adults have removed more than 6,000 pounds of litter, 5,000 pounds of weeds, and
82 shopping carts from Compton Creek and received valuable training under the
unique Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps program.
A total of 52 young men and women have enrolled in the program, which is
evaluating requests for future beautification projects such as tree planting,
graffiti eradication and debris pickup.
The Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps is a joint effort involving the
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), the Conservation Corps of Long
Beach and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. ACTA, a partnership between the
cities and ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, is building a 20-mile-long rail
cargo expressway between the ports and the rail yards near downtown Los Angeles.
Launched in April, the program will recruit, train and employ 200 young
adults (ages 18-23) over the course of one year. Recruits are paid minimum wage
while working 32-36 hours per week on 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 diploma.
The ACTA Governing Board received a status report on the program during a
regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.
"I am pleased to say the Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps is
exceeding our very high expectations," ACTA Chief Executive Officer James
C. Hankla said. "We are looking forward to continued excellent performance
as the program matures."
The program is divided into four three-month segments with approximately 50
participants in each, for a total of 200 participants over the course of one
year. After three months, participants 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 apprenticeship program.
Assistance is provided in tracking jobs and applying for grants and loans.
Participants must be residents of Corridor Communities.
"Not only are we beautifying Corridor Communities, but the Conservation
Corps program also provides a valuable service to young adults who often face
difficulties continuing their education and entering the job market," said
Long Beach City Councilman Jeffrey A. Kellogg, who serves as the ACTA Governing
"We are providing benefits to Corridor communities that go well beyond
actual construction of the Alameda Corridor," said Governing Board Vice
Chairman Rudy Svorinich Jr., a Los Angeles City Councilman.
ACTA is providing $1.2 million in funding while the two Corps chapters are
administering the program. 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
To recruit for the program, the Corps has reached out to Corridor Communities
and leased a satellite office at 3215 N. Alameda Street in Compton. Before
beginning any site work, Alameda Corridor Conservation Corps crews are trained
in safety and provided helmets, goggles, work boots and uniforms.
The current work along Compton Creek extends from the Los Angeles River in
Carson to the area just north of State Route 91 in Compton, a stretch of
approximately three miles.
ACTA and Conservation Corps officials have solicited requests from Corridor
communities for beautification projects. Among the selection criteria are that
projects not displace existing employees or contractors, that they carry
significant community benefit and that work can start immediately.
The $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor will speed the flow of cargo and reduce
traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts at more than 200 street-level
railroad crossings. It is on budget and on schedule for completion in April
For additional information:
Conservation Corps of Long Beach, Executive Director Mike Bassett, (562)
Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Executive Director Bruce Saito, (213)
362-9000, ext. 203.