Charles Andrews’ column about allowing the commercialization of Palisades Park is a welcome antidote to the sad spectacle of City Council members who have no understanding of their civic mandate (“Want to buy a park with an ocean view?” Curious City, Oct. 16). Would they allow schools to be rented by small businesses for commercial purposes? Or roads to be taken over to demonstrate products? Given the record of these council members, it seems possible. After all, it’s the same as licensing fitness businesses to take over parts of the park.

Even more disturbing is the fact that these councilors can be so railroaded by vocal minorities that they ignore the basic purpose of the public interests with which they have been entrusted. Kudos to those who were not so stampeded or addled.


M. G. Burke

Santa Monica

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