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Shell Oil Pledges $10 Million to Rebuilding L.A. : Commerce: The effort will include three $2-million 'super stations' plus job training facilities in the South-Central area.

September 04, 1992|JUBE SHIVER Jr. | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Shell Oil Co. on Thursday proposed building three huge, $2-million "super stations" and job training facilities in South-Central Los Angeles as part of a $10-million, four-year effort to help the city rebuild from the spring riots.

The proposal, which follows other multimillion-dollar post-riot financial commitments by companies such as Southern California Edison and the Hughes Electronics unit of General Motors Corp., was announced at a Crenshaw Boulevard news conference attended by Mayor Tom Bradley, Rebuild L.A. co-chairman Bernard Kinsey and officials of Houston-based Shell.

"We see it as good business to continue our presence and develop a closer relationship with the community," said Bill Schutzenhofer, marketing vice president at Shell, which has about 640 service stations in the Los Angeles area.

Under Shell's revitalization program, four riot-damaged Shell service stations will be rebuilt and the company will break ground this year on its first $2-million super station and job training center targeted at high school students.

The location of the superstation and adjacent job training facility has not yet been determined. But a Shell official said the company is looking at four or five sites in South-Central Los Angeles, where the facility will train up to 150 students a year for entry-level retail jobs, starting in early 1993, Schutzenhofer said.

The super station will offer expanded customer services tailored to the neighborhood, such as convenience stores, postal services, check cashing, fax machines and "all of the things people need in the community and can't get readily now," Schutzenhofer said.

Shell officials said the company plans to build two additional super stations and job training centers in South-Central--at a cost of $2 million each--during the next three years.

Shell officials said the company has pledged almost $1 million over the next four years to support educational programs for young people in the area.

The company also said that it is working with the Los Angeles Unified School District to form a partnership with a South-Central high school and the middle schools feeding it. In addition, Shell said it is working with the school district on other plans, including manpower assistance to help elementary and middle school teaching programs.

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