Give It Up, City!
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At tonight’s City Council meeting, the staff will ask the Council to
“1. Authorize the City Manager to continue to work with the Exposition Construction Authority (Expo) to further explore and mitigate the effects of the proposed Phase 2 Exposition Light Rail maintenance facility, including the proposed alternative concept ‘hybrid’ maintenance facility site which consists of the Verizon property and the Santa Monica College (SMC) parking lot as the location for the maintenance facility… Such an alternative will include a tightly configured storage and maintenance facility on the Verizon/SMC site adjacent to the railroad right of way, and a linear buffer of 100 – 110 feet for most of the frontage facing residents on Exposition Boulevard…?
City manager Lamont Ewell is a very smart and capable executive, but he’s not a magician, and only a magician could make the site acceptable. Mere mitigation won’t do it.
Read the Open Letter from PNA (below). Quite simply, it’s the wrong location. There are several other more suitable locations on the Expo right of way, and it’s time for the City to pay more attention to its residents than to the Espo tean,