Three major developers are spending more than $100,000 to re-elect Terry O’Day and Gleam Davis to the City Council. As the pop-up organization called Santa Monicans United for a Responsible Future, they are flooding mailboxes with slick flyers for the two and “me-too” Shari Davis.
While the candidates claim they have no control of the efforts, why would the developers pay out such huge sums to keep them on the council? Because, based on Terry and Gleam’s past voting records and Shari’s unquestioning support for the status quo, the developers are betting that down the road the three will vote to approve most or all of the 23 big development projects in the pipeline that will add millions of square feet and choke traffic in the city.
If you’re happy with Santa Monica turning into a mini-Manhattan, vote for the incumbents and Shari. If you want to preserve what remains of Santa Monica as a pleasant beach town, pick council members who represent you, not developers.
Harriet P. Epstein