For years Santa Monica elected officials and their appointees have been preaching that the Metro Expo Line will reduce the need for individual cars, and bring relief to traffic and parking congestion. Based upon this mantra, the City has even gone so far to approve  office building plans with no required on-site parking.

In the article, “Planning Commission debates Downtown parking prices” published in the April 4 edition of the SMDP, City staff is quoted as reporting “ City Hall is anticipating a change in parking demands based upon the opening of Expo on May 20th” and to account for the change in need staff has proposed increasing the price of Downtown rates.

While many of us knew that City Hall’s cheerleading of all things Metro Expo was pure BS from the start, it is interesting to note that they have finally admitted it.

Joe Palazzolo

Santa Monica