Reading the article on the Santa Monica Fire Department salaries with [City Manager Rod] Gould’s less-than-convincing argument it is cheaper to pay overtime than fully staff the department (please have him at least prove on paper), which followed the recent article about the absurdly excessive salaries paid to many of our city employees.

Considering the overdevelopment of Santa Monica and the many allegations of back-door payments, pork barrel politics and NIMBY (Our City Council members are NIMBYs because how many live within one block of a major construction project?), I am afraid if someone peeled back all the layers of the onion — the work contracts and development agreements — we might find ourselves looking a lot like Bell.

If Hollywood was making a movie, could Mr. Gould play Robert Rizzo? Just a thought.


Michael Loox

Santa Monica

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