Council-member Jan Perry
Like most people, the end of the year for me marks the time to reflect and the time to look forward. In my case I have been blessed with a year of good health and promise for seeing through many fine projects that will provide some wonderful new homes, jobs and a better environment for our community.
From the time I was elected in 2001, it has been my privilege to work with many fine community activists, the faith based community and hard working people that contribute their time and effort to making our district better for all.
I worked with them to address the need for affordable housing for the homeless, our working families and our seniors. South Los Angeles continues to buzz with affordable housing projects both opening soon and in development. We recently marked the beginning of the rehabilitation of the historic Dunbar Hotel and anticipate its re-opening next year. There will be more new housing for our seniors, grandparents raising their grandchildren and supportive housing for the homeless.
I have worked and will continue to work to see that my council district is number one in job creation. In the past decade, the many fine projects developed in both downtown and in South Los Angeles saw the creation of over 90,000 jobs from construction to permanent jobs. The most satisfying thing for me as an elected official is to have a constituent come let me know that they now working and have a good job.
The 28th Street Elementary School families and community activists can now celebrate the closing of Palace Plating, a business that has had a long history of contaminating the soil and been the source of many complaints about childhood health problems. New affordable housing for families is being developed around the school. New housing is far better use of land in our family neighborhoods.
I have worked hard for many years to bring new grocery stores and retail projects to South Los Angeles and to separate industrial uses from our single family neighborhoods. Early next year at 54th and Avalon the new award winning South Los Angeles Wetland Park will open. This is the second man made wet land project in South Los Angeles. We have converted a bus maintenance yard into a beautiful park, next to a school. It will serve as a nature preserve, clean our storm water and provide much needed parkland for our residents. Our students will use the wetland as a place to study science, its eco system and restore a natural habitat for hundreds of species of birds and wild life. In South Los Angeles!
As a member of the Exposition Light Rail Construction Authority I will ride on the new Exposition Light Rail as Phase One is about to open. When complete the Expo Line will converge with the Blue Line, Red Line and the Gold Line in downtown Los Angeles. When fully open these lines will provide clean alternative transportation and connect the residents of South LA, Long Beach, the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys, East Los Angeles and Santa Monica. I have been fortunate and worked hard to make as much positive change as possible in South Los Angeles. For the coming year I wish everyone a productive, safe and happy, healthy New Year. I am committed to work hard, bring positive change and new opportunities for employment, housing and a better environment for all.