway.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking at a dozen options for the 710 Freeway — from doing nothing to digging a four-mile tunnel for cars and trucks.

In the middle are the above-ground options. South Pasadena has been fighting those for years. Pasadena homeowners who live near the proposed 710 extension don’t like them, either.

In the upscale San Rafael neighborhood, an organized effort is pushing the Pasadena City Council to follow South Pasadena’s lead and nix the extension.

Pasadena leaders say they’ve explored the legal ramifications of taking a position. Opposition might be tricky. More than a decade ago, Pasadena voters approved a ballot measure that gave the 710 extension the green light.

The City Council’s special meeting at the Pasadena Convention Center starts at 6:30 p.m. Metro will hold another pubic forum at the same time at La Cañada High School, located at 4463 Oak Grove Drive.

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