I agree with Bill Bauer that our city is basically run by Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR), developers, political action committees and city employee unions (“Bill’s election post-mortem,” My Write, Nov. 12).

Back in the late 1970s when SMRR came to power, they did so with a grassroots organization that challenged city politics run basically by landlords and the Chamber of Commerce. They had an issue to rally around — rent control.

Now all of us that are tired of the traffic and overdevelopment have an issue to rally around. We need to get up off our butts, refuse to be bullied and change politics in this city.

Don’t get me wrong. There have been many a great things done in this city over the past few decades since SMRR came into power. But power corrupts. SMRR’s deaf ears to its fellow citizens, renters and homeowners alike, hopefully will fire people up to make a change.


Larry Arreola

Santa Monica

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