Eyes on Campus – Roadways, Robots and Parking

Kevin Reynolds / Roundup

From new club groups to new campus policies to parking problems and even new buildings everyday new things are happening at Pierce College.

Unfortunately so many things are usually happening that many of them go unnoticed by students.

Throughout the semester I will try to keep students informed about what is new at Pierce College.

To begin I would like to draw your attention to parking Lot 7 in which at some point they installed parking that is designated for car pool parking.

I suppose this was intended as a sort of green initiative but it is a poor attempt and robs students of much needed parking spots in an already over crowded parking lot.

Just one of the problems lies in how do you possibly enforce something like that? Unless they post sheriffs at the designated spots around the clock, which would just be impractical.

Parking on campus is bad enough with more students attending classes than parking available.

So why take more spots away for something that can’t really be monitored and that not everyone has the option of.

I don’t have anyone who goes to classes at the same time as I do. So I couldn’t car pool even if I wanted to. I’m sure there are plenty of other students on campus who have the same issue.

Now I would like to mention the construction. I know what many are thinking not another person complaining.

But my complaints are different I like what they are doing. The new Mall area and the Student Services Building are beautiful.

No, my complaint is the sporadic nature of what is being blocked off. I don’t know how to get to my classes from one day to the next.

I’m sure that there is a plan in what seems random to me but I wish they would issue some sort of alert each time they blocked off a new area.

Another new development on campus is the creation of a new “Robot” club.  I’ve been unable to get in contact with the club yet so I will be looking into it and will have more info on this in the future.

Pierce College President Kathleen Burke-Kelly has requested permission from the LACCD to make changes to the roadway connecting to Mason Avenue near parking Lot 7 to El Rancho Road.

The changes are to keep non-students from using the campus to bypass traffic on Victory Boulevard.

I personally haven’t noticed any problems concerning drives using the campus as a bypass, however even if they are I think if this passes it will be a bigger inconvenience to students than a help.

For many students the entrance and exit on Mason is the easiest route to and from school.

Blocking Mason would mean many would have to battle traffic using the other exit on victory closer to Winnetka which can be quite dangerous especially if you are trying to make a left.

Perhaps we can worry less about non-students using the campus roadways and more about the convenience to the students who use the roads.