Perhaps the city of Santa Monica can take a radical, novel new approach to its budget problems so that it doesn’t have to keep raising taxes and fees on residents to provide basic services: stop spending money you don’t have, and in particular cut all the bloated salaries and the golden parachute retirement packages for city employees, especially the overpaid city manager and city department heads (“City Hall calls for cuts, increased fees to balance budget,” May 22).

See how simple and easy that is? Then the city can enjoy a nice budget surplus rather than a deficit.


Virginia Isaacs

Santa Monica

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