We can win this pivotal vote, but only through your actions! Right now opposition forces are contacting MTA board members to ask them to Vote No on the Mark Ridley-Thomas motion. We must counter them with overwhelming, but level-headed requests for the Board Members to VOTE YES ON THE MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS MOTION!
A yes vote means MTA would invest the resources in the Crenshaw-LAX Line to: a) keep the rail line underground the entirety of Crenshaw Blvd, and b) add a station at Leimert Park Village.
HERE ARE THREE THINGS WE NEED YOU TO DO TO HELP
1) SHOW UP AT THE BOARD MEETING on Thu. April 28th at 9 AM
We’ve done it before, but never have the stakes been so high or have we been so close. We need to PACK thE MTA Board room on Thursday morning. Buses leave at 7:30 am from South LA. RSVP for location and to reserve a seat at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please wear BLACK SHIRTS to show unity)
2) HELP SPREAD THE WORD. Please download the flyer and distribute it. Please forward this alert to your email networks, tweet it, text it, facebook it, etc. (Also, if you are available and able, the Crenshaw Subway Coalition/Fix Expo Team will also be door knocking on Tues. April 26th along Crenshaw Blvd. Join us at noon at the US Bank on Crenshaw & Slauson.)
3) EMAIL THE MTA BOARD MEMBERS at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Request that they “Please support the Mark Ridley-Thomas Crenshaw-LAX Line motion.” Here’s a sample email:
Dear MTA Board Members,
I’m writing to respectfully request you vote to support Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Crenshaw-LAX Line motion. The motion will increase the speed and reliability of service to LAX, eliminate the safety hazards of street-running trains on Crenshaw Blvd, and provide for travelers the opportunity to easily access Leimert Park Village, a cultural gem for the region. While we do need more rapid transit in Los Angeles, MTA need not do it in a manner that will kill the last African-American business corridor in Los Angeles with 4-5 years of disruptive street-level construction in Park Mesa Heights. Instead, MTA should build the Crenshaw-LAX line in a manner that provides a full opportunity for economic revitalization, which will provide a long-term return on our public investment. Adopting the Ridley-Thomas motion will place us in a position to accomplish this important objective of mass transit projects.