Crenshaw/LAX Corridor CLC met to discuss important information with stakeholders and the community.
Photo by Brian W. Carter
The Community Leadership Council (CLC) and Stakeholders Quarterly Meeting Update on Crenshaw/LAX Line
Recently, the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor CLC met with stakeholders and community members for their quarterly meeting on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor. The meeting was held at the First Church of God (Center of Hope) in Inglewood, CA.
Topics included committee discussions and introductions to the multiple Project Oriented Discussion groups (PODS), which function as individual groups assigned in addressing and discussing various aspects of the upcoming Metro Line. Those PODS include Community Forum, Construction Mitigation, Economic Development and Joint Development.
The Metro Crenshaw/LAX will extend from the present Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw. The new line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line’s Aviation/LAX Station and will service the Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne and El Segundo and other unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
Community members voiced their concerns ranging from group meeting transparency to job opportunities for subcontractors and the surrounding communities. Most of the information about possible contractors for the Crenshaw/LAX line couldn’t be discussed due to a ‘blackout’ period, in which matters concerning the line are still in discussion between Metro and the CLC.
“We were able to deliver to the community the first round of outcomes from the joint labor agreement,” said Arna Fulcher, CLC Joint Development POD Co-Chair and Co-Moderator. “We have already identified that there are jobs that will be available.
“We also talked about the survey… taken from small businesses along the corridor—so that they can become aware of what will happen in the upcoming months.”
In the meeting, the CLC spoke about possible closures along the Crenshaw corridor that will affect many businesses. They also spoke about how the new line will look and how to incorporate the community advice in garnering ideas about the multiple stops along the way. A motion was also carried about the Crenshaw/LAX line going below grade or underground at Aviation Blvd.
Overall, the meeting served as a way to give the community a chance to be heard on what they want to see happen in their community. CLC members engaged the audience and encouraged everyone to come to future meetings and voice their concerns.
“The Community Leadership Council is a place where you can come to get information,” said Adrianne Sears, Deputy Neighborhood Officer of Marketing, Outreach and Community Engagement of the L.A. Urban League. “This is where you can come and meet community stakeholders from the various groups that are represented on the CLC.
“You can interface with [members] from Metro—sometimes the prime contractors actually come to the meetings.
“The public [can] hold Metro accountable at these meetings—‘what about safety…businesses… traffic mitigation… how are we going to get from one side of Florence to the other side of Florence?’
“We also talk about job opportunities,” said Sears, “eligibility requirements, labor, [unions]…this is where you find out how to get these jobs.
“I would encourage people to come.”
There are many more meetings and forums that will be held throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.metro.net/projects/crenshaw_corridor/. You may also visit the CLC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrenshawLAXCLC.