A day at Diemer. Photo by retired employee Larry LaCom.
A weekly newsletter by and for Metropolitan employees
September 23, 2019
Construction At and Around Union Station
Metropolitan employees who arrive at Union Station each day are seeing lots of construction and changes. Some are part of the seismic upgrade at our HQ building . But just next door, a major overhaul of Los Angeles’s historic Union Station i s also moving forward.

Some of the work includes an LED lighting upgrade project in the main entrance areas and historic patio, expanded restrooms in the Passenger Concourse, and a careful restoration of the historic windows and metals at the main building.

Construction is also underway on a new Silver Line platform in the median of the El Monte Busway.

And in the next few months, work will begin on the Cesar Chavez Bus Stop improvement project, a transit pavilion at the southeast corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Vignes Streets. 

Future projects include Union Station Forecourt and Esplanade Improvements and Link US , which will add new “run-through” tracks over the 101 freeway to reduce the amount of time trains spend idling at the station, allowing more trains to pass through the station. The work will also expand the passageway under the train tracks.

Interested in learning more about Union Station? The LA Conservancy has a great two and a half hour walking tour every Saturday at 10 am. “It’s a user-friendly tour that gives you the architectural and historical highlights,” says Los Angeles Conservancy program coordinator Alex Inshishian.

Or, spend a few minutes watching this video of the “ Mayor of Union Station .”

Thanks to former Metropolitan employee Sherita Coffelt, who is now Director of Communications for Metro, for helping with this article.
Reprographics Repurposed
The value of Metropolitan’s Reprographics department is reflected in a growing portfolio of high-quality brochures and reports, stationary, signage, businesses products and branded items. That's all thanks to an in-house print team has been expanding the range of services and products offered while helping to produce all-around savings for the district.

The department has grown with new staff and equipment, the implementation of improved processes, and a commitment to excellent customer service.

Reprographics’ revamp began a few years ago when retirements and reassignments led to a one-man show, with Oscar Real doing a great job of meeting the District’s printing needs while recruitments and changes were underway.

The first new hire was Senior Reprographics Technician Raul Valdez in 2017. Raul brought strong document scanning, shipping and mail experience. His favorite part of joining the team has been learning from his colleagues.

In 2018, Juan Espinoza was hired. He brought more than 30 years of experience, including owning his own printing business. As a Reprographics Technician II, Juan’s favorite part of the job is turning ideas into finished products. “I like to help create ideas that help promote a person, team or project.”

When asked their favorite new offering, the team’s answer was easy: “No more chargebacks,” meaning that individual departments at Metropolitan are no longer charged for their printing requests.

To submit a request for work, search for the “Imaging Services Request” e-form on the district’s Intramet.

For questions, contact Reprographics at ext. 77931.
Using Experience and Skills to Find the Write Path
Unless you’ve written a manual or technical report, you probably don’t realize how much expertise it takes to accurately explain complex information. Luckily for Metropolitan, a talented staff of five employees in Document Services are experts at technical writing.

At the helm of that team is Dr. Anthea Lee, who spent 13 years doing research in Water Quality’s Microbiology Unit when the writing bug bit. How does a self-proclaimed ‘lab rat’ go from applied microbiology research to managing the Technical Writing Team? "It just happens,” she modestly answers.

While Anthea makes it sound easy, it's the result of years of hard work. At the University of Michigan, she focused her studies on diseases and public health. She then went to Stanford Medical School where she studied bacterial pathogens, followed by post-doctoral work at Caltech in geomicrobiology, concentrating on the influence of bacteria on corrosion.

Still wondering how this all led to technical writing? With the goal of editing scientific articles, Anthea signed up for UC San Diego’s copy editing certificate program. Even though she discovered a joy for writing, it took a while before she decided to apply for the team manager position she now holds.

The same way things naturally pieced themselves together for Anthea in her current job, they’ve come together for her latest hobby - quilting with a purpose in the Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge - which provides homemade blankets to hospitalized children. Participants get a pattern and weekly instructions on how to make a quilt block. After seven weeks, they get final assembly instructions and the mystery quilt is revealed. Anthea is on her third quilt challenge and looks forward to many more. 
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