The bellyaching of some Santa Monicans always amuses me. They complain about the massive number of construction projects going on in this town and yet the same bunch of council members are always elected to new terms. As long as Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) has a stranglehold on the politics in this town, big building projects are going to be the norm.
SMRR’s whole reason for existing is to get more rental property built, thus enlarging their political base. Add to that all of the campaign money being dumped into friendly candidates’ war chests and you get the complete picture. If you want change you have to vote for it. Otherwise it’s going to be business as usual in this town.

Barry Barker
Santa Monica

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