The community group of local homeowners and businesses who are trying to keep a highway off-ramp from being closed because of an on-ramp built by Universal Studios is having a picnic to help fundraise this Sunday afternoon.
They promise face painting, free jazz music, the Grilled Cheese Truck and some community activism this Sunday for the Keep The Barham Ramp (keepthebsarhamramp.com) group.
This Sunday, August 23rd
El Paseo De Cahuenga Park
3300 Cahuenga Blvd West
(across from the California Canteen)
John Strozdas, the community organizer who lives on the opposite side of the freeway from the ramp and uses it every day, says, “This is an important rally on Sunday. Please plan on attending. We want to show some energy and commitment before we file the Appeal in the next week or so.”
The group has tried to fight the ramp closure in court, but has failed in a few court filings. The group claims that they were not properly notified by Universal and CalTrans that the essential off-ramp for the neighborhood would be closed for good. It will be the longest section of the 101 Hollywood Freeway without an exit within the city limits, a full two miles.
The Shannon Cain Jazz Trio will jam in the park, and there will be dog treats, community discussion and a picnic.
The Barham Ramp is going to Close, read all about it here: www.keepthebarhamramp.com
According to Strozdas, “One year ago the neighborhood received the devastating news that in order to accommodate the increased traffic caused by NBCUniversal’s unprecedented expansion the Barham off-ramp on SB 101 was slated for closure-forever. The neighboring communities that attended countless meetings and workshops regarding NBCUniversal’s Evolution Plan for over five years were blindsided by the announcement of the closure, which had never been discussed in any of those meetings. It was the ultimate betrayal of all those who had participated in the process. This decision, made behind closed doors was never vetted with the community and is a clear violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).”
He added, “Creating a 2 ½ mile gap without an exit on an already congested and problematic freeway is absurd! There are alternatives and solutions to this issue but NBCUniversal does not want to address them. They are insisting on the current plan, which is the cheapest and most convenient for them. It is however, costly and inconvenient for the many thousands of negatively impacted homes, schools, businesses, residents and visitors that rely on the Barham off-ramp to go about their daily life.”