The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to continue the use of 400 parking spaces until December 19th in Beach Lot 5 South for a Santa Monica College (SMC) park-and-ride shuttle operation. The park and ride shuttle operation moved on August 29th to Beach Lot 5 South at 2600 Barnard Way, near Ocean Park Boulevard, in Santa Monica — by agreement with the city — after losing another remote lot. Santa Monica College had previously been using a site at Santa Monica Airport, but the area was no longer available after construction of a public park started last fall, Santa Monica College president Dr. Chui Tsang said. Parking first became an issue when the college was left without 920 parking spaces as a result of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The college shuttle operation — which uses Santa Monica Big Blue Buses — operates from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and some area residents are unhappy with the Big Blue Bus noise and “environmental intrusion,” which pass through Ocean Park. Beach Lot 5 South is near a community of apartments and homes, including the Ocean Park neighborhood and Sea Colonies I, II and III. Thirty-year Santa Monica resident David Birney, who lives in Ocean Park, said he opposes the continuation of college use of Beach Lot 5 South. “The program is ill-conceived, thoughtlessly planned and executed, environmentally...Read More
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