Editor:

Just a few questions and thoughts from an outside observer for the citizens of Santa Monica, who have been unwaveringly waging a long-fought war to save what is left of their once beautiful city.

How many years have you been speaking before a City Council and Planning Commission dominated by members who have been bought and paid for by Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and developers? How is that working for you? Do you feel like you have accomplished even a fraction of what you want?

Can you not see that the pro-development officials and the developers are silently laughing in your faces because they know you have a snowball’s chance in hell of changing anything they, without your permission, have decided is good for you? Can you not see that the game is fixed and that you have been wasting extremely precious time trying to make a broken system work? Do you not realize that the more time you misdirect this way the more irreversible decisions will be made? Do you not get that you cannot wait until the next election?

Clearly you have but one choice, which is to concentrate every ounce of effort on recalling all of those that listen only to the developers that pay them “off the books” and not to the people who expect and now demand a truly fair city government that listens to its citizens. You have given those council members more than ample opportunity to shape up. Put their butts squarely in the gutter, where they most deservedly belong!

 

Norm Willis

Venice, Calif.

 

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