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Annual Student Job Shadow Day – February 2017

Annual Student Job Shadow Day – February 2017

Annual Student Job Shadow Day – February 2017

Metro hosted its Annual Student Job Shadow Day at Gateway, a collaborative effort between Metro, Inglewood Chamber of Commerce and the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

Nearly 20 high school students from Animo Inglewood, City Honors, Morningside, Inglewood, and St. Mary’s participate in the Metro Board Meeting, toured Union Station, checked out the Rose Park Vintage Bus, learned about Metro’s projects, programs, careers, and also learned about how Metro’s systems are operated. Students even got a chance to see the agency in action and learn about long-term benefits of Metro’s projects in their communities.

Metro Invites Students to Participate in Contest to Name and Create Art for New Crenshaw/LAX Tunnel Boring Machine - June 2015

Metro is inviting students from kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in a naming and illustration contest for the new Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that will dig twin tunnels to connect three underground stations of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

The contest is divided into two categories:

  • Students from K through 5th grade will compete to illustrate the TBM.
  • Students from 6th through 12th grade will compete to choose a name.

To participate in the illustration contest, students need only submit their drawings. For the naming contest, students must submit a 200-word essay or a 2-minute video. The prizes for both categories will be TAP cards loaded with fare value of $300, $200 or $100. The selection committee will include representatives from Metro, Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors (WSCC) and the Crenshaw Community Leadership Council (CLC), however the public also will be invited to vote in support of the name and illustration of their choice. Read the Naming Contest press release.

Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw First Quarterly Drawing - April 2015

Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw First Quarterly Drawing-April 2015

Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw spotlights Crenshaw-area businesses impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.  The goal is to make it easy for the public to Eat at local restaurants, Shop at local retail stores and Play at local destinations, during and after construction of the new Metro line.

Participation is free for businesses.  It includes a complimentary website , along with other promotional opportunities for business spotlights.  Customers are incentivized to take the pledge ”. Not only does public participation help to sustain economic growth of the Crenshaw community, but you can also win cool prizes!

Young Leaders in Government Student Tour

Young Leaders in Government Student Tour

Nearly Twenty students from select South Los Angeles and Inglewood high schools visited Metro headquarters February 26, 2015 as part of the Young Leaders in Government Project and the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce Youth Job Shadow Program, a collaborative effort between Metro, GLAAACC, OUTFRONT Media and the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce. The students got a VIP tour of Metro and Union Station and learned about Metro’s projects, programs, careers and how Metro’s systems are operated. They saw government in action and learn about long-term benefits of Metro’s projects in their communities. They even received advice on how to start their own careers in transportation planning, construction and operations.

Kingdom Day Parade 2015

Kingdom Day Parade 2015

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) members participated in the annual Kingdom Day Parade 2015 and rode on the parade route with Metro representatives and Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. Metro's entry to the parade was a vintage replica of the bus Rosa Parks was riding in when she was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white bus rider in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. The replica bus highlighted transit's role in the civil rights movement and celebrated the 60th anniversary of Park's historic stand that became the catalyst of the movement. During the parade, Metro staff was available at the Metro booth to assist those interested in making the Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw pledge and provided information on Metro business and career opportunities at the Kingdom Day Gospel Fest, a concurrent event open to the public held near the end of the parade route on Crenshaw Blvd.

23rd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit

23rd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit

Metro participated in the 23rd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the University of Southern California. This year’s event featured an assortment of workshops on topics ranging from child welfare, to sex trafficking, to going green on a budget, and much more. In addition to the workshops, the morning plenary session included keynote remarks from Dr. Cornel West. Following the workshops, there was a resource fair where, where Metro staff was available at the Metro booth to assist those interested in making the Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw pledge and provided information on Metro business and career opportunities.

More than 1,000 People Pledged to “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw” During the Campaign Kickoff at the Ninth Annual Taste of Soul festival

More than 1,000 people pledged to “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw” during the campaign kickoff at the ninth annual Taste of Soul festival. At the festival, Metro unveiled the new campaign called Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw where the public were encouraged to take a pledge to support local businesses. The campaign seeks to remind residents and visitors to the Crenshaw Corridor that local businesses are open during construction for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The campaign launched at the Taste of Soul in Metro’s Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw pavilion, located at Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where merchants from the Crenshaw District who were impacted by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project were highlighted.

"Every year, this event grows in size and popularity, building new and stronger bonds within the community. The Taste of Soul encourages hundreds and thousands of SoCal residents to support small businesses that truly are the backbone of our local economy and promotes public transit ridership to improve traffic flow," said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.

“Taste of Soul provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diversity in the Crenshaw District and I am pleased that this year Metro will celebrate many of the local businesses on the Boulevard who have bravely endured the challenges associated with construction of the Crenshaw Line,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This event kicks off our campaign to celebrate and help these businesses through our “Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign”.

“We all know that once the Crenshaw/LAX Project is completed, the light-rail line is going to benefit our community, in a big way, but right now it is hard on the local shops and stores,” said Metro Board member Dupont-Walker. “It’s particularly hard on the small businesses that traditionally operate on small margins. These are the mom and pop places we can turn to for the sorts of goods and services chain stores can no longer provide. It’s often where we find great deals and personal service.”

Metro also is establishing a $10 million business interruption fund that would provide eligible businesses up to $50,000 annually, not to exceed 60 percent of business revenue loss to address construction impacts along on the project alignment. However, details still are being work out. Here it’s a link to the

Metro Board report: .

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CLC Member Highlight: Armen Ross

Armen Ross

Since the 1970s, Armen Ross has called the Crenshaw neighborhood home. After serving in the United States Army, Armen moved to St. Elmo’s Village, where housing was affordable and he was able to shop at Broadway and May Company department store, where the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is now located. Over the years, he has witnessed many changes in the community, including the development of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and the West Angeles Church of God in Christ cathedral, among others.

As the current president of the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, Armen joined the Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council following his predecessor Michael S. Jones, who served on the council during the planning phase of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.  “By serving on the CLC, the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce is an additional voice to Metro and business developers in the area that can add value to the projects underway,” he said.

Armen is hopeful that the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will serve as a catalyst for community members to continue building on the improvements over the last decade and make the project areas a destination for locals and visitors. “The major battles – like confirming the Leimert Park station – have been won.” Now, he wants to make sure there are shops and restaurants near this station, and every station along the project alignment, which will draw in visitors and inspire them to keep coming.

He says that there was a luster in the community years ago that he believes can be brought back through partnerships with Metro, business developers, and the community. “I’m appreciative that there is an effort to include community input in the planning processes of many projects.” [ Top ]

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council Participate in Project Groundbreaking

Front L-R: Linda Ricks, Arna Photo Caption: Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council members with Metro staff at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) members participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The celebration included congratulatory remarks from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Congress members Karen Bass and Maxine Waters, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and many other government and agency officials. The new 8.5-mile light rail line will be the first to serve the Crenshaw and Inglewood communities since 1955 when the Los Angeles Rail Line (Yellow Cars) stopped service. [ Top ]

CLC Members Take a Tour of the Forum by Chase

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) members and Metro staff had the privilege of getting a peek inside the newly renovated Forum by Chase in Inglewood, CA. Members learned about the history of the color on the outside of the building, which has returned to its original red, and the first acts that are scheduled to hit the stage including The Eagles and Justin Timberlake.

According to LA Curbed, “The Forum hosted "Led Zeppelin 16 times as well as performances by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Nirvana, Prince and dozens of other rock, pop, country and R&B acts.” The venue, which was acquired by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), was designed by Charles Luckman, built by Laker owner Jack Kent Cooke as a home for his team, and opened in 1967. The historic venue has a new look from the inside out and is set to bring in hundreds of jobs. MSG has guaranteed the City of Inglewood at least $675,000 a year in revenue from parking, ticket, and concession taxes. The Forum is scheduled to open in January 2014. [ Top ]

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council Honored at Quarterly Meeting

At the CLC Quarterly Meeting held on October 24th, 2013, Metro recognized the Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) for their commitment and accomplishments since the council’s formation in 2010. The CLC members were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Metro CEO Art Leahy, and a Metro lapel pin. The certificate read, “The Crenshaw Community Leadership Council (CLC) is the first advisory body of its kind in Metro history. For the past three years, our agency has counted on CLC Members who have fostered, advanced and promoted community-based dialogue and information sharing in the Los Angeles and Inglewood communities. The success of the council is a result of your outstanding commitment and invaluable contributions to the community. The CLC has established a forum that ensures a continuum of public engagement on all critical community issues in support of the fulfillment of the construction and completion of the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Transit Project. This certificate serves as a commendation to you for your public service.” [ Top ]

Front L-R: Linda Ricks, Arna Fulcher, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Father Marcos Gonzalez, Taylor Mayfield, Reverend Jackie Russell; Back L-R: Armen Ross, Lt. Karl Schow, Sharron King, Denny Schneider.

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) Joins Metro at the 8th Annual Taste of Soul

Crenshaw/LAX Community Leadership Council (CLC) Co-chair Tunua Thrash-Ntuk and Member Reverend Jackie Russell joined Metro staff, volunteers and partners at the 8th Annual Taste of Soul, one of Los Angeles’ largest street festivals that took place on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Vendors lined Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker and Rodeo Road, offering event attendees great food, live entertainment and information from local organizations.
Metro distributed information about the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, Crenshaw/LAX CLC, employment and business opportunities, transit information, and Metro’s Rail Safety Education Program.

Photo Caption: CLC Co-Chair Tunua Thrash-Ntuk and CLC Member Reverend Jackie Russell gear up for a day with Metro at the 8th Annual Taste of Soul.

Additionally, representatives from Metro’s community partners, several labor unions and pre-apprenticeship training staff provided information on trade unions and working on Metro capital projects that will be under construction in the near future.

Photo Caption: During the Taste of Soul, CLC Co-Chair Tunua Thrash-Ntuk and CLC Member Reverend Jackie Russell enjoy videos inside the Metro Experience trailer, a mobile theater that screened videos illustrating the history, current needs and anticipation for rail in the community along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project alignment. Watch the Community videos . [ Top ]

Metro Crenshaw/LAX Business Opportunities Summit

The Community Leadership Council (CLC) in partnership with Metro invites you to come learn about business and professional opportunities at the Metro Business Opportunities Summit. The Summit is a forum for Metro to inform and educate local small businesses around South Los Angeles about the broad range of economic opportunities. During the Summit, both Metro and Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors will highlight the broad range of their respective business opportunities and non-construction-related professional career options that will be available on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project and other transit projects.

The Metro Business Opportunities Summit is taking place on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 9am to 3pm at the California African American Museum located at 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037.

Register online today at . For more info contact . [ Top ]

September Economic Development POD Update – 9.10.13

Community Leadership Council (CLC) member Sharron King, moderated the September Economic Development POD meeting held at the Crenshaw/LAX Project office, where she was joined by fellow CLC members, community residents and business owners, guest speakers and Metro staff.

Keith Compton, Metro Diversity & Economic Opportunity Manager and Miriam Long, Metro Project Labor Agreement/Construction Careers Policy Manager, gave updates based on the monthly Targeted Worker Report from July. The data showed the Crenshaw/LAX Advanced Utility Relocation work exceeded its Targeted Economically Disadvantage Worker and Disadvantaged Worker Utilization goals in the month.

Metro is continuing programs to recruit potential workers in the community along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project alignment, offering education and training through community organizations and worksource centers.

Photo Caption: CLC members and guests review and discuss the July CCP/PLA report.

To learn more on how to launch you construction career with Metro, see the Apprentice Entry presentation at, click the CLC tab.

The next Economic Development POD meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Crenshaw/LAX Project office. [ Top ]

August Business Sustainability POD Update – 8.20.13

CLC members Reverend Jackie Russell and Arna Fulcher co-chaired the August 20 meeting of the Business Sustainability (During Construction) POD and were joined by CLC members, community residents and business owners, City of Inglewood staff, and Metro staff. The agenda included a review and discussion of a Metro Board motion regarding small business and a construction project update.

CLC members and guests review and discuss status of the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line.

Susan Gilmore, Metro Regional Communications Director, reported on a motion that was introduced by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas at the July 25 Metro Board meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved and directs staff to continue investigation of successful Business Loss Mitigation Programs in Seattle, Minneapolis and other metropolitan areas that include financial assistance to small businesses that are impacted by construction activities in historically and commercially significant neighborhoods. The CLC will keep community members informed of upcoming board meetings on this topic.

Bryan Pennington, Metro Executive Officer, and Olga Lopez, Metro Construction Relations Manager, presented the group with a description of the difference between design-bid-build and design-build processes.  The design-build contractor for the Crenshaw/LAX project is the firm of Walsh/Shea, and their Notice to Proceed is anticipated in mid-September, with major construction commencing in Spring 2014.

POD Co-Chair Rev. Jackie Russell facilitates discussion of business sustainability issues.

The next Business Sustainability (During Construction) POD Meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2013. [ Top ]

Crenshaw/LAX Project Contract Status: BAFO

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project received proposals on December 6, 2012. The project continues to be in a blackout period until the contract is awarded. We continue to evaluate the proposals and are in a Best and Final Offer, BAFO process. A BAFO process is a step in the best value procurement process where Metro initiates discussions with proposers on their proposals and requests best and final offers. This process will take several weeks. Nothing else can be said until a recommendation is made to the Metro Board later this spring. It is anticipated that a Notice to Proceed may be issued early summer. [ Top ]

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