• 710 Study Update; Plastic Bags Banned in More Locations in Pasadena


    PASADENA – Pasadena city officials continue to monitor regional transportation plans for several possible 710 Freeway extension routes through Pasadena while also assessing the impacts to the local community.

    On August 13, the Pasadena City Council took a formal position to oppose a number of freeway alternatives considered by Metro. Metro is the lead agency for the SR-710 study and Cal Trans is the lead state agency. The current study is still in the early analysis phase, with the primary goal of building a 4.5 mile extension route through Pasadena that could connect the freeway with other corridors, possibly the I-210 or the 134 in order to remove congestion and improve mobility.

    Elected officials from the state, county and municipal levels have expressed concerns about the possible negative environmental impact and quality of life consequences of the multi-billion dollar project.

    In additional news, Pasadena’s plastic bag ordinance will now include grocery stores less than 10,000 square-feet in size, plus smaller food markets, drugstores, liquor stores, farmers’ markets, drugstores, pharmacies, vendors and convenience stores, effective December 31, 2012. Prior to this, the focus had been on grocery stores and foodmarts with gross annual sales of at least $2 million or larger than 10,000-square feet (with pharmacy).

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