Santa Monica City Council approves extension forSM College beach parking

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...

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