Just Another Day In SouthLA
The hour between 9 and 10 January 22 morning, at the intersection of Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards, bulged with intensely personal ironies.
Getting the jump on City Hall and federal politicians a few feet away celebrating, with clean minds, the groundbreaking for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail, Damien Goodmon – to wide media coverage led his Crenshaw Subway Coalition members in a stinging litany of protests that he hoped singed the reddening ears of the nearby pols.
The 31-year-old Mr. Goodmon left no doubt where he placed the main blame for the Crenshaw District’s failure – so far – to win approval for putting 11 blocks of the light rail underground for safety and to spare disrupting or ruining black businesses along this corridor in Park Mesa Heights.
He unequivocally faults County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
“This is his district,” said Mr. Goodmon. “He has had five years on the Board and has done nothing to help us.”
His withering critique of Mr. Ridley-Thomas is familiar to followers of the executive director of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition. Mr. Goodmon has done everything but sink to his knees to convince Mr. Ridley-Thomas, as a member of the powerful Metro Board and of the Board of Supes, that his influence and assistance are desperately needed by his old neighbors.