Pasadena Now: Portantino's Comprehensive 710 Freeway Bill Signed by Governor, Killing the Extension and Framing the Corridor's Future
Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D- La Canada Flintridge) announced early Sunday morning that SB 7, the “final nail in the coffin” for plans for a 710 freeway extension in Pasadena, has been signed by Governor Newsom.
The bill is the legislative outcome culminating of over 20 years of dedication the Senator brought to fighting the 710 Freeway extension and to helping stakeholders in the 710 corridor.
The Governor, appropriately, signed SB 7 after other bills dealing with the corridor.
Under California law, the last bill signed by the Governor supersedes other legislative actions on the same specific issues in the same section of the government code. SB 7 is therefore cemented in law as the final and definitive action on the 710 freeway.
Timing of the bill-signing became a critical aspect of its legacy because in the final week of the legislative session, amendments were proposed that could dramatically interfere with the City of Pasadena’s plans to develop the left-over freeway stubs.
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