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Judge Denies Bid to Delay Freeway Lawsuit

May 10, 2000

SOUTH PASADENA — U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson denied a request this week from South Pasadena to put its lawsuit over the Long Beach Freeway extension on hold while the city and other opponents focus on fighting the project in the political arena.

The city's attorney in the matter, Antonio Rossmann, told the judge that two bills in the Legislature could make the litigation moot by killing the 710 project, which has been disputed for more than 40 years.

The 6.2-mile extension would connect the Foothill and San Bernardino freeways and slice through historic neighborhoods in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena. Two weeks ago, the Pasadena City Council reversed its long-standing position and voted to oppose the freeway.

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