June 25, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Letters to the Editor:

Dear Editor,

Sunday’s Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) convention was an interesting exercise in democracy. Candidates for local office seeking SMRR endorsement in the November election introduced themselves to the SMRR membership present at the convention. The members then were able to vote whether or not to endorse the individual candidates. Five City Council seats will be open in November but the membership chose to endorse only four: Kevin McKeown, Ted Winterer, Gleam Davis, and Terry O’Day. Democracy in action.

However Chairperson Patricia Hoffman made it very clear that the SMRR steering committee has the right to support a fifth candidate in the City Council race without that candidate having been endorsed by the SMRR membership. Many SMRR members at the convention were dismayed by this potential subversion of democracy. If the SMRR steering committee does choose to support a fifth City Council candidate, I wonder how many Santa Monica residents will understand that a candidate “supported” by SMRR (i.e. by the steering committee but not the members) is not at all the same as a candidate endorsed by SMRR as a whole?

Karen Blechman, Santa Monica

Dear Editor,

Obviously no member of Santa Monica’s Planning Commission lives south of the freeway. I live in Ocean Park. I am writing this a few days prior to the official opening of Santa Monica Place. Already, for us who live in this area, it is next to impossible to get downtown by car, or to drive north on 4th Street. In order to get to the northern end of the city, to go to the post office or do some banking on 4th or 5th street or shop on Montana, we must drive east to use 11th street. I can only imagine what it will be like for us after August 6th. I do not understand why AMC Theaters can not renovate the existing 3 theaters that are on the Promenade now. This new proposal will only make bad matters worse for us residents including the elimination of 324 parking spaces when traffic will be WORSE. The Planning Commission people are crazy. The new proposal is great for tourists, BAD for residents no matter how many new community rooms are made available or areas of public art they plan to provide.

Carol S. Siegle, Santa Monica

Dear Editor,

I am overjoyed to hear that the Santa Monica Police Department has dropped the ridiculous charges against School Board Member Oscar de la Torre. It was very upsetting to me, and my family to hear of these ridiculous and malicious claims thrown against him by the Santa Monica Police Department. My family and I have known Mr. de la Torre for a very long time and these claims were completely out of character for the man we know. We also know that the Santa Monica Police Department has tried many times to defame the character of political and social justice leaders and community members of Black and Latino ethnicity in Santa Monica. My family and I have personally been victimized by the SMPD. Our community has long spoken out about the brutal mistreatment of our people by the SMPD, and our cries have long been ignored. They cannot be ignored any longer.

David Mendez, Yapkowitz,

Santa Monica

in Opinion
Related Posts

SMa.r.t. Column: The Mansionization of Santa Monica

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in print in 2016.  In the 1980s, Santa Monica’s single family zoning code was...

OP-Ed Response to DTSM Board Chair Barry Snell and Plea to City Council Regarding Safety Ambassadors and Ambassador Program

June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022

I am responding to the OP-ED (dated June 7, 2022, Santa Monica Mirror) by City-appointed DTSM Board Member and now...

SMa.r.t. Column: Wheeling Electrically

June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

A recent weekend visit to Dana Point, on the Orange County coastline, revealed a curious scene: dozens, if not hundreds...

Population Loss: New Era or Pandemic Glitch?

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist The numbers suggest a major change is underway in California. It would take a Nostradamus to...

SMa.r.t. Column: The Sound of Silence Is Big & Tall

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

All too often these days we find ourselves wondering how we could have been so correct about so many planning...

OP-Ed: DTSM Chair Barry Snell on Safety Ambassadors

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

By Barry Snell Chair, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Board of Directors  The Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) Board of Directors...

Affordable Spaces for Small Business

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

Los Angeles County recently proposed a program providing financial incentives for certain “Legacy” family businesses in their original historical location....

​​Doubt Removed: Oil Refiners Gouging Us

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist There was some room for doubt back in February, when gasoline prices rose precipitously: Until the...

Is the Big Housing Crunch Mostly Fiction?

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist In some parts of California, there is definitely a housing crunch: small supplies of homes for...

Is Gelson’s Our Future? Bigger Is Not Better & Not Necessary! – Part 2

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

The dream of our beachfront city is about to become a nightmare! Just imagine a tsunami of these projects washing...

Column From Santa Monica Mayor Himmelrich: We Walk the Talk

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

By Sue Himmelrich, Santa Moncia Mayor  I like the SMa.r.t. architects. I often agree with them. But in allowing Mark...

Is Gelson’s Our Future? Bigger Is Not Better!

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

It’s appalling to see what’s happening in our city – projects recently built or about to be approved – in...

Renting Your Second Home

May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

If you are among the many Americans who own a second home that you occasionally use as a vacation getaway,...

Column: Cities Fight to Maintain Distinctive Characters

May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist Anyone who knows California well will realize that Palo Alto does not look much like nearby...

SMa.r.t. Column: Gelson’s, Boxed-In

May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

This week we are re-visiting an article from 2018 regarding the Miramar project, by simply replacing the word “Miramar” with...