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Carma que? No Carmageddon effect on the 110 Freeway

July 16, 2011 |  3:22 pm

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Delvin English, 35, of Huntington Beach drove to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro for a reunion of former Compton Trail Blazer drill team members via the 405 in the South Bay to the 110. It was, despite the "Carmageddon" fears, a swift drive on Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't slow down one bit," English said. "Of course it's the first day so you don't really know yet. But it was a pretty good drive."

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Added his cousin, Shaunte Huff, 36, of San Bernardino: "I thought it was going to be bad because so many people drive on the 405."

But she thinks "it was kind of hyped a little."

At a separate bench, a group of Latino men mostly laughed off Carmageddon.

"Carma que? We never heard of it," one man said in Spanish.

Carlos Salgado, 51, who works for a pipe company and lives in South Gate said "El Carmageddon" was all over Spanish-language media, especially last night. But he and his friends made easy work of their drive down the 110 south past the 405 to Cabrillo Beach.

"They said it was going to cause a lot of congestion and that people should stay home," Salgado said as a fresh fire on a charcoal grill sent flames tilting sideways in the breeze. "But today, there was no traffic. ...  To be honest, the traffic today was the same as always. Maybe better."

-- Hector Beccera at Cabrillo Beach

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