Many residents are aware of the large number of campers and cars that have parked along Pacific Coast Highway between Coastline and Topanga.
Residents have voiced concern not only about the safety hazard they present, but also about taking away parking from those who might like to stop and look at the Pacific Ocean.
L.A. County has asked the Coastal Commission for restricted parking in this area.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s District Director Stephanie Cohen spoke at the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Task force meeting on October 10, in Santa Monica.
Cohen said a hearing will be held by the Coastal Commission on October 17 in Chula Vista to see if there is a merit to restrict parking along PCH.
Per the Coastal Commission website the project description is: To authorize the implementation of parking restrictions and associated regulatory signage along a 0.7-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) that would prohibit parking on the landward side of PCH between 12 and 2 a.m. and prohibit parking on the seaward side of PCH between 2 and 4 a.m. daily.
Cohen said at the PCH Meeting, “Hopefully we’ll get the parking signs approved.”
You can voice your support by sending a letter that supports L.A. County’s move to restrict long-term parking along the coast.
In writing a letter to the Coastal Commission, it is important to address beach access issues rather than concerns about public safety.
One might mention that 1) parking has been limited to all beachgoers because of the people who park for weeks and months on the coast: 2) by restricting hours it opens up coastal access that has been hindered by long-term parking; 3) the suggested hours institute less restrictive parking restrictions than what exists on the beach side currently; or 4) if you have any stories from friends, family or visitors of the area who have expressed concern over not being able to access the beach because of long-term parked vehicles.
Cohen said that “Supervisor Kuehl will be submitting a letter to the Commission and I will be attending with the County Department of Public Works Director to speak on behalf of the ‘applicant (County of LA).’”
If the Coastal Commission denies the appeal from Pamela Gayle Johnson for unlimited parking, then the County can move forward and posts the signs.
Your letters must be emailed to Stephanie Cohen SCohen@bos.lacounty.gov by Tuesday, October 15, so she can print them out and hand them to the commissioners. Letters must include the agenda number (TH17a) and application number (A-4-MMT-19-0182).