There is an alternative to the Meridian Variation route, for closing the gap in the Long Beach Freeway, preferred by Caltrans but opposed by South Pasadena and El Sereno.
It could be the alternative to No Build, preferred by the majority on the present South Pasadena City Council, and it could be the alternative to the westerly route, known as the Lockman Line, preferred by earlier South Pasadena city councils.
The alternative is not new. Bill Edmundson of South Pasadena asked Caltrans to study this alternative, known as Dorchester One. It has been studied by Caltrans and is included in the final environmental impact statement, so no additional studies are needed. However, it too has been rejected by Caltrans, along with other viable alternatives studied by Caltrans.
Twenty years ago I proposed this same alternative, under a different name, to then (state) Sen. (John L.) Harmer, who introduced legislation that would have mandated the location over Caltrans' objections. Sen. Harmer withdrew his bill when Caltrans agreed to review the proposal. After a cursory review, they dismissed it in a cavalier manner.