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Overview

Metro is continuously working to improve our transportation system and every trip experience for our riders. We are committed to ensuring that we are using safety and law enforcement practices that keep Metro safe for everyone.

Metro is establishing a transit Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), which will work to review, comment and provide input on how the agency can re-imagine public safety on its system.

Purpose and Role

The PSAC will work with Metro’s System Security and Law Enforcement, Office of Civil Rights, Office for Equity and Race and the Executive Officer for Customer Experience in developing a community-based approach to public safety on the transit system. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Developing a mission and values statement for transit policing.
  • Developing a transit ambassador program that provides staff presence at Metro facilities and on Metro vehicles.
  • Identifying alternatives to armed law enforcement response to nonviolent crimes and code of conduct violations.
  • Enhancing greater community stewardship of transit spaces.
  • The Universal Blue Light program proposed in Metro’s June 2018 ridership initiatives.
  • Education about and expansion of Metro fare discount programs.
  • Outreach and services for unhoused individuals.
  • Provide input on the new scope of services, budget and other provisions of the multiagency police contract renewal.
  • Review Metro’s Customer Code of Conduct.
  • A shift of resources from armed law enforcement to the above strategies.

PSAC Membership

On October 19 th , 2020, Metro launched its external application process to seek (15) fifteen community members and (3) three alternates to join the PSAC. During the four-week application period, we received over 380 applications. Staff also initiated an internal application process to seek (3) three ex-officio employee members and (2) two alternates. The three seats are designated for Metro employees who have experience with public engagement or providing face-to-face customer experience on Metro’s system. A smaller pool of nine applications was received.

Metro developed a multi-layered evaluation process, inclusive of a blind screening review and virtual interviews. The evaluation process was a three-month effort in collaboration with members of the Internal Steering Committee. Staff was committed to ensuring membership consisted of a diverse group of people’s experiences and perspectives and best reflected the diversity of demographics that make up our ridership.  Our community member and alternate representation are 61% female, 67% are either Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx or Asian/Pacific Islander, 67% are between 25-39 years of age, 72% renters, 50% have an annual income of $60,000 or less, 17% are persons with disabilities, and 22% are either bisexual or gay/lesbian. The selection of PSAC members was finalized the week of February 22 nd, 2021.

Current PSAC Members & Alternates

15 Community Members

  • Ashley Ajayi, aspiring filmmaker who believes in cultural film production as a way to prioritize marginalized communities and advance racial justice
  • Florence Annang, co-chair of Pasadena’s Organizing Progress, executive member of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, founder of Thrive Learning Lab NW Pasadena Afterschool and Summer Camp TK - 7th grade
  • Clarence Davis, public transit rider and member of the inner-city church community who has worked on various community advancement programs
  • Scarlett De Leon, organizing and campaign manager at the Alliance for Community Transit focused on low-wage industry workers, immigration and accessible housing issues
  • Maricela De Rivera, director and co-founder of Long Beach Breastfeeds, recently appointed to the Long Beach Unified School District’s Equity Leadership Team to develop an equity policy and evaluate all policies through an equity lens
  • Esteban Garcia, Walnut Park native who seeks to utilize his master’s degree in Planning, Growth and Regeneration to help implement a safe, transit-accessible culture in LA
  • Mechell Graham, US Air Force veteran, registered nurse for 16 years. She and her husband chose to give up one car to rely more on public transportation
  • Darryl Goodus, vice president of Adult Programs for Villa Esperanza Services in Pasadena who has worked with children, adults and seniors with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and mental illnesses
  • Sabrina Howard, researcher at the Institute of the Future that works to promote more equitable outcomes for marginalized communities
  • Carrie Madden, civil rights advocate who works with seniors and people with disabilities to improve their accessibility to transportation
  • Chauncee Smith, manages Advancement Project California’s Race Counts platform, a research and policy analysis initiative that empowers community partners and policy makers to advance racial and economic equity public policies
  • Constance Strickland, public transit rider and creative director of Theatre Roscius
  • Mohammad Tajsar, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California who works on police misconduct, government surveillance, and protecting individuals' and organizations' rights in the digital domain
  • Andrea Urmanita, public transit rider and architect in the design and construction of multifamily housing in LA
  • James Wen, homelessness committee chair for the LA Transgender Advisory Council

3 Community Member Alternates
Ma'ayan Dembo
Charles Hammerstein
Jessica Kellogg

3 Ex-Officio Employee Members
Glenda Murrell, Train Operator
Jose Raigoza, Transit Operations Supervisor
Ron Rodney, Bus Operator

2 Ex-Officio Employee Alternates
Fabian Gallardo, Principal Transportation Planner
Raul Gomez, Train Operator