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Hahamongna News

Title:

Larry Wilson: Pasadena weighs bringing back parking garage

Subtitle:

Date:

2009-05-15

Author:

Larry Wilson, Public Editor

Publication:

Pasadena Star-News

Content:

DON'T look now - or do; get up above Devil's Gate Dam and do - but the
city of Pasadena is quietly at work to bring back the spectre of a
1,200-car parking garage and a 50-foot-wide road through what is supposed
to be the pristine Hahamongna Watershed Park.

Yes, it's hard to be pristine in what was once operated as a massive rock
quarry.

But that's what the decade-plus effort to recover for passive recreation
the open area of the Upper Arroyo Seco has been all about. There once
indeed was a plan for parking and a road - but open-space, hiking and
equestrian advocates thought they'd beat back the misguided
infrastructure proposal in 2003.

All references to a road, to another surface lot and to a garage were
then taken out of official documents about planning for the park.

Now they have resurfaced in a Master Plan Addendum, and those who have
fought for so long to protect the restoration plans for Hahamongna are
understandably furious.

Some in City Hall apparently thought that they could just slip this back
in without anyone noticing.

Now, I've heard it said, those same bureaucrats say that they're forcing
the building and the hardscape through whether the greenies like it or not.

Who rules in Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Altadena and our mutual
Angeles National Forest - the people who have fought for the wild area or
the concrete-pourers who can't stand to leave well enough alone?


larry.wilson@sgvn.com

Public Editor Larry Wilson's blog is http://insidesocal.com/publiceye.