The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board unanimously approved Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomasí proposal March 26th to establish a local hiring program for large construction projects funded with federal economic stimulus dollars.

The vote came a month after Ridley-Thomas, during a meeting of the Board of Supervisors, urged the hiring of at-risk youth with federal stimulus funding.

He directed William Fujioka, the countyís chief executive officer, to develop actions to ensure that the use of federal economic stimulus package funds will create jobs, job training and other similar public benefits for at-risk youth.

In his motion to the MTA board, Ridley-Thomas, who represents Mar Vista and parts of Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey, said the ìintent of the funding is to promote economic development in Los Angeles County and to provide employment opportunities for local residents.î

As part of the delivery of federal economic stimulus dollars, the MTA will receive funding to carry out a number of ìshovel readyî projects throughout its service area, a Ridley-Thomas spokesperson said. The intent of the funding is to promote economic development in the county and to provide employment opportunities for local residents.

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