LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Approximately 2,500 trees will be planted along the route of the Alameda
Corridor under a unique Conservation Corps program expanded Thursday to provide
job experience to 410 young adults.
Launched in June 2000, the Alameda
Corridor Conservation Corps has provided education and jobs to 225 local young
men and woman (ages 18-23). Crews
have eradicated graffiti, cleaned vacant lots and removed thousands of tons of
debris from communities up and down the route of the Alameda Corridor.
The program a joint effort
involving the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), the Conservation
Corps of Long Beach and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps was originally
scheduled for one year ending on May 31, 2001.
But it has been so successful that the ACTA Governing Board extended the
contract through May 30, 2002 and agreed to provide an additional $1.1 million
in funding enough to recruit and train an additional 185 young adults, for a
total to 410.
One of the projects will be to
plant and maintain 2,500 trees along the Alameda Corridor.
The Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps is directly
benefiting local communities not only by planting trees and removing debris but
also by providing more than 400 young adults with good jobs and the chance to
learn job skills that will last a lifetime, said ACTA Governing Board Chair Rudy
Svorinich, Jr., a member of the Los Angeles City Council.
ACTA, a partnership between the cities and ports of Long
Beach and Los Angeles, is building a 20-mile-long rail cargo expressway to speed
the flow of cargo between the ports and the rail yards near downtown and reduce
traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts at 200 street-level rail crossings.
The $2.4 billion project is on budget and on schedule to open in April
Alameda Corridor Conservations Corps recruits are paid
minimum wage while working 32-36 hours per week on various beautification
projects in Alameda Corridor Communities. For 6-10 hours per week, they also
receive training and education for example, credits toward a high school
After three months, recruits have the option to join the
Conservation Corps full-time, phase into a Long Beach or Los Angeles city
college program, or enroll in a business, vocational or trade school or
The Corps chapters administer the program with funding and
oversight provided by ACTA. The
Conservation Corps is a private non-profit company that provides youth with
training, education and work experience in a variety of areas, including
recycling, landscaping, sidewalk replacement and conservation programs.
Participants in the Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps
program must be residents of a Corridor Community. For more information, prospective applicants should call the
Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps program at (562) 986-1249 or stop by the
recruitment office at 3215 N. Alameda Street in Compton.
PHIL HAMPTON (562) 435-5551
MARIA MORENO (310)