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Letter: We Need a Council That Doesn't 'Sell Out'

A letter to the editor from 2012 Santa Monica City Council candidate Jonathan Mann about putting the brakes on development.

Editor:

Santa Monica can easily improve its quality of life and win the $5 million “City of Wellbeing" grand prize, if the City Council would listen to its residents and put the brakes on development—which is escalating out of control—especially after the Land Use and Circulation Element was passed.

I've been spreading the same message for over 20 years how to do just that. It is amazingly easy to implement, cheap, and the technology is in place to put a virtual town hall on the city website. Maybe one of the other 20 cities selected for the competition will do just that, and Santa Monica will miss the boat...

Voters can change that by holding a recall election and replacing everyone on the city council who has received endorsements and contributions from developers and upscale businesses, voted for LUCE, waived ceiling limits for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, opened revolving doors for City Council, city staff, cronies, SMRR colleagues, etc.

This council will use any means to increase revenue, such as raising fees and fines for parking, tickets, etc. to reward powerful city employee associations for supporting their reelection.

Only by electing a new council that will listen and respond to what the residents want can we improve the quality of life for residents.  We need a council that won't sell out to developer PACs, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, and city employees to get their endorsements and contributions.

See: Winner Winterer Routs Incumbents for Most Votes

Other major factors that city policy implements that is destroying our quality of life is fostering dependency among the homeless and creating a bloated bureaucracy that creates jobs for more city employees and public agencies, who know how the patronage game is played.

Another way the city can improve our quality is to close Santa Monica Airport, another issue I was the first candidate for city council to advocate.

Those are only three ways the council can implement to win the Mayor’s Challenge competition which challenge cities to create local solutions that can be applied to national problems.

Jonathan Mann, Santa Monica resident

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Ann Campbell November 13, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I had to laugh today driving down wilshire to read a sign that says lock your car take your valuables with you don't be a victim ha ha ha ha the you Parkin g in your lots is the biggest crime EVER 14 dollars are you kidding me?the Santa Monica council are a team of greedy folks. Homeless people everywhere !! I hate everything about your town if I didn't work there I would never go there! When my friends visit I do not bring them any where near there
Dan Charney November 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Ha Ha Ann, You are right!!! Greed is one thing- but at least lets get something for it- all this sell-out and not much back except for the well-to-do- the biggest thieves are always at the top-
Dan Charney November 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I would bet my life there is plenty of corruption and back room deals- as for thinking the City Attorney would be "all over it" - you must be kidding? They are in it with them no doubt- telling them how to get around this and that legally-
oboogie November 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
thank you jonathan mann for writing a sad but truthful assessment of what's happenihg and happened to our beloved city of santa monica. i was hoping the election would help clean out some of the corrupted city council members. unfortunately, it didn't. incumbants were voted back in, due to a combination of a bombardment of pac $upported advertising and pure voter ignorance. the overdelopment will now continue, the traffic will keep getting worse weekly and the citizens will keep getting screwed. i'm mad as hell and don't want to take it any more!
Dan Charney November 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM
After observing the Council meeting on Tuesday night- I can tell you "it's Chinatown"- there is no question of what is happening - and no real plan to do it well- and I would like to know what the huge debt SM owes that doesn't appear in the budget ( over 500 million )is for that we keep having to pay 10 mil in interest on is for? This city is so top heavy and with all this hideous development and only for the betterment of the tourist and business trade- so where is the money from it all for the other programs? They can at least pony up some money for the real at risk old SMonicas- so much going on - it seems only McKeown is on the level- certainly not Gleam or O'Day-

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