[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Showers
Showers
55°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
March 19
1875, 1:35PM - Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez hanged in San Jose [story]
Tiburcio Vasquez


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has implemented a one-year pilot program to assist Metro-certified Small Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise firms secure sufficient bonding to work on Metro construction projects.

Metro will provide a bonding guarantee to qualified SBE, DBE and DVBE firms to expand their bonding capacity on Metro construction contracts as a prime contractor or subcontractors. The bonding program is applicable to all Metro construction contracts that require bonding.

The $1.3 million Contractor Development and Bonding Program will enable qualified entrepreneurs to successfully compete for construction-related contracts.

Metro is responding to concerns expressed by small business communities, who have noted that obtaining bonding for small contractors is deemed a barrier to participate in the agency’s construction contracts.

“Measure M is creating opportunities, and we want everyone to access them at this time of extraordinary growth,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “This program helps us make sure that all businesses — especially those that may have previously been overlooked — are part of the historic expansion of our transportation network.”

The CDBP will be managed by Metro’s Diversity and Economic Opportunity Department and will be administered by Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services.

Some of the firms that apply for Metro construction contracts are willing to and able to bid, compete for, work and complete public works construction contracts but are unable to do so due to the inability to secure the required bonding or because they cannot meet the strict financial requirements demanded by financial institutions.

Metro logoThis new initiative is the latest effort by Metro to increase small business participation on Metro projects.
“The adoption of the pilot Metro Contractor Development and Bonding Program is yet another effort to create economic opportunities for small businesses,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Building local contracting capacity is critical to enabling robust competition on Metro’s contracts.”

The program will require that participants be assessed and put through a strict evaluation process in order to determine the contractor’s creditworthiness. MWIS will assess the contractors.

The program will be available to all SBE/DBE/DVBE contractors and subcontractors and is applicable to all Metro construction contracts that require bonding. In addition, the pilot program will convene a series of in-depth clinics and contractor training programs tailored to Metro’s unique construction program.

Small businesses interested in obtaining bonding for a construction contract with Metro should contact Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services’ program administrator at 213-258-3000 or visit www.imwis.com.

About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, created in 1993, is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
    Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
    A quarantine has been placed on the barnyard at William S. Hart Park in Newhall and birds at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, due to the threat of Virulent Newcastle Disease.
    Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
    Los Angeles County residents have been receiving phone calls from alleged Los Angeles County Sheriff’s personnel.
    Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
    In a small library, deep in the basement of the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, Assessor Jeffrey Prang discovered 20 historic journals that will now become part of the collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).
    Monday, Mar 18, 2019
    March is recognized as Poison Prevention Awareness Month and National Poison Prevention Week is globally observed in the third week of March.
    Monday, Mar 18, 2019
    The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, March 19, starting at 9:30 a.m.

    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    The Lancaster JetHawks announced Monday that they will become “El Viento de Lancaster” for ten Friday night games throughout the 2019 season, as they celebrate local Hispanic and Latin culture in the Antelope Valley.
    JetHawks to Celebrate Hispanic, Latin Cultures with ‘El Viento de Lancaster’
    The Valencia High School Concert Band was selected to perform at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, March 17.
    Vikings Concert Band Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall
    The Southern California Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) is honoring Lundgren Management with a Project Achievement Award for its excellent work on the Santa Barbara City College New West Campus Center.
    Local Construction Firm Lauded for Santa Barbara City College Project
    Dust off your boots, and dance the night away at the city of Santa Clarita’s Line Dance Night, to be held at the Canyon Country Community Center on Saturday, April 6, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    April 6: Santa Clarita Line Dance Night at Canyon Country Community Center
    On Friday, Golden Valley High School’s competitive show choir team, Voltage, dominated the intermediate mixed division at the Los Alamitos 2019 Xtravaganza.
    Golden Valley’s Choir Dominates Los Alamitos 2019 Xtravaganza
    West Ranch High School’s Instrumental Music Program is excited to announce their inaugural Golf Tournament fundraiser to be held on Monday, April 22, at The Oaks Club at Valencia.
    April 22: West Ranch Instrumental Music Program’s Golf Fundraiser
    A quarantine has been placed on the barnyard at William S. Hart Park in Newhall and birds at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, due to the threat of Virulent Newcastle Disease.
    Hart Park’s Barnyard, Placerita Nature Center Birds Under Quarantine
    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station is honoring a fallen deputy. Forty-one years ago, SCV Sheriff's Deputy Arthur Pelino was shot and killed by a mentally deranged suspect.
    SCV Sheriff’s Honoring Fallen Deputy Arthur Pelino
    When Lisa Capella stumbled upon thousands of educational books in a school building that was waiting to be demolished, she knew something had to be done.
    Nearly 2,000 Educational Books Waiting to be Donated In Bulk
    Los Angeles County residents have been receiving phone calls from alleged Los Angeles County Sheriff’s personnel.
    Residents Warned of Jury Duty Scam
    Mary Jane Hartman, who has been volunteering with the SCV Senior Center since 1994, received the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award on Saturday from Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.
    Zonta Club Celebrates Women in Service
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Katie Hill, (D-Agua Dulce) announced Tuesday that CA-25 will be participating in the Congressional Art Competition, an annual nationwide competition for high schoolers sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
    SCV High School Students Urged to Take Part in Congressional Art Competition
    In a small library, deep in the basement of the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, Assessor Jeffrey Prang discovered 20 historic journals that will now become part of the collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM).
    Discovery of Historic Journals Offers Glimpse into LA County’s Past
    1875, 1:35PM - Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez hanged in San Jose [story]
    Tiburcio Vasquez
    The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's next Business After Hours mixer is set for L.A. Film Locations in Newhall on Wednesday, March 20, from 5:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    March 20: Chamber After Hours Mixer at L.A. Film Locations
    The next regular meeting of the Governing Board of William S. Hart Union High School District will take place Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
    March 20: Hart District Governing Board Regular Meeting
    Friday afternoon on a sunny, windy day in Placerita Canyon, the Mustangs rode Robert Winslow's strong right arm to an 11-1 victory over Hope International in the second game of a double-header. The Royals won the opener 7-3.
    Winslow Pitches Mustangs to Split with Hope Int’l
    March is recognized as Poison Prevention Awareness Month and National Poison Prevention Week is globally observed in the third week of March.
    March 18-24: National Pet Poison Prevention Week
    Homes 4 Families hosted its third Celebs4Vets Build at the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood off Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita on Saturday.
    Celebrities Help Build Homes for Veterans in SCV with Homes 4 Families
    Southern California Gas Co. announced Monday that it achieved the highest level of spend with diverse business enterprises in the history of the company, spending more than $673 million dollars with 583 diverse suppliers last year.
    SoCalGas Records More Spending with Diverse Suppliers Than Ever
    An eight-member jury on Friday found Apple infringed three of Qualcomm’s patents used in iPhones, awarding the San Diego-based company over $31 million in damages in the first U.S. jury trial of a global intellectual property dispute between the two technology giants.
    Qualcomm Awarded $31M in Patent Spat With Apple
    Rep. Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) has sent a letter to the Interior Board of Land Appeals requesting that immediate action be taken to resolve the dispute between the city of Santa Clarita and Cemex USA.
    Hill Picks Up Fight to Stop Cemex Mega-Mine in Soledad Canyon
    In a room filled with at least 75 young speechmakers, Santa Clarita students celebrated their city’s first ever World Speech Day on Saturday.
    Orators, Speechwriters Gather for First SCV World Speech Day Event
    The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce that Justine Tuncan, a Valencia High School junior, has become the team’s newest registered volunteer.
    Valencia Junior Joins AFS Intercultural Programs as Registered Volunteer
    Positioned in front of a backdrop sprinkled with NAIA logos, and wearing a lapel mic, Stephanie Soares tried to explain the Mustangs' staple defense.
    Women’s Hoops: TMU Advances to NAIA Quarterfinals for Second Time
    Feature films, reality TV shows and commercials among the productions filming in the Santa Clarita Valley aka "Hollywood North" the week of March 18-24, 2019.
    ‘Bless This Mess,’ ‘Murder for Hire,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Now Shooting in SCV
    The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, March 19, starting at 9:30 a.m.
    March 19: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
    In celebration of its 15 years of educating the students and community of Santa Clarita, Golden Valley High School held a quinceanera celebration Saturday.
    Golden Valley High School Celebrates Quinceanera
    Parents, coaches and eager, young chess masters crowded into the halls, patios and conference rooms of the Hyatt Regency Valencia for the annual Southern California SuperStates Scholastic State Chess Championships on Sunday.
    Young Chess Masters Flex Brains at SoCal State Championships
    Over the last few weeks, thousands of wildflower enthusiasts have descended on a small Southern California town to experience the “super bloom” of California poppies and other wildflowers brought on by a very wet winter.
    Poppy, Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Draws Crowds, Chaos in Lake Elsinore
    Four astronauts are preparing for their first spacewalks outside the International Space Station, scheduled for March 22, March 29 and April 8, and NASA experts will preview the spacewalks during a news conference on Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. PDT.
    March 19: NASA TV to Preview 3 Space Station Spacewalks
    In the wake of the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station stepped up patrols around local mosques and tried to reassure local Muslims.
    SCV Deputies Protect Mosques, SCV Muslims Send Flowers
    Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested two men on multiple felony charges after a traffic stop in Newhall on Friday morning, the station reported Sunday.
    2 Out-of-Towners Booked on Multiple Felonies in Newhall
    Caltrans continues to close portions of State Route 14 this week for a $6.6 million pavement rehabilitation project to improve the condition of the lanes and create a smoother ride for motorists.
    March 18-23: Nightly Lane Closures on Highway 14 for Road Rehab
    1919 - Swall Hotel in Newhall burns down (corner Main & Market) [story]
    Swall Hotel
    1927 - Newhall telephone exchange, est. 1900, now serves 100 phones [story]
    telephone