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Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.
"This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.
A federal program supplying extra weeks of benefits to the long-term unemployed expired at the end of 2013, and congressional Democrats were unable to revive the program. Many people who receive unemployment benefits, including roughly 220,000 Californians, received their last check on December 28.
Last Sunday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) gave a potent address honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a multi-faith event in Los Angeles, hosted by the Second Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor William Epps and the Political Clergy Council, led by Minister Tonette Henry. The event, entitled "A Tribute to a King," also featured California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) joined with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and local elected officials to break ground on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, for which she worked tirelessly to secure federal support. The federal government is expected to provide approximately $160 million for the project, as well as a $546 million loan, which will be repaid with local funds.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) will be the featured speaker at a community rally calling on Congress to extend Federal unemployment insurance benefits on Saturday, Jan. 25. The rally, hosted by a coalition of labor unions and community organizations, will be held in the parking lot of the California Employment Development Department at 11:00am PT.
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, expressing concerns about airport security in the aftermath of the tragic shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Copies of her letter were sent to Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee; Rep. Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee; Rep. Richard Hudson, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security; and Rep.
In the wake of last month's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a local congresswoman has called for improvements to airport security, including the permanent assignment of armed police officers near passenger screening checkpoints.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) also urged law enforcement officials to allow airport police to have access to all airport security cameras.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), a native of Kinloch, was on hand to give opening remarks for the 11th Annual Opening Door Awards on Friday, Dec. 6, hosted by the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.
During the event, the foundation provided $54,000 in scholarships to 18 students representing various multicultural communities throughout Greater Los Angeles and the Southern California region that have demonstrated academic success, leadership potential and financial need.
Max Kaplan, a 20-year-old Ivy League student who graduated from South High School, has earned a gold Congressional Award medal, one of only 236 awarded this year nationwide.
The honor is the highest Congress can award to youths aged 14 to 23, South Bay Rep. Maxine Waters said in presenting Kaplan with the award at a ceremony held this week at Torrance City Hall. The event was held during Kaplan's holiday break from Princeton University because he was unable to attend a ceremony in June in the nation's capital.
At a press conference prior to a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meeting, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) today joined with other elected officials and over 35 community organizations in urging board members to respectfully delay any action to replace the late Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte until following her services and interment.
Congresswoman Waters made the following statement: