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March 22, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to end a decades-old standoff over freeway expansion, Los Angeles County transportation officials are set to take a small but significant step today toward tunneling under South Pasadena to connect the 710 and 210 freeways. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to give the go-ahead for preliminary engineering and technical studies for building an underground freeway. A vocal group of South Pasadena residents opposes any effort to close a 6.
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August 28, 2012 | By Frank Shyong and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday that joined a chorus of voices opposing plans to extend the 710 Freeway north either above ground or by tunnel. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday narrowed the 12 possible options down to five and decided to cease exploration of any above-ground extension. But a tunnel connecting the 710 Freeway to the 210 Freeway is still on the table. MTA officials have said they do not prefer a single option, but foes believe the tunnel is the favored option because it provides a route for trucks from the Port of Los Angeles to move cargo inland.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the hot Southern California real estate market, the Flores Adobe might be considered a fixer-upper. But the 19th-century house still has style, space and a story to tell. After the final California battle of the Mexican-American War more than 160 years ago, the defeated californios met in this house under the command of Gen. Jose Maria Flores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2007 | K. Connie Kang
A South Pasadena man who has confessed to setting more than a dozen fires was arrested Friday night by arson investigators from Alhambra, South Pasadena and Pasadena, officials said in a joint news release. Marcin Swiacki , 26, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Alhambra Municipal Court. In the news release, fire officials John Kabala and Jon Samardzich said that Swiacki had admitted setting at least 14 blazes in five cities, most recently Nov. 6 behind an Alhambra market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Tina Tsoutsas blew a kiss as she said goodbye to the Rialto theater, a longtime South Pasadena fixture that has showcased cinema from silent movies to this summer's hit, "The Simpsons Movie." The beloved jazz-age institution, one of Southern California's remaining single-screen theaters, closed Sunday evening after 81 years. "Ask anybody who knows South Pasadena and they'll know about the Rialto," said Tsoutsas, 46.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1995
Caltrans' idea for run-down, vacant homes it owns in the path of the Long Beach (710) Freeway extension: Bulldoze them. The plan still must win approval from a federal court judge. The Department of Transportation wants to demolish 20 state-owned properties, 17 in El Sereno and three in South Pasadena. Officials say the South Pasadena structures are so decrepit it would be "uneconomical to repair" them and the El Sereno houses are overrun with gangs and drug dealers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1999
While no one Thursday would declare the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension dead, opponents were jubilant that the momentum is now on their side for the first time in recent years. In South Pasadena, which has fought the freeway for more than three decades, city leaders celebrated a federal judge's tentative ruling Wednesday that he intends to grant a preliminary injunction barring construction of the extension and purchase of homes. A final ruling is expected after a July 2 hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998
Opponents and supporters of the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension descended on the Pasadena City Council chambers Thursday to testify to an independent federal panel that can challenge federal approval of the project. A four-member panel from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation toured the route for the $1.4-billion roadway that would cut through Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno before hearing from both sides.
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January 17, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The South Pasadena City Council, long opposed to extending the Long Beach Freeway through the city, is now willing to explore the possibility of completing the project. Or, more precisely, the council is willing to let others study whether the long-stalled freeway could be built in a tunnel beneath the city. Though it wasn't an endorsement of a tunnel, the council action Wednesday night was exactly what some transportation officials had hoped for.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1997
The City Council is considering legal action against Caltrans to stop the sale of surplus state-owned houses that were once in the path of a proposed freeway. The council in closed session Wednesday will discuss whether to try to stop the sale of 10 Caltrans homes in South Pasadena to Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services and Esperanza Charities, a nonprofit housing agency that rents homes to low-income families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Tina Tsoutsas blew a kiss as she said goodbye to the Rialto theater, a longtime South Pasadena fixture that has showcased cinema from silent movies to this summer's hit, "The Simpsons Movie." The beloved jazz-age institution, one of Southern California's remaining single-screen theaters, closed Sunday evening after 81 years. "Ask anybody who knows South Pasadena and they'll know about the Rialto," said Tsoutsas, 46.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 11 to 0 Thursday to further study the feasibility of building tunnels under South Pasadena to connect the 710 and 210 freeways. The preliminary engineering and technical studies will cost taxpayers $13 million and take at least 18 months to complete. Local elected officials, including those in South Pasadena and Pasadena, overwhelmingly supported funding for the studies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2007 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to end a decades-old standoff over freeway expansion, Los Angeles County transportation officials are set to take a small but significant step today toward tunneling under South Pasadena to connect the 710 and 210 freeways. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to give the go-ahead for preliminary engineering and technical studies for building an underground freeway. A vocal group of South Pasadena residents opposes any effort to close a 6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the hot Southern California real estate market, the Flores Adobe might be considered a fixer-upper. But the 19th-century house still has style, space and a story to tell. After the final California battle of the Mexican-American War more than 160 years ago, the defeated californios met in this house under the command of Gen. Jose Maria Flores.
HOME & GARDEN
February 3, 2005 | David A. Keeps and Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
A short stroll from the Gold Line stop in South Pasadena, Mission Street has all the charm of a small town shopping strip. The three-block stretch offers architectural salvage, Eastern rug and furniture stores and ye olde thrift shops ranging in style from loft-like galleries to ramshackle junk stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The South Pasadena City Council, long opposed to extending the Long Beach Freeway through the city, is now willing to explore the possibility of completing the project. Or, more precisely, the council is willing to let others study whether the long-stalled freeway could be built in a tunnel beneath the city. Though it wasn't an endorsement of a tunnel, the council action Wednesday night was exactly what some transportation officials had hoped for.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1997
Over the objections of South Pasadena city officials and some residents, the California Transportation Commission on Thursday approved the sale of 11 surplus state-owned homes that were once in the path of a proposed freeway. The commission gave approval for Caltrans to sell the 10 homes in South Pasadena and one house in Pasadena due to changes in the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension.
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December 18, 1997 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater got a firsthand look Wednesday at the level of emotion in South Pasadena over his department's plans to extend the Long Beach Freeway through the city, as more than 100 opponents rallied outside a downtown Los Angeles fund-raiser he attended. The Union Station protest was a far cry from the quiet lobbying in Washington that has characterized the decades-long freeway fight of late, before Slater's department green-lighted the 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1999 | ROBIN RAUZI
Mayberry has nothing on South Pasadena. It is the quintessential small town: less than four square miles, 24,000 people and almost as many trees. Founded in 1888, it is one of the oldest cities in the San Gabriel Valley and has the collection of 19th century houses to prove it. One piece of advice for visitors: Don't mention the 710 Freeway extension--which would bisect the city if built. Residents seem a little touchy about that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1999
A state Court of Appeals has upheld the termination of a South Pasadena police officer fired for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident. In a ruling handed down this week, the appeals court affirmed a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's ruling that City Manager Sean Joyce's decision to terminate Officer Scott Ziegler was proper.
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