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April 26, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON and JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Pasadena City Council voted early Tuesday to reverse itself and oppose the Long Beach Freeway extension, striking a major blow to a project that has dragged on for more than three decades and caused a feudal war between neighboring cities. At 1 a.m., after dozens of speakers weighed in with passion on both sides, council members voted 5 to 3 to end their long-standing support for the freeway extension, which would plug a 6.2-mile gap between the Foothill and San Bernardino freeways.
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April 25, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pasadena's longtime support for a controversial freeway extension through the city wavered Monday night, as the City Council debated whether to join the opposition. The move could swing momentum against the proposed $1.4-billion roadway, which would extend the 710 Freeway and close the 6.2-mile gap between the San Bernardino and Foothill freeways. Federal highway officials have said that support from Pasadena is crucial for completion of the project.
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February 16, 2000
The City Council has taken the first step toward approving a $96.6-million seismic retrofit of the Beaux Arts City Hall to prevent its collapse in a major earthquake. Council members Monday opted to pursue a state-of-the-art retrofit that will require the closure of the 72-year-old landmark for more than two years. "Obviously, this vote is just the beginning. We've got to find the money to fund this retrofit scheme," Councilman Paul Little said.
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December 15, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The cash-strapped Pasadena YMCA, which closed its doors three months ago amid mounting debts and a state attorney general's investigation, is selling its shuttered facility to a foundation for use as a community center. The San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation will buy the New York Drive building for $530,000 so it can be reopened, with city help, as a home for children's programs, Pasadena officials said.
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October 20, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hailing it as an urban village that will extend the synergy of Old Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, the Pasadena City Council has approved a $135-million open-air development to replace the city's white-elephant mall. The proposed Paseo Colorado development is intended to resemble a European piazza and will feature a gourmet grocery store, a multiscreen movie complex, a health club and 400 luxury apartments atop eateries and trendy shops.
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April 3, 1999
The City Council this week increased the expense limit for the mayor from $120 to $500 per month and raised the council members' cap from $120 to $300. It also for the first time approved child care as a reimbursable expense. Council members approved the increases on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Paul Little dissenting. Little argued that elected officials do not need more money.
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February 24, 1999
The City Council has approved offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of 17-year-old Maria Isabel Fernandez. Police are searching for the suspect, Johnny Ortiz, a 27-year-old Chino resident who was Fernandez's boyfriend, officials said. Fernandez, a Pasadena City College student, was found stabbed to death in her home on Feb. 5. Ortiz disappeared following the murder; his car was recovered in San Diego, said police spokeswoman Janet Pope.
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February 13, 1999
A council-appointed committee has voted to recommend that Pasadena's first elected mayor be paid a monthly stipend of $1,500 and that council members be paid $1,000. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Feb. 26. Council members and the mayor currently receive $50 per council or redevelopment agency meeting, totaling about $400 a month. That amount had been set by the City Charter.
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December 4, 1998
Voters will find out before the City Council election whether council members favor giving themselves pay hikes. Council members have agreed to discuss possible raises on Feb. 22, two weeks before the municipal election. The decision comes after critics charged the council with trying to avoid a vote on pay hikes before the election. Last month, Pasadena voters by a slim margin approved an initiative allowing the council to decide its pay.
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