Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office has informed us that upon request of the MTA CEO, discussion on the Ridley-Thomas motion, which will underground the entirety of the Crenshaw/LAX Line on Crenshaw Blvd and make the optional Leimert Park Village station official, has been postponed until the next MTA Board meeting on May 26, 2011. Also, we’ve been informed that three board members whose votes may be pivotal will be absent at tomorrow’s board meeting.
We must utilize the additional 29 days we’ve been given to turn up the volume, to increase the awareness, to strengthen our coalition.
We will be hosting another organizing meeting sometime within the next week or two, and we will have updated flyers.
Check your email early next week for updates and continue checking our website for daily updates.
In the interim, if you haven’t yet, please email the MTA Board members. Request that they “Support efforts to build a subway under Crenshaw Blvd and add a station at Leimert Park Village.”
Send your emails to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
A modified version of the sample email is below.
Dear MTA Board Members,
I’m writing to respectfully request you support Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Crenshaw-LAX Line motion to underground the Crenshaw Blvd portion of the Crenshaw-LAX Line and make the Leimert Park Village station official. The motion will increase the speed and reliability of service to LAX, eliminate the safety hazards of street-running trains on Crenshaw Blvd, and provide for travelers the opportunity to easily access Leimert Park Village, a cultural gem for the region. While we do need more rapid transit in our region, MTA need not do it in a manner that will kill the last African-American business corridor in Los Angeles with 4-5 years of disruptive street-level construction in Park Mesa Heights. Instead, MTA should build the Crenshaw-LAX line in a manner that provides a full opportunity for economic revitalization, which will provide a long-term return on our public investment. Adopting the Ridley-Thomas motion will place us in a position to accomplish this important objective of mass transit projects.
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