BOT: New expo link, parking for AET

The Santa Monica College Board of Trustee members discussed the upcoming Expo Line leg for SMC, as well as a new administrative building and additional parking at the Airport Arts Campus during Tuesday night's meeting.

The final leg of the Expo Line will bring with it an extension dedicated to SMC. The stop at 17th St. and Colorado St. will be named 17th/Santa Monica College, said Don Girard, senior director of government relations and institutional communications.

Girard said that this addition will benefit students attending SMC from as far as Pasadena, East Los Angeles and the South Bay.

The board recognized the significance of this link, including trustee Louis Jaffe, who noted the downsizing of traffic around the college in the past few years, while mentioning the maintenance of the college's sustainability.

"We are managing to have the best of both worlds," Jaffe said.

According to the BOT agenda, car storage space at 3500 Airport Ave. will be made available for college parking, in light of the closing of the Academy of Entertainment and Technology campus and transference of those classes to the Bundy and Airport Arts campuses.

The board discussed the classification of a building bought for administrative purposes, at 919 Santa Monica Blvd., adjacent to the Performing Arts Campus.

Greg Brown, director of facilities planning, said that no classes will be held in the building.

Superintendent and President Chui L. Tsang has also agreed to hire 20 new faculty members at SMC over the next two years.

Lee Johnston, director of management information systems, resigned as of March 29.