Young people in L.A. are avoiding Santa Monica ( “Next generation of leaders hard to pinpoint,” Nov. 5). They tell me it is too expensive, too crowded and full of uninteresting, self-absorbed people. The dynamic young people referred to in this article are living in places like downtown L.A., where it is far more livable for their social economic status and vitality.

What does Santa Monica really have to offer them besides a better climate? The city is being sold down the river by greedy residents and developers chasing a buck over lifestyle. The town has no sense of history or place. It is up for sale to harvesters with the biggest money pot. And, with the exception of two new members, our City Council is only too happy to sell their positions through the rationale of the irrational Land Use & Circulation Element.

It’s tragic, really. I have lived in Santa Monica for 20 years, and I am losing love for my town. I avoid Downtown as much as possible because it’s simply too much of a hassle.

Our neighborhoods are being consumed by money climbers who have no care for their surroundings beyond their mortgage and rent obligations. The landlords are, shall I say kindly, a breed apart. We can only blame ourselves for letting it happen. The housing situation on the Westside is a terrible joke, with parasitic realtors turning our homes into commodities at the behest of senseless debt holders.

The character of Santa Monica is changing, and young people don’t like it. There’s nothing here for them.

As long as the silent public allows itself to be ignored by its elected representatives, City Hall will continue to follow the money. Meanwhile, scummy developers will get away with lies like the insulting ad campaign in this paper for the Fairmont Miramar’s ploy to build unprecedented, luxury high-rise condos for “the good of the people.”

Or, you can go to City Hall and tell them to stop the runaway train. It’s our town, too.


Bob Roberts

Santa Monica

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