Yesterday was a rare treat for me, as Streetsblog had two writers at the press event in the Crenshaw District's Leimart Park celebrating the $545 million loan from the federal government to accelerate construction of the Crenshaw Line. Since Carter Rubin did the yeoman's work of writing the story, I had a chance to capture as much video footage of various political figures praising the USDOT, Crenshaw Community, transit and most of all, each other.
While Antonio Villaraigosa served as master of ceremonies, it was Senator Barbara Boxer who seemed to be the focus of attention. Her speech to the audience is above. Speeches by Villaraigosa, Congress Woman Jane Harman, Maxine Waters and Diane Watson, USDOT Undersecretary of Transportation Roy Klienetz, and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas can all be found after the jump.
Before the event, Damien Goodmon joked with me that the Leimart Park was an ironic place to hold a press conference celebrating the funding of the Crenshaw Line because the Leimart Park Station is "optional" in the current environmental studies. If you watch closely, it seems like most of those speaking yesterday weren't aware of that. However, it's always great to hear so many political leaders talk about the transformative power of transit and clean transportation options.Antonio VillaraigosaJane HarmanMaxine WatersDiane WatsonRoy KleinetzMark Ridley-Thomas