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LACTC JOINS FIRST AFRICAN METHODIST-EPISCOPAL CHURCH TO PROVIDE FREE TAXI SERVICE TO COMMUNITIES HIT BY CIVIL DISTURBANCE

LACTC JOINS FIRST AFRICAN METHODIST-EPISCOPAL CHURCH TO PROVIDE FREE
 TAXI SERVICE TO COMMUNITIES HIT BY CIVIL DISTURBANCE
 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As a part of its commitment to rebuilding Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) has allocated $130,000 to provide a free taxi coupon for families still affected by the civil disturbance of April 1992.
 The program, administered through the First African Methodist- Episcopal Church (First A.M.E.), provides free taxi rides to families or individuals who need transportation for childcare centers, shops, doctors, pharmacies and other locations which have become inconvenient due to the loss of some local facilities.
 "Several months after the civil unrest, many stores have yet to reopen. While efforts to rebuild the structures and services lost continue, we must find ways of assisting residents with transportation to stores, doctors and childcare centers. For senior citizens and others dependent upon public transportation, this free taxi ride service provided by the LACTC is crucial to our on-going recovery from the civil disturbance," Mayor Tom Bradley said today.
 "This program is a priority to the communities who are still in the process of recovery," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, chairman of the LACTC. "This allocation will provide approximately 13,000 taxi rides during 60 days. About 200 families will be using the service each day. This is the type of program that makes a real difference in a community."
 "Transportation is a key component in the life of a community," said Cecil L. "Chip" Murray, senior minister of the First A.M.E. Church. "It's gratifying to us to assist the residents of the communities affected by the recent disturbances by administering this taxi program which will help them obtain basic necessities."
 The free taxi coupon program is being funded for 60 days from Aug. 15 through Oct. 15, with Proposition A funds. The 24-hour program expands, throughout the Los Angeles County area, the service provided by Operation Food Basket, that was originally limited to South Central.
 Residents may obtain the taxi coupons through any of 42 social service and religious organizations located in Los Angeles County.
 Each coupon has a value of $7 which will cover the cost of a four-mile trip for up to five passengers. Passengers will be allowed to use up to two coupons per trip.
 Residents of areas affected by the disturbance are eligible for $28 worth of coupons per month. To qualify, affected residents only need to give their name, address and telephone number to the social agency or church providing the coupon.
 "This taxi program is one component of an overall effort initiated by the LACTC to expedite provision of transportation services to affected areas," said Neil Peterson, LACTC's executive director.
 The LACTC was one of the early supporters of the Operation Food Basket taxi program with a $40,000 donation from privately raised funds from the "New Transportation for a New Century" conference held last year.
 The transportation commission also funded a Shopping Emergency Shuttle, SCRTD Line 625, to transport people to five Food Distribution Centers in South Central Los Angeles. Other projects in support of Rebuild L.A. include a Summer Job Program for youths living in South Central Los Angeles; acceleration of construction of the Metro Red Line Segment Two and revitalization of land parcels and buildings adjacent to Metro Rail stations.
 A list of community organizations that will distribute the coupons follows:
 Director: Mattie Sheaphard
 Watts Senior Center
 1660 E. 99th St., L.A., CA 90002
 213-564-9440
 Director: Rev. Chang
 Oriental Mission Church
 434 N. Western Ave., L.A., CA
 Laurie Hayashi
 Catholic Charities
 1400 W. Ninth St., L.A., CA 90015
 213-251-2667
 Director: Jan Gordon
 Peoples Coordinated Multi Purpose Senior Center
 5133 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90043
 213-294-5226
 Director: Lourees Saab
 Hispanic Women's Council
 5803 E. Beverly Blvd., L.A., CA 90022
 213-725-1657
 Director: Lillian Mobley
 South Central Multi Purpose Senior Center
 7813 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90001
 213-583-5908
 Director: Joe Hicks
 Southern Christian Leadership Conference
 4181 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90062
 213-295-8582
 Director: Betsy Pfromm
 Los Angeles Child Guidance Center
 746 W. Adams, L.A., CA 90007
 213-749-4111
 Bishop Charles Blake, Contact: Rev. Hutchson
 West Angeles Church of God and Christ
 3045 S. Crenshaw Blvd., L.A., CA 90016
 213-733-8300
 Director: Ms. Lyle
 Bradley Multipurpose Senior Center
 10937 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90059
 213-563-5630
 Director: Gary Franklin
 Theresa Lindley Multi Purpose Senior Center
 4515 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90011
 213-846-1920
 Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray, Contact: Rev. Jackson
 First A.M.E. Church
 2270 S. Harvard Ave., L.A., CA
 213-735-1251
 Director: Danny Bakewell, Contact: Leo Gray
 The Brotherhood Crusade
 200 E. Slauson Ave., L.A., CA 90011
 213-231-2171
 The Koreatown Emergency Relief Center
 141 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., CA 90004
 213-487-5323
 Brigadier Whiteside
 Salvation Army Senior Relief Organization
 906 N. Francisco, L.A., CA 90015
 213-627-3741
 Rev. Chaney/Mertyl Goodwyn
 Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
 6614 S. Western Ave., L.A., CA 90047
 213-753-3189, fax: 753-1015
 Millie Culver
 Paradise Baptist Church
 5100 S. Broadway, L.A., CA 90037
 213-231-4366, fax: 213-231-2622
 Yvonne Montgomery
 Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
 2009 W. Martin L. King Blvd., L.A., CA 90062
 213-293-6448, fax: 213-293-6605
 Doris Jackson/James
 Ebony Missionary Baptist Church
 8016 S. Figueroa St., L.A., CA 90003
 213-752-9310
 Beverly Barnwell
 Faithful Central Baptist Church
 6100 S. Hoover St., L.A., CA 90044
 213-753-2486, fax: 213-750-1270
 Joseph Moss/Crytaline Weaver
 Bethel AME Church
 7900 S. Western Ave., L.A., CA 90047
 213-750-3240
 Rev. Daniels
 Friendly Friendship Baptist Church
 10101 S. Avalon Blvd., L.A., CA 90003
 213-756-4088
 Rev. Louis Chase
 Lynwood United Methodist Church
 4207 Carlin Ave., Lynwood, CA 90262
 213-638-5163
 James Baker
 Maranatha Community Church
 3800 Martin Luther King Blvd., L.A., CA 90008
 213-295-4044 ext. 102, fax: 213-291-9091
 Brenda Marsh
 African American Unity Center
 944 W. 53rd Street, L.A., CA 90037
 213-789-7300
 Father Paul Benet
 St. Brigid's Catholic Church
 5214 S. Western Ave., L.A., CA 90062
 213-292-0781
 Rev. Edgar Boyd
 Bethel AME Church
 7900 S. Western Ave., L.A., CA 90047
 213-750-3240
 Sister Ford/Linda Williams
 Greater Bethany Community Church
 8422 S. Hoover St., L.A., CA 90044
 213-750-0523
 Lorna Green
 Normandie Church of Christ
 6307 S. Normandie Ave., L.A., CA
 213-758-3004
 Rev. Woods
 Ebony Baptist Church
 8020 S. Figueroa St., L.A., CA 90003
 213-752-9310
 Rev. James Lawson Jr.
 Holman United Methodist Church
 3320 W. Adams Blvd., L.A., CA 90018
 213-731-7285
 Amela Leon
 St. Barnabas Senior Center
 675 S. Carondolet
 213-388-4444
 LaFayette Senior Citizen Center
 625 S. LaFayette Park Place, L.A., 90057
 213-387-9426
 Oscar Andrade
 El Rescate
 1340 S. Bonnie Brae, L.A. 90006
 213-387-3284
 Madilyn Jamis
 Central American Refuge Center
 660 S. Bonnie Brae, L.A. 90006
 213-266-3104
 E.S. Chung/Steve Kim
 Korean Senior Center
 2847 W. 8th St., L.A. 90005
 Guillermo Rodriguez
 Clinica Oscar Romero
 2675 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 90005
 213-384-3807
 Alex Salazar
 International Institute
 435 S. Boyle Ave., L.A. 90033
 213-264-6210
 Robert Crockett
 Florence Firestone Multi Purpose Center
 7807 S. Compton Ave., L.A., CA 90001
 213-586-6501
 Roland York
 Willowbrook Senior Citizen Center
 12915 Jarvis Ave., L.A., CA 90061
 310-603-3358
 Howard Wilson
 Rancho Dominguez Multi Purpose Center
 4513 E. Compton, CA 90221
 310-603-7401
 Karen Olen
 Carson/Samoan Service Center
 404 E. Carson St., CA 90745
 310-834-6403
 Betty Kozasa
 Asian Service Center
 14112 Kingsley Dr., Gardena, CA 90247
 310-217-7302
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 /CONTACT: Clara Potes-Fellow, 213-244-6566, or Stephanie Brady, 213-244-6792, both of LACTC/ CO: Los Angeles County Transportation Commission ST: California IN: SU:


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