West Los Angeles College is moving full speed ahead toward completion of their new parking structure atop the southeast corner of the campus. A new bus route was established up Stocker Road that caused a significant increase in the noise level for the bordering Culver Crest homes and after much discussion, a second temporary 20- foot sound wall was constructed to partially abate the noise.
Regarding the Stocker strip of land, it has come to the attention of all parties involved, after much coaxing by your C.C.N.A. Board to further look into this matter, that Southern California Edison has now acknowledged that the College owns the Stocker Road property plus an additional 10 to 13 feet of dirt on the Culver Crest side of Stocker. This means that the College will, if we request it, be able to build a permanent sound wall adjoining Stocker.
Additionally, Mark Rocha, President of the College, is hoping that the $3.5 billion bond issue on the November ballot will pass. This would provide $300 million for his College, which would enable it to construct new technology, cinema production, science and sport entertainment buildings, as well as a new physical education and fitness center. It would also allow them to build a second new parking structure and free up the land near the Overland entrance for other development. As neighbors of the College, we have to determine whether this is a good thing or not. While we all encourage furthering education, the question here remains at what expense? Will the added traffic and noise in our neighborhood be worth the gain? Your C.C.N.A. Board has and will continue to follow these developments closely to assure that we benefit from and are not victims of this major expansion program.