Tips for city wellbeing
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, or waived ceiling limits for the Fairmont Miramar hotel.
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 political action committees, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, and city employees to get their endorsements and contributions.
Other major factors that city policy implements that are destroying our quality of life are 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 for which I was the first candidate for city council to advocate.
Those are only three options the council can implement to win the Mayor’s Challenge competition, which challenges cities to create local solutions that can be applied to national problems.
38 years of Waxman is enough
The Argonaut’s Oct. 25 column on Independent Bill Bloomfield, candidate for the 33rd Congressional District against incumbent Rep. Henry Waxman, was free of hyperpartisanship, bias and special interest influence, just like Mr. Bloomfield. Those reasons alone support sending him to Congress.
Waxman has been in office longer than I and many voters have been alive. For over three decades, Waxman has coasted into office, representing Santa Monica all the way to the Malibu coastline, as gerrymandered districts protected incumbents for years.
The Santa Monica Daily Press commented: “It has felt at times as if he [Waxman] has taken us for granted.” Waxman has written letters about the Fifth Street post office, the Santa Monica Airport, and the plight of homeless veterans, many of whom cannot find shelter or proper medical care because the Veterans Administration campus in Westwood has been leased out in private land-share agreements.
The men and women who fought for this country deserve more than their fair share of care from our country. Instead, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Waxman was investigating steroid abuse in baseball instead of the abuse and neglect of our veterans.
Bloomfield’s business background, philanthropy, and advocacy in electoral reform define an experienced citizen who can bring more to Washington and bring more for us than Waxman, an experienced politician with very little to run on except a record of previous legislation, rather than current solutions for our future problems.
Thirty-eight years of Waxman is enough for the Santa Monica Bay.
Arthur Christopher Schaper