Con: "The Miramar and the Gehry are unacceptable as they stand proposed. However, at last report I believe The Wyndam to be viable. It is possible to maintain its footprint whilst keeping it developmentally reasonable with what is already there. It is so important for development footprints and height limits to remain basically the same as what exists on-site prior, due to the gridlock and overdevelopment that Santa Monica already struggles with."
Pro: "I support affordable housing if it is affordable. The idea that we need to come after the elderly and longtime owners of property in Santa Monica - the residents, in other words - and squeeze them once again for more money, does not make it sustainable nor affordable. Better management of our economic surroundings is what it calls for. It is essential to not constantly run over the edge of our financial boundaries. We should not have to turn to outside or unreasonable resources to collect what we should have managed for in the first place."
Con: "Gridlock as it stands today is impossible. We've maxed out the entire square footage of the city as we speak. It's not because the city suggests it'll be easier to walk somewhere, and not because we're going to have a one or two metro answer. The real issue is a multilayered development problem."
Con: "That area should be green. I believe all the city's properties that they owned should be greened, and by greened I don’t mean another hundred million dollar park. I believe that a green space does not have to have a hundred thousand square feet of concrete and another ten million dollars of consultants."
Pro: "Parking is at an extreme deficit in our community. There should be no development and no buildings allowed without proper parking provided. This includes either on-site parking or some in the near vicinity."
Con: "The way it stands, in many situations the bike riders are in competition and at odds with the drivers, not to mention the skateboarders in our city. For the bike riders and skateboarders, there are limited to no safe pathways for them to drive. Pedestrians, especially the elderly, are put at risk while the bike riders, skateboarders, and other modes of transportation use both the sidewalks and the streets."
Pro: "Santa Monica Airport provides an excellent base or staging ground for a natural or manmade disaster, such as a terrorist attack. It also provides 8 square miles of restricted airspace. This denies other airport's flight paths, including those belonging to LAX. We also have height restrictions on takeoff and landing paths that would also disappear if the airport was closed. A number of areas, much like Main Street and surrounding communities, would be allowed to lift their height restrictions. We would then end up with more 20-story buildings."
Con: "Santa Monica should actually have rent protections for businesses/commercial properties. The businesses are not geared for the residents, they're geared for tourists and outside visitors. Very little considerations are made for the longtime businesses in Santa Monica. Some, like Chez Jays, were lucky to be landmarked. But others, such as Callahan's, have been driven from existence."
Con: "No need, there are plenty of dispensaries in the surrounding communities, including West LA, Venice, and the Los Angeles area. Many are within walking distance of Santa Monica. I believe, along with my longtime friend Tommy Chong, that marijuana should be on the same legal schedule as homemade wine. We should be allowed to grow marijuana in our own backyards, taking the corporations and the government out of the equation."
Pro: "More people have been killed on the sidewalks and crosswalks of Santa Monica in the last year than in the 100 year history of the SM airport. I personally have three hundred cars a day idling beneath my windowsill when picking up their children from school. The environmental impact of this is hard to overlook. The streets are congested with drivers pressed and aggravated by the density of gridlock, cyclists weave between the road and sidewalk into the paths of pedestrians and oncoming traffic, and overall the situation is very unsafe. I don't believe that we need more 5,000 dollar solar powered stop signs, but instead the sanity in our streets that only low density and limited development can provide."
Con: "I personally experience a tremendous PTSD due to our homeless situation. Everywhere you look you see a person who has been cast out by society by their own behavior, such as drug addiction or alcoholism, or the fact that they've been beset by mental illness. This doesn't even begin to address the percentage of criminal element that exists amongst the homeless population. Homeless-on-citizen crime is increasing as a serious problem, as well as homeless-on-homeless crime. The criminal element of the homeless population looks upon our mentally ill homeless, or other homeless in general, as easy targets. Better enforcement and more support for our SMPD and SMFD should be encouraged to help with this issue."
Pro: "We should only have what we need. We should only have the services and the city employees that the city needs to function, and not a layer more. Some areas are overstaffed while the SM fire department hasn't added on a single firefighter in nearly two decades. In 2006 when I first ran for city council, we had one city employee for every 42 residents. In 2012, we had one city employee for every 31 residents. The numbers seem to be increasing with no end in sight."
I am a life-long Santa Monica resident. I have attended Will Rogers, John Adams, Lincoln, Olympic, SAMOHI, and SMC. I've lived in several neighborhoods from Ocean Park to north of Montana. I am a renter and small business owner. I love our school district, parks, and beaches.
I organized the successful community effort to landmark Chez Jay.
I have solid solutions to save the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Our history is Santa Monica. I work hard for its residents.
As your councilman I will:
Represent the 91,000 Residents of Santa Monica
Continue to demand transparency and government accountability as I did working tirelessly with Ralph Nader to defeat Prop W and mandate The Oaks Initiative.
Support responsible limited development as I did in working with Bobby Shriver, Ted Winterer, and Bill Rosendahl on Prop T in 2008.
Limit traffic and produce sensible parking alternatives for residents in Santa Monica.
Protect decisions made in support of our airport as an emergency resource.
Work to allocate our city resources to strengthen our Police and Fire departments.
Expand and maintain our parks, and eliminate the debris and toxic chemicals in our beaches and bay.
Most important priority- support and improve our schools.