Músicos de Plaza del Mariachi Temen Ser Desplazados por Nuevo Proyecto de Metro

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Los músicos de Plaza del Mariachi, considerada por muchos el corazón de la comunidad mexicana en Los Ángeles, están desconcertados por los planes de construcción de un centro comercial que podría desplazarlos de este tradicional enclave artístico y turístico.

“Esta área se ha puesto muy popular, en parte se debe a nosotros los mariachis que atraemos turismo, atraemos gente”, dijo a Efe Aurelio Reyes, guitarrista del Mariachi Palenque, sobre esta popular plaza en el vecindario de Boyle Heights.

El artista, que junto con muchos otros colegas acuden a Plaza del Mariachi en busca de contratos para las fiestas, se mostró inquieto porque teme que vayan a ser desplazados.

“Para nosotros si esta área crece es algo beneficioso, de hecho todos los cambios grandes son beneficiosos. El único problema es que vayamos a ser desplazados”, lamentó Reyes, quien es el presidente de la organización Musicians United Society of America (MUSA).

La Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte del Condado de Los Ángeles (LA Metro) aprobó en septiembre pasado la propuesta de la empresa Primestor Inc. para el desarrollo del centro comercial Plaza del Mariachi, en la estación Metro Gold Line.

El proyecto, que busca fomentar la creación de empleos, sin embargo, ha generado críticas entre la comunidad hispana.

“Ese plan de la autoridad del Metro es horrible, porque es un centro comercial llamado Mariachi Plaza ¡y sin mariachis!”, aseguró a Efe José Huizar, concejal del distrito 14 de Los Ángeles, en cuyo corazón se encuentra la plaza.

Huizar expresó que muchos ciudadanos están descontentos con el plan, ya que Metro cometió “un error fatal al no consultar con la comunidad” antes de aprobar ese proyecto.

“La Plaza del Mariachi debe de mantener su identidad, cultura y tradiciones mexicanas, por eso Metro debe de escuchar lo que cada sector tenga que decir”, aseguró el concejal.

La Plaza del Mariachi, sobre la estación del Metro en la esquina de la Primera Calle Este y Avenida Boyle Norte, tiene en su centro un kiosco donado en 1998 por el estado mexicano de Jalisco, “cuna del mariachi”.

Andrea Martínez, guitarrista y cantante del Mariachi Martín y Martínez, aseguró a Efe que muchos músicos se han quejado ante las autoridades porque desconocieron que la plaza es “un símbolo del corazón y el alma del mexicano en Los Ángeles”.

Para Martínez, la plaza es “la representación de la cultura mexicana, de la cultura jalisciense”, en un vecindario con más de 90.000 habitantes, el 95 por ciento de ellos de origen latino.

En 2009, en Plaza del Mariachi se erigió una estatua en honor de Lucha Reyes, La reina de los mariachis” y cuatro años después una avenida adyacente fue bautizada con su nombre.

Frente a este sitio de esparcimiento se encuentra la sastrería “La casa del mariachi”, en donde el guatemalteco Jorge Tello confecciona trajes de gala para músicos rancheros.

“Si no nos desplazan, ¡pues aquí vamos a estar muy bien!”, exclamó Tello.
“Pero lamentablemente hay muchos negocios chicos que sí van a desplazarlos porque las rentas van a subir demasiado”, calculó Tello, quien además dijo que el diseño que presentaron las autoridades de LA Metro “es un típico ‘mall’ estadounidense”.
A lo largo del centro comercial “nos gustaría que se hiciera un Paseo de la Fama de artistas mexicanos, algo al estilo Hollywood, porque también los artistas mexicanos merecen un Paseo de la Fama”, expresó el diseñador.

Marc Litman, portavoz de LA Metro, aseguró a Efe que debido a la polémica generada por el centro comercial, buscarán incluir las sugerencias de músicos, comerciantes y vecinos de Plaza del Mariachi para un nuevo proyecto.

“Eso surgirá de un diálogo que tendremos con la comunidad de Boyle Heights en próximas reuniones”, explicó Litman.

Metro to Raise Security on Buses

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Surveillance cameras, hard plastic barriers and other measures are being rolled out on Metro buses to protect drivers against assaults, transit officials announced late last week.

The measures are in response to a 35 percent rise in attacks against bus drivers since 2012, with 138 assaults reported in 2014, Metro officials said.

One-third of such disputes arise from disagreements over fare, officials said.

Metro has purchased at least 123 buses equipped with polycarbonate barriers next to the driver’s seat. The transit agency also started installing closed-circuit television monitors in November, with 166 buses now equipped with the surveillance systems.

Officials said they plan to put the monitors on 268 buses by June. Each bus will have two monitors, one showing riders boarding the vehicle and another showing the seating area.

Passengers will be able to see what is being recorded, which is thought to deter illegal behavior on buses, Metro officials said. Accordingly, they said, the assault rates have fallen on buses now equipped with CCTV monitors.

“The installation of CCTV monitors is a visual indication to potential lawbreakers that they are being watched, and the prospect of almost certain arrest is enough to prevent many criminals from committing offenses,” Metro board member Diane DuBois said.

Other measures to protect passengers and Metro’s 4,000 bus drivers include an automated fare announcement, training bus drivers on how to defuse conflicts, and an outreach campaign to help humanize bus drivers to the public.

Metro is also working with state lawmakers to stiffen penalties for assaults on bus drivers, with a measure being proposed to triple the current $10,000 fine and lengthen the maximum one-year prison time.

The sheriff’s Transit Policing Division deployed deputies in November and December on East Los Angeles Division 10 buses as part of a pilot study into fare enforcement and other issues.

Metro officials said the measures are being carried out to protect both drivers and passengers.

“Angelenos can feel safe riding Metro, and we are committed to keeping it that way,” Los Angeles Mayor and Metro board Chair Eric Garcetti said. “Our strategy is to strengthen enforcement and increase the use of technology so that both operators and passengers feel secure on Metro buses.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is urging passengers to assist in keeping the buses safe by calling 911 or (888) 950-SAFE (7233) to report crimes and medical emergencies.

Coalition Calls For Delay of Mariachi Plaza Housing Project

March 19, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

A group of community activists want Metro to stop or at least slow down construction of a mixed-use, affordable housing development planned for Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.

They took their protest to the iconic plaza last Friday, where the small group of residents, students and affordable housing activists tied about 600 ribbons — spelling out “Save BH” — to the metal fence surrounding the site of the future development, an empty lot at the corner of 1st Street and Boyle known to locals as Mariachi Plaza West.

Lea este artículo en Español: Protesta para Retrasar Proyecto de Metro de Complejo Habitacional

Written on each of the ribbons was a comment from a local resident stating what they would like to see built on the lot, ranging from open green space to a soccer field or a public parking structure.

It’s the second time is recent months that groups protest development plans for Metro-owned land near Metro’s Gold Line Station at Mariachi Plaza.

Coalition to Save Mariachi Plaza rally to demand slow down of Metro’s affordable housing project.   (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Coalition to Save Mariachi Plaza rally to demand slow down of Metro’s affordable housing project. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Friday’s rally was organized by the Coalition to Save Mariachi Plaza and students from CALO YouthBuild Charter School in Boyle Heights. They claim Metro and project developer McCormack Baron Salazar failed to engage the community in the planning process and they want more outreach to the community before construction of the Santa Cecilia Apartments begins.

“There’s a lot of concern because these major projects [are] coming in and the community doesn’t really have a say on how … or what they should look like,” Mynor Godoy, chair of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee, told EGP.

Metro approved the housing project back in 2009 but it was put on hold due to financing issues, according to Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. Those issues have since been resolved, he said Tuesday.

When built, the Santa Cecilia Apartments LLC development will include 80 affordable housing units and 4,000 sq. ft. of ground level retail space. Sotero told EGP that the project would be 100 percent affordable housing, noting that Metro is one of the biggest providers of affordable housing in LA County.

“The agency has more than 1,700 affordable housing units either completed, in construction or in negotiation at its joint development projects countywide,” added Sotero.

The coalition, however, questions what Metro and the developer consider “affordable.”

Some seniors and young people may not meet the low-income requirement to qualify, said Boyle Heights resident Baldomero Capiz in Spanish.

The owners of several local businesses said they are worried the new development will make parking in the area even tougher.

Erika Gomez owns Yeya’s Restaurant, located across the street from Mariachi Plaza. She told EGP the biggest concern for businesses on 1st Street is the severe parking shortage.

“We just have two street parking spots; one is for 20 minutes and the other is [only] for unloading,” she said. She thinks the neighborhood would be better served if the lot was turned into a public parking lot or parking structure.

However, Vivian Rescalvo, director of Countywide Planning and Development for Metro, told EGP plans for the project have been finalized and construction on the Santa Cecilia Apartments at 1750 E. 1st Street would begin by the end of March and take about 16 months to complete.

Last Friday’s protest comes on the heels of public forums where gentrification and the need for more affordable housing in the area have taken center stage.

Rescalvo said the residential complex will target families making 30-60% of the median income in Los Angeles. For example, she said, a family of four with an income of $16,000-$24,000 will pay about $550 a month for a two-bedroom apartment. A family of four making $33,000-$48,000 will pay about $1,100 for the same apartment, she explained.

Applications for the new apartments will not come out until “the building is ready or almost ready,” she said.

Sotero said planners took into consideration parking concerns and included 88 parking spaces in the development for housing and seven more for retail.

Robert Zardeneta, director of CALO YouthBuild and a member of the coalition, said Friday that their goal is not to oppose this specific project “because community members have mixed feelings about the proposal,” but to delay the groundbreaking until there is community engagement on the part of Metro and the developer.

A lot of time has passed since the housing development was approved and “many of us had no idea this project was ready for construction,” he said. People need to know what’s going to take place during construction and after, he explained.

While the bones of the development cannot be changed, developer McCormack has agreed to hold public meetings to get input from the community as to the types of businesses they would like to occupy the retail spaces, according to Rescalvo. The meetings are in keeping with Metro’s “new process to engage the community” prior to beginning development construction, she said.

Councilman Jose Huizar’s office will be involved in the public meetings, which should take place in the next week or two, Huizar spokesman Rick Coca told EGP.

He said Huizar supports the Santa Cecilia project because 100 percent of the housing units will be affordable “and the councilman is a champion in this matter.”

Coca said that the development proposed by Metro for Mariachi Plaza [East] was “poorly handled by the Metro agency” and “that’s not what the community wanted.

In that case, facing strong community opposition, Metro agreed to halt the Mariachi Plaza East development and to conduct public meetings within the next six months to get input from the community.

Godoy said that Metro can’t just have communication with the developer and ignore the community.

“If they are willing to say they are starting from scratch in Mariachi Plaza East, they should do the same thing here,” he said.

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New Metro CEO Announced

March 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The head of Denver’s Regional Transportation District was named today as CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Phillip Washington has been CEO of the Denver transit system since 2009.

He is expected to start his job as Metro CEO around mid-May.

“Phil Washington is the ideal person to manage our $36 billion transportation infrastructure program to ease congestion, cut smog and boost our economy for decades to come,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Metro board.

Garcetti, who made the announcement following a special board meeting at Metro headquarters, said the decision to appoint Washington was unanimous.

Washington, 57, brings with him a “stellar record of success,” Garcetti said.

In Denver, Washington has been helping to develop the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the U.S. He’s responsible for a budget of $2.8 billion and manages more than $5 billion in active transportation projects.

Under his management, RTD’s West Line Rail was finished eight months early and came in under budget. The Denver Union Station was completed five months ahead of time under Washington’s direction.

“(Washington’s) experience in Denver delivering on projects is needed as we continue to expand the Metro system and carry out the will of the voters,” Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Vice Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said.

Ridley-Thomas said Washington, who spent 24 years in the U.S. Army, has a history of “delivering projects on time and on budget.”

The Chicago native said he is “ready to go,” and his priorities include providing “clean, efficient, reliable … accessible and cost-effective service across the county area” and trying to get projects done faster than the anticipated schedule.

He also said he wants to ensure transportation projects benefit not just large contractors, but also smaller subcontractors and “individuals walking down the street,” especially “in terms of job creation.”

“I’m excited about partnering with all of you,” Washington told members of the Metro board. “I’m excited about what we can do in this region. I’ll have nothing stand in the way of excellence … I look forward to partnering with you to further transform this region.”

Metro to Review CEO Candidates

March 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board will hold a closed-door meeting today to consider candidates to become the agency’s next CEO.

CEO Art Leahy announced in January that he will be stepping down April 5, when his contract with Metro ends.

It’s unclear if the board will choose a new CEO during the meeting.

Metro spokesman Marc Littman said if a decision is made, it will be announced following the closed-door session, which begins at 9 a.m.

Leahy, 65, has been the CEO for six years. He grew up in Highland Park and began his career in the transportation industry as a Los Angeles bus driver in 1971. He rose through the ranks of various agencies, and served a stint as CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority. He also managed the transportation agency in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

During his tenure as Metro CEO, the agency introduced the Silver Line express bus service from El Monte to Artesia, the Orange Line extension to Chatsworth and a $1.2 billion upgrade of the Metro Blue Line.

He also led the city through two so-called “Carmageddon” events, during which the San Diego (405) Freeway underwent weekend-long closures to accommodate work on roadway improvements and widening in the Sepulveda Pass.

Leahy earns about $325,500 a year as Metro CEO. Littman said the salary for the new CEO would be negotiated as part of contract talks, and there is no set salary range for the position.

Presupuesto de Obama Para 2016 Incluye $100 Millones para Extensión de la Línea Púrpura

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Buenas noticias para Los Ángeles: la propuesta del presupuesto para el año fiscal 2016 del presidente Obama incluye $100 millones para la segunda sección de la Extensión de la Línea Púrpura. Aquí, el comunicado de Metro:

El alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti y líderes del medio ambiente, de los sindicatos y de la comunidad aplaudieron [el lunes] la inclusión de $100 millones en el presupuesto del presidente Obama para el año fiscal 2016 para la segunda sección de la Extensión de la Línea Púrpura y calificaron esta acción como un importante paso para mantener los planes del subterráneo hacia el Oeste de Los Ángeles. El alcalde también elogió al presidente por incluir $230 millones del programa New Starts para los proyectos de Metro del Conector Regional y de la primera sección de la Extensión de la Línea Púrpura ($115 millones cada uno).

El financiamiento propuesto dentro del presupuesto del Departamento de Transporte de Estados Unidos, si se aprueba por el Congreso, se puede combinar con el financiamiento de la Medida R, el impuesto de medio centavo a las ventas aprobado por los votantes del condado de LA en 2008 y podría financiar la construcción de la Sección 2, un subterráneo que recorrerá 2.6 millas desde Beverly Hills hasta Century City programado para abrirse en 2026. Metro ha empezado ya la construcción de la Sección 1, entre Wilshire/Western y Wilshire/La Cienega.  Una tercera sección del subterráneo llegaría hasta Westwood/VA Hospital en 2035.

La segunda sección del proyecto tendría dos nuevas estaciones subterráneas en el centro de Beverly Hills, cerca de Wilshire/Rodeo y en Century City, en Constellation/Avenue of the Stars.

“He hecho del transporte público uno de mis principales enfoques en Washington, y quiero agradecer al presidente Obama por responder de esa forma tan grande para ayudarnos a disminuir el tráfico, reducir la contaminación del aire y acortar los recorridos”, dijo Garcetti, alcalde y presidente de la Junta Directiva de Metro. “Nuestra iniciativa de infraestructura de transporte es ahora el programa de obras públicas más grande de la nación, ha dado miles de trabajos y ha creado una ciudad de Los Ángeles mejor para los usuarios del transporte de hoy y para la fuerza laboral de mañana. Como alcalde y presidente de la Junta Directiva de Metro, voy a asegurarme de que gastemos esos dólares de forma eficiente a través de una buena supervisión y administración”.

La esperada extensión del subterráneo ofrecerá una alternativa de transporte confiable, de alta capacidad y alta velocidad para quienes van hacia y desde el Oeste hasta LA. Más de 300,000 van hacia el Oeste todos los días a trabajar desde varias zonas del condado y más allá.

Metro continúa en busca de financiamiento para completar el proyecto hasta Westwood y acelerar el paso de la construcción.

El proyecto de la Extensión de la Línea Púrpura está financiado parcialmente por la Medida R, el impuesto a las ventas aprobado por los votantes en 2008 y se puede usar para compensar los fondos federal del programa New Starts. El Plan de Largo Alcance de Metro para el condado de Los Ángeles compromete $4,200 millones (en dólares de 2009) durante los próximos 30 años para construir la extensión del subterráneo.

Metro está en el proceso de solicitar una subvención y un crédito que se juntarán con los fondos de la Medida R para construir la Sección dos del proyecto. La FTA recientemente le dio a Metro su aprobación para empezar el trabajo de ingeniería preliminar.

La construcción de la Sección 1 empezó a finales del año pasado y las actividades de preconstrucción de la segunda sección del subterráneo están en marcha. En enero, Metro empezó a realizar el trabajo de excavación en Century City para saber más sobre los servicios públicos subterráneos. Metro ha empezado también a contactar a los inquilinos que podrían necesitar reubicarse y está comenzando el proceso de adquirir las propiedades necesarias para construir en el área.

Obama Approves Funding for Purple Line Extension

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

President Barack Obama’s newly released budget proposal earmarks more than $1 billion for California transportation and construction projects, including $330 million that Los Angeles officials call crucial to extending the Purple Line from the Mid-City area to Century City, it was reported Tuesday.

Overall, Obama would spend more than $800 million on transit throughout the state – including $165 million to expand the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to San Jose and $150 million toward a light-rail project in San Diego as he tries to make the case that infrastructure spending will propel a faster economic recovery.

The plan released Monday also would seed California with money for weapons systems, allot more than $600 million to build and renovate Veterans Affairs facilities and set aside more than $200 million to help the Jet Propulsion Laboratory send another rover to Mars, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Community Calendar: Jan. 22, 2015 – Jan. 28, 2015

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Friday, Jan. 23

8-10pm—Jazz Up Your Night at Union Station! Metro Presents free performance by Kamasi Washington & The Next Step. The musicians will be performing new jazz, soul, classical, and hip-hop. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. & there will be two 45-minute sets. DJ Carlos Niño will be spinning before and in between sets. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Bicycle parking is also available on site.

 

Saturday, Jan. 24

9am-2pm–Montebello Unified School District and The Children’s Partnership host Covered CA Enrollment event at Montebello Teacher’s Association Conference Center. English and Spanish-speaking certified enrollment counselors and representatives from health insurance plans will be available to families and individuals. The event is free and open to the public. Free childcare will be provided and refreshments will be available. MTA conference center is located at 920 Whittier Blvd.

10am-2pm–Grand Re-Opening of Rosewood Library. Celebrate the opening of the renovated Commerce library. Enjoy performances, children’s activities and more. Library is located at 5655 Jillson St. For info, call (323) 722-6660.

12pm-4pm–Commerce 55th Birthday Celebration at Rosewood Park. Event will feature free shuttle buses, kiddie trains, interactive games, live entertainment, obstacle courses, free food and refreshments. Park is located at 5600 Harbor St. For info, call (323) 887-4434.

 10am-3pm—Glassell Park Farmers’ Market in the Goodwill Parking Lot (San Fernando & Fletcher). Local honey, great tamales, and more.

 2pm—Rosy Simas Presents We Wait in the Darkness at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Contemporary dancer/choreographer Rosy Simas (Seneca) combines music, dance, film, and narration to explore her family’s heritage and themes of loss and resilience. Included with Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members. No reservations necessary. For more information, visit theautry.org.

 

Upcoming

Volunteers needed for Cypress Park Community Clean Up on Jan. 31 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. Wear comfortable work clothes. Meet at Nightingale Middle School: 3311 N. Figueroa St., LA 90065. Continental breakfast & lunch served to volunteers. For more information, call Jose Rodriguez at (3213) 550-1538.

Night on Broadway Jan. 31 Celebrating the 7th Anniversary of the Bringing Back Broadway Initiative. Celebration will feature booths, art exhibits, a vintage car show, food trucks and programming in six of Broadway’s historic and often closed-to-the-public theatres including the Million Dollar, Los Angeles, Palace, Tower, Orpheum, and the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The Event is free, open to all ages. Time: 5pm-10pm. For info, visit nightonbroadway.la

VITA Income Tax Preparation Assistance Begins Feb. 2nd at Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Heights. Plaza provides FREE income tax preparation to qualified individuals. Plaza is located at 3540 N. Mission Rd, LA 90031. Contact Mayra, Francis or Carolyn to schedule an appointment (323) 223-2475.

Kingdom Day Parade Marks Legacy of MLK

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade worked its way through South Los Angeles today with the theme “Love & Respect: Let It Begin With Me,” and with Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson serving as grand marshal.

Southern California’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance began at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, heading west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, ending near Leimert Park.

The parade had more than 3,000 participants. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, last year’s grand marshal, joined Wesson on his float, along with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles.

“This is about lifting everyone, and we want to deliver that message to whoever listens,” Wesson told ABC7 along the parade route.

Garcetti told the station the parade marks not only “the legacy of Dr. King, but the work that remains to be done.”

“The minimum wage in this town — to raise that,” he said. “To house the homeless. To make sure that young men of color don’t die on the streets in this country. That work remains, but Los Angeles is leading, and I’m really proud to be here today.”

Metro’s entry in the parade was a replica of the bus Rosa Parks was riding in when she was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white rider in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.

The entry was intended to highlight transit’s role in the civil rights movement and mark the 60th anniversary of Parks’ arrest and subsequent bus boycott, which became a catalyst of the movement, according to a Metro official.

UCLA’s track and field team was also among the parade’s participants.

“This day and this parade have given me the opportunity to discuss and share some of Dr. King’s messages with our student-athletes,” UCLA director of track and field Mike Maynard said.

Aside from street closures, there were no reports of any troubles stemming from the parade, although police responded early on to a report of an un-permitted drone being flown over the route.

Meanwhile, Inglewood’s 32nd annual commemoration of King’s life and accomplishments featured a commemorative program at Crozier Middle School with speeches from elementary, middle and high school students and elected officials, performances by local choirs and community groups.

A symbolic civil rights march began at the school and made its way to the Forum, where the King Fest 2015 featured live entertainment, arts and crafts projects and food trucks.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was also marked in Los Angeles County by several service projects, a celebration in Santa Monica and a blood drive.

More than 1,000 volunteers helped paint educational murals and build school gardens at the Santee Education Complex in South Los Angeles.

The fourth annual Roosevelt High School Beautification Day included a campus clean-up, mural painting and cultivating a community garden.

An effort to revitalize the Carmelitos Community Garden in Long Beach was also held as part of the MLK celebrations.

Santa Monica’s 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration was held at the Soka Gakkai International Auditorium. Its theme is “The Fierce Urgency of Now” and will include inspirational readings and music. Social activist Gabriella Rosco will be the keynote speaker.

A Community Involvement Fair followed at the SGI Youth Center. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, meanwhile, marked the holiday with a daylong blood drive.

More than 1,000 volunteers organized by the service group City Year descended on Diego Rivera Learning Complex in South Los Angeles for a beautification project, painting 70 murals around the campus.

“Dr. King once said, ‘Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve,”’ said Mary Jane Stevenson, executive director of City Year Los Angeles. “This day offers us the unique opportunity to reflect on those values by mobilizing volunteers for a day of service in their own community.”

Metro y Zócalo Se Unen en un Proyecto para Pasajeros del Transporte Público

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

La agencia de Transporte Metropolitano del Condado de Los Ángeles METRO y Zócalo Public Square, una afiliada con la Universidad de Arizona State y organización no lucrativa de Intercambio de Ideas que mezcla eventos actuales y periodismo humanitario, se unen para iniciar un programa innovador que examinará los recorridos de pasajeros, sus vidas y para conocer más a fondo la región de Los Ángeles.

El proyecto multifacético, con sede en la Plaza del Mariachi en Boyle Heights, tiene una sección para todos los aficionados al transporte público en todos sus aspectos. Con el hashtag #myLAcommute, la audiencia puede encontrar entrevistas y perfiles con pasajeros de Metro, ver recorridos en autobús por sitios históricos de Los Ángeles, eventos en vivo y abiertos al público sobre asuntos conectados con la movilidad regional.

El proyecto Metro/Zócalo forma parte de la misión más amplia de Zócalo para ayudar a los angelinos a contar sus historias y a crear un sentido más profundo de este lugar.

También representa los esfuerzos de Metro para ponerle una cara humana a la experiencia del transporte con la esperanza de que esto aumente una mayor conciencia pública sobre la necesidad de expandir el transporte público, así como el de los carriles de viajes compartidos y otras alternativas para evitar el manejar solo en la congestionada área metropoliana de Los Ángeles.

Para ver las historias visite: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/mylacommute/.

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