April 14, 2015, Pasadena, CA – Last night, the Pasadena City Council voted to oppose completion of the 710 freeway, violating both their constituents' strong position on the issue and the letter of the law.
“It’s appalling that the City Council would consciously disregard the will of their own voters as well as legal advice they received,” said Alhambra City Councilmember Steven Placido. "It's the opposite of how a representative democracy is supposed to work."
In a 5-3 vote, the Council officially opposed the tunnel despite a 2001 ballot initiative (Measure A) to support completion of the freeway that was approved by 58% of voters. In 2012, a Pasadena City legal opinion confirmed that Measure A prohibits the City from taking a position against completion of Freeway proposals that would connect the I-10 and I-210 Freeways.
The 710 Coalition thanks Councilmembers John Kennedy, Margaret McAustin, and Terry Tornek, who did not support the rogue position taken by five of their colleagues (Mayor Bill Bogaard and Councilmembers Victor Gordo, Gene Masuda, Steve Madison, and Jacque Robinson).
About Measure A (2001)
Below is the ballot language approved by 58% of the City of Pasadena's voters in 2001:
“Shall an Initiative Ordinance of the City of Pasadena be adopted to declare the policy of the City of Pasadena to be in favor of completing the 710 Freeway extension between the I-210 and the I-10 Freeways, and to declare that such policy could not be changed or repealed without a vote of the people.” (Emphasis added)
About the 710 Coalition
The Coalition was formed in 1982 and represents communities united to see the 710 freeway completed as soon as possible. It is made up of businesses, school districts, cities, and individuals united under a common umbrella of action and information. The 710 Coalition's member organizations represent millions of people in Southern California. The member cities are: Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and San Marino. For a complete list of supporters and more information about the 710 Coalition please visit us at our website: http://www.710coalition.com/.