LOS ANGELES - The State Supreme Court on July 30th dismissed a lawsuit filed by the City of South Gate, et al., against the Cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA). The suit challenged the governance structure of the ACTA Governing Board.
South Gate et al., appealed the case to the State Supreme Court after it was dismissed last October by a three-judge panel of the Second District Court of Appeal. The panel's ruling gave the cities and ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles broad discretion in structuring a joint powers authority to oversee the construction of the Alameda Corridor.
"We are very pleased with the State Supreme Court's ruling. The decision not only re-affirms the previous decision of the Second District Court of Appeal, it removes one more hurdle for the project and ensures that we will continue to move forward with design and construction of the Alameda Corridor on schedule," said Long Beach Councilman Jeff Kellogg, who also serves as chairman of the ACTA Governing Board.
The Alameda Corridor consolidates the operations of two freight rail carriers and eliminates more than 200 grade crossings, creating a 20-mile high-speed, high-capacity corridor connecting the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the transcontinental rail center in downtown Los Angeles. It is estimated that the Alameda Corridor will create up to 10,000 construction-related jobs. Additional trade activity resulting from port growth could generate as many as 700,000 jobs in Southern California by the year 2020.