Metro appoints L.A., Inglewood residents and business leaders to community panel for Crenshaw/LAX Line

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Here’s the news release from Metro:

Twenty-one representatives of Los Angeles and Inglewood neighborhood organizations, business groups, schools, churches and community nonprofit agencies have been appointed to serve on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Community Leadership Council (CLC). The CLC is a public engagement effort by Metro to support and promote neighborhood involvement in the construction phase of the 8.5-mile rail transit line; the list of members is above.

CLC members will provide Metro staff with community input and local feedback on key issues – such as economic development, job opportunities, transit safety and construction mitigation programs – during the estimated five-year span of the $1.75 billion light rail system’s construction. When completed, the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line will serve residents in the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, and El Segundo, as well as communities in Southwest L.A. County.

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project CLC members will provide Metro with valuable community input on local desires, concerns, ideas and suggestions as construction takes place along the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. Construction bids will be solicited in 2012, and major construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line is expected to commence in 2013.

Crenshaw/LAX transit system trains will run south from Exposition and Crenshaw Boulevards in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District – where the line will connect with the Metro Expo Line – to the Metro Green Line Aviation Boulevard Station in El Segundo. A proposed rail extension under consideration by Metro would extend the Crenshaw/LAX transit line to Redondo Beach.

The CLC is co-chaired by Ms. Tunua Thrash, executive director, West Angeles Church of God in Christ Development Corporation (representing Los Angeles) and Ms. Arna Fulcher, director of community development, First Church of God… Center of Hope (representing Inglewood).

Robert Ball, project director for Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX light rail line, said, “We intend to work very closely with our Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project CLCmembers. The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project CLC members are a tremendous community resource for Metro. Their input on their community’s issues of concern and interest will be invaluable as we move forward to build the most important transportation system serving Southwest L.A. County residents since the Century Freeway and the Metro Green Line.”

The mission statement of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project CLC is:
“To reflect the community’s transportation needs. To address the community’s transit project fears. To present the community’s goals for a rail transit system that will connect millions of people. To understand the community’s desire to preserve what is best about the present while laying a new foundation for its transportation future.”

The purpose and role of the CLC is to make a diligent attempt to achieve a broad community consensus on the transit project’s design, construction and safe operation.

The CLC will look for ways to leverage the light rail line’s public resources to benefit neighborhoods and improve quality of life through economic development projects that could lead to the building of new commercial and residential developments, create new jobs for corridor residents and provide contracting opportunities for transit corridor small businesses.

Metro has created a Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project CLC Facebook page to further the leadership council’s community outreach efforts.