At today’s MTA Measure R Committee meeting, the committee heard the Mark Ridley-Thomas motion to address the two major remaining defects in the design of the Crenshaw-LAX Light Rail project: the Park Mesa Heights street-level design and the “optional” designation of the Leimert Park Village station. Ridley-Thomas’ motion would direct Metro to integrate a tunnel in the Park Mesa Heights segment (making the entirety of the Crenshaw Blvd portion of the line a subway), and make the Leimert Park Village station official.
At the committee hearing, Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who represents the northern section of the county, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley, expressed his support and proudly seconded the Ridley-Thomas motion. Ridley-Thomas’ motion will now be forwarded to the full MTA board meeting for consideration on Thursday, April 28th.
Antonovich’s support is to be commended. His vote will be needed at the full MTA board meeting.
Conspicuously, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointees to MTA, who sit on the Measure R committee, were absent. Of the 13 members on the MTA board, Mayor Villaraigosa controls 4 votes, himself and his three appointees. Two of his appointees, Richard Katz and L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar, sit on the Measure R Committee, but they were no shows.
It begs the question, is Mayor Villaraigosa ducking the issue, or even worse, is he opposed?!
Will Villaraigosa stand up for Los Angeles’ Crenshaw community, the way he has so boisterously stood up for Los Angeles’ Wilshire community?
We’ll find out Thursday…that is if he and his appointees bother to show up for the most important single vote on the future of the Crenshaw corridor.
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