Westchester Streetscape project begins
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-South Los Angeles, helped break ground March 28 on a public works project that she helped secure $1 million in federal funds to replace the sidewalk and plant new trees along a stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester.
Waters joined Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and members of the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association, who worked with her to secure the grant back in 2008.
The long-awaited project started earlier this year when crews removed 17 ficus trees on the west side of Sepulveda. The tree removal cleared the way for work to begin on a new sidewalk from 80th Street to 84th Place. The overgrown trees will be replaced with new ones that will cause less damage to the sidewalks.
Citing the project's proximity to Los Angeles International Airport, Waters said, "This is the first community that most travelers see upon arriving in Los Angeles, and the last one they see before they depart our city."
"Until this project began, when tourists, business people, and Angelenos arrived at LAX, and came into the city via Sepulveda, they were greeted by the out of control ficus trees and the buckling sidewalks," she added.
"I am very happy to congratulate everyone who came together, stayed focused on the goal, and made it happen including Councilmember Rosendahl; John Ruhlen, president of the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association; and Sheila Mickelson, president of the Westchester Democratic Club," Waters said. "They all worked tirelessly to get this project off the ground and I hope that it will greatly enhance the look and feel of this community for years to come."
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