Metro Service Council July meetings preview

With the beginning of a new fiscal year, some Metro Service Councils will be seating new members and rotating chairs and vice chairs. New Service Council members are listed below in the Service Council’s agenda items.

A milestone will also be celebrated this month as the Gateway Cities Service Council reaches their 10-year anniversary mark.

All councils are scheduled to receive a presentation on Metro’s Title VI Public Participation Plan and a report on Metro’s response to growing ADA ridership. In addition, all councils will vote on potentially going dark in the month of August.

Some of the presentations are tentative at the time of this posting. All Service Council meetings include a report from Metro Service Council Director Hillmer providing previous month’s statistics on ridership and other performance metrics. Meeting topics for July Service Council meetings include:

San Fernando Valley (6:30 p.m., Wednesday,  7/3) – Swearing in of new council members Antonio Lopez (Mayor, City of San Fernando) and Dennis Washburn (Las Virgenes – Malibu COG Appointee); Report on transit safety and security; Update on Orange Line bikes on buses. Michael Cano will replace Kymberleigh Richards as 2013-2014 Chair, and Donald Weisman will replace Representative Jesus Ochoa as Vice-Chair.

San Gabriel Valley (5 p.m., Monday,  7/8) –  Presentation on El Monte Station improvements and Division 9 bus maintenance; approval of a potential Line 485 regional meeting date and location; short tour of El Monte Station. Harry Baldwin will replace Steve Ly as 2013-2014 Chair, and John Harabedian will replace new Chair Baldwin as Vice-Chair.

Westside/Central (5 p.m., Wednesday,  7 /10)  –  Swearing in of new council member Randal Henry (City of Los Angeles Appointee); Update on I-405 Freeway Construction.

Gateway Cities (2 p.m., Thursday,  7/11) –  Swearing in of new council members Gene Daniels (Mayor, City of Paramount) and Ana Maria Quintana (Vice-Mayor, City of Bell). Report on City of Long Beach Station Renaming Request; Update on the City of Long Beach motion on Metro Blue Line improvements; Report on Artesia Station construction completion and I-5 construction activities impacting Line 460 detour; Recognition of 10-year anniversary of the Gateway Cities Service Council.  Marisa Perez will replace Lillie Dobson as 2013-2014 Chair, and Richard Burnett will replace Josue Barrios as Vice-Chair.

South Bay (9:30 a.m., Friday, 7/12) –  Swearing in of new council members Jack Gabig (Gardena Bus Lines) and Patricia Lin Hachiya (transit user). Update on Crenshaw Corridor Customer Survey.

For a detailed listing of all council meeting dates, times and locations, click here. As always, the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the Service Councils on improving bus service throughout L.A. County.

If you would like to provide input to a council but cannot attend a meeting, you can submit your comments in writing through the Service Council web page or send them to If your comments are for a specific council, please make sure to indicate which one you are addressing in your message .

2 replies

  1. I have learned that going to these Service Council meetings (at least the San Gabriel Valley one!) is BEYOND A WASTE OF TIME! Hearing from the public, and what they may want (better bus service for example!), is NOT what these “service council members” are interested in! Their existence is completely useless, and a waste of space and time!