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At our Saturday December 10th meeting the following were elected as officers for 2017:
President: Nate Zablen
Vice President: Andrew Novak
Secretary: Perias Pillay
Treasurer: Dana Gabbard
We also voted to support the Metro staff proposal for the renewal of the transit policing contract.
Based on remarks Jerard Wright of MoveLA made at the December meeting we anticipate in 2017 one of our chief activities will be resuming our Wilshire corridor advocacy effort for which we received a grant from the American Public Transit Association some years ago. To secure a Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement for section 3 (La Cienega to Bonsall/VA Hospital) of the Purple Line extension to ensure accelerating the completion of that section by 2024 will require building community support in that area. Further details when they are available.
We also may help organize a celebration of the first year anniversary of the opening of the Expo light rail line to Santa Monica in May of 2017. Further details when they are available.
Community open houses are being held this month in Norwalk seeking input for “a planning study to identify and evaluate feasible alternatives for extending the Metro Green Line east from the Norwalk Station to connect to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Metrolink Station.” These will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m and Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m at Sproul Reception Center, 12239 Sproul Street in Norwalk. Our Board has taken a position of supporting the extension.