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Santa Monica Activist's Site To "Take Your City Back" From Developer Interests

Santa Monica community activist Armen Melkonians.
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Santa Monica community activist Armen Melkonians.

Posted Jan. 4, 2014, 8:54 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica community activist and 2012 City Council candidate Armen Melkonians will unveil his new community organization website on Tuesday night, dubbed a "simple, efficient, and effective tool to take your city back from the developer interests currently controlling City Hall."

The launch will take place at a meeting hosted by the Our Town group in a conference room in the 700 block of Ocean Avenue at 7 pm.

According to an invitation to the launch, the website will provide residents a "unified voice in telling City Hall what’s important to residents and will ensure that City Hall listens and acts to protect resident Interests."

"If City Hall does not listen to residents, provides a simple, efficient, and effective way to veto City Hall decisions through the inherent power that Residents hold over City Hall decisions – the referendum," the invitation reads. "Through its community network of residents, takes the referendum process and makes it available to residents for free in a simple, efficient, and effective way. This is the hammer of strength of and its community network of residents."

For more information or to RSVP to the launch, email

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Jan. 4, 2014, 9:50:36 am

Robert Donin said...

The initiative and referendum is a poor substitute for public policy. The initiative and referendum in many cases is not worth the paper it is printed on nor does it stand constitutional muster.

Jan. 4, 2014, 10:23:48 am

Steve said...

We can easily pass an initiative that would tie the hands of the present City Council from giving developers everything they want. Perhaps a freeze on all developments over a certain size. At the very least we could stop the Fairmount tower, the Geahry tower, the Colorado trailer park project, the Yale/Wilshire tower, the Bergamont Offices and Shopping Mall, the DoubleTree towers and the Best Western hotel.

Jan. 4, 2014, 2:40:52 pm

Gloria Ainslie said...

I cannot make it...but I'm interested in info to protect SM from selfish, greedy, developers.

Jan. 4, 2014, 5:10:07 pm

Jimmy said...

I'd like to believe we could fire, out-vote and replace every one of our city officials. They are at best corrupt and at worst felons. However, most of us lack the will to band together in significant enough numbers. Symptom of America in general. Now where is my beer and the remote?

Jan. 4, 2014, 5:43:30 pm

laurie frank said...

The sm city council is bankrupt. The only thing they agree on is stealing the rights of smokers. It is their newer to everything. When there are no more smokers, or all smokers are medical marijuana users they will be in big trouble. They are just trying to get through the day. My heart bleeds for them.

Jan. 4, 2014, 7:33:18 pm

oboogie said...

love the concept. a grassroots movement to take back our city from the greedy developers and self serving city council is a good start. i will happily attent attend the launch meeting and urge other concerned residents to join us. our interests and concerns have been ignored by the powers to be, who are granting permits to developers who are in the process of grossly overdeveloping our city. i hope this will be the beginning, of a movement, where we, the people of santa monica, get our city back!

Jan. 4, 2014, 7:42:14 pm

Linche Mobb said...

I'll bet if someone cared to look deeper they'd discover these criminals in the city council took kickbacks to look the other way while developers built huge buildings on top of known faults without so much as a seismic study. Some day they might be considered murderers.

Jan. 4, 2014, 8:03:03 pm

Brenda Barnes said...

I'm glad to see from the comments that people are finally getting how out of control the City government is. I applaud a real plan--as Armen and his group have always had--to stop the giveaway to developers. I do not agree with people who say it is hopeless or the populace in general is apathetic. People know they don't want this, and if they are given an alternative, history shows Santa Monicans rise up and throw the bastards out.

Jan. 4, 2014, 9:35:16 pm

David Latham said...

Thanks for persevering to get to this, Armen. Since T's much earlier e to me, I've been heartened seeing signs of what you and those with you have been building to here. Kudos! As ever, being divided is weaker and more risky than being united, and as Jon Louis Mann's e just now re-stated [that e was what connected me to your site here] --though these are all my words here-- only from allying can come the betterment we need in this now dysfunctional town (that keeps, whether blithely or not I’m not sure, to keep trying to act as if it is a much bigger city.) Though, as you know, my situation in this Saint Monkey may be quite more critically problematic now, I'll offer support to your efforts ahead as best I can... Please keep me in your loop...

Jan. 5, 2014, 8:55:04 am

ARIZKID said...

This is LONG OVERDUE...When are the taxpayer's going to stand up to their EMPLOYEE'S (city government) and demand that they need to listen to those who pay their salaries, health care, pensions etc. We deserve a return on our investment. The city council needs to get out of their offices and tour the city from one end to the other, and see what life is life from morning to late well as the large number of city hall staff that lives outside the city to see what their actions have resulted to MY CITY.....

Jan. 6, 2014, 12:55:05 pm

Ljubco Angelov said...

I agree. Let's do it. No towers, fortresses, city walls, hedges and feudalism in Santa Monica.

Mar. 8, 2014, 3:19:55 am

Howie Meibach said...

Good going Armen. It's about time someone launched a campaign against the developers and City Hall. You're my hero! Most of our leaders are being paid off by them and it needs to stop.

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