Grammy award-winning music icon Jody Watley surprised attendees as the event emcee at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) .. Read the full feature on SHEEN Magazine
Metro LA: “After decades of going without rail transit, I’m proud to lead Metro as it delivers the K Line to Crenshaw, Inglewood, and all the other south Los Angeles communities.” said Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of Metro. “We’re eternally grateful to the area’s residents and businesses for hosting us in the community during a long and technically complex construction period. I know the K Line will be well used and well loved by these communities and the rest of Los Angeles County for decades to come.”
Grammy award-winning music icon Dr. Jody Watley officiated Metro’s opening ceremony today with members of the community and officials.
“I was thrilled to be part of this historic opening of Metro’s K-Line,” Watley said. “The day was very special for me. I am a local to this area. I attended and graduated from Dorsey High School, which is just minutes from the new station. My Mom and I know first hand what it was like to not have transportation options back in the day.”
This was decades In the making with Metro and the community with CEO Stephanie Wiggins at the helm to get it to the finish line. Well done to all involved connecting south LA and also bringing local residents into the union Building Trades careers with additional jobs and opportunities for small business which have always been key in the area.
The program included Crenshaw High Mighty Marching Cougars, Motherland Drum White Hall Academy young adult choir, Metro Color Guard, Rev. John Cager (Pastor Ward AME Church) Rabbi Sarah Hronsky (Senior Rabbi Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village), Rev. Rene J. Molina (English Pastor Restoration Los Angeles Church), Rt. Rev Alexei Smith (Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Officer, Archdiocese Los Angeles). Chair Ara Narjarian, Metro Board First Vice Chair Jacquelyn Dupont Walker, Senator Alex Padilla, Assembly Member Isaac Bryan of 54th Assembly, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Mayor Garcetti, Metro Board Member Mike Bonin, Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Member James T. Butts, Metro Arts Program Artists, State Senator Steven Bradford, Council Member Heather Hutt, Councilman Marquess Harris Dawson, Director of Caltrans Tony Tavares, Editorial & Communications Director of Los Angeles / Orange County Anne-Marie Otey, Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. Metro.net