Having worked in the city attorney’s office many years ago and lived in Santa Monica for over 40 years a financial crisis was inevitable even without the pandemic. The city, despite having some of the highest taxes in the state and tons of money from tourism, has spent like there is no tomorrow.

Do we really need a “Quality of Life” employee? Do we need attorneys in rent control who have to hire outside attorneys when the city is sued? Do we have to pay employees obscenely high pensions (and I am pro union). I could keep going on all the frivolous spending. Why are we spending money on attorneys to fight a lawsuit to vote by districts when most people think it’s the fair thing to do?

And what do we decide to cut during the crisis. Not high end, high paying administrative jobs, but services that help the average person including libraries, buses, pools, parks, senior’s services etc. It is sad that our citizens have to suffer now due to years of poor city management and wild spending. Hopefully this will be a wakeup call and we can soon be back to normal having learned a sad lesson.

Morris Kushner

Santa Monica

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  1. Also next time the city is going to make cuts on city jobs, please tell the employee’s first before they read about their potential job loss in Newspapers and or online articles. In these times human decency must come first.

  2. Even if city management were perfect , Morris Kushner is right. Santa Monica must prioritize protecting “services that help the average person including libraries, buses …”, services that contribute powerfully to the common good.

  3. The financial crisis was inevitable due to the city’s over spending on feel good projects and too many capital improvement projects done at once. It is irresponsible to blame the whole crisis strictly on the pandemic. If LA county had a major earthquake, the city would haven been in the same predicament. So called experienced leaders didn’t have the foresight to put away money for a rainy day. Now city employees are having to pay for their mismanagement by losing their jobs and the citizens of Santa Monica are losing the public amenities that they have already paid for through their taxes. It’s a lose/lose situation.

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