Apr 20 Mtg & MRT Motion

Posted by Fix Expo Team On April - 16 - 2011 5 COMMENTS

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 PM

5760 Crenshaw Blvd (map)
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(US Bank Community Room)

If you have not yet heard the news, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is offering a motion at this month’s MTA board meeting (April 28th at 9 am) [UPDATE: Vote Delayed to May 26 MTA meeting same time and location] to alter the design of the Crenshaw-LAX Line. (see below) The motion would:

  1. Add the Leimert Park Village Station at Vernon
  2. Put the section of the project in Park Mesa Heights from 48th to 59th street underground.

To be clear, right now Metro doesn’t want to do either of these options. They don’t want to build a station at Leimert Park Village, and they want to run the trains at street-level from 48th to 59th street right in front of View Park Prep and a block away from Crenshaw H.S.

If Ridley-Thomas’ motion is adopted by the MTA board, the result would be a Crenshaw Line that is entirely underground in the Crenshaw Blvd portion, and has stations at Exposition, the Crenshaw Mall, Leimert Park Village and Slauson. Said simply, it would designed on Crenshaw Blvd how we’ve been requesting over the past 4 years for this project.

Ladies and gentlemen - THIS IS THE MOMENT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. And we’ll need to show up to the MTA board meeting on the 28th in large numbers. So we will have an organizing meeting on Wednesday to get folks up to speed on the issue, understand the politics at play, and assign work necessary to pack the house!

Mark Ridley-Thomas Park Mesa Heights Tunnel and Leimert Park Village Station Motion

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Farmdale Next Steps & Award

Posted by Fix Expo Team On September - 22 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Community Update – Sept 22, 2010

There is an important update regarding our struggle for the safety, equity and preservation of the South LA communities and children along MTA’s rail routes.

In this newsletter, we address the question, “What’s Next?” now that the CPUC has reversed itself regarding the Farmdale Avenue crossing next to Dorsey H.S., and MTA has laid tracks across the intersection.

Also, our movement and its leader are being honored tomorrow by the prestigious Urban Issues Forum as the Issues Advocate of the Year. Join us if you can, tickets are still available. More info below.

First Step in Farmdale Appeal Filed

Thurgood Marshall Steps of SCOTUS 1967By now you have heard the news that in late July after heavy lobbying from our local City Council Members, Westside politicians and their high-paid lobbyist Sandra McCubbin (a former Chief Lobbyist for Enron), the CPUC reversed its previous February 2009 decision, which REJECTED the holding pen and a street-level crossing adjacent to 2,100 student Dorsey High School. (Link to Previous Decision). On its face the CPUC’s July decision allowing MTA to build a holding pen to corral our students in while 225-ton trains pass by their face, appears to be a loss in an important battle of our long war. But in reality it opens the first real opportunity we have for ultimate victory at the Farmdale crossing in the nearly 4 yrs since Fix Expo was been working on this issue.

After the Decision was published our award-winning legal team went to work immediately, and earlier this month filed what is the first step in our Farmdale appeal, an Application for Re-Hearing before the CPUC. (download the pdf) This is the final administrative process we have to go through the CPUC before we are allowed to request the case be elevated to the court that reviews CPUC decisions, the California Court of Appeals. The opportunity to have the matter heard by the Court of Appeals is tremendous. It is a game-changer. It takes this issue out of the ballpark of CPUC Commissioners who pay more attention to lobbyists and politicians than the law, an into a real court of judges.

As our Application for Re-Hearing succinctly makes clear, the CPUC’s reversal is so factually flawed, the record and previous February 2009 decision are so clear, and the principle of res judicata is so enshrined in our judicial system that the likelihood of our case being heard AND decided in our favor by the California Court of Appeals is very good. (Take five minutes to read our Application – the link is above). When determining whether to reverse a lower court decision, among other factors, the appellate court focuses heavily on whether the court abused its judicial discretion, misinterpreted the law, and/or the appellant was denied due process. With the July Decision and the litany of shenanigans that led up to it, figuratively speaking the CPUC made it’s decision with a drunk judge and a bought-off jury. (We’re being figurative about the drunk judge part).

And so, like civil rights giants before us, who had to in the face of opposition from politicians who knew better, and who similarly lost cases at the lower level before they were granted victory in the high court, WE CONTINUE OUR LEGAL BATTLE!

For those worried about the tracks being laid, know that the Expo Line is not scheduled to begin operations until April 2011. We have plenty of time to get an injunction to prevent a catastrophe at the foot of our community’s school, as warned by the nation’s foremost rail safety expert (link) and internationally renowned expert in human factors (link). Thus, we have plenty of time to get a higher court to mandate those unsafe tracks be pulled right back up.

So it is clear, the Fix Expo Team will not stop – we will not rest until the children of Dorsey are provided the same level of safety on the Expo Line as the USC students crossing Figueroa (where Expo goes under the street in a trench) and the Culver City students (where Expo goes over all intersections in the city on a bridge).

Issues Advocate of the Year Award

Damien Goodmon standing on Dorsey tracksTHURSDAY AFTERNOON (forgive the late notice), Fix Expo Campaign leader Damien Goodmon is being honored as the Issues Advocate of the Year by the esteemed Urban Issues Breakfast Forum, which is led by Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad. (Ticket information is below). We are humbled to be honored beside a giant in the movement for change in our community Betty Pleasant, generous public servants Holly Robinson & Rodney Peete, the remarkable I Am Oscar Grant Campaign and noted CNN & TV One commentator Roland Martin.

The Fix Expo Team and Damien simply cannot consider this an individual award, but rather the product of our collective efforts in bringing the community together, educating our people and the public at large about the facts to combat MTA’s spin, and our courage to unabashedly and unapologetic demand that which is wrong be made right – to demand our elected officials be held accountable.

We can point to a lot of accomplishments in the nearly four years since we decided to formalize a campaign. Most measurably we have buried that horrible premise that our community will continue to accept less than we deserve. The impacts can already be seen, notably as our MTA continues its studies on the proposed Crenshaw Light Rail Line.

Each of you have been an integral part of our success. It was your attendance at the meetings and the hearings, your letters and phone calls to the decision makers, your conversations in the grocery store check out line, your energy to march the streets in unity, which have been the beating heart of our movement to alter the scales of power in South L.A. in defense of our safety and preservation.

Please join us in celebrating this momentous occasion at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tickets are still available, purchase them here: (And I must point out that this is the first time the Urban Issues Forum has ever requested a donation for entry. For 10 years Dr. Samad has been bringing us the chief newsmakers to discuss the issues that impact our community for free AND with a free breakfast.)

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Jan 11 2010 Meeting

Posted by Fix Expo Team On January - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

We ended 2009 on a great note, by filling the MTA board meeting to help secure passage of the Mark Ridley-Thomas motion to require staff study and identify a funding strategy to keep the entire Crenshaw Blvd portion of the Crenshaw Line underground. It is going take a sustained effort to get the MTA to do what they don’t like doing: using taxpayer resources in South L.A. And we of course must continue our fight in the courts and on the streets to get the Expo Authority to appropriate the dollars for a grade separated option next to Dorsey H.S. at Farmdale Ave.

Join us at our first community update and organizing meeting in the new decade.

Monday, January 11, 2010
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

3731 Stocker St Suite 201 (map)
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(enter building from the back parking lot off of Santa Rosalia Drive)

Topics for discussion:

-Expo Line: Status update on the CPUC process at Farmdale Ave, preparing for the next CPUC Public Hearing and a review of MTA’s eminent domain attempts.

-Crenshaw Line: Mobilizing business owners and residents along Crenshaw Blvd (most still don’t know what MTA is planning).

-Blue Line: Over the holiday weekend MTA’s Blue Line, America’s deadliest light rail, took its 98th victim at Vernon Station – the deadliest light rail crossing in America. We need to become more active on this front.

If you like, RSVP on our Facebook page.

(Front page image: photopia Flickr)

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Crenshaw Subway Study APPROVED!

Posted by Fix Expo Team On December - 11 - 2009 1 COMMENT


We came in busloads and caravans. We came in numbers so great that the MTA had to open up their overflow room. Hundreds of us descended upon the MTA board meeting and we walked away with a major battle victory: the MTA Board UNANIMOUSLY approved the Ridley-Thomas Crenshaw Blvd. subway motion. (LA Times article)

For the first time in the history of the current process, MTA will now conduct a study and identify a funding strategy to keep the entire Crenshaw Blvd portion of the Crenshaw-LAX Line in a subway. A full Crenshaw Blvd. subway would allow our children, elderly and the public at-large to walk/drive across the street without having to negotiate with 225-ton trains, preserve over 200 parking spaces crucial to the commerce of local small businesses, provide some basic equity to the system, and reduce the travel time of the train ride by 25% (from Jefferson Park to the future LAX people mover in just 15 minutes – faster than cars!).


How Did We Do It?

It began as lead member organizations of the Fix Expo Campaign attended MTA Crenshaw Line meetings early in the process (2007) and submitted comments requesting an underground light rail. We diligently followed the process for the next two years, consistently articulating an underground alignment and, procedurally, keeping underground options on the table so that they could be environmentally cleared, a crucial requirement.

In October ’09, when the MTA released the draft study for public comment, over 100 of us attended the hearings in our community at West Angeles and Transfiguration Church, and we flooded the MTA staff with comment forms and emails (not just petitions) with a strategically-focused message requesting a subway in the section that, at the time, had no underground option (48th to 59th Streets). Our numbers were so large and consistent that MTA staff recognized it in their staff report to the board.

We spent the month of November pushing the issue on the streets, in the papers and through the airwaves. Our elected officials, many of whom we established relationships with through our Fix Expo advocacy, took note and each of them, from City Hall to Sacramento to Washington D.C. similarly requested that the entirety of the line on Crenshaw Blvd be built in a subway, citing community requests.

The political champion along the way was County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who as an MTA Board Member kept the project on the drawing board, strategically positioned it to be eligible for hundreds of millions in federal funding, and brought the community, business, labor, faith-based and political groups together, as only he can. Ridley-Thomas welcomed the opportunity to use his board seat to represent our community for safety, equity and jobs and offered the Crenshaw subway motion.

In the lead up to yesterday’s MTA Board meeting, we flooded the board secretary’s email box. Then when the meeting was called to order, with the senior staff of our elected officials by our side, we – the community – articulated a message in unison and so impassioned that even westside Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, an opponent of subways anywhere except around his Fairfax District home, had to vote for it.

At each stage, everyone of you, through your conversations, phone calls, emails and presence played a critical role in our victory yesterday. It would not have been possible without your diligent attention and actions.

What’s Next?

Within 6-months, MTA staff will present a report on building a subway in the segment between 48th and 59th Streets to the MTA board. We will likely need to be at that meeting as well. MTA staff will also be conducting community meetings about things such as station area planning, likely in the late winter/early spring. And on the contract (jobs) front, the primary contractor for the $10 million study, Hatch Mott McDonald, has been directed to diversify the make-up of their primarily Orange County-based team. We will continue to monitor this process closely, and remain prepared to protest if the changes are not sufficient at this stage in the process.

On the Expo Line front, another CPUC Public Hearing, similar to the one held two-years ago (YouTube video), will be conducted to receive community input on the Farmdale crossing at Dorsey H.S. As reported in this week’s L.A. Times article, that decision is still being made, and we’re still fighting the Expo Authority in the courts. The Fix Expo position is that additional cost and delay to the project are acceptable ONLY for safety improvements in South L.A., something the MTA has long known are necessary. All other cost overruns are unacceptable and a product of waste, fraud, abuse and incompetence. It is why, among other reasons, we’ve requested that Expo C.E.O. Rick Thorpe be fired.

We all must continue informing our fellow citizens about these two major projects in our community.

(Front page image courtesy WalkingInLA)

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Crenshaw Subway Motion Offered

Posted by Fix Expo Team On December - 6 - 2009 1 COMMENT

Subway image

Subway image


MTA Board Member and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has delivered on the promise conveyed by his transportation deputy at our November 23rd meeting to offer a motion to amend the MTA staff recommendation regarding the design of the Crenshaw Line.

The Mark Ridley-Thomas Park Mesa Heights subway motion, would require the MTA staff to include in their study of the Crenshaw Line an underground segment from 48th to 59th Street. Currently staff has recommended that the section ONLY be studied for street-level operation. The motion, if approved, would require it be studied as underground as well.

Our community MUST be at the MTA Board Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. in large force to support the Mark Ridley-Thomas Park Mesa Heights subway motion, which will likely be discussed around 10 a.m. (Buses leaving South L.A. at 8 a.m. – RSVP for a seat: 323-761-6435 or

If this section is built at street-level the Crenshaw Line would:

  1. Violate the Crenshaw Specific Plan, which prohibits overhead utility lines,
  2. Result in the removal of over 200 parking spaces crucial to the local small business (mostly African-American) economy,
  3. Require the chopping down of the tall mature trees, compromising Crenshaw Blvd’s scenic highway status,
  4. Challenge the Crenshaw community’s economic revitalization efforts, and
  5. Result in numerous at-grade crossings just a block away from Crenshaw High School and St. Johns Evangelist Church and right in front of View Park Prep School, placing children and other members of the public in jeopardy from the hazardous at-grade crossings and worsening traffic.

Credit goes to MRT for stepping up to the plate.

Credit goes to MRT for stepping up to the plate.

By studying an underground segment and requiring staff to identify a financial strategy to fund it, the Crenshaw community and MTA would be best positioned to capture the opportunity to build a truly 1st class 21st century rail line on Crenshaw Blvd and avoid the adverse impacts and risks of street-level crossings.

In addition to Mark Ridley-Thomas, lots of credit go to the many community members who showed up at MTA community meetings and wrote in comments to the MTA staff. Our strategic decision to focus comments on this particular section has paid off. Both the staff report and Ridley-Thomas’ motion take note of the large community request for the section to be built underground in addition to the others.

From the MTA staff report:

A significant number of comments requested a below grade alignment along the entire length of Crenshaw Boulevard between the Exposition Line and the Harbor Subdivision. Specifically, commenters requested a below grade alignment between 48th to 59th Streets related to concerns about traffic impacts, pedestrian safety associated with two schools (one located near a station and one located one block away from Crenshaw Blvd), impacts due to reconfiguration of the street and landscaping, and perceptions of equity.”

The full text of the motion is here (pdf):

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority conducted extensive community outreach to solicit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the CrenshawILAX Transit Corridor. There was an overwhelming level of community support for further study of a below grade separation through the heart of the Crenshaw Community.

The Locally Preferred Alternative proposed by Metro staff recommends a below grade light rail track alignment north of 48″ Street and south of 59th street. However, the track segment between 48th and 59th is proposed at grade.

There may be cost, constructability, safety, environmental and economic development benefits to Metro and to the residents of LA County that can be reached by a below grade connection at this location.

The intent of this amendment to the Locally Preferred Alternative is to have staff perform further study of the cost, constructability, safety, environmental and economic development benefits associated with a below grade rail connection between 48th and 59th streets on Crenshaw Boulevard.


1. The scope of preliminary engineering and environmental review be expanded to consider the cost, constructability, safety, environmental and economic development benefits associated with linking proposed underground segments of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor with a below grade connection between 48th and 59th Streets on Crenshaw Boulevard; and

2. Metro staff be instructed to develop alternatives, recommendations and a funding strategy for this segment of the connector.

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Distributed by the Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line/Crenshaw Subway Coalition

(This message can be downloaded here: pdf)

MTA Board Meeting:
Thursday Dec. 10, 2009 – 9 a.m.
1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Tall building behind Union Station)
Buses Leave South LA at 8 a.m.
RSVP for your seat: call (323) 761-6435 or email

On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 9:00 AM, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors will meet to approve the first major contract of a $2 billion dollar light rail project for Crenshaw Blvd., the heart of Los Angeles’ African-American community. Your presence at this Board meeting is vital to demand:

  1. That this engineering contract includes qualified African American businesses representative of the demographics of the community, who have a depth of experience and knowledge of the Crenshaw community.
  2. That this engineering contract includes residents of the Crenshaw community who will recycle their money into community.
  3. That future selection committees include community stakeholders to insure that our voice is represented in the decision making process.


This is the largest public works project in the history of South L.A., projected to create 7,800 jobs.

How will the residents of the Crenshaw community share in the economic benefits of this $2 billion investment? The first $10 million dollar investment by MTA offers a very disturbing answer.

MTA’s staff has proposed that a $10 million dollar conceptual engineering contract be awarded to a team that consists of no African American owned businesses, no local businesses and no residents of the Crenshaw community.

Translation: Out of the first $10 million that is being spent by our tax dollars in our community, ZERO DOLLARS will go to African American businesses or residents of our community.  The team selected couldn’t even find a “token African-American” to be their public relations front!

According to the MTA staff report, over 13% of this contract will go to Anil Verma Associates, a sub-continent Asian American (Indian) architecture and engineering firm that has no experience in the Crenshaw corridor.  An additional 15% of the contract will go to other small businesses, none of whom are African-American owned or located in our community and many of whom are based in Orange County.


There are several eminently qualified African-American owned businesses, whose owners and employees live in the Crenshaw Community that were overlooked, including RAW International and Terry Hayes Associates, who performed all of the preliminary planning and design work on this project for over 15 years. The two firms helped keep this investment in our community alive when many elected officials from outside our community wanted to divert funds earmarked for Crenshaw to transit projects in other parts of the county, including the “Subway to the Sea” (Wilshire Blvd.) near westside Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s home.

The message of this decision made by MTA staff is profoundly disturbing and should be a wake up call to our community.

Where is the economic development for our community, when the first $10 million coming in goes out to companies that don’t live in our community and don’t invest in our community?

What is going to happen when design and construction contracts worth over a BILLION dollars are awarded?

Who will speak up if eminently qualified African American professionals are overlooked?

The chances of local residents and local businesses participating at a meaningful level are bleak.  As a community, we must ask ourselves another question:  How could something this blatant happen?

The answer is simple: It happens all the time!


People from outside African-American communities across the nation come into our communities, take advantage of business opportunities, enjoy individual economic development and take money they made in our communities back into their own communities.

This cycle of sucking the economic life out of the African-American community has gone on since the days of Reconstruction.  While many of our leaders have decried this practice, our community as a whole has yet to mobilize as a cohesive voice to let the powers that be know that this will no longer be tolerated.

This kind of situation would never occur in Orange County or West L.A.! These communities have a cohesive voice that prevents this kind of exclusionary practice to occur.  Even in East L.A. the recently completed Eastside Light Rail project was executed by the Eastside LRT Partners, a partnership that included a prominent Latino owned firm (Barrio Planners) and a prominent African-American owned firm (Jenkins, Gales and Martinez).


It is time for the African American community to wake up and raise our voice as a united front.

If not now, when?!

If not on this issue, the largest public works project in the history of South L.A. down the center of Los Angeles’ African-American community, where?!

We now have the political leadership in place to insure that our voices are heard.

Since taking office last December, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas has worked tirelessly to insure that the Crenshaw community receives its fair share of quality transit improvements.  Community groups like ours have organized to become a voice of advocacy before the MTA.

Now it is time to show up to make our voices heard by the decision makers at MTA.

On Thursday, December 10th at 9:00 AM, the MTA Board of Directors will meet to approve this first $10 million contract. It is imperative that you be present.

The way the first $10 million is spent by MTA will lay the groundwork for how our community will (or won’t) benefit in the economic investment of the Crenshaw corridor over our lifetime.

As African-Americans, rich or poor; employed or unemployed; white collar, blue collar or no collar, we are joined together by one powerful bond: the vast majority of us are descendants of slaves.

The time is now for us to embrace our bond and become a powerful and united voice for economic justice.  Let’s unite to build a legacy that our children and grandchildren can be proud of.

May God bless our community.


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Nov 20 2009 Newsletter

Posted by Fix Expo Team On November - 20 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

In our rush to get the electronic meeting notice distributed yesterday, we neglected to make clear that the Crenshaw Line Organizing/Expo Line Update meeting is this Monday, November 23rd.

We’ve also had individuals request a flyer for distribution in their community and home of worship this weekend. You can download one here: pdf of flyer

Additionally, you can forward this email.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 pm
3731 Stocker Street, LA, CA 90008
2nd Floor Conference Room

Topics for Discussion & Action

1) Expo Line Update, Including a Status Update on the Dorsey HS Farmdale Crossing

Because of our successful efforts in the administrative courts, MTA still has not received approval from the CPUC to build anything at the Farmdale crossing that is next to Dorsey H.S. They’re stuck! There have been important developments. Come help us continue holding strong and bring about a solution that doesn’t compromise our children’s safety or community.

2) Organizing the Community for the Crenshaw Rail Line MTA Board Meeting Vote on Dec. 10

As we fight from the back-end of Expo to protect our children’s lives and quality of life, we must be on the front end of the Crenshaw Rail Line process that is currently on going. On December 10th, the full MTA board will vote on whether to include in their study an entire underground line on Crenshaw Blvd or one that passes at street level within a block of Crenshaw High School and right in front of View Park Prep.

They will also decide whether the planning and design of the line will include qualified African-American members of the Crenshaw community (more below).

We need to be there in large force to demand the same thing for Crenshaw (a subway) that the Mayor and Supervisor Yaroslavsky want for the affluent Wilshire corridor. Help us organize to turn-out our community.

Coverage of the Crenshaw Rail Line Issue in Local Papers

In The Wave, Betty Pleasant devoted space in her column, The Soulvine, to bring attention to the controversy regarding the MTA staff recommendation for the $10 million Preliminary Engineering and Planning contract:

“I join Damien Goodmon and his group of public transit activists in denouncing this MTA recommendation to award the preliminary engineering and designing contract for the largest public works project in South L.A.’s history to somebody in Orange County when a team that features highly experienced and eminently qualified Black business owners from the heart of the Crenshaw community, itself, already exists!”

The MTA Planning Committee met on Wednesday to discuss the staff recommendation and punted the contract award decision to the full MTA board (on Dec. 10) where Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and the other board members will have an opportunity to amend or reject the staff recommendation on the contract and design.

And the LA Watts Times opinion section covered our full statement on the staff recommendation, where we praise the good, and reject the bad: Statement on MTA’s Staff Recommendations for the Crenshaw Line is Getting a Facelift

We’re in the process of converting our website into a more user-friendly and dynamic web home for our organization. Please forgive us if the web address and images look out of place. We hope to be functional by Monday.

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Give Blood for Metrolink Victims

Posted by Fix Expo Team On September - 15 - 2008 ADD COMMENTS

By now most have heard of Friday’s terrible tragedy that occurred in Chatsworth, near the Ventura County border, as a Metrolink and freight train collided head-on. At last count 25 individuals have passed, over 60 remain in critical condition, and dozens more are wounded.

The large number of injuries has resulted in a call for healthy blood donors. For those that can give blood, please contact the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, which is open Monday through Friday. To make an appointment call (310) 794 – 7217 extension 2.

Please keep the families and the victims in your prayers.

Damien Goodmon
Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line

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Help with the decision making


We need your help to win “THE DECISION” on the Crenshaw subway & Leimert Park Village station: attend the MTA board mtg, email the MTA board, and spread the word.

Campaign for Stimulus & Measure R Funds to Grade Separate the South LA Portion of Expo

MTA now has more resources that by law has to be spent on rapid transit expansion. Now is our time to request these resources go toward FIXING EXPO!

Responding to MTA Spin & Deception

A comprehensive response to the spin, red herrings, and half-truths delivered by MTA/Expo, complete with agency memos, testimony, studies, pictures, videos and all.

Separate & Unequal: Expo Phase 1

Compare the design of the Expo Line Phase 1 west of La Cienega to that in majority-minority South LA and it’s clear that Expo Phase 1 is textbook environmental racism.