Greetings Chamber Members!
A Message on behalf of Chamber President Andy Molina….
Our Executive Director/CEO Leticia Martinez will be attending this very important meeting regarding the proposed Light Rail that is to benefit our community. I encourage many of you to attend and accompany our CEO Martinez.
This project has been in the works since my term as Mayor of Huntington Park and Chair of the Eco Rapid Transit Authority.
Your attendance to this very important meeting will be greatly appreciated.
ATTENTION: BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OF HUNTINGTON PARK
You are highly encouraged to attend a meeting to speak in favor of the light rail project that will finally connect residents of Huntington Park with downtown Los Angeles. We want everyone to support Alternative E that will provide the easiest and quickest way to Union Station without having to transfer.
The Chamber of Commerce is providing the following talking points for the upcoming Metro Board Meeting on May 24th.
We are asking for your support to come and speak during the public comments section at the Metro Board Meeting.
This will be the last opportunity to speak and advocate on behalf of your residents. Gateway City communities have spoken and are asking for a direct ride to Union Station with no transfers.
If you have any questions, please call our office at (323) 585-1155.
THURSDAY, MAY 24TH – 9:00 a.m.
Metro Board Meeting
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
“One Seat Ride into Union Station” – Selection of Alternative E
- I want to urge the Metro Board to deliver on their promise of a “One Seat Ride to Union Station” and choose Alternative E for further study for the West Santa Ana Light Rail Project.
- When Measure M was introduced, we were told that our cities would get a direct line to Union Station and at community meeting after community meeting, residents have supported this effort. Alternative E is our clear choice and we urge you to follow through with this promise.
- This project was approved under Measure M as a LIGHT RAIL. Any last minute efforts to change this would jeopardize Metro’s ability to deliver this project on time and on budget.
- Because this is the only Metro Line project my community will see in the next decade, I appreciate Metro’s commitment to accelerating the process of bringing this much needed system into the region.
- For the many hundreds of thousands of people along this corridor, this line will be our connection to more jobs, more schools, and more hospitals. We need Metro to build this on time and on budget.
- Thank you for your time and I urge you to support Alternative E.
- No transfers. No excuses.
Huntington Park High School Drama Club to present a Musical
Come and Enjoy a Night with your fellow Spartans. The Drama Club of our local Huntington Park High School will be presenting a musical “In the Heights” at the Huntington Park High School Auditorium. The performance schedule is set for Friday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 12 noon with a special alumni performance, Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
The musical In the Heights is about the Washing Heights community in New York, an immigrant community much like Huntington Park. The musical explores the dreams, disappointments, and struggles of a community whose aspirations are center stage. Meanwhile, Nine, the community’s darling returns from her first year of college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life’s savings on building a better life for their daughter.
Tickets are $8.00 and is produced by the Drama Club of Huntington Park with the Advisors Ms. Bowler, Ms. Parker and Mr. Ta. Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.
Premium Quality Gym Opens at former Warner Theatre
Blink Fitness, the premium-quality, value based fitness club, will be occupying the historically significant building of the former Warner Theatre on Pacific Blvd. The newest facility will provide a wide variety of offering top-of-the-line strength equipment that includes free weights, plates, and chanciness for upper body, lower body and core.
Certified personal trainers will be available for those members who wish to create a custom workout experience tailored to their personal goals. As a gym that promises to provide a premium experience to all who join, memberships are available as low as $15 per month with a free start up personal training session.
In opening their newest facility in Huntington Park, their philosophy is celebrating the idea that exercise is not only about looking good, but also feeling good. Blink Fitness strives to make working out fun and uplifting by creating a Feel Good Experience which comes in life in each gym through a commitment to providing contemporary and colorful design, elevated customer service, relentless focus on cleanliness, energizing music and confidence-boosting training programs.
For further details, please visit their website at www.blinkfitness.com.
West Santa Ana Branch Transit proposed two stations in HP
The West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Project is a new 20-mile light rail transit line that would connect downtown Los Angeles to southeast LA County, serving the cities and communities of Arts District, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, unincorporated Florence-Graham community of LA County, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia. The Project’s name originates from the southern portion of the route south of the Metro Green Line that followed an old streetcar alignment known as the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor.
The City of Huntington Park and Chamber of Commerce representatives have been actively involved on the proposing of the two stations for our community. The first location proposed is at the intersection of Florence Ave. and Salt Lake Avenue, with the second to be at Pacific Blvd. and Randolph Street.
The project area is home to 1.2 million residents and a job center to approximately 584,000 employees. Projections show an increase in the resident population to 1.5 million and jobs to 670,000 by 2040. Population and employment densities are five times higher than the Los Angeles County average. This rail corridor is anticipated to serve commuters in a high travel demand corridor by providing relief to the constrained transportation systems currently available to these communities. In addition, the project is expected to provide a direct connection to the Metro Green Line and the Los Angeles County regional transit network. Per the Measure M Expenditure Plan, the Project is anticipated to break ground in 2022.
The residents and business representatives are encouraged to attend the community meetings that are being held on a monthly basis. For information on the meetings, please visit their website at https://www.metro.net/projects/west-santa-ana/.
Graduating High School Seniors to Receive Scholarships for Colleges
The Huntington Park Kiwanis Club’s Youth Foundation for decades has sponsored the key club members of Huntington Park High School, South Gate High School and the newest Linda Marquez High School.
Every year the scholarships are designed to help graduating seniors who are members of the Key Club International. The Youth Foundation appreciates the generous donors who dedication to the Kiwanis Family, education and community services makes these scholarships possible.
The recipients have been actively involved in volunteering their time and fundraising on community-wide events such as the Walk For Hunger, American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Tree Planting, Food Basket and Toy Giveaways to less fortunate families, and other activities as needed in the community.
About Kiwanis International
The Kiwanis Club international are established not only across the United States, but also across 80 nations around the world. Kiwanis Club participates in thousands of service projects every year, raising an estimated $167 million for their various communities. The precise activities and Kiwanis Club scholarship in which each local chapter participates in can vary. Even so, around the country, thousands of youth benefit from the activities of various local Kiwanis Clubs.