Message from MRT, June 2013

Greetings and welcome to our June edition of the Second District newsletter.  In it you’ll find an important update on the Leimert Park Station.  After years of struggle and determination, our hard work has paid off.  The Metropolitan Transportation Board last month approved our motion to fund a Leimert Park Village station on the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line. This was a test of will, but the community banded together and demonstrated that it does indeed take a village to get a station at Leimert Park Village.  And it was a moment to relish.  I would like to thank all of those who have advocated for the station, insisting that the Crenshaw line had to stop in the heart of the Crenshaw community.  Also, included in this month’s newsletter is a mental health campaign involving Lakers Star Metta World Peace.  This exceptional human being and terrific athlete has joined with the County Department of Mental Health to visit high schools and encourage students to “Talk It Out.”  Together we are lifting the veil of shame and secrecy on an issue that affects nearly one in five Americans. Finally, you’ll find our favorite architectural heritage site for the month.  In June we highlight the John C. Argue Swim Stadium at Exposition Park. The site has a rich history, and today there is a three-story recreation center with two basketball courts, weight and fitness rooms, a family pool, an outdoor amphitheater and a 50-meter competition pool.  I encourage you to take a look and let me know your thoughts on this historic gem.

With hope,
MRT