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Rail Line To LAX Gets $546 Million Boost

Crenshaw Corridor

SUPERVISOR RIDLEY-THOMAS APPLAUDS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LOAN AS CRUCIAL TO LONG-AWAITED CRENSHAW LINE

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas today joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in announcing a vital U.S. Department of Transportation loan of $546 million for the eagerly anticipated Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line.

“Senator Boxer heard the voices of the Crenshaw community and has led us to this major triumph in our quest for a first-class rail system. It is our hope this massive infusion of federal funds will be used to move passengers to the Crenshaw corridor and on to LAX on a train that goes underground to enhance prosperity without disrupting the streetscapes of our neighborhoods,” Ridley-Thomas said.

The Crenshaw/LAX line represents the largest public works investment in South Los Angeles in history. “This project is the result of tireless efforts of a coalition of organizations and citizens who have joined together to make this vision of a new line a reality, but would not have been possible without the push in Washington from Senator Boxer,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

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Join The Transit-Oriented Development Tour For The Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line

METRO Wilshire

Please join the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) to learn more about Metro’s transit system and Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD).

Saturday, October 23, 2010 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The Bus Tour will depart from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ 30th St. Parking Lot, located at 2956 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 (NE Corner of 30th St. and Crenshaw Blvd.). Served by Metro Lines 37, 38, 210, 305, &710.

TOD projects reduce auto use and increase transit ridership by directly linking Metro’s transportation network with retail, commercial, and housing opportunities, while enhancing the overall land use and economic development goals for the surrounding community.

Due to limited space, RSVP’s are required by October 18th. To RSVP, please contact Kinya Claiborne at 310-333-1846 or RSVP@mckissackmw.com or Victoria Woods at 213-977-2647 or vwoods@cra.lacity.org.

Help Shape The Future Of The South Bay Metro Green Line Extension

We would like to invite you to attend a Community Meeting on the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension. The Environmental Review process started earlier this year with four Public Scoping meetings in April and May. These meetings were designed to introduce the project and gather initial community input.

These Community Meetings will provide an overview and update of the project, recap of the Scoping Meetings, as well as progress on the project alternatives and proposed station locations.

Metro encourages you to become involved with the project planning by coming to learn about the key features, ask questions and provide important feedback. All meetings are open to the public and we urge you to invite your friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6-8 PM
Nakano Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503
Served by Torrance Transit Lines 1 and 8.

Thursday October 21, 2010, 6-8 PM
Lawndale Christian Church
4234 W. 147th St
Lawndale, CA 90260
Served by Metro Lines 40 and 125 and Gardena Transit Line 1.

Monday, October 25, 2010, 6-8 PM
North Redondo Senior Center, Perry Park
2308 Rockefeller Ln
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Served by Metro Line 130 and Torrance Transit Line 8.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6-8 PM
Flight Path Learning Center
6661 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Served by Beach City Transit Line 109.

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Station Area Planning Workshops and Project Update Meetings

Crenshaw LAX Corridor

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Team welcomes your participation at the Station Area Planning Workshops/Project Update Meetings. Over the past few months, we have held several Station Area Planning Workshops. During the next series of community workshops, we will provide a project update, discuss input received from past workshops, and present new information on station alternatives, station area planning, streetscape, and landscape design concepts. We will also provide an update on the maintenance facility site evaluation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 (6pm -8pm)
Florence/West Station
Inglewood City Hall – Community Room, First Floor
One W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
Served by Metro Lines 40, 115, 740, 111, 711 & 212.

Thursday, November 4, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Crenshaw/MLK & Crenshaw/Vernon Stations
LADWP Crenshaw Customer Service Center Auditorium
4030 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Served by Metro Lines 40, 105, 210, 305, 710 & 740.

Saturday, November 6, 2010 (10am – Noon)
Florence/La Brea Station
Faithful Central Church – The Living Room
400 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301
Served by Metro Lines 40, 111, 115, 212 & 740.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Crenshaw/Slauson Station, Park Mesa Heights Alignment
Crenshaw High School Library
5010 11th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Served by Metro Lines 40 & 210.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Aviation/Manchester & Aviation/Century Stations
Westchester Senior Center
8740 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Served by Metro Line 115.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 (6pm – 8pm)
Crenshaw/Exposition Station
West Angeles Church – The Crystal Room
3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Served by Metro Lines 38, 210, 305 & 710.

All are welcome to attend, and you are encouraged to share this invitation with fellow community members, neighbors, and any others. We look forward to your participation in the planning process.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kinya Claiborne at 310.333.1846 or RSVP@mckissackmw.com.

For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor visit metro.net/crenshaw.

VIDEO: Fair Hiring Policy Adopted Unanimously!

Ridley-Thomas authored Construction Careers Policy will create approximately 4,000 jobs for local residents and the unemployed

The Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority today unanimously approved Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ motion to establish a Construction Careers Policy (CCP) for the hiring of local residents for the next phase of the Exposition Light Rail Transit Line project.

“This Expo Light Rail CCP is one of the strongest employment policies in the region,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “It will bring over 4,000 desperately needed jobs to residents in our community who will now have employment opportunities with future light rail, subway, and highway projects.”

Phase II of the Exposition Metro Light Rail line project will extend from Culver City to Santa Monica, providing both construction period and permanent job opportunities for hundreds of local residents.

“This will be an extremely significant local hiring policy and will help to ensure that Measure R ‘half cent sales tax’ funded projects will benefit L.A. County residents,” the Supervisor said.

Under the Supervisor’s proposal, the new CCP policy will ensure that at least 30% of total construction hours, under a Project Labor Agreement with building trade unions, are performed by local residents who live in high unemployment zip codes, where rates are equal to or in excess of 150% of the County average, or within five miles of the project alignment from L.A. to Santa Monica.

At least one third of that amount will be set aside for economically disadvantaged individuals who reside in the construction area.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas spearheaded the effort, which is a key victory in his campaign to put Second District residents back to work.

The next step is a similar policy for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) and buildings surrounding the renovation of the In-Patient Tower—the site of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on a CCP for the hospital and related projects at a Board meeting that will be held on October 5, 2010, which will be open to the public.