Yesterday was Memorial Day.
On Memorial Day we must not only remember our brave men and women in the heat of combat, but recommit ourselves to providing them the very best services to help them transition back to civilian life, get good jobs and live long, fulfilling lives.
May 23rd was an important day for our community. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved $80 million dollars for a program I believe is of the utmost importance: the Leimart Park Station and Village.
This clear show of support is the result of a lot of advocacy, some pushing and the hard work of many in my office and the District. If all goes according to plan, the station will open in 2019. I won't stop pushing until that day. You can count on it.
The LA Times reports:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday approved $80 million for an underground train station in Leimert Park Village along the Crenshaw Line, ending two years of uncertainty over the station's future.
The motion, sponsored by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, ensures contractors will have funding for the station in historic Leimert Park, a hub of African American business and culture in South Los Angeles.
"The fate of the Leimert Park Village station on the Crenshaw/LAX line has — up until today — been uncertain,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who also serves on the Metro board. "I am proud to say that both the city of Los Angeles and Metro have stepped up to the plate."Crenshaw Line supporters clapped and cheered as the vote passed 10 to 1. Lakewood City Councilwoman Diane DuBois, who opposed the motion, questioned whether it was wise to spend $80 million of Metro's $460.5 million in uncommitted funds.