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By Melanie Hicken | June 25, 2010
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to create a community advisory committee for the proposed 710 Freeway tunnel extension while adding to the environmental study process. The vote builds on a board decision last month to start environmental studies needed to move the controversial project forward. Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, who had served as chairman of the MTA for the past year, had tried to push an amendment that would have required officials to first study all available solutions to the traffic congestion — including a tunnel, light rail and freight corridor improvements — and compare the cost benefits, but that effort failed.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 30, 2011
Los Angeles County transportation officials this week will solicit public input on proposals to modify bus service in the Glendale-Burbank corridor by cutting some routes and changing others. Dozens more potential changes are being proposed across the region as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority attempts to improve efficiency and cut costs amid mounting budget woes. "Essentially, we are facing pretty significant structural deficits at the MTA with our budget," said Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, who serves on the agency's Board of Directors.
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September 29, 2012
In the climactic scene of director Ivan Reitman's 1993 political satire “Dave,” President Mitchell (Kevin Kline) tells a joint session of Congress he lost his way, forgot his job was to make people's “lives a little better…care more about you than I do about me...care more about what's right than I do about what's popular...” The occasion for my viewing “Dave” recently was Warner Bros. executive Jeff Brown's quarterly movie event for staff and guests on the Burbank lot where he brings together filmmakers to talk about what they created in advance of screening their movie - directors, producers, editors, writers and actors.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 28, 2012
For decades, Glendale has tried to clear billboards from its skyway, but now officials in the cash-strapped city may be open to the advertisements in exchange for extra revenue. The change of heart comes as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to install two digital billboards near the Ventura (134) Freeway and San Fernando Road. There's little Glendale can do to stop it, so the city might as well make money off it, officials said. “We need money today; gosh, who doesn't?
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | December 11, 2012
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian is in a fight for his seat on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after failing to get appointed for another term - an outcome he claimed was orchestrated by officials upset by his opposition to a 710 Freeway extension through Pasadena. Several representatives for San Gabriel Valley - who've been pushing to connect the 710 and 210 freeways - declined to support Najarian at a procedural vote last week of the City Selection Committee, a group of elected officials from cities throughout Los Angeles County that send nominations for confirmation to the MTA board.
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The Los Angeles Times | August 4, 2011
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will launch his new role as MTA board chairman today with a plan to add at least five more bus-only lanes along major Los Angeles County streets. The agency's first bus-only lane project along a chronically congested stretch of Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the Westside was approved in June at a cost of $31.5 million, using mostly federal funds. L.A. TIMES
NEWS
June 15, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Glendale's message to the Metropolitan Transit Authority: flush it. The City Council isn't willing to accept a billboard in order for transit riders to use a bathroom in another city. It voted 5-0 Tuesday night to adopt a resolution asking the MTA to drop its plan to put a billboard on its property north of the Ventura (134) Freeway, west of San Fernando Road. The MTA has proposed allowing STI Outdoor to install 54 billboards on its property in exchange for 10 automated self-cleaning public toilets.
NEWS
May 4, 2000
Alecia Foster FREMONT PARK -- Glendale firefighters used the jaws of life Wednesday to rescue a man who became trapped in his car after colliding with an MTA bus. Fozi Shamsabadi, 51, of North Hills, was driving along the 4600 block of San Fernando Road at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning when the accident occurred. Shamsabadi, who was driving a Nissan 300ZX, failed to stop at a signal and collided with the bus, said Glendale Police spokesman Chahe Keuroghelian.
NEWS
December 14, 2012
Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian on Thursday publicly slammed efforts to unseat him from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, calling them “an outrage” that threatened to throw the board into chaos. Najarian's comments came during the first MTA meeting since failing earlier this month to get enough votes from a committee that makes appointments to the board -- an outcome he claimed was “orchestrated” by officials upset by his opposition to a 710 Freeway extension through Pasadena.
NEWS
May 21, 2012
Extending the Long Beach (710) Freeway through Pasadena could bring 1,368 cargo trucks traveling to and from the Port of Los Angeles, transportation officials say. The data, included in a preliminary report on the potential environmental impacts of closing the so-called “710 gap” by connecting with the Foothill (210) Freeway, was presented to a skeptical crowd of about 75 people at a public outreach meeting in La Cañada Flintridge Saturday as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority explores various tunnel options.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
Funding has been secured for a $15-million pedestrian bridge that will cross over Empire Avenue and end inside a new transportation center, making access to Bob Hope Airport easier from a Metrolink station south of the airfield. It's separate from a $112-million project at the airport that includes the new transportation center , which is expected to be completed in June or July, a new parking structure, which was recently completed, as well as an elevated walkway from the transportation center to the terminal.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 28, 2013
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week voted to block fast-track funding for the Long Beach (710) Freeway extension over the next 10 years. While the proposal to extend the 710 Freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway will be prevented from getting a share of the $9.4 billion in accelerated funding, studies on five alternatives for closing the gap, including a controversial proposal for a tunnel, will continue. The studies are expected to be completed in 2015, but money to move forward after that has not been identified.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian won the fight for what he said was his “future in local politics” Thursday, defeating a movement to unseat him from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority over his staunch opposition to a potential tunnel extending the Long Beach (710) Freeway. In December, representatives from 10 San Gabriel Valley cities voted against Najarian's confirmation, after members from the North Cities sector, which includes Glendale and Burbank, had nominated him for another four-year term on the MTA Board of Directors.
NEWS
February 18, 2013
The transportation future of this region rests, in no small measure, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. And that body's board is about to change. In part, that is because Los Angeles will be getting a new mayor. That mayor will sit on the MTA board and appoint three other members, giving him or her a sizable voice in directing money and identifying projects, from subways to freeways. Indeed, outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may be best remembered for his contributions to the area's transportation network and innovative attempts to pay for it. But even as the mayor's race plays out in full public view, a behind-the-scenes political fight is being waged that could bring further change to the MTA board.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | January 31, 2013
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian now has a congressman in his corner as he fights to keep his board seat on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In December, representatives from 10 cities in the San Gabriel Valley voted against Najarian's confirmation, after members from the North Cities sector, which includes Glendale and Burbank, had nominated him for another four-year term on the MTA Board of Directors. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has since sent a letter to the selection committee in support of Najarian, who claims he lost what is typically a procedural vote in part because of his opposition to a potential tunnel connecting the Long Beach (710)
NEWS
December 14, 2012
Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian on Thursday publicly slammed efforts to unseat him from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, calling them “an outrage” that threatened to throw the board into chaos. Najarian's comments came during the first MTA meeting since failing earlier this month to get enough votes from a committee that makes appointments to the board -- an outcome he claimed was “orchestrated” by officials upset by his opposition to a 710 Freeway extension through Pasadena.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | December 11, 2012
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian is in a fight for his seat on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after failing to get appointed for another term - an outcome he claimed was orchestrated by officials upset by his opposition to a 710 Freeway extension through Pasadena. Several representatives for San Gabriel Valley - who've been pushing to connect the 710 and 210 freeways - declined to support Najarian at a procedural vote last week of the City Selection Committee, a group of elected officials from cities throughout Los Angeles County that send nominations for confirmation to the MTA board.
NEWS
September 29, 2012
In the climactic scene of director Ivan Reitman's 1993 political satire “Dave,” President Mitchell (Kevin Kline) tells a joint session of Congress he lost his way, forgot his job was to make people's “lives a little better…care more about you than I do about me...care more about what's right than I do about what's popular...” The occasion for my viewing “Dave” recently was Warner Bros. executive Jeff Brown's quarterly movie event for staff and guests on the Burbank lot where he brings together filmmakers to talk about what they created in advance of screening their movie - directors, producers, editors, writers and actors.
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By Jason Wells and Mark Kellam, Times Community News | September 27, 2012
A coalition of local and state officials gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to urge regional transportation officials to ditch a controversial proposal to build an underground tunnel extending the Long Beach (710) Freeway to Pasadena. Calling the tunnel option “flawed” and outdated, mayors and city council members from cities that would be impacted by the project blasted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for continuing to study the 4.5-mile tunnel, which would connect the 710 with the Foothill (210)
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By Adolfo Flores and Daniel Siegal, Times Community News | August 25, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge residents and leaders said that they were disappointed but not surprised by regional transportation planners' decision Thursday to keep alive the prospect of a tunnel from the Long Beach (710) Freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena, even as they eliminated several other alternatives. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency “knows what they want to do, they're hell-bent on doing it,” said Jan SooHoo, a La Cañada resident and member of the No 710 Action Committee.
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