Community Festival In The Village!


Come out and support local businesses! Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw is hosting a community festival in Leimert Park Village on Saturday, Mar. 21. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food, live music, art and fun activities for the whole family.

For those hoping to ride the bus to Leimert Park, please note that some buses in the area will be on detour due to construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Metro Rapid 740, 705 and 710 will be on detour via Arlington Avenue.  Metro Bus 40, 105 and 210 will continue to serve the Leimert Park area via 43rd Street. For trip planning, visit There is also parking in the area along Leimert Boulevard, 43rd Street and surrounding side streets.

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Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings, Save The Date!

Empowerment Congress West Area

Neighborhood Development Council


A Certified City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

Serving the communities of: Arlington Park, Baldwin Hills Estates,

Baldwin Village, Baldwin Hills Village Garden Homes, Baldwin Vista,

Cameo Woods, Crenshaw Manor, Leimert Park & Village Green



TUESDAY January 27, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza – Community Room

3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Please join Council District 10, the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA),
Community Build, and LAPD
for the MLK Day of Service Community Clean-up
SATURDAY January 17, 2015 / 8:00 am
Meet at the Vision Theater Parking Lot
4304 Degnan Avenue, Los Angeles 90008
30th Annual King Day Parade
11:00 am
*wave to members of the Empowerment Congress West Board!*
Monday January 19, 2015
– also –
Leimert Park Village People Street Urban Farm Lab
It’s A Day of Service!  
Bring your gloves, tools or something for volunteer workers to eat or drink.
– also –
Council District 8 Kingdom Day Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Crenshaw Blvd, between Vernon & 48th
(Please see attachment)
Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’
California Budget Priorities Forum
Saturday January 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dorsey High School Math/Science/Technology Magnet
3537 Farmdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Find out what the budget means to you at the forum via thought-provoking discussion

of important local issues and the fiscal impact of Governor Brown’s proposed 2015-2016 State Budget.

Lunch will be provided.

Join Metro and Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors 
at the Construction Update Community Meeting

Learn about upcoming construction activities

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6pm to 7:30pm

Crenshaw United Methodist Church
3740 Don Felipe Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.
Signage will direct people to the meeting room (Wesley Hall).

To RSVP or ask questions, please call (213) 922-2736 or email

For direction and information taking public transit call 323.GO.METRO (323) 466.3876

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More on Upcoming Events

Leimert Park Is Getting a Parklet…..?


So If you’ve noticed, the eastern edge of 43rd Place  between Degnan and Leimert Blvd it’s has blocked for the upcoming Leimert Parklet.  From what I have seen from the plans a parklet seems to be a street turned pedestrian plaza, bordered by large potted plants and includes seating spread-out throughout the plaza, however People St describes a parklet as an expansion of the sidewalk into one or more street parking spaces to create people-oriented places.  This project is headed up by a program called People St which is made up of the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation in collaboration with LA City Department of Public Works an City Planning, The Mayors Office, and Metro.  Leimert’s Parklet is supposedly finishing up the design aspect of the project and finalizing construction documentation for their sites, and conducting further community engagement. Tentative installation for these parklets is projected after Summer, 2015

Leimert Park Village Parklet

CicLAvia Visits SouthLA

ciclavia_120714_NOTIFICATION_F_REV3-733_Page_2-231x300NO CARS ALLOWED. CicLAvia is the event that shuts down different streets around LA in support of any other transportation other than cars, ideally bikes but open to feet, skateboards, rollerskates, scooters, etc.   December 7’s CicLAvia South LA will mark the furthest southern CiciLAvia.   The LA event, which shuts down streets to cars and opens them up to other forms of transportation allows LA to slow down for and take in the many things so quickly pass in our cars.  The event also allows the community to showcase business along the routes choosen for the event.  Theciclavia_120714_map_9-3201-1024x791 route will travel six miles from a Leimert Park Village hub down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to a northern and southern hub along Central Ave.

CicLAvia is Coming South!


National BLACK OUT September 8!


African American life is obviously being expressed as something America can do without or holds no value, lets show America just how valuable we are. We need to continue to bond together and fight in numbers and Monday September 8th, TOMORROW, will be another chance to tell America its time to cut the crap, not only are we here but we belong here!

**KEEP CRENSHAW LUSH** Public Works Meeting Friday!


Call To Action

Board of Public Works Meeting Friday April 11 9:30am


·        Crenshaw Blvd is considered a scenic highway from Coliseum to Slauson Avenue!

·        MTA is seeking a permit from the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works to cut down 98 trees on Crenshaw between Exposition and 48th Street in the upcoming week and an additional 56 trees on Crenshaw between 48th and 67th street later.

·        This represents a loss of more than 30% of the trees on Crenshaw Blvd between Exposition and 67th for the next 5 years

·        The Space Shuttle agreement replaced every tree removed with 4 new 36 inch box trees

·        MTA is only offering 2 trees 24 inch box trees for every tree lost

·        More than 3 miles of landscaped medians will be destroyed and not replaced

·        According to the US Department of Agriculture, South Los Angeles ranks the worst in the City of Los Angeles in terms of tree canopy cover.

·        Council Districts 8 and 9 with 10.7% and 7.5% of tree canopy cover are far below the city’s Council District average of 20.8%.

·        We can’t wait five years for replacement trees to address the environmental and economic impact of losing these trees!

Miracle Mile says they want not-a-one of there trees for the Purple Line Extention, KEEP CRENSHAW LUSH

Joint Task Force:

The Joint Empowerment Congress West Area and Park Mesa Heights Neighborhood Council Task Forces was formed to address the removal of trees to accommodate the transport of the space shuttle endeavor by the California Science Center in 2012.  The task force was successful in entering into an agreement with the California Science Center for the planting of 4 trees for every tree removed along with 1,000 linear feet of sidewalk repair among many other community benefits. The taskforce has been meeting with MTA and the City of Los Angeles in an effort to reach an agreement on possible mitigations.  No agreement has been reached at this time.


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From today’s LA Times … Tree removal along Crenshaw has residents stumped To clear the way for the Endeavour, 71 mature trees were chopped down. Now more will be removed for the Crenshaw/LAX subway line.,0,2530505.story

Trees to be removed for Crenshaw/LAX Line along Crenshaw Boulevard


Leimert Park Station


There is a Major victory happening in Leimart Park… The Leimert Park Station has been approved  (that I have not yet shed much  light upon)!  Now-  the next step is preserving the community, and keeping its cultural heritage untouched. According to the Crenshaw Subway Coalition’s website, which gives upcoming news and updates regarding the status of the upcoming Crenshaw Line; in a 10-1 vote, the body approved the budget that adds Leimert Park as a station in association with the Crenshaw-LAX Line.  This is a historic moment for the area of Leimert Park and for our cause, (which dates back to 2008), and it was possible because of all of  you.  So we send this message as a special thank you to everyone that signed the petitions being circulated circa fall of 2009, attending the May 2011 board meeting, giving generously when it was needed the most, canvassing, phone banking, and above all marching.  You all had confidence in our leadership and believed us when we said this battle must be fought and could be won. You have helped deliver a station at the center of an African-American cultural region. This is only the beginning of rebuilding of our efficacy.

Subway Thru Leimert Park Village

Crenshaw Subway Coalition Meeting March 4th

Crenshaw Subway Coalition Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Christ Temple Church Cathedral
3125 54th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043
(2 blocks east of Crenshaw)
Status of Our Lawsuit & Political Efforts to Force MTA to Underground the Line in Park Mesa Heights
Critical Town Hall on Eminent Domain with Noted Property Rights Attorney Robert Silverstein
The first Crenshaw Subway Coalition community meeting of 2014 – it will be an important one. In addition to an update on our progress to underground the line through our lawsuit in the federal courts (the status hearing for Feb 20 was taken off calendar) and by pressuring the Metro Board, we will have a special guest, Robert Silverstein, one of the most respected property rights attorneys in California, to discuss MTA’s eminent domain abuses along the Crenshaw Line.

Metro Giving Inglewood The Finger

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About 75 people filled the crowded room Tuesday night at Chrysostom Church – Parish Hall, 530 E. Florence Ave. in Inglewood, eager to hear about plans for the 8.5-mile light rail transit project.  The train will pass through Inglewood from the Crenshaw District to LAX, and employ around 350 people.

What they found, however, was a noticeable lack of information, and what most consider blatant disregard for Inglewood.

An email from the Community Leadership Council (CLC) promised project status updates from Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors.  However, the Design-Build contractor, fell short on its delivery, according to stakeholders.

Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Erick Holly, said, “The meeting wasn’t very productive.  There were a lot of things that were left open that we should know about.  They came with nothing.  There were no plans or information on who they were or what they intended to do.”  None of the Walsh-Shea principals were present, he said.

Historically, African Americans have been overlooked for job and contractor opportunities when major developers come through their cities to build projects.  It’s a “double whammy” in regard to a minority city like Inglewood, because its L.A. neighbor tends to dominate the market.

Crenshaw Line Contractors Turn The Other Cheek To Inglewood 

Metro To Help Business Along Crenshaw During Construction


The Metro Board of Directors Thursday January 23, approved a package of initiatives to help businesses that face economic losses due to construction of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Metro board member Jacquelyn DuPont Walker and Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced the motion to help businesses offset any challenges from rail construction such as street closures and loss of street parking.

The key component of the assistance plan, initially proposed by Ridley-Thomas last July, will be a business solution center to advise businesses in financial planning, grant applications, operations and navigating regulations.

“I salute director DuPont-Walker for her innovation and Mayor Garcetti for his attentiveness to the community,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“The Crenshaw/LAX line needs to be win-win for everyone in the community. The long-term economic gains of the rail line can’t come at the cost of an immediate threat to our local businesses.  These businesses are the backbone of our community, the very community the rail line will serve.”

Metro To Help Business Along Crenshaw During Construction