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Outreach & Endorsements for Exposition Light Rail

In 2000-2001 we reached out to dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals (over 3,000 petition signatures) throughout the community to educate and inform them of the benefits of this important transit opportunity. We have found overwhelming enthusiasm for the Exposition Light Rail, as evidenced by these formal endorsements and individuals' signatures.

“I support the Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown L.A.! We need fast, comfortable, exhaust-free, high-capacity light rail as an alternative to traffic and for more-livable communities.”

Organization / Meeting date / Endorsement

Media

Los Angeles Times editorial 4/28/01
KNX 10.70 Newsradio (editorial endorsement)
KPCC “Talk of the City” guest 5-14-01
KCRW “Which Way L.A.” guest 6-15-01

Elected Officials endorsing

Mayor Jim Hahn 6-18-01
Congresswoman Diane Watson 3-19-01
State Senator Sheila Kuehl 3-9-01
Assemblymember Fran Pavley 3-30-01
Assemblymember Paul Koretz 5-18-01
State Senator Kevin Murray 4-27-01
Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas 2-8-01
Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski 6-18-01
Los Angeles City Council 6-20-01
Santa Monica City Council 6-12-01

Education

L.A. Trade Tech College, President Daniel Castro (endorsement letter) 1-26-01
Santa Monica College, President Piedad Robertson (endorsement letter) 1-31-01
Dorsey High School parents and principal (individuals' signatures of support) 3-17 & 4-21-01
USC, A. Bingham Cherrie (endorsement with conditions) 5-23-01

Business Professional Political

Exposition Park Stakeholders 1-4-01
Culver City Chamber of Commerce 1-5-01
California Science Center Board of Directors 2-7-01
Culver City Rotary Club 2-14-01
Shrine Auditorium (endorsement letter) 2-16-01
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce (endorsement letter)
Pacific Palisades Rotary Club 2-27-01
L.A. Association of Black Journalists 3-17-01
Latino Urban Forum 3-21-01
Santa Monica Museum of Art (endorsement letter)
RTK Architects (endorsement)
General Laboratories (endorsement letter)
Proteus Air Services (endorsement letter)
Studio Talent Group, Santa Monica (endorsement letter)
Coliseum Commission 4-4-01
Grand Olympic Auditorium (endorsement letter)
Culver City League of Women Voters (individuals' signatures of support) 4-26-01
City of Hope, Westside support group (individuals' signatures of support) 5-6-01
Culver City Democratic Club (endorsement) 6-13-01
Music Center of Los Angeles County (endorsement letter)

Environmental Transit Civic Groups

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter (endorsement)
CRSP (Cooperative Resources & Services Project) (endorsement)
Ecology Center of Southern California (endorsement)
Latino Urban Forum (endorsement) 3-21-01
Southern California Transit Advocates (endorsement)
Rail Passenger Association of Ca. (RailPAC) (endorsement)
Train Riders Association of California (TRAC) (endorsement)
Santa Monica Task Force on the Environment (endorsement)

Neighborhood/Community Groups

Santa Monica

Ocean Park Community Organization (endorsement)
North of Montana Association (endorsement)
Friends of Sunset Park (endorsement 6-9-01)
Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Organization (endorsement 6/23/01)

Los Angeles Westside

South Robertson Neighborhoods Council
Castle Heights Neighborhood Association
Westside Village Civic Association (endorsement with conditions)
Crestview Neighborhood Association 3-1-01
Cheviot Hills Senior Center (individuals' signatures of support) 3-30-01 
Felicia Mahood Senior Center (individuals' signatures of support) 4-19-01
Mar Vista Community Council (individuals' signatures of support) 5-8-01
Mar Vista Seniors Club (individuals' signatures of support) 5-25-01

Los Angeles Mid-City

Adams Normandie Neighborhood Association (endorsement letter)
Community Advisory Committee of the Crenshaw CRA 2-8-01
Hoover Jefferson Neighborhood Stakeholders 2-16-01
Cherrywood Avenue Block Club 2-17-01
North Area Neighborhood Development Council of the 8th District Empowerment Congress 2-21-01
Project Area Committee of the Hoover CRA 3-15-01
Economic Development Council of the 8th District Empowerment Congress 3-19-01
Crenshaw Neighbors (endorsement)
Mid-City Neighborhood Council (individuals' signatures of support) 4-9-01
Crenshaw Neighbors (individuals' signatures of support) 4-18-01
Claude Pepper Senior Center (individuals' signatures of support) 4-19-01
Mid-City Recovery Redevelopment CRA (individuals' signatures of support) 4-24-01
Friends of the Washington Irving Library (individuals' signatures of support) 5-21-01

Religious Organizations

First AME Church (individuals' signatures of support) 4-4-01
Southern Christian Leadership Conferences (endorsement letter)
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (endorsement letter)
Ward AME (endorsement letter)

Labor

UFCW Local 1442 (letter of endorsement)
LA & Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council 5-15-01

Public Venues (signatures of support)

MTA Red Line opening, North Hollywood 6-00
Exposition Park, Los Angeles 2-01, 5-01
Universal City Walk, Universal City 3-01
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica 3-01, 4-01
Gas Company Building, Los Angeles 4-19-01
Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, Griffith Park 4-22-01
Santa Monica Cultural Festival, Santa Monica 4-28-01
MTA Blue Line, Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles 5-01
Culver City Farmers Market, Culver City 5-01
Los Feliz Village 5-01
Santa Monica 5-01
Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City 5-19, 5-20-01
Santa Monica Baykeeper Kelp Festival, Santa Monica 6-2-01
Los Feliz Street Festival, Los Angeles 6-3-01
SoRo (South Robertson) Road Show, Los Angeles 6-3-01

And over 3,000 more petition and postcard signers!

 

Voter Support for Rail Funds 

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  • Overwhelming voter support for rail funding along the Exposition corridor (within 1/2 mile) in four elections, by and for a far larger population than just current bus riders.

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