Several weeks ago … I received a call asking me to take part in a survey. Since I have strong opinions on everything, I accepted willingly. It started generally, with questions like: “How do you like living in Santa Monica?” then switched to questions about the two hotels planned for Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue.

The questions seemed to pressure me for a favorable response. For example: “How do you feel about the employees getting higher than minimum wages?” or the enormous (they had a figure which I have forgotten) increase in taxes for the city?, etc. I finally decided the survey was sponsored by the developers, lost my temper and almost shouted at them that I was dead set against the projects and that was my final answer to the projects.


Cecilia Rosenthal

Santa Monica

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