Culver City Councilmember Scott Malsin announced today that he has earned the support of both Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and MTA Board Member Pam O’Connor, two of Los Angeles’ most prominent leaders on transportation issues.
“Regional cooperation is extraordinarily important to Culver City’s future. I’m honored to have earned the support of Supervisor Yaroslavsky and Board Member O’Connor, two of Southern California’s most respected leaders.”
Supervisor Yaroslavsky serves with Scott as a Board Member of the Westside Cities Council of Governments and the Expo Line Construction Authority. He is also a member of the MTA Board. “Every day it becomes more and more evident that the only way forward is through regional cooperation,” Yaroslavsky stated. “As Chair of the Westside Cities Council of Governments, Scott has been a real consensus builder. He has been a strong and effective advocate for regional solutions to the gridlock that impacts us all. I am pleased to endorse him. His leadership means a lot to the region, not just to Culver City.”
Similarly, O’Connor, who is Santa Monica’s Mayor Pro Tem as well as a member of the MTA Board and the Expo Construction Authority, said she values Malsin’s leadership. “Scott brings a special combination of vision and smarts to the Expo meetings. He’s a valuable member of the board and a very effective advocate for Culver City.”
Malsin said he is proud of the progress that has been made on transportation issues, but said there is much more to be done.
“The State and County have allocated $50 million to make the Culver City Expo line aerial station a reality, and we have received major grants for projects such as traffic signal modernization and street and transit improvements,” he said. “We must continue to aggressively seek federal, state and county funding for transportation projects. Regional problems require regional solutions. Working with our regional partners, we can make a difference.”
To illustrate that point, Malsin pointed to the interjurisdictional working group he helped create, a unique partnership with the City and County of Los Angeles. The group has created a list of high-priority short- and long-term projects; work is expected to begin on some of them this year.
“Supervisor Yaroslavsky and Board Member O’Connor have provided strong leadership, bringing our region together and moving it forward,” Malsin said. “Their support means a great deal to me, and I look forward to working with them in the years to come.”