On January 16, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion to authorize 53 positions to repair and/or replace sidewalks and curbs on Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition and 76th Street. The motion, authored by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, ensures that all sidewalks damaged during the construction process are repaired and that Crenshaw Boulevard becomes the highest quality Boulevard in the city.
“Crenshaw deserves the same respect and investment as all other communities,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “This motion ensures that Crenshaw Boulevard is left better than before, and South L.A. residents get the benefits of the construction that has disrupted their lives for several years.”
The city and Metro will split the total cost of the $7.5 million project budget and the city’s personnel department will expedite the hiring for the project.
Seven positions were also set aside for the Targeted Local Hire Program. This program allows local residents to participate in an extended training program on a path to a permanent job with the city. The Program also allows participants to bypass the traditional city service testing which can be a barrier for many people.
“The most exciting part of this investment is the participation in the Targeted Local Hire Program,” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “The knowledge built during this project can lead to a life-long career with the city. That’s a good job, with good benefits.”