|FRIENDS 4 EXPO TRANSIT NEWSLETTER
March 14, 2001 (Updated 4/7/01)
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WHO WE ARE: We are an all-volunteer group of citizens who want to extend rapid transit to the Westside along the Exposition right-of-way.
HOW TO CONTACT US:
Phone: (310) 393-9025
Mail: PO Box 64943, L.A. 90064
OUR NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, APRIL 3, Hamilton High School, 2955 So. Robertson Blvd., just north of the 10 freeway. PLEASE COME!
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FLASH! BREAKING NEWS -- The Environmental Impact Study/Report (EIS/EIR) including the Exposition right of way will be released Friday,
There will then be a 45-day public comment period, during which the MTA is planning to hold public meetings to gather responses to the report.
SAVE THE DATES: (WE will inform you if any date changes.)
The MTA Planning & Programming Subcommittee
will discuss Exposition at their meeting on
The full MTA board will vote on
Both meetings will be held at MTA headquarters downtown, next to Union Station.
SATURDAY ON THE PROMENADE
Friends4Expo member Roger Rudick will be heading a group of members
getting signatures from people strolling down the 3rd Street Promenade this Saturday, March 17, beginning at 4:00 PM and continuing as late as we can. Please e-mail Friends4Expo or Roger directly at RJRUDICK2@aol.com if you can do table duty on the Santa Monica promenade this Saturday.
"Aside from being the potential terminus of the future Expo line," says Roger, "the Promenade is filled with people relaxing who are able to spare a moment or two to sign a petition. And many will have just gotten off the 10 freeway and hunted around for parking, never a fun experience."
CONTACTING THE MEDIA
Do you have a friend who works for a media outlet? Friends4Expo is gearing up to contact the media as soon as the EIR/EIS is released. We would appreciate any media leads you have. Please e-mail or call us with your suggestions and leads. LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP DISTRIBUTE OUR PRESS RELEASE when the EIR/EIS is released.
APRIL BOARD MEETING MINI-MOBILIZATION:
The EAST SIDE light rail line EIR/EIS will be discussed by the MTA board at its April 26 meeting. We are encouraging all Friends 4 Expo supporters to attend in support of this Eastside line. It will also help us prepare for the May meetings when the Expo EIR/EIS will be discussed.
AN EXPO BALLAD?
Anyone out there like to try his or her hand at an Expo ballad? We've got at least one movie score composer out there, and certainly many talented others who could write a theme song.
Someone has suggested that we simply write new words to the "Charlie and the MTA" song (don't remember the exact title) that the Kingston Trio used to sing. If we come up with something, it will surely catch media attention when we launch it. Let us know if you're game! (Send us an e-mail.)
GOOD NEWS: State Senator Sheila Kuehl has publicly endorsed light rail on Exposition. She announced her support to a group of Friends4Expo members who met with her in her district office March 9.
If you or your organization has not yet sent its endorsement of light rail on Exposition, please note that we are now encouraging all endorsers to send their endorsement letter to us at our PO BOX, by fax or by e-mail. We will then forward copies to each of the MTA board members and to the applicable elected officials.
A sample endorsement letter is at the end of this newsletter.
CALLING MEMBERS OF THE WESTSIDE VILLAGE CIVIC ASSOCIATION:
If you belong to the Westside Village Civic Association, please let us
know. A group of Friends4Expo proponents in that neighborhood is hoping
to win an endorsement from the Association for the rail line on Expo,
and they would like to know about you.