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Posted by Fix Expo Team On November - 23 - 2009 1 COMMENT

Please bare with us as we improve our web home.  Some links may not yet be operational, and content may be hidden, all of which will be fixed within the week.  In the interim to be added to our newsletter email:

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Nov 23 Mtg Recap

Posted by Fix Expo Team On November - 22 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

UPDATE #2: MTA Board Meeting Information

We came together to discuss the on-going Farmdale Avenue crossing issues and to organize around the Thursday December 10, 2009 MTA Board Meeting vote on the Crenshaw Line.
The meeting will take place on the 3rd floor Board Room at 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Tall building behind Union Station)

Buses are leaving at 8 a.m. from the Jefferson Park and Inglewood area. To RSVP for a seat, please email: or call: 323-761-6435

UPDATE #1: with the presentation on the Crenshaw Line portion of the meeting and the meeting handouts

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Community Mtg 091123 Handouts

On Monday, November 23rd we will be coming together to discuss the on-going Dorsey HS crossing and Expo Line issue, and organize for the upcoming MTA Board vote on the Crenshaw Line, currently scheduled for Dec. 10th.

Please join us at:

3731 Stocker St Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90008

6:30 – 8:30 pm

A light dinner will be served.

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Nov 20 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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The LA Weekly Honors Our Movement and Leader

Posted by Fix Expo Team On November - 13 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

In their annual edition of LA People, LA Weekly honored our movement and leader, Damien Goodmon, with an article titled, “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”

The location of the photo has significant meaning to the Fix Expo movement and Damien.  The Blue Line crossing at 92nd and Graham is less than 100 feet away from his girlfriend’s church-home.  The crossing is also the location where on a tragic January 2007 day, young 14-year old Lavert Baker, Jr. was killed by a Blue Line train carrying his closest sister while walking home from school. Lavert is just one of over a dozen young adults and children that we can confirm as having their life cut far too short because of MTA’s street-level crossings.  All were killed at street-level crossings.

Here’s how the LA Weekly editor describes the 2009 LA People issue:

“Here we present our fourth-annual LA People issue, in which photographer Kevin Scanlon — shooting more than 60 incredible images over five-week period — and some of the city’s best writers set out to capture portraits of the waitresses and starlets … the tech wizards and rock stars … the activists, gang survivors, political warriors and policy wonks … the scientists, teachers and fabulous nerds … plus the nightlife shapers, art makers and fashion provocateurs that make Los Angeles the only place to live.”

Congrats to us all in the Fix Expo movement for our efforts to improve our community and city!

In case the link breaks, here is the full text:

By Steven Mikulan
April 20, 2009

“I’m a take-to-the-hills kind of guy,” admits Damien Goodmon. “When something’s not being done right, I don’t think of how to make it easier for people who are doing things wrong.”

In 2007 Goodmon, now 27, joined a group of South Los Angeles citizens to wrest from the Metropolitan Transit Authority the same safety considerations taken for granted by residents of the Westside and San Fernando Valley. At issue was – and is – the MTA’s Expo Line Train, which is being built through low-income neighborhoods from downtown to Culver City and, eventually, to the sea. He soon became the leading spokesman for the Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line and has since been called an obstructionist, and worse, by his detractors.

No one, though, has questioned his commitment to environmental justice.

Growing up in Leimert Park, Goodmon had little reason to suspect that other cities’ thoroughfares did not resemble L.A.’s bland, pedestrian-hostile boulevards and freeways. His mother didn’t drive, so Goodmon saw the city from the back of an RTD bus. While attending school in Seattle and, later, at Harvard, he realized that Leimert Park had less in common with the rest of L.A., with its cookie-cutter streets and strip malls, and more with other cities that made mass transit a part of the civic fabric. He saw janitors sit next to executives on trains, and small businesses thrive in an era of malls. In other words, he was seeing what was missing in his hometown.

“People treat the city as their car,” Goodmon says of L.A. “They get in it and leave.”

Florida’s contentious 2000 presidential recount first got Goodmon fired up about politics, and he later became a national student coordinator for Wesley Clark’s 2004 presidential run. Afterward, Goodmon immersed himself in the details of L.A.’s transit system, spending some 2,000 hours researching ways to overcome what he calls the city’s two traditional excuses for not building mass transit — that it’s too expensive, and that people can’t be convinced to look 30 years ahead to address the city’s problems.

His early forays into neighborhood activism were met with bemused indifference, he says. Playing Mr. Nice Guy got him nowhere with MTA officials and elected representatives, African-American or otherwise.

“You put on the tie and give them facts, and nothing happens,” he says. “You end up pounding your fist on the podium.”

Of his meetings in politicians’ offices, Goodmon says, “I don’t go in there looking for a handout and something for myself for the future. To work for free and to work day and night, and not ask for something in return other than to fix the issue under consideration — they’re floored by this concept.”

Fix Expo’s accusation of the MTA was simple: By allowing the proposed Expo Line trains to cross heavily trafficked streets at the same level as those streets — especially near Dorsey High School and Foshay Learning Center — the MTA was inviting tragedy.

“My issue,” Goodmon says, “was factual but unapologetically brutal: We know people are going to be killed. In the process of running over people you’re creating a separate and unequal transit system. And you’re ignoring complaints that would make it a better transit system!”

Community activists demanded the same as what had been put in place at USC and Culver City — that trains cross over or under streets. So far, the group’s fight has won them one of the two victories they were seeking — a pedestrian bridge over the tracks near Dorsey, which they also want for Foshay Learning Center — and they haven’t quit.

The thing that galls Goodmon and Fix Expo is that they have dedicated so much time researching solutions only to be met with suspicion and hostility by L.A. officials.

“We tell them, ‘We’ve done the work for you guys — all you have to do is be the heroes,’” Goodmon says. “We don’t want the glory.”

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Next Meeting: Mon Jan 11

Join us at our first community update and organizing meeting in the new decade as we discuss the on-going Farmdale controversy and Crenshaw subway effort.

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.