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Metrolink won't pay for crash memorial

May 15, 2009 6:44:03 AM PDT
Metrolink says it won't help pay for a Simi Valley memorial for those killed in the September 12, 2008, commuter train crash. The Ventura County Star reports Metrolink's CEO sent Simi Valley's city manager a letter saying because of the "regional nature" of Metrolink's operations it couldn't make a financial contribution to any city's memorial.

Simi Valley officials say the memorial is meant to honor all 25 of those killed in the Chatsworth crash, not just the 10 Simi Valley residents. The memorial will also honor those who died in the 2005 Metrolink crash in Glendale.

The Star reports Metrolink board chairman and Moorpark City Councilman Keith Milhouse says board members want a memorial that honors the victims of all Metrolink accidents.

The memorial was designed after a series of community meetings. It includes 11 basalt columns, one honoring all the victims and 10 honoring the Simi Valley residents who were killed. There will be 25 in-ground markers, one for each of the victims. A plaque will explain the memorial's significance, and there will be a shaded seating area.

The memorial would be built on the southeast corner of the grassy area of Simi Valley's Metrolink stop at Los Angeles Avenue. The estimated building cost is from $140,000 to $160,000.

The city of Simi Valley is now looking for other ways to pay for the memorial.

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