Wednesday, September 24, 2008

From the Ashes of Struggle, a Seed of Green Growth for Crown Coach Site

I joined the City's Community Redevelopment Agency CEO Cecelia Estolano and Mayor Villaraigosa at the old Crown Coach site in CD14, which we’re hoping to turn into a hub of cutting-edge green technology. Located on the City’s eastside and sitting on 20 acres of land near 15th Street and Washington Boulevard, the site was once ground zero in an environmental justice battle between the Mothers of East Los Angeles and the state of California, which wanted to build a prison there. I’m going to work hard to make sure that besides bringing in businesses that offer clean and green technologies using green manufacturing, the proposed Los Angeles Cleantech Manufacturing Center must create jobs that can be filled locally. The Mothers of East Los Angeles fought too hard and too long for that not to happen.