City and Port officials from Long Beach and Los Angeles and elected officials
from the region paid tribute Thursday to Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy
Svorinich Jr., the outgoing Chairman and eight-year member of the Alameda
Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) Governing Board.
Svorinich leaves the Los Angeles City Council on June 30
because of term limits and therefore must relinquish his ACTA post.
Svorinich, who served four terms as Chairman of the Governing Board,
played key roles generating political support for the project, evaluating
proposals for major contracts and monitoring construction progress – helping
to transform the Alameda Corridor from a planning project to a full-scale
construction project that is on budget and on schedule to open in April 2002.
"We will miss
Councilman Svorinich for not only his steady support but also his leadership and
institutional knowledge of the project,” ACTA Chief Executive Officer James C.
Among the many
tributes and letters of thanks to Svorinich from elected officials was an entry
in the Congressional Record by Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Long Beach, acknowledging
Svorinich, whose 15th
Council District includes the Port of Los Angeles, called the project “a huge
undertaking that will provide widespread benefits to not only the ports, but all
of Southern California and the rest of the nation by improving the flow of
goods. I am particularly proud that
the project is providing job training to 1,000 local residents and employing
many disadvantaged businesses in the region; these are tangible benefits for
real people and real companies.”
“I am honored to have had this opportunity to contribute to a project
of such significance, and I am confident the Alameda Corridor is in good hands.
I look forward to attending the grand opening next April.”
ACTA, a partnership
between the ports and cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles, is building a
20-mile-long railroad cargo expressway from the ports to the transcontinental
rail yards near downtown Los Angeles. The $2.4 billion project will speed the
flow of cargo and reduce traffic congestion by eliminating conflicts at more
than 200 street-level railroad crossings.
PHIL HAMPTON (562) 435-5551
MARIA MORENO (310)