Project Update on Phase II of Expo Line

The Exposition Construction Authority (Expo) invites you to
a community meeting to provide an update on the Final Environmental Impact
Report (FEIR) for Phase 2 of the Expo Line project.

In February, Expo held three Public Hearings to obtain
community input and receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report
(DEIR).  Over the past six months, the Phase 2 team has been working with
agencies and stakeholders to address issues raised during the DEIR process.
 This meeting will provide an opportunity to share the latest findings and
answer questions before the FEIR is finalized.

Planned Agenda for

Community Meetings

Open
House:                       
    

6:00 to 6:30 pm

Progress Update Presentation:

6:30 to 7:00 pm

Question and Answer Session:

7:00 to 8:30 pm

* Please note that there will be a time limit per speaker

The format and information presented at these meetings will
be identical, so interested individuals, organizations and public agencies are welcome
to attend on any of the following days:

Date

Location

Monday,

October 5, 2009

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services,
Gymnasium

3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Wednesday,

October 7, 2009

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church,
Nolte Hall

11555 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Wednesday,

October 14, 2009

Santa Monica Civic
Auditorium, East Wing Meeting Rm

1855 Main
Street
, Santa
Monica, CA 90401

Click here to view Flier

For more information please visit the project website at BuildExpo.org or call the
Expo Hotline at 213-922-EXPO(3976).

  • Gokhan

    What does it take to build rail transit through an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles? Watch this an-hour-long series of video clips shot at the final planning meeting for the Metro Expo Line, a light-rail line to be built on the old abandoned Pacific Electric Santa Monica Air Line railroad right-of-way, which will connect Downtown Los Angeles to the Westside of Los Angeles and Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica. The group Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR) lead by the affluent Cheviot Hills Homeowners’ Association and other affluent Westside homeowners’ associations joins forces with Fix Expo, a special-interest group from a minority neighborhood in South Los Angeles, through which the abandoned railroad right-of-way cuts as well, and they vow for lawsuits. Such opposition by the affluent and special-interest groups has prevented the use of this old abandoned railroad right-of-way for decades, but the Expo Light-Rail Line is finally becoming a reality. The series of clips starts with the very instructive presentation about the project, continues with a video simulation of Phase 2, and then public comments from Fix Expo and Neighbors for Smart Rail leaders as well as individuals follow.

    The video is a true classic of NIMBYs and NIMBYism in America. The meeting was held in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, California, at 6:30 PM on October 5, 2009. The affluent neighborhood of Cheviot Hills has long been the epicenter of the opposition to the Expo Line.

    The first four clips are the half-hour-long presentation by Stephen Polechronis, Vice President of AECOM, the consulting firm for the environmental study of the Expo Line. He is the head of the consultant team.

    Part 1:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEPFeoI4Md8

    Part 2:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-3aKe1zHQM

    Part 3:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITwmL56epTI

    Part 4:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X50v0tgznfo

    The next clip is a very nice video simulation of Phase 2, as well as a real footage of the Metro Pasadena Gold Line:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GurZ2DTnGAU

    Finally the last four clips are the the outrageous and disturbing yet entertaining public comments.

    Some individual supporters at the beginning:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQM3TTRcRQU

    NFSR comes next. Terri Tippit, the veteran Westside neighborhood politician, Head of the West of Westwood Homeowners’ Association and at times the President of the Westside Neighborhood Council, is the President of Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR). Collen Mason Heller of the Cheviot Hills Homeowners’ Association is the Vice President of NFSR. Her husband Larry Heller is the attorney for NFSR. NFSR has been collecting a lot of money in order to launch a lawsuit within 30 days of the certification by the board of the Expo Authority of the final environmental-impact report on the first Thursday of January:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au9RRL88PZg

    Next come outrageous talks and acts by Fix Expo. Damien Goodmon is the leader of Fix Expo and Clint Simmons, who owns a house on Exposition Blvd, has been on the opposition from Day One:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fto5-mKfTs

    Finally some more outrageous comments and acts by the individual opposition, who own homes in the Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park area:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoanDnftYhU

    The nine video clips are also available as a single playlist:

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=56C7B11C88516FDD

    or

  • Gokhan

    Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR) opposition:

    No one expected the NIMBYs in Phase 2 to behave nicely. Here are they behaving badly and giving out their lawsuit plot. This came out only a few days after the Expo meeting. Check out the red arrows:

    http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo325/esirgen/nimby/nfsr_meeting.jpg

    Don’t be mislead: The “Smart” in Neighbors for Smart Rail actually stands for “No.” This is their e-mail blast with the attachment above:

    IMPORTANT NEIGHBORS FOR SMART RAIL MEETING

    Please review the attached flyer and print out for others. Not everyone is on our email list and they need to know about this meeting.

    For those who attended the WOWHOA Annual Meeting last week you know that the only acceptable option is to put it underground. We will not be properly mitigated any other way.

    For those who think this will only affect those who live on or a block from Expo, Think Again.

    The traffic will be stopped over 20 mins each hour. The pollution from cars idling will affect all of us but especially the children at Overland School. In addition the noise impact that comes with a train crossing every 2 minutes in each direction will have an adverse affect on their learning envirornment and our ears.

    Many feel “you can’t beat city hall” but we have. Many developments have been required to scale down their project and provide more mitigations.

    The Mayor and our former councilman tried to force Pico/Olympic on us to help move Santa Monica commuters through our community but we said NO.

    There is only 70 spaces in Santa Monica Expo parking lot, yet we get 170 spaces behind residential homes on Ashby and Richland and another couple of hundred on Sepulveda which is already a traffic nightmare for our residents who live behind the post office. People are going to SM not leaving it. SM wants people to come work and spend money there but they don’t want any CARS going into SM–leave the traffic congestion to LA.

    At the meeting Expo said they do not think this line will signifcantly reduce traffic on the Westside, just give people an other transportation option–we’ll thats comforting to know we’ll still have congestion along with all the negative impact of a light rail at grade.

    We need your help to ensure that we are properly mitigated. Come to NFSR meeting on Sunday, August 25th 2-4 in Palms Park (childcare provided) and learn were we are in the process, what lies ahead and what YOU can do. We listened to their presentations now it is time for us to speak.

    “Build it right or not at all”!!!!!!

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