I’ll fight to take back Santa Monica! I’ve
had it with the current council and city staff. They don’t
listen to residents. They are destroying the Santa Monica we love.
Let’s take back Santa Monica!
I want to do everything I can to see Santa Monica
retain what’s left of its small beach town atmosphere. I’m
opposed to the growth, density and height being proposed by City Hall.
I’m fed up with the disconnect between City
Hall and the residents of Santa Monica. Every day the small beach
community we love is being changed into what I’ve labeled
“Playa Vista North” with the specter of more such rampant
development in the very near future under LUCE. Plans are in the
works for 6 to 9 story buildings around the city. The community
is being sacrificed for development. That’s a tragedy for
Santa Monica. My vote on City Council can stop that.
People in rent control apartments are being forced
out for development. We need to insure that Santa Monicans are
not priced out of Santa Monica. We need to retain an economically
diverse population. We must not let developers make Santa Monica
into a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. Santa Monica is unique.
We must retain that uniqueness.
There is talk of fewer vehicle trips (which I am all
for) but then there is talk of building up Santa Monica to compete
with the Grove which will create mass influxes of more vehicles
into an already grid-locked Santa Monica. Talk about disconnect
and inconsistency. We don’t need more Third Street Promenades.
We don’t need an expanded downtown. I support rapid transit
and making the city very bicycle friendly. [Read
Susan's responses to questions from the bicycle blog Gary Rides
I want to reverse the failure of the City to preserve,
protect and enhance our urban forest. Despite the broad-based
community support (all the neighborhood associations and over
10,000 petition signatures to save the Ficus trees on 2nd and
4th Streets), the City persisted with its baseless, ecologically
unsound and costly power play to destroy healthy, beautiful Ficus
trees. Next they targeted 300 carob trees. With the current Council,
no tree is safe in Santa Monica. I’ll change that.
I want to see curtailment of the pollution the neighbors
of Santa Monica Airport have to endure daily. I worked hard for
and support the ban of C and D aircraft from Santa Monica Airport.
I would like to see mandatory tug usage by aircraft instead of the
current taxiing up and down the runway which results in more polluting
fumes. I want to see the city support, not thwart, health risk of
the air quality around Santa Monica Airport. The airport must be
closed in 2015 when the agreement with the FAA expires.
I want to see continued clean-up of our beaches, especially
in the vicinity of the Pier which has been labeled the worst polluted
beach on the Continental West Coast. City Council has permitted
migrating fecal matter where families swim! I consider that continued
failing grade, even though Measure V passed 4 years ago and has
been partially implemented, a disgrace for Santa Monica. City Council
needs to quit stalling and clean up all our beaches.
We must eliminate homelessness in our city. We
cannot have people living in alleys and parks. Working regionally
needs to continue. Housing First is a good start. All feeding
must be indoors and coupled with mandatory rehabilitation programs.
Panhandling restrictions are a necessary deterrent. Tracking and
evaluating the homeless needs to continue. Over 40% of the homeless
are veterans. That’s a disgrace. Getting the VA to open
up vacant buildings for homeless vets and their families can’t
happen fast enough.
As a former teacher and mother of a daughter educated
in the SMMUSD schools, I want the City to continue to join with
the school district in striving for excellence in education and
equal educational opportunity for all students in Santa Monica.
Read Susan's responses to questions
from S.A.F.E. Smokefree Air For Everyone
Vote NO on Y. I oppose a sales tax increase for Santa
Monica. There is no guarantee that any of the Measure Y money, if
passed, would go toward school funding. Instead, I support city
council allocating more money for our schools as a budget priority.
Vote for me so we can take
back Santa Monica!
Let’s work together to keep the
Santa Monica we love.