Extra! Extra! Get Your Free Pass to Ride the Expo Line!

Touring the Expo Line with the "ethnic media." photo: sahra

Beginning tomorrow at noon, you can board the Expo Line for free at the newly opened Farmdale and Culver City Stations. You’ll be handed a voucher for a free return trip at that time.

The Farmdale Station has been the subject of some controversy, given its proximity to Dorsey High School and the lingering questions about the safety of the at-grade crossing for students and residents. Those questions likely can’t be answered fully until school is back in session in the fall.

If you would prefer not to think about questions of safety, you are in luck. The inauguration of the Culver City stop coincides nicely with their “Summer Solstice” event, where you will be plied with lots of free stuff, including booze. Just make sure you are back on the train by 9 p m — that’s when the free pass expires.

For more information on the opening and connections to other transit options, click here.

  • Erik Griswold

    I hope that voucher has an RFID chip installed so that it can open the turnstiles Metro has surely installed at Culver City and all the other stops on the Expo Line.  

    Otherwise you cant do a promotion like this and won’t be able to ever in the future.

  • Jim61773

    don’t worry, by the time the next rail line is ready to open, we’ll have plenty of paper RFIDs ready.

    couldn’t hurt to hand out TAP cards to people, either.

  • Jim61773

    why is Streetsblog still putting ethnic media in quotes?  I’m not an alleged “Japanese American,” I actually am a Japanese-American citizen who has worked for a Japanese-American newspaper, thank you very much.

  • calwatch

    You had to read the original article, since sahra is clearly not writing for an ethnic publication. I bash Sahra a lot, but in this instance she is absolutely correct.

  • Jim61773

    I remember the original article, and I still disagree with the implications.

  • Sahra

     @5be0f8d6df79ab9287f317481290edab:disqus  Who “alleged” you were Japanese-American? Not me. And congrats, too, on having been employed by a Japanese-American newspaper. You’re welcome on both counts. I myself have not only a mixed ethnic heritage — being of Indian and Northern European descent — but I also came of age in Argentina, Spain, and Malawi, and was raised in a two-religion household, meaning I have a Latin and African cultural heritage and a mixed religious heritage, making me both multi-racial and multi-cultural. I tend to see that as a benefit and one that enriches my ability to cross boundaries and see things both from multiple points of view and in multiple languages (I speak 6). As i said in the comments on the previous article, “ethnic” is a term used by a dominant group to describe everything it is not. it is a term that can serve to ghetto-ize groups and information as non-essential and not relevant to the wider population. It also lumps us all into one, as if the African-American experience, Korean-American experience, and Armenian-American experience all fit into one box. Why shouldn’t stories about African-American and Latino folks in LA –the people that I tend to work with in South LA– be part of the mainstream instead of relegated to “ethnic”? Together, those populations comprise the majority of LA, not the minority. I put the label in quotes — not Streetsblog — because I find it to be an inappropriate and outdated term. I would never walk up to you in the street and address you as a fellow “ethnic,” nor you, me, I imagine… we would address each other as people. So why should Metro?

  • After the first article, I talked to Metro, some of their consultants, and pr people at other organizations both in L.A. and out of L.A.  I found that the term “ethnic media” for smaller publications that specialize in reaching a certain cultural group is still widely accepted.  However, I also agree with Sahra that it’s an outdated term and it’s time for it to go.  – DN 

  • Jim61773

    I don’t want to belabor the point, because I think Sahra and I will never see eye-to-eye on this.

    But I do object to quotation marks around “ethnic.” Quote marks imply alleged or “so-called”, or not legitimate.

    I don’t believe in color-blindness (how horribly accurate a description is “blind”, as in “not able to see”).

    As long as there are still people who identify as Japanese American or African American or Asian American or Latino or Hispanic or even multi-ethnic, there is going to be a need for or at the very least a desire for news media which specialize to that specific group. Los Angeles is way too huge, with far too many communities to even attempt to cover them all with one monolithic Times or other mainstream press.  I  certainly don’t expect them to cover everything, so I turn to alternatives.

    Streetsblog specializes; sad to say that it is not relevant to all communities, therefore it can not be counted as mainstream either.

    Ethnic media is an umbrella term, and not a racial slur.  Take the quotes off.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed.  Like those spiffy EXPO Line ones!

  • Anonymous

    Are we a melting pot or a salad bowl? Or maybe we are whatever it takes to shame some mythical white (probably male too) dominant power structure, who are really just confused and politically correct people losing sleep at night worrying about possibly offending you.

    Metro is the furthest thing from an organization that wants to offend anyone. They are culturally enriched up the ass. Affirmative action is in plain view. They have to walk on eggshells over any proposed changes to service or fares. Please, the entire system is designed not you offend you, and it’s still not enough.

    I stopped caring a long time ago.

  • Anonymous

    “because I find it to be an inappropriate and outdated term. I would never walk up to you in the street and address you as a fellow “ethnic,” nor you, me, I imagine… we would address each other as people. So why should Metro?”

    When you randomly walk up to someone on the street, they are probably not representing an ethnic organization at that time. Metro did not do anything like this.

    However, when you voluntarily work for an ethnic newspaper, identify with an ethnic group, are proud of identifying with an ethnic group, use the newspaper to promote ideas to benefit the ethnic group and publish them publicly, and then someone calls you part of the ethnic media, people are going to be a bit annoyed when you turn around and tell them they did the wrong thing.

  • Sahra

     @5be0f8d6df79ab9287f317481290edab:disqus Actually, I very much agree with you that color-blindness is not a goal in that the diversity enriches our communities, and I agree that “ethnic” is not a racial slur, and I also understand it to be an umbrella term. I’m an academic and I think a lot about labels and who gets to use them and how they are deployed. I think I thought so much about this particular label because of my specialization in international conflict where putting the “ethnic” label on a conflict implied “irrational” and “non-modern” and impacted the kinds of solutions formulated by the international community. The use is obviously different in this case. Obviously. But it may be why the term stands out to me so much. Either way, I still think that grouping so many folks together under one such label outdated way to group people. It is a very convenient one, but I don’t necessarily think that it means that it is a good one. Am I offended by it? No. Somewhat amused by it? Yes. Do I think it is worth discussing any further? Nah.


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