What currently seems to be at issue in Santa Monica is the awakening of a quite disengaged electorate, rousted out of the hammock by a dramatic increase in development and traffic congestion over a very short period of time, and the impact too drastic to be ignored.
Then there is the rather entrenched group of politicians, city planners, city employees, civic leaders, who have had fairly free reign to call the shots for a long time unencumbered by noisy protests reflecting a large percentage of the voting population.
Hence we’re a community in transition. Cruelly uncivil individuals must be encouraged to stop their behavior so that as this all levels out, civil discourse becomes the norm between an engaged electorate and their representatives at City Hall.
Mary Kay Gordon