15 years ago, when BOCA first took affirmative steps to clean up and maintain the beach tunnels, a perennial problem was the use of the tunnels by transients for sleeping and prolonged encampment. Along with that came litter, use of the space as a latrine, and - for many Canyon residents, especially women - a sense of compromised safety. LAPD told us at the time that such activity was not legal on public walkways, but that in order to enforce the law, a "No Loitering" sign had to be posted at each end of both tunnels. That was accomplished, and the police regularly cleared the tunnel of encampments. But over the years, the No Loitering signs have been tagged, stickered, and even painted over.
In order to assure that LAPD can continue to monitor and clear the tunnels, BOCA's Environment Committee has asked the City to replace the signs. We'll let you know when that is accomplished.