Pro: "The proposed hotel redevelopments will increase direct revenue and general activity of tourism that is needed for a healthy growth to our economy. In addition it will create more jobs and visitor traffic to our already international tourist destination. "
Pro: "Affordable housing will have a beneficial component to our cultural and socio economic diversity. Having people living where they work has many benefits including the relief of traffic density and congestion, additionally people tend to spend their money where they live, which sustains our local economy."
Con: "To maintain the character of our small town feel, and the flavor and charm of Santa Monica, we must be vigilant about the type of development we choose to embark on. If we were to become a high rise district it will change the character of the city. It will adversely impact the character of the city."
Pro: "The issue is to keep the cars out of downtown as much as possible so as not to make the congestion problem worse. We are also faced with the punitive perception to residents who are experiencing numerous violations to the increased cost of living in Santa Monica."
Pro: "The question here is WHERE? This is an issue that needs to be carefully evaluated. It is appropriate where there is a transit corridor, like the Expo line not where there will be more traffic congestion problems."
Con: "The plan has to keep cars out of downtown as possible and to keep cars at the edges of the city, rather than coming at the center of the city. The bicycle lanes are not properly maintained and it prevents people from utilizing and maximizing this method of transportation. The police are not protecting cyclists which increases the fear of using bicycles and promotes lack of trust and safety."
Pro: "They have to be properly designed to increase the public trust and safety. For that reason there are more bicycles in the road in cities like Portland Oregon, that reduce traffic. The bike programs relieve traffic, but without the right bike lanes we are not making progress."
Con: "The attitude is the business owner makes money so the city takes the money from the business owner. The general perception of the people I interviewed tells me that there is a punitive attitude towards business owners. One of the reasons I joined the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce as Compassionate Santa Monica and we will work to develop a Compassionate Business initiative with a membership program."
Pro: "The city should work more closeIy with the business improvement district within the city, so that the issue of public safety is treated as a public/private partnership. Cities that use public/private partnerships to enhance public safety have had great success, an example of the success is the South Park Business Improvement District in DTLA I have personally been at the negative end of the poor safety measures of the city and it was one of the main motivators to run for City Council in this election cycle."
Con: "The homeless population is not trained to get out of the cycle of homelessness. Instead they are infantilized and harassed by the city police and firefighters. Homelessness scare tourists, visitors and locals alike. because of the mental issues associated with homelessness. At the end of the day, they are PEOPLE like US, who might have issues, but they are still people. They are our brothers and sisters, they are in need and desperate for our compassion. We cannot sweep them under the rug. I want to work with the business community in finding the BEST solution for everyone. This is where community should come together in the private and not-for-profit sector."
Con: "By increasing the revenue of the city we should look for untrained city employees that should be better retrained for more suitable positions. There is a lot of work to be done in the city, we need skilled and dedicated workers to face the demands of growth we are likely to experience in the next decade. We are faced with an inappropriate allocation of Human Resources."
In order to preserve our beloved city, we need a candidate that works for the people, not big developers. I'm running for City Council to make sure every voice is heard, not just those with influence and money. I'm one of you, not a politician.
Last September, I met with city officials and brought the Charter for Compassion to a successful unanimous vote at City Council, making Santa Monica the first city in Los Angeles County to sign. Currently I'm the Charter Partner & Chief Compassion Officer for the 2014 Compassion Games. My professional work is Media & Communications Strategies.
I arrived in Santa Monica in 1997. My studies at UPR, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UCLA, and Sarah Lawrence are diverse. As a bilingual candidate with extensive travel under her belt, I possess a perspective of global progressive policies that are valuable for Santa Monica.
The future of our city is being forged right now. We need slow, creative growth, protect tenants' rights, enforce tenant harassment laws, and ensure Santa Monica is an affordable place to live for all.
If you are ready take your city back from special interests, a vote for Zoë is a safe vote for the future.