Push for local jobs in the second district

Support a Project Labor Agreement for the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting on September 22, 2011. The Metro Board of Directors will vote on a proposal to establish an agency-wide Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to implement the new Construction Careers Policy at Metro.  The Construction Careers Policy and the PLA will ensure that at least 30% of total construction hours worked on a project are performed by residents targeted from areas characterized by high unemployment along project routes and within L.A. County.

Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 9:00 AM

Other items of interest on the agenda:

  • Approval of the final Environmental Impact Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line
  • Adoption of an agency-wide Renewable Energy Policy that will impact the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line

RSVP: Melissa Hernandez at MIHernandez@bos.lacounty.gov

Let your presence be your voice!


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It’s official. Construction for phase 2 of the Expo line begins.

Shovels in hand and hard hats on, the nine member Expo board punctured the dirt commencing the construction of Phase 2 of the Expo Line. The groundbreaking of Phase 2 initiates construction for the portion of the Expo Line that will run from Culver City to Santa Monica and connect to Phase 1. In the next few months, Phase 1 will run from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. Phase 2, scheduled to open in 2015, will run from Culver City to Santa Monica. Once completed, the 15.2 mile Expo line will give commuters the option of traveling from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica by rail and pass through 19 station stops, including ones at the University of Southern California, Exposition Park, the Mid-City Communities, the Crenshaw District, Culver City, and West Los Angeles; the line also will connect to the upcoming Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor.  According to Expo staff, by 2030, approximately 64,000 passengers will ride the Expo Transit Line each day, making it one of the most heavily used light rail lines in the country.  Aside from connecting communities on the Westside to downtown Los Angeles, the Expo Line is expected to shorten commutes, lower greenhouse gas emissions from cars, provide fast and reliable public transportation services and increase the number of commuters who use the public transportation in Los Angeles County.

Of its notable attributes, construction for Phase 2 of the Expo Line is the first transit project in recent memory with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and Construction Careers Policy, mandated by the Expo Board.

[pullquote_right] “In short, this is an opportunity for taxpayers to benefit from their own tax dollars,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_right]The Construction Careers Policy and the PLA ensure that at least 30% of total construction hours are from residents who live within five miles of Phases 1 and 2 of the project and within L.A. County zip codes where unemployment is high. In addition, this provision sets aside job opportunities for disadvantaged workers, such as those who are homeless, are high school drop-outs or who have criminal records.

“It is vitally important that our transportation developments dovetail with economic development as much as possible, and this transit project will not only improve the quality of life for thousands of commuters, it will also provide the community with much needed jobs,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “In short, this is an opportunity for taxpayers to benefit from their own tax dollars.”

In mid-March Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Herb Wesson championed the implementation of a Project Labor Agreement and Construction Careers Policy for Phase 2 of the Expo Line. The hiring provisions will serve to ensure local residents have access to the thousands of jobs created by the $1.5 billion Expo line rail project.


Thousands attend job fair in search of work

More than 5,000 job seekers headed down to the job fair at the Crenshaw Christian Center in South Los Angeles in search of work. The job fair hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, was the last stop on the “For the People Jobs Initiative” ending the five city tour that included stops in Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia.

All day, attendees flocked to the various booths to speak to over 150 employers from various industries such as Technology, Transportation, Education, Government, Entertainment, Non-Profit, Retail, Health, Finance, and Construction.  Among the employers was Skanska/Rados who was recently awarded a $542 million contract by the Exposition Construction Authority for phase 2 of the Expo Corridor light rail.  Clark Construction who was recently awarded a $151 million design-build contract by the Board of Supervisors to renovate the County’s historic Hall of Justice also hosted a booth accepting resumes from job-seekers.

Hawthorne resident Cheryl Maniece noted, “There are too many people out of work.  I’m not understanding why that is.  This is an affluent nation.”

As part of the requirement for participating employers in the job fair, each employer had to have jobs openings readily available.  The crowd of attendees came to the job fair professionally dressed, ready to network, and with resumes in hand.  Job seeker, Micheaux Fortson, captured the sentiment of the day.  “America is in need.  All generations, ages, races, everyone here needs a job.  I definitely need one.”

The Crenshaw / LAX Project “Meet & Greet”

The MTA will host a “Meet and Greet” networking session for all interested prime and subcontractors on September 12, 2011 at the MTA Headquarters Building, One Gateway Plasa, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in Metro’s Board Room on the 3rd Flor. The meet and greet session will begin at 1:00 PM and is highly recommended for all prime contractors seeking to participate on this project.

The Crenshaw/LAX Project is an 8.5-mile light rail line that will extend from the intersection of Exposition and Crenshaw Boulevards to the Metro Green Line’s Aviation/LAX Station. The Project will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and El Segundo and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County.

The Crenshaw/LAX project is currently scheduled to obtain final environmental clearance in September 2011 and a Record of Decision in October 2011.

An RSVP is required for the “Meet and Greet by September 6, 2011, to Sonya Turner at: turners@metro.net

For additional information please contact Keith Compton at (213) 922-2406, or Sherman Gay at (213) 922-3502.